Do NOT attack other players by name or reference

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Do NOT attack other players by name or reference

Postby Alabama » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:38 pm

Part of the reason for the infraction point system was to try and make the forums and chat a nicer place to be.

I have banned two people already this morning for personally attacking other players. Let me make this clear.

If you post on someone else's thread to call them a liar, cheater to show how bad a player they are, you are in the wrong and will earn infraction points and will be banned.

If you post on your own thread and give links to the person who is breaking the rules, you are in the wrong and will be banned.

In any and all cases, if you feel someone is breaking the rules, do not be a vigilante and expose them for the world to see. You report them to the Ops who can make those decisions and decide what, if any action is necessary. This includes all sections of the forums.
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Re: Do NOT attack other players by name or reference

Postby Alabama » Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:15 pm

It has come to my attention that some posters are taking this broad warning in a very literal sense, that you cannot even disagree with someone else. This is not the case.

It has always been a rule on the forums and in the game that you cannot use game services to flame or attack another player for any reason. In other words, you could not call another player on the carpet for everyone to take a potshot at. Likewise you could not be in disagreement with someone else and call them names. You could not personally attack someone by bringing into question their personal life. It's always been a rule and still is.

My warning is that this rule is still in effect and with the new infraction points, the penalty for personally attacking someone is being banned whether it's your thread or someone else's.

Rules of Conduct
While playing Virtual Horse Ranch, you must respect the rights of others and their rights to play and enjoy the game. These are basic guidelines that everyone must follow, and will be enforced by Orbis Games Service Staff.
Orbis Games & VHR is committed to fair and equal treatment of all of its customers and non-paying players. If there is a suspected violation of the Rules of Conduct, we will investigate fully, before taking any serious action.

This means if you think someone is breaking the rules, tell us. Don't assume they are breaking the rules, even if you have proof. Give us the proof so we can investigate.
Prohibited Conduct
1. Harass, threaten or embarrass another Player of the Services or to cause distress, unwanted attention or discomfort of such Player, or any other person or entity. VHR/Orbis Games does not condone harassment in any form and may suspend or terminate the account of any Player who harasses others.

Do not publicly humiliate another player by bringing their artwork/training style/eventing style etc into question in a public forum. Tell us and let us investigate and take appropriate actions to stop them if necessary.

Disagree with anyone you want, just don't make it personal. You don't have to post all sunshine and roses, you do have to respect other's players rights to post what they wish and if they break the rules, to alert us. If you disagree with someone and can't find some way to post without calling them ignorant, cheater, liar, whatever, then just don't post.
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