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    Exclamation Forums Code of Conduct

    Latest Update: 5th October, 2015.

    Smite Forums
    Code of Conduct

    Welcome to the official Smite Discussion Forums! These forums have been created to provide you with a fun, friendly, and stimulating environment where you can discuss ideas, talk about Smite with other players, and both seek and receive advice or assistance. We want you to have a place to relax and chat with the understanding that this is a place for the whole community. Posting in these forums is a privilege and not a right so we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized and respectful manner while you are here.

    The rules listed below explain what is expected of you and what you can expect from other community members. As these rules and guidelines are not exhaustive, remember that forum moderators and forum staff have full discretion to address any behavior or events that they feel are inappropriate. Hi-Rez Studios reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines.




    Keep in mind that the Code of Conduct is always being updated and is subject to change.




    Vulgar, Obscene, or Inappropriate Language and/or Images
    This category includes, but is not limited to, both clear and masked language in posts, signatures, and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:


    • Are pornographic in nature
    • Are inappropriate to human anatomy or bodily functions
    • Images that flash brightly and/or violently that may cause seizures


    Racial / Ethnic
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:


    • Promote racial/ethnic hatred
    • Are recognized as racial/ethnic slurs
    • Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred


    Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
    This category includes:


    • Releasing any real-life information about other players or Hi-Rez Studios employees


    Sexual Orientation
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:


    • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other players.


    Impersonating a Hi-Rez employee
    This category includes:

    • Passing yourself off as a Hi-Rez employee to post false information.
    • Passing yourself off as a Forum Moderator (volunteer or otherwise).


    Inappropriate Language
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:

    • Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
    • Are otherwise considered objectionable


    Harassing or Defamatory
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:

    • Insultingly refer to other characters, players, Hi-Rez employees, or groups of people
    • Result in ongoing harassment to other characters, players, Hi-Rez employees, or groups of people


    Major Religions or Religious Figures
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:

    • Negatively portray major religions
    • Negatively portray major religious figures outside of in-game context


    National
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:

    • Promote national hatred
    • Are recognized as national slurs
    • Allude to symbols of national hatred


    Illegal Drugs or Activities
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:

    • Reference to abusing illegal drugs
    • Reference to performing illegal activities
    • Reference to piracy/copywritten infringement


    Spamming or Trolling
    This category includes:

    • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
    • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums
    • Causing disturbances in the forum threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters
    • Making non-constructive posts
    • Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
    • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements
    • Using "Click bait" titles
    • Calling an idea or opinion stupid without providing adequate reasons to back up your statement
    • Telling a player L2P (Learn To Play) without explaining why.
    • Excessive spam and troll posts.


    Creating Duplicate Threads
    This category includes:

    • Creating threads about existing topics
    • Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one forum


    Cross Linking Threads
    This category includes:

    • Linking to threads from other forums
    • Creating threads/posts with the sole purpose of linking another post


    Advertising
    This category includes advertisement of:

    • Any non-beneficial, non-Smite related businesses, organizations, or websites


    Discussing Disciplinary Actions
    This category includes:


    • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a player, including chat logs and email and/or message correspondence between a player and any forum moderator, forum staff, admin staff, or Hi-Rez employee.
    • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a character or account on the forums
    • If you would like to contact support or open a ticket, please email hirezsupport@hirezstudios.com or report a problem.


    Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
    This category includes, following a suspension or ban:


    • Posting on another account
    • Having someone post on your behalf


    Extreme Sexuality / Violence
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:


    • Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
    • Refer to extremely violent real life actions
    • Pornography of any kind


    Real-Life Threats
    This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites or content containing such language or images which:


    • Refer to violence in any capacity that is not directly related to the game world


    Posting Cheats, Hacks, Trojan Horses or Malicious Programs
    This category includes:




    Real Money Trading, Account Sharing and Selling
    This category includes, but is not limited to:


    • Buying or Selling accounts for Real Money or in-game currency
    • Buying or Selling services, in-game redemption codes, or in-game currency for Real Money
    • Begging for any of the above - giveaways are allowed.


    Necroing Old Posts
    This category includes, but is not limited to:

    • Posting in threads that apply to old SMITE patches.
    • Posting in threads with outdated news.
    • Posting in threads which haven't seen activity in an extended period of time.


    Naming & Shaming

    We do not permit the act of Naming & Shaming, also known as Witchhunting, on the SMITE Forums. If you wish to post about a user experience you had, please make sure to remove any mention of player's name.

    No Social Rights Group Discussion/Name Calling

    We do not permit any discussion relating to Feminism, Social Justice, MGTOW, Black Lives Matter, LGBT or anything remotely similar to be discussed outside of the Serious Discussion subforum. Every time people bring these topics up in smite discussion (Where it has no right to be to begin with), it ends in a flame war or the discussion grinding to a halt.

    This category includes, but is not limited to:

    • Feminism
    • Men's Rights/MRM
    • Men that Go Their Own Way/MGTOW
    • Social Justice Cult/Social Justice Warrior/SJW
    • Black Lives Matter/BLM
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual/LGBT
    • Saying smite is one of the above. (I.E "Smite added in another female just to keep the balance due to SJW's")
    • Saying a god/skin is one of the above. (I.E "They need to stop making nothing but white people skins")
    • Saying a user is one of the above. (I.E "You say that because you're a feminist")





    IMPORTANT

    • This policy is NOT language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to repercussions, whether it is inappropriate in English or ANY other language.
    • Repeatedly violating any area of the Hi-Rez Studios Terms of Use or Forum Code of Conduct, including but not limited to the areas detailed above, will often result in permanent banishment from the forums.


    When it comes down to it, we want Smite to be a fun and safe environment for all players, regardless of their different experiences and backgrounds. Be kind and courteous, for that is all we ask. Now get in there and start discussing!
    Last edited by KingScuba; 08-30-2017 at 05:35 PM.

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