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Welcome to the forums. This page details all the rules, guidelines and expectations.
You can see the full forum Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) below.
Below we have outlined the different types of moderation any of which can be used if any rules are broken.
In order to make the Forums a more pleasant experience - especially for newcomers - the moderators will be taking a strict line on non-constructive posts. Offenders can expect to be placed on moderation for three days, with repeat offenders finding themselves moderated to a greater extent.
So what is a non-constructive post? Here are some examples, although not exhaustive:
"Use the search button" (in isolation, without any other value in the post) Anything containing the word "noob".
"I posted before this was locked"
"Hello I'm a cat"
There is nothing wrong with healthy debate and providing different or better ways to do the same thing, and this kind of discussion is welcomed. What will not be tolerated is any post that discourages rather than encourages.
To summarise - If you don't have anything constructive to add, don't post!
We do allow selling via the forums, however there are some rules that go along with this in order to protect our users.
TGC may provide permission to provide card processing via your website by special request, please get in touch if you would like us to review your website.
We know many members of our community have great services or products they can provide either for free or for a fee.
As a result we will allow active community members (members with previous post history and good reputation) to post adverts for their services, so long as they comply with all other forum rules including rules from the board in which they are posted.
However new accounts without any prior community engagement posting adverts for services will be considered spam and will be deleted.
We do not allow linking to crowd funding sites or requesting funding of any kind without having a completed product to provide in exchange.
We do not allow any form of team requests. This sort of discussion should be handled via the PM system in the majority of cases, with the exception of the Off Topic board where we do allow team requests for established projects only! This includes asking to join a team, asking people to join your team or asking about creating teams.
Once you have chosen your name on the forums you may not change it, except for exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances will be decided by the moderation team, if you wish to change your forum name contact a moderator directly.
Those with a moderation history including noob slaps, bans and warnings will be denied name change requests.
If you are posting code you must have permission to post all parts of the code from original authors or the code must be released for redistribution.
All code in posts must be contained within [code] blocks with the correct syntax highlighting, this is to make reading and reproducing code easier for everyone.
Our Forums allow users of this site to post messages and discussions thereof. This is an automated post-moderated function (not pre-moderated). We cannot and will not be held responsible for the content of such third party addition. For the Forums and all interactive areas of our websites the following rules apply:
The following software related topics, and discussion of them, are banned from all of our forums:
Due to continuous problems the following subjects are also banned from discussion on all of our forums:
3.11 We do not tolerate posts made for the purpose of putting down another forum member, group of members, religion, our company, our staff or any of our moderators, past or present.
3.12 We do not tolerate 'trolling', the process of posting inflamatory messages for the sake of starting an argument, or being plain obnoxious.
3.13 If your message violates any or all of the points above we reserve the right to take action against you. This can include restrictions such as: Temporary or full bans from our forum. IP/subnet/domain/ISP level blocking of access to our forum AND website, including your Order History. Refusal of all product related support. Removal of rights to purchase from our store.
We would prefer that we never have to enforce any of these, so keep your forum activity in check and it should never need to happen.
3.14 We will treat breaches of any of the above rules seriously. We will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies should they contact us regarding breach of any law. When dealing with a law enforcement agency we will hand over any information we have about you if requested. There are no exceptions. Your privacy rights do not apply in this instance. We fully support all forms of anti-criminal activity and crime-fighting organisations, including anti-piracy bodies. Should you use pirated software do not talk about or mention this on our forum in any manner at all, or even imply it, because we will fully support any organisation that challenges a copyright infringement, including passing to them any information we have.
3.15 Being a customer of The Game Creators gives no right to being allowed access to our forum.
3.16 If you upload a file to our forum, all of the points raised in sections 3, 4 and 5 of this AUP come into play.
3.17 Our forums are moderated by both TGC employees and trusted non-paid members of the public who volunteer their services and time for the benefit of the community. By using our forums you automatically agree that they cannot be held personally responsible for any actions arising from these forums. You agree that moderators shall, at their discretion, determine what constitutes a violation of these terms, along with generally accepted netiquette standards, and can take action against those who voilate these rules.
3.18 - If you are under the age of 18, you may not post your age, post a self image, or self video. Doing so may result in a temporary or full ban.
3.19 - Do not post any kind of profanity (swearing)! We have a zero tolerance policy on profanity. However you may link to external content featuring profanity, such as videos or websites, only if giving a clear warning at the beginning of your post in bold red text and if the content is related to your post. Moderators shall at their discretion determine what is profanity, and act accordingly.