Privateer Press Forums FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

So what does appropriate behavior mean?

It means behaving in a manner that is suitable for a public gathering, respecting the other members of the forums and treating them as you would wish to be treated. Members are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, show mutual respect, maturity and common sense. Some examples of unsuitable behavior are listed below:
  • Personal insults against another member, including the use of words such as "retarded" as a pejorative
  • Racial, sexist or religious insults or 'humor,' including any references to sexual assault
  • Profanity
  • Pornographic images or links
  • Inflammatory behavior
  • Deliberate attempts to circumvent the forums profanity filters
  • Registering of multiple accounts
  • Excessive spamming
  • Pictures of us after a night at the local pub.

Are there any topic areas I should avoid?

We at Privateer Press want to maintain the Forums as a healthy community where people with a shared interest in our products can gather and discuss and have a good time, within limits. We provide an Off Topic forum for the discussion of non-related subjects by members of the community. We wish to encourage members to participate in open discussion about a wide variety of topics that enhance the community feel of the forums. There are certain topic areas that we feel are detrimental to the community feel as they highlight and promote difference rather than celebrate the common ground. These topic areas should be avoided, even in the Off Topic forum. There are plenty of other forums across the internet where these ideas can be discussed and debated. Keep in mind that the goal of this site as a whole is to promote Privateer Press. Anything that runs counter to that goal or runs against the forum guidelines will be deleted at our discretion Some examples of topics that are not suitable is listed below (But not limited to):
  • Political discussion
  • Racial, sexist or religious discussion
  • Controversial topical issues such as abortion and gay marriage
It should also be remembered that the forums are not a dating forum or a personal want-ad section.

What is a Moderator?

A Privateer Press Staff member or volunteer chosen to help ensure the smooth running of the forums. They are assisted on the technical side by a team of Administrators.

So, what does a Moderator do?

Performs administration tasks to keep forums running smoothly Answers questions and queries from members regarding forum issues Counsel members if necessary regarding inappropriate behavior and works to change attitudes so the forums are an enjoyable place for all. Reacts to complaints and investigates, taking action if necessary. Keeps discussions on topic if they begin to stray or locks or moves them as required.
The role is about communication ? The moderator is not here to wave a big stick, although he does carry one ? they are here to ensure the smooth running of the forums, recognize and encourage the diversity of its membership, and foster a community spirit in which opinions can be freely and respectfully exchanged. That said, they will not let behavior of the minority or a few bad thralls have an adverse effect on the enjoyment of the majority.

Before posting consider the following:

Just observe the same sort of rules you would in society, show a little maturity and thought as to your post content, and think twice before you hit the submit button.
Consider the following before posting:
  • Is this appropriate for a forum that is accessed by all ages?
  • Is this confrontational and likely to cause the escalation of a flame war?
  • Does it contribute something to the forums as a whole?

What happens if I make an inappropriate post?

If you should type something and after doing so think ?that doesn't sound too good' you can edit your post by clicking on the Edit button on the top right of the post. If you do not and the moderating team feels that the post warrants action they will either:
Message you and ask that you edit the post and explain why. Edit it themselves and message you a polite reminder and explanation. Delete the post and message you to explain why. They may, if they feel it is warranted, increase your warning level and impose additional restrictions on your posting.

What is this "Warning Level"?

Under your name and avatar you will see a warning level indicator. You will only be able to see your own but everyone has one. Admins and Forum Moderators are able to view everyone's. Should you breach forum guidelines and it is felt it requires a 'formal' warning you will receive an increase and be notified of the reasons why. If it is necessary for an individual to receive multiple warning increases they can be subject to further action such as:
  • Placed on moderator preview for a period of time
  • Have your posting privileges temporarily suspended
  • Have your account closed

What do I do if I have made a double post or want my post removed?

Send a PM to a Moderator or Admin or email explaining why you would like the post removed and it will be taken care of.

What do I do if I come across a post that offends me, or I feel is inappropriate for the forums?

If there is a post you feel is questionable or offensive you can report it to the Moderating Team by clicking on the Report button in the bottom left corner of a post. Please include an explanation. The moderators will review the post and take any action they deem necessary. Please do not reply directly to the post, as this my inflame the situation further, leave it for the Moderators to deal with.

I am new to posting in online forums, is there anything I should know?

There are several things that are often considered to form acceptable 'netiquette' and polite net manners. Some things that should be avoided:
  • Posting in all capitals (this is considered to indicate shouting and is considered rude).
  • Excessive use of abbreviated language. For example; "UR" instead of "you are".
  • Lack of punctuation or sentence structure - this makes posts hard for others to read.
  • Excessive or inappropriate use of these in a post may lead to you receiving a request to edit your post.

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