1. MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER ACCOUNTS
1.1 - Age Requirement
You must be 13 years of age or older to gain membership to and/or participate in ComPet Forum.
1.2 - Single Account
You may only have ONE account on ComPet Forum. Multiple accounts will be deleted, and the original account temporarily banned, all without notice. If this rule is abused more than once, the original (first) account may be permanently banned, and the member's IP address may be permanently blocked, all without notice.
1.3 - Sharing of Account
You may NOT share your ComPet Forum account with any other forum members, ComPet participants or other individuals. This rule applies especially to the sharing of accounts with temporarily or permanently banned ComPet Forum members. In ALL cases, you are responsible for any content or activity that originates from your member account.
1.4 - Banned Members
Permanently or temporarily banned members may NOT create new accounts in order to circumvent or dispute their ban. Such accounts will also be banned, and all threads or posts will be removed from the forum, all without notice. Banned members found creating duplicate accounts will find their ban extended significantly (or permanently), and may risk having their IP address blocked, all without notice. If you wish to contact the forum staff to discuss a ban, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any forum page.
1.5 - Impersonation
You may NOT impersonate other ComPet participants, Forum Staff, MindArk representatives, Forum Staff or real-world persons, celebrities or public figures.
1.6 - Member Names
Member names may NOT contain any offensive, racist, sexually explicit, profane, abusive or otherwise objectionable terms. Also, you may NOT use a confusing or intentionally misleading member name, such as "Official ComPet Reporter" or a member name that is confusingly similar to that of an existing member, administrator or moderator.
2. GENERAL FORUM ETIQUETTE
2.1 - English Only
ComPet Forum is an English-only forum. All content posted in publicly viewable areas of the forum must be written in English.
2.2 - Insults/Flaming
Personal attacks, insults, rudeness, racism, threats, name calling or unnecessarily inflammatory posts are not permitted. Posts of this nature will be edited or deleted by the Community Staff without notice and the offending member may be temporarily or permanently banned without notice. It is important to keep in mind that ComPet Forum is a global community and what might be acceptable behavior or language in one country may not be acceptable in others. Common courtesy, politeness and respect for fellow members and forum staff, along with constructive posting of opinions is essential in preventing posts from being edited and/or deleted, or having threads locked.
2.3 - Personal Disputes
Personal issues between individuals or groups should NOT be debated in the public forum areas and are not permitted. Such threads will be removed without notice, since they often promote an escalation of rudeness, insults, and flaming. If you feel that another member has attacked you unfairly, send a private message to a forum moderator or administrator. If you feel that an ComPet participant has wronged, defrauded or harassed you, file a support case at ComPetGame.com.
2.4 - Threats/Intimidation
Real life threats of bodily harm, injury or assault (either explicit or implied) or any form of intimidation are STRICTLY PROHIBITED on any part of the ComPet Forum website and will be deleted and result in a permanent ban from the forum, all without notice.
2.5 - Personal Information
Revealing real world personal information about a forum member, administrator, moderator, ComPet participant, or MindArk representative is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, regardless of the source, public or private. This includes any information about a forum member or ComPet participant that reveals an individual's legal name, address, occupation or other sensitive or personally identifiable information. All such content will be deleted without notice, and result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum without notice.
2.6 - Private Communication
Posting the content from a private communication in a publicly viewable area of ComPet Forum is NOT permitted. Private communications include any medium where the involved parties have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as: emails, chat logs, instant messenger logs, private messages, private social group posts, reputation comments, etc. Such private communications are to remain private, not shared with third parties. Any such private communication content posted on ComPet Forum will be deleted without notice.
2.7 - Profanity
Profanity in thread titles or user titles is NOT permitted. Profanity in posts should be kept to a minimum, and not be used in a comment directed at other members, Forum Staff members or MindArk representatives. While generalizations using profanity and/or foul language may be common in everyday conversation, when used in a direct communication to another person, they can be interpreted as rude or insulting. Excessively profane content may be edited or deleted without notice, and may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum without notice, depending on severity.
2.8 - Shouting
You may NOT shout (all capital letters, and/or excessive punctuation) in posts or thread titles. Any such shouting may be deleted or edited without notice. Use caps and punctuation only for minimal emphasis.
2.9 - Excessive Complaining
Excessive complaining and/or whining disrupts the mission of ComPet Forum and interferes with the ability of other members and visitors to enjoy their visit to ComPet Forum, and is therefore NOT permitted. Any content submitted to ComPet Forum that is considered by the Forum Staff to be in violation of this rule may be edited or deleted without notice.
2.10 - Affiliate Links/Solicitation
Advertising real life items or services unrelated to ComPet, the posting of affiliate or referral links, or any other form of solicitation is NOT permitted on ComPet Forum (this includes member profiles or any other publicly viewable area). Similarly, promotion of or posting links to charities or other services soliciting donations or money is NOT permitted. Any such postings may be deleted without notice.
2.12 - Illegal Content
Any discussion of, or links to web sites promoting software piracy, warez, illegal downloads, cracks, cd keys, illegal file-sharing, pornography, illegal drugs, or any other illegal or similar content will be deleted without notice and may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum without notice. Such discussions and links are totally inappropriate on ComPet Forum (and often illegal in the US, Europe and most other countries).
2.13 - Cheating/Scamming Accusation
Accusations of cheating or scamming that name specific real-world persons, ComPet participants or ComPet Forum members are NOT permitted. Providing other identifying information about accused persons or avatars is also not permitted, such as but not limited to: society names, nicknames, owned gear, equipment, estates, etc. Such threads or posts will be edited, deleted or locked without notice.
2.14 - Administrator/Moderator Criticism
Criticism of these forum rules, or Forum Staff implementation of these forum rules is NOT permitted in any publicly viewable area of the forum. Such content will be deleted without notice. If you disagree with how the forum is being moderated or administered, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any forum page to contact the Forum Staff. If you are unclear about the purpose or interpretation of one of the forum rules, either contact the Forum Staff via private message, or use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any forum page.
2.15 - Word Filter Circumvention
Certain offensive words, terms or links are automatically filtered by the forum software. Such filtered words will be replaced with exclamation marks (e.g. !!!!!!!). Any attempts to circumvent the automated forum word filter (such as by adding spaces/dots/punctuation, using colors or text markups, or by substituting characters) will result in the offending content being edited or deleted, and may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum, all without notice.
3. DISCUSSION AND POSTING
3.1 - Spamming/Flooding/Trolling
The following are NOT permitted on ComPet Forum:
- Spamming - Posting the same thread in multiple forums, or posting the same post in multiple threads, or sending unsolicited private messages to members.
- Flooding - Posting many times in succession in a single thread.
- Trolling - Constant harassment of a member, or repeated off-topic and/or rude posts in a thread.
3.2 - Off Topic
Please make every effort to keep your posts relevant to the active thread topic. Detours usually take a thread wildly off topic, and invite others to do the same. Off topic posts (and any responses to such posts) may be deleted without notice.
3.3 - Thread Location
Please make an effort to post new threads in the appropriate forum or subforum. Posting threads in the proper section makes the forum easier to browse for all members and visitors, and reduces the workload for our community staff. If you are unsure where to post a new thread, please take the time to read the forum descriptions in order to familiarize yourself with the focus of the various available forums and subforums. Threads posted in an inappropriate forum may be moved or deleted without notice.
3.4 - Crossposting
You may NOT crosspost (creating redundant threads that link to or promote an existing thread for the purpose of gaining extra visibility). Such threads will be closed or deleted without notice.
3.5 - Necroposting
Pointlessly bumping of dormant, inactive threads causes confusion for other members and visitors who may not notice the original thread post date. A thread is considered inactive if there have been no replies in the last four (4) months. Posting in an inactive thread is strongly discouraged, unless there is a very good reason for reactivating the thread. If you feel an issue or topic from an inactive thread deserves renewed discussion, please create a new thread in the appropriate forum or subforum.
3.6 - Real-world Controversial Discussion
Discussion of real world politics, nationalism, religion, war, or other similarly controversial topics is NOT permitted or appropriate for this forum. ComPet Forum, as the game, is a global community with players from many different countries around the world. Discussion of such topics often disrupts the forum community. Therefore, refrain from starting or participating in any such discussions, as they will be deleted from the forum without notice.
Advertising or attempts of recruiting community members to other computer games, virtual worlds or MMORPGs other than ComPet or Entropia Universe is NOT permitted. Any and all such, references, threads or posts, including, without limitation, those that appear in avatar pictures, member profiles or member signatures, may be deleted without notice and may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum without notice.
3.8 - Quitting/Leaving
Any threads or posts about leaving Compet or Entropia Universe, such as "I’m Quitting" or "Taking a Break" whether for positive or negative reasons, will be deleted without notice.
3.9 - Posting for Banned Members
Members are NOT permitted to post on behalf of any member permanently or temporarily banned from ComPet Forum. Similarly, members are NOT permitted to allow any banned member to use their ComPet Forum account to circumvent a ban (See Rule 1.3 above). Any postings in violation of this provision may be deleted without notice and may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum without notice.
3.10 - Bumping of Threads
Bumping of threads is only permitted ONCE in any 24 hour period, and only if the thread has been pushed to the second page of a forum (using default viewing settings). Bumping of threads by friends is NOT permitted at any time.
3.11 - Frivolous Posts
Please refrain from making pointless and unnecessary posts in threads, such as "First Post!!!" "In before the lock!" or "LOL!!" or other very short messages that add little to a discussion. Frivolous posts such as these may be deleted without notice.
3.12 - Quotes
Quoting very large posts in their entirety is NOT permitted. Please limit quotes of other posts to those portions that are directly relevant to your reply or response. Doing so makes replies easy to follow for fellow members, and helps reduce unnecessary scrolling when reading a thread. Posts in violation of this provision may be deleted without notice.
4. IMAGES, AVATARS AND SIGNATURES
4.1 - Third Party Images
All images embedded in threads, posts or blog entries MUST be uploaded as an attachment. In order to prevent broken links, the use of third-party image hosting sites is NOT permitted.
4.2 - Image Sizes
Any image embedded in a thread, post or blog entry that horizontally expands the forum tables or otherwise disrupts the website layout will be edited or deleted without notice. For large images that you wish to include in a post, please use the thumbnail display or direct link options.
4.3 - Objectionable Image Content
Pornographic, sexually explicit or excessively violent imagery is NOT permitted anywhere on ComPet Forum. Obscene images, pornography, or offensive content related to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and any other imagery or language that the Forum Staff deems inappropriate will be deleted without notice. This rule also applies to avatar, profile and signature images. In most cases, a member will be sent a private message requesting that the image in question be replaced, unless the material is extremely offensive in the Forum Staff's sole discretion, in which case it will be immediately removed without notice. Any such posting may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the forum.
4.4 - Signature Limits
Text used in your signature may not be overly long, and may only contain five (5) lines of text. Please limit graphical signatures to 500x120 pixels. One 500x120 pixel image and one line of text is acceptable, but not an image along with a large amount of text. Please keep your signature as small as possible, since large signatures clutter the forum and cause unnecessary amounts of scrolling when reading threads. Note that signatures are only displayed in a member's first post of a thread page.
Forum threads, posts, member profiles, blogs, signatures, custom titles, thread tags, social group messages, calendar events and descriptions, public profile messages, ComPet Forum chatroom text, gallery images and comments, member album images and comments, or any other area with content viewable by other members or visitors.
The owners, operators, administrators and community staff of ComPet Forum.
IMPORTANT CAVEATS AND NOTES
While the above rules cover most common situations, they do not anticipate all circumstances. Consequently, notwithstanding the above rules, the Forum Staff reserves the right to take any actions deemed appropriate by them in their sole discretion, whether such actions are consistent with the above rules or not, to uphold the mission of ComPet Forum, to ensure that the forum is not disrupted or abused in any way, or to protect ComPet Forum Staff and members from fraud, harassment or abuse, or otherwise.
Without limiting the generality of the previous statement, the Forum Staff reserves the right to: edit, delete, alter or remove any content in their sole discretion, including without limitation, any content that violates these forum rules or the ComPet Forum Terms of Service, at any time with or without notice; and restrict the permissions or ability of any member to access any or all parts of ComPet Forum, refuse access, ban a user, block an IP address, or otherwise restrict the functionality of ComPet Forum.com content or services, at any time for any reason in their sole discretion with or without notice.
Please be aware that the Forum Staff does not review all content posted on ComPet Forum. Although the Forum Staff endeavors to keep discussions positive, on topic and polite, and to enforce the forum rules fairly and consistently, all members and users of ComPet Forum acknowledge that any statement in the forum rules that a post, thread or content will be edited or deleted, a user will be banned or other similar actions, denotes the Forum Staff's general intention only. The Forum Staff's failure to do so for any reason shall not result in any liability on behalf of the Forum Staff or ComPet Forum. We encourage members to help us in this effort by making use of the Report Post tool (the red exclamation mark button located in the top-right of each post) whenever one feels a post is offensive, inappropriate or violates these rules. This will enter the offending post into the moderation queue, and may result in quicker attention from the Forum Staff. For other content that may be in violation of these forum rules or otherwise objectionable, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any forum page to alert the Forum Staff.
Circumstances and situations may arise that periodically require a revision of these forum rules. As such, ComPet Forum administrators reserve the right to modify and/or expand the official rules of this forum at any time. The Forum Staff encourages you to periodically visit this page to advise yourself of the latest rules.
The Forum Staff shall be the sole and final arbitrators of what does or does not violate these rules and/or ComPet Forum community standards and whether a post, thread or content will be edited or deleted, a user will be banned, etc.
The decisions of the Forum Staff are final.