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Forum Rules ** as of June 13/2012 **

EA_Rick
IE Enlisted: 2012-10-11
2012-12-19 18:02 , edited 2013-02-04 10:55 by EA_Rick
The Rules

The below guidelines explain what behaviour is expected of you and what behaviour you should expect from other community members. These guidelines apply to, but are not limited to, Blogs, Posts, Comments, Images and Videos, collectively named “Posts”.

Moderators and admins of the forum are empowered to make decisions and appropriate judgement calls as to what does and does not fall into these categories and take any necessary action based on these guidelines.

Details of the EA Terms of Service can be found here; http://tos.ea.com/legalapp/WEBTERMS/US/en/PC/ [tos.ea.com]

Post Rules

It is requested that all posts are written in a constructive manner in order to start or add to a discussion and so that other users can also contribute in a constructive manner. Repeated failure to post constructively and constant disruptive comments will be viewed in a dim light and may invite action from a moderator or admin.

Actions with Zero-Tolerance

Conducting any of the following actions will result in immediate removal from the forum (account banning) without chance for appeal or removal of the associated ban.

1. Religions, National Hatred etc.- Posts that negatively portray religions or promote national hatred, either clear and/or masked and/or links to websites containing this type of language will result in a permanent ban. Posts that stereotype based on country, race or religion are unacceptable. Images, quotes, posts, avatars or signatures that are posted to provoke others for any reason will be removed and the poster will be banned.

2. Impersonating EA/DICE/ESN employees or Moderators – Impersonating any EA employee or a Moderator will result in a permanent ban. Only vetted EA staff or EA partners are permitted to use the EA prefix on their username.

3. Posting Piracy information, Hacks or Trojans - Posting links to torrents, hacks, or viruses will result in an immediate ban. Asking for serial keys for illegally obtained copies of games or software will not be tolerated and will result in a ban.

Discussion of piracy and illegal torrents and the naming of sites related to these activities is also forbidden and will result in a ban.

4. Multiple Accounts - Those who continue to make additional accounts whether to get around a ban or to pose as different forum or Battlelog members will have all accounts closed.

5. Pornography – Linking to, and the posting of, images related to or depicting pornography will result in the immediate and permanent banning of the member’s account without chance for appeal. Naming sites linked to or associated with pornography is also forbidden and will result in a ban. Photos or images from global advertising campaigns or TV shows are not permitted and will result in an infraction.

Moderators and admins of the forum are empowered to make decisions and appropriate judgement calls as to what does and does not fall into these categories and take any necessary action based on these guidelines.



Other Applicable Rules of Conduct
1). Swearing and Vulgarity – Posts containing or linking to profanity, obscenity, insults, personal attacks, accusations or abusive language will be deleted or censored. Continued disregard for this rule will result in a permanent ban. Do not post images that include inappropriate language or content.

2). Flaming, Harassing- This includes any kind of personal attack, flame, targeted harassment or intimidation either by posts or private messages. If you have concerns about the treatment you are receiving at the hands of another member, don’t respond in kind; report the posts or messages and feel free to contact a member of the Administration/moderator Team for assistance or use report system. Please do not post 'flame bait' to provoke others as this will be treated with the same punishment as if you were flaming. Baiting/Flaming : Flaming other members or making statements that are intended or appear intended to try and bait a confrontation are also not welcome.

3). Spamming - Spamming includes bumping, creating posts with the sole purpose of linking to another post, excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish, posting the same post multiple times, repeatedly posting the same topic in different places, 'in before the lock' posts or repeatedly posting images or smilies only. Remember, the edit button is your friend and duplicate posts will be merged.

4). Advertising – Advertising pay-to-play gaming sites, products or items for sale, referral links or advert links/images in forum signatures, avatars posts, blogs, profiles or messages is not permitted.

However, advertising free gaming fan sites and free to enter league sites is permitted.

5). Graphics, Links, and Screenshots - All files and content linked to from a post are subject to the same content guidelines as described above. If posting graphics from external sources please make sure to obtain permission from the original owner first. It is not acceptable to post scans of magazine articles, books or other publications on the forum.

6). Signatures and Avatars – Signatures and avatars must be suitable for the forum environment. You are not allowed to use the EA logo in your avatar.. Any link that you add must lead to an appropriate site or image under the other forum rules. Please note that any references to racism, swearing, sexism, ageism or other inappropriate content will result in the member’s account being immediately and permanently banned without appeal.

7). Naming and Shaming - Naming and shaming is not permitted on the forum or Battlelog. This is in regard to those you believe may be cheating in any of the games. Any references of this type will be removed. If you would like to report information regarding those who may be cheating then please contact a member of the EA Support team. Do NOT post it.

Available routes to report:

Via Profile - Visit the users battlelog profile, click the report "exclamation" mark symbol at the top-right of their page, and fill it in with the reason for reporting them. You can submit links to videos or Battle reports in which you suspect the user to be cheating.(direct report)

To properly report cheating in Medal of Honor Warfighter/Battlefield 3 : https://help.ea.com/article/how-to-report-harassment-or-cheating-to-battlelog-for-mohw-and-bf3 [help.ea.com]

8). Warnings, Infractions Bans - It is not appropriate to post about any warnings, infractions or bans given to yourself or others on the forum and any threads made for this purpose will be closed. Posts relating to warnings, infractions or bans may be removed.

Please be aware abuse of the “Report Post” system will be subject to the same discipline as abuse of any other system in place on this site.

9). Posting Personal Details of Others – Posting personal details of others users including but not limited to name, telephone number, address, date of birth is not permitted and any user that does will be infracted. Continual disregard for this rule will result in a permanent forum ban.

Other Rules

1). Distribution of Personal Information - We advise against posting your contact details on the forum and will remove any email/IM or postal addresses or telephone numbers that we see posted in threads. You may add your email and IM addresses to your profiles if you wish. Do not give out telephone numbers or addresses for yourselves or others on the forum for your own safety.

2) Petition threads / threads created in all caps and Titles in all Caps will be closed. all Caps is considered "shouting" and not required. Petitions will be closed as well. people like to create petitions for everything and they can and have clogged up the forums forcing other peoples threads and discussions of the page quickly.


3). Removal of Disruptive Users - EA reserves the right to remove users from the forum without warning if they are judged to be disruptive, negative towards other users or not positively contributing to the community.


Failure to follow these guidelines can result in your posts being moved, locked or deleted, and may get your access privilege temporarily or permanently removed.

EA Community Guidelines are subject to change and evolve without notice.


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