04-26-2011 until 05-27-2014
2K Games Forum Guidelines: Take a look before you post!
Hey there! Welcome to the official 2K Games Forums, and thanks for taking the time to look at this big pile of text. We want to bring as many people together as possible to talk about video games—especially the ones made by 2K Games. The guidelines below are intended to help create an inclusive, inviting community for newcomers and forum veterans alike, so hopefully it doesn't sound too scary.
These rules should be pretty easy to follow, but if you happen to stray a bit, the 2K Games staff and the volunteer moderators on the forum use a warning/infraction system, which means that you'll be alerted when you're doing something that isn't allowed. If you happen to rack up too many infractions—especially within a short span of time—we may be forced to ban your account temporarily or permanently. Finally, it's worth mentioning that we may add to or otherwise alter these rules from time to time as new issues arise; we'll try our best to announce when that happens.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with a 2K Games Community staff member. Okay, here goes:
- Respect each other: It's really important to be respectful to all community members, and the 2K Games community as a whole. It's fine to debate and argue, but don't insult, use name-calling, or troll other members to try to get your point across. Don't call people out, don't post obvious troll threads, and try your hardest not to start flame wars. We all love games, and we all have strong opinions. Please remember that, and respect each other. Keep in mind that moderators and administrators of this site are members of the community, too!
- Keep it clean: Even though you're probably a super-cool grownup, there are younger folks on these forums, so you'll need to keep it relatively clean when posting here. This means that the stuff you post, as well as your username, avatar, and other profile details should be appropriate for readers aged 13 and up. Refrain from cursing and using other bad language when you post. Inappropriate posts—as determined by the 2K Games community team—and the threads that encourage them are not allowed. Usernames, avatars, and other profile information deemed inappropriate will be subject to deletion/editing.
- Avoid posting spoilers: Don't post something that might be considered a spoiler, except in proper threads/forums. When you do, provide clear warning (preferably in the thread/post title), and wrap the spoiler-y bits in the BBCode tag.
- Don't advertise, solicit or otherwise spam: Do not advertise on this site, the forums, or in private messages. If you're an established member of the community and you made a cool fan website or thing related to one of our games, we might let it slide, but please drop a line to a 2K Games community staff member to clear it before posting.
- Don't post in a spammy fashion. Here's what we mean by that:
- Try not to make threads about topics that have already been created or discussed. When in doubt, use the search tool!
- Be sure to use text decorations sparingly when posting. Large-size font, colors, all caps, and so forth can help with clarity, organization, or emphasis, but simply using these features to personalize or add flare to your posts is not allowed.
- Don't use the forums as a chat room. In general, threads are meant cover a specific topic, so keep that in mind when creating them! Threads that are really unfocused and/or invite a lot of spammy posts will likely be closed.
- Try to avoid making replies that consist only of "This +1," "me too!" or similarly short messages. It's certainly okay to express agreement or excitement over a subject or post, but try to contribute something new to a discussion when you post, particularly when quoting someone else!
- Steer clear of moderation talk: Don't discuss mod/admin activity that occurs on the forums. That includes (but is not limited to) bringing up your own or someone else's warnings, infractions, and bans. If you are asked by a 2K Games staff member or moderator to stop doing something, please listen. Feel free to contact a 2K Community Manager if you have questions or concerns, but back-talking in the middle of a thread only serves as a distraction from the discussion at hand.
- Avoid backseat moderation: Even though it's extremely tempting at times, try your best not to engage in backseat moderation—reciting the rules to other members, calling something out as spam, trying to get a thread shut down, and so forth. If you see something that you think is a violation of the forum rules, use the "Report Post" tool as your first resort.
- One account only, please: Don't make multiple accounts. If you do, it's really likely that we'll ban your extra accounts. If you've created one/some to circumvent a ban—even a temporary one—your primary and extra account(s) may be permanently banned.
- Do not pirate stuff, and don't encourage it! Piracy of music, games, and other media will not be tolerated here. Do not post about torrents or torrent sites. This also includes discussions about piracy as a general topic, too, so please don't have them here. Notable exception: We will allow threads about the swashbuckling sort of piratical behavior (smart alec).
- Don't post scans or leaked info: Avoid posting unofficial links or magazine scans. If you want to post up an article or video, please link to the original source.
- Use caution when engaging in thread necromancy/bumping: Bumping old threads because you have something to say that will bring something new to the topic is all right. However, a thread that has not been touched in two weeks is generally considered "dead". Don't bump your own thread without a very good reason. Inappropriately resurrected threads will likely be locked by the mod team.
- Use descriptive thread titles: When posting a new thread, use a clear and descriptive title. Thread titles such as "Why is this??" or "Ummmm..." may be closed or renamed at the discretion of the mod team or 2K staff. This was mentioned earlier, but bears repeating: if you are talking about something that is a spoiler, mention it in the title.
- Company names and you: Don't insult 2K, Firaxis, Irrational, Take-Two, or any other developers making 2K Games with your username. Likewise, do not use phrases such as "Irrational", "2K", "Firaxis", or "Take2" in your username, or we'll require you to change it. Related to that, don't try to impersonate any employee of these companies.
- Posting images: Some of the forums on this site have the [img] BBCode tag enabled. We are slowly rolling this out to more forums as a trial run. The forums that DO have the image tag enabled have a special responsibility! It is these forums that we will use to determine if image tags should be rolled out to all other forums, or disabled forever. Please keep these very important guidelines in mind when using the image tag:
- An image should not make up your entire post, unless the theme of the thread indicates otherwise. If the image doesn't further the discussion, it's not appropriate.
- Post a photo when you don't believe your point can be conveyed entirely in words. That said, it's worth taking the time to explain the image or why it supports your point.
- No facepalms, lolcats, or other
hilarious image macros or memes will be tolerated. They're essentially content-free, and we'll treat them like spam.
- Keep it clean. Anything that'd get filtered or moderated in word form is at least doubly not okay as an image.
- As always, be respectful to your fellow members. Related to not posting image memes/macros, using an image to target or mock another forum poster will result in warnings and infractions.
- Be a contributor: Finally, the 2K forums host civil discussions on a variety of topics, and we always want to keep the conversation welcoming, inclusive, and a positive experience. Please remember that others will be reading what you write without knowledge of your state of mind or sarcastic intent. Arguments are won by convincing the other side, not by scoring points with the crowd through personal attacks or rudeness. Other obnoxious behavior, such as spam, also detracts from the quality of conversation. Please don't cause trouble for the sake of causing trouble, and don't try to get around the rules.
Hey, you got through it!
How many fingers am I holding up? Ah, you'll be just fine. Enjoy your stay on the 2K Games forums, and thanks again!