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    Official Forum Rules and Guidelines

    *Updated April 17th, 2019*

    Welcome to the official forum for 7 Days to Die. This is a place to discuss the game, as well as offer feedback, trade advice, and share, meet, collaborate, and otherwise interact with others in the 7 Days to Die community.

    The Fun Pimps want you to feel free to express your opinions regarding the game and other matters discussed on this forum. To be clear, both positive and negative feedback is welcome. We also want all visitors to enjoy and benefit from this forum, and to make that possible we need all users to participate in a civil, constructive, and respectful manner.

    To that end, all users have a responsibility to be familiar with, and comply with, the features, guidelines, and rules described on this page. Users that fail to comply are subject to moderator action (see below).
    Last edited by Crater Creator; 04-17-2019 at 10:44 AM. Reason: Rules & Guidelines rewritten, in collaboration with the moderation team

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    Explanation of Features & Guidelines


    1. User Accounts
      You must create an account and be logged in to post or perform other actions. We manually approve your first few posts to fight spam, which means they may not appear immediately. Only one account per person is allowed; duplicate accounts will be deleted.

    2. Safety & Security
      Although we’re not responsible for any user’s negligence where it comes to safety & security, we do recommend that users:
      • Use a strong password, and don't share it.
      • Not share personal contact details, like real name, phone number, or address.
      • Not arrange to meet anyone from these forums in real life, and that minors in particular always consult their parents or guardian first.

    3. Categories & Sections
      The forum is organized into PC, Console, and General categories. Each category has its own sections, some of which share names with sections in other categories. Please post new threads in the correct section. Threads posted in the wrong section can result in moderator action.

    4. Blocking Users
      If you and another user aren’t getting along, you have the option of blocking specific users so that you don’t see their posts. Understand that by blocking users, you may miss out on important parts of a discussion.

      On the official forum, block or unblock a user by going to Settings -> My Account -> Edit Ignore List.
      On Steam, go to a user’s Profile -> More -> Block All Communication.

    5. Advertising
      Users may not use the forums to advertise any other websites, products, or services in general, with limited exceptions:
      • In the Servers & Community section, you may post links to 7 Days to Die servers.
      • In the Channels section, you may post links to video channels that focus on the game (recorded or live-streaming).
      • In the Images & Videos section, you may post links to one-off videos or screenshots of the game.

      Links or references to websites, images, or videos in other parts of the forum are allowed only if they relate directly to the existing topic. Anything else is considered spam. Discussion in another user’s thread about the media itself (for instance, asking people to ‘like’ a video) is considered off topic and not allowed.

    6. Getting Help and Reporting Problems
      If you encounter a bug in the game and/or need support, you may report it here on the forums in the appropriate section. We encourage and appreciate your bug reports. Please observe the specific rules and restrictions for each section that may be set in sticky threads, such as "Read before creating new threads".

      If you need support with an issue outside of the game itself, such as with your key or with forum registration, please use the support page.

    7. Private Messaging
      Private messages are subject to the rules below regarding Misbehavior, Piracy, Spam, Meta-Forum Commentary, and Release Date Harassment. In addition, private messages are meant to be seen only by the intended recipient, unless the sender and receiver agree otherwise. However, moderators can review all private messages that are reported.

    8. Moderators
      All content on this forum is moderated. The moderators are here to help keep things organized, placid, and free of trouble. Contact them via private message if you're unsure if something is allowed, or if you need an administrative change like a new user name or deletion of your forum account. Moderators may specify in a thread what is suitably on or off topic, or otherwise clarify the rules, and users must heed these guidelines.

    9. Reporting Posts
      Please report any post you think needs moderator attention using the icon at the bottom left corner of that post. Don’t reply to such posts (including spam), as this ultimately creates more content to clean up. Note that only moderators see these reports. Although moderation takes time, we review all reported posts and take moderator actions as we judge appropriate. Reports that are false, uncivil, or fail to cite an actual rule violation are considered abusive and themselves subject to moderator action.

    10. Moderator Actions
      Use of this forum is a privilege, not a right. If the moderators find a post to be in violation of any of these rules, they may take some or all of the following actions.
      • Edit out the unacceptable part of the post.
      • Move the post to a more appropriate section or thread.
      • Delete the post entirely.
      • Edit, move, or delete subsequent posts that quote or refer to the edited, moved, or deleted post.
      • Lock or delete the thread.
      • Issue the user a warning, with a message describing the rule violation.
      • Issue the user an infraction, with a message describing the rule violation. Too many infractions in too short a timespan will automatically trigger a ban.
      • Issue the user an immediate ban.
      • Delete the account without warning, if it primarily spreads spam.
      • Send the user's IP address etc. to higher authorities, if it looks like they've done something illegal.
    Last edited by Crater Creator; 04-08-2019 at 09:54 AM. Reason: clarifying reporting is anonymous

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    Prohibited Content

    The following types of content are prohibited across the forums. This includes posts, images, user names, avatars, profile information, edit comments, and reputation comments. Using external links to circumvent these restrictions is also prohibited.

    Prohibited content is subject to moderator action (see above).

    If you see a rule violation in another user’s post, please report it (see above).

    Misbehavior

    1. Flaming
      Insults, personal attacks, name calling, accusations, harassment, abuse, intimidation, or retaliation.
      Derogatory slurs against a person's race, religion, sex, age, nationality, etc.
      If you are flamed, don't respond. Report it!

    2. Filth
      Unreasonably profane, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, or adult themed content.
      Please remember, gamers of all ages view these forums. Some ‘filthy’ words are automatically filtered out and replaced with hearts (♥). Bypassing this filter through creative spelling is prohibited.

    3. Off Topic/Derailment
      Digressing from a thread’s original topic, such as by questioning a user’s choices or views outside the game when they’re seeking help.

    4. Trolling (including as a response to someone else breaking the rules).

    5. Impersonating a developer, moderator, or other user.

    6. Begging for the game, game merchandise, participation by other users on or off the forum, or anything else.

      Off Limit Topics

    7. Piracy
      Discussion of software piracy, including links to illegal downloads of games and methods to circumvent copy protection.

    8. Re-Openings
      Continuations or restarts of previously closed or deleted threads, or subjects declared off limits by the developers or moderators.

    9. Goodbye Posts
      Announcing that you are leaving a discussion, the community, or the game out of dissatisfaction.
      People come and go on the forums and start and stop playing the game for a variety of reasons. Users can determine your presence or absence simply based on your activity.

    10. Cheats & Exploits
      Discussing the details of cheats or exploits, or third party tools or sites that facilitate cheating or exploits, in public posts.
      Due to the negative impact cheats and exploits have on the game and community when widely disseminated, any cheats, exploits, or things you’re not sure about should be reported to a moderator via private message.

    11. Politics & Religion (including the Off Topic section).

      Bad Netiquette

    12. Duplicate Threads
      Making a new thread about a topic when there’s already an active thread on that topic to use instead.

    13. Bumping
      Short posts made so that a thread appears more active, without adding anything of substance.

    14. Necroposting
      Replying to old threads with outdated information.
      As a rule of thumb, any thread started during a previous Alpha is too old.

    15. Spam
      Essentially redundant content posted more than once.
      Intentionally off topic or nonsense content.
      Multiple short posts in a row.
      If you think of something more to add, edit your existing post.

    16. Non-English Languages
      Posts must be made in English, so that they can be effectively moderated. You may post a translation in a second language under the English part of your post, using the spoilers tag.

    17. Textspeak, All Caps or other hard-to-read writing styles.

      We Don't Want to Hear It

    18. Discussion of Moderation Actions
      Publicly visible responses to or discussion of forum moderation.
      Instead, send a private message directly to the moderator(s). On Steam, you may use the comment section that’s provided with every warning and ban.

    19. Release Date Harassment
      Repeated requests for information on the timing or content of future changes to the game (including via private messages).
      The Fun Pimps want the community to be excited for future updates, but they also want discussion regarding updates to be civil and respectful. The team makes their best effort to document the latest revealed information in the developer thread for the next coming update, in the News & Announcements section.

    20. Doom & Gloom
      Predictions of failure regarding the future status of The Fun Pimps and their games.
      Accusations of any developer lying to the community or planning to abandon the game.
      Such commentary is unwelcome. It is demoralizing to the community, potentially libelous, and not a constructive form of feedback.

    21. Meta-Forum Commentary
      Bringing up that you are blocking a particular user, reporting a post, unsubscribing from a particular thread, or posting in general about your (or any user’s) specific past, present, or future use of the forum software.
      Using the forum features as provocation, leverage, or talking points.
      It's not relevant in a discussion, and it's not the concern of other users.

    22. Naming & Shaming
      Publicly calling out or reporting griefers, cheating, or server admin abuse.
      These allegations only have a positive impact when proven true, but since the staff is unable to investigate such claims, naming & shaming just causes flaming.

    23. Unsolicited Critique on Writing or Post Quality
      Not all users may have formally studied English, and perfect spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. is not required.
    Last edited by Crater Creator; 04-17-2019 at 10:26 AM. Reason: renaming third category

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