Code of Conduct
Sleepy, Friday 27 July 2007 - 08:24:07

This is a list of guidelines that we expect all Intelligent Gamer visitors to adhere to. These rules may be updated at any time for any reason and should never be considered exhaustive. Just because something is not listed here does not mean that you won't get moderated or banned for doing it. Hopefully these rules will make it clear enough what we expect of our visitors at a broad level so that all of the details can be discerned even if there are not explicit rules for every detail.

Expect to be moderated or banned if you break any of the following rules:

  1. Be Respectful - Most of the other guidelines can probably be lumped under this statement, so it appears first. This doesn't mean you can't argue, disagree, or debate with others. In general, the standards of respect for internet communication are much lower than that of face-to-face interaction because the consequences of antagonistic behavior are practically non-existent. We expect our members not to say anything that they wouldn't say face-to-face.
  2. No childish behavior - Yes, this is subjective, but we have a Zero Tolerance policy on childish behavior here. Again many of our other guidelines can fall under this statement.
  3. No profanity - After some debate it was decided that Intelligent Gamer would operate under a "no profanity" rule. Yes, probably most of us are adults here, but that doesn't necessarily mean we all want to read curse words. There is a reason that you don't see profanities in academic journals or politicians' speeches and it is difficult to argue that profanity has a place in intelligent conversation. Any profanities will be automatically censored, so that should serve as a reminder that you shouldn't be using them. Any excessive censoring will result in a warning followed by a ban. Any attempts to circumvent the censor via word masking will result in a ban.
  4. No personal attacks - People will disagree on this site. However, any disagreements that turn into personal attacks will result in an instant and permanent ban. We expect everyone to treat all others' opinions with respect.
  5. Use proper English grammar and syntax - You won't get banned for dangling participles... but you will get banned for using Leet speak, shouting (typing complete paragraphs in all caps), or overusing slang abbreviations like "plz", "thx", "o rly", etc. These are more severe offenses because they fall under "childish behavior". Other forms of grammatical errors such as punctuation, misspelling, or incoherent sentences will be dealt with on a case by case basis - likely starting with warnings or possibly being ignored completely if they are isolated incidents. Note that this is not meant to discriminate against those who do not speak English as their primary language. It is mainly in order to maintain conventions of communication necessary to engage in intelligent conversations. So this will hopefully weed out those too lazy to even try to type correctly. We don't want to have to be grammar Nazis here, but we do not want to clog our forums with incoherent posts.
  6. No fanboyism - Everybody has their favorite games, systems, genres, etc. Fanboys aggressively seek to abuse and annoy those who disagree with them and in many cases have no first-hand experience with gaming outside of the particular set of products that they support. Don't do it here.
  7. No warez - More specifically, no requests for pirated software or links to pirated software. Discussion of pirating in general or copyright laws is, of course, fair game.
  8. No vulgar or offensive usernames - If typing your username in a forum post might get you banned under one of the other rules, expect to be banned for having that username.

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