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Code of Conduct


Personal Attacks & Common Sense
Personal attacks, hate speech and personal vendettas are simply not allowed on our boards. This is not a place for combat or flame wars. If you're having a problem with anger management, get it under control, or find another internet forum to post on. Feel free to engage in discussion, but keep it civil. If you can't talk to other people as if they're intelligent, you won't be posting here for long. Use common sense and everyone will be happier. Be respectful of other users that post on the forums. We want this to be a fun place to come and share ideas and stories.

The posting of inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed to annoy or antagonize other posters or disrupt the flow of discussion is not welcome here. Do not respond to any baiting. By responding you are giving the troll what they want - a reaction out of you. This will soon escalate and get quickly out of hand.

Stay on Topic
Do not hijack other people's thread. If you would like to discuss something else, please create a new thread. Do not needlessly revive old topics.

Do not post links to piracy or warez websites or mention where or how people can do such things. Even cleverly or creatively letting people know where to go is not permitted. Malazan Empire is a representative site of our favorite author. Do not post something that might jeopardize this. 1st time is a warning, 2nd time and you will be banned.

Nudity/Porn Pictures or Links
Occasionally, we have threads that skirt the edge of being work safe. Nudity is expressly forbidden from being posted in image form. If you decide to link to something that contains questionable, crude, vulgar, or anything of an explicit nature, please mark it accordingly. We are simply trying to keep Malazan Empire a safe environment for everyone.

Signatures are allowed, but try to keep them relatively short so they don't become a distraction from the flow of the forums. Images or banners are not allowed in your signature. Personal websites linked in your signature are typically okay as long as they don't violate any of our rules. If you have any doubts ask a moderator.

Pimping your Website
This is not a place to pimp your personal website, Myspace page or Ebay auction - it's a place for people to share ideas and have fun. Occasionally mentioning a personal website is probably acceptable, repeatedly mentioning it isn't. Have enough sense to become part of the community before you test this theory - your first post shouldn't be about your site.

Multiple Forum Accounts
Multiple usernames (or alts) are not allowed. Infractions against this will result in permanent banning from the site.

Post Padding
Spamming this forum will not gain you points, stars, a cookie or anything else. Please add something to the conversation here. Reputation is designed to spur on the creation of decent topics and conversation. Abuse of the system will result in the reset of your reputation and if need be, banning.

We are trying to make this a work-safe environment. This means that we expressly forbid swearing in post titles, usernames, and signatures. It also means that you may wish to throttle back your use of 'colorful' language. While we do not overtly outlaw swearing, we ask that you use it in moderation. Think about how you would conduct yourself in a public restaurant. Repeated and flagrant disregard for this policy will result in editing, deleting, or other more dire consequences.

Other Rules
The Moderators and Malazan Empire Staff reserve the right to add or subtract rules or edit this list. If we make changes to our rules we will post a notice on the forum so everyone can be aware of the change.

Rule Infraction Consequences
While each infraction will be handled on a case by case basis, repeated violations of the rules will be handled as below:

First Infraction = Warning via PM, and your post may be edited for content if necessary

Second Infraction = Warning and possible temporary suspension of account for 1 week.

Third Infraction = You need time to learn. Take a vacation for an amount determined by moderation staff no less than 3 months.

Fourth Infraction = Permanent suspension from the entire site. This means we ban your IP from reaching the front page or reading the forums. You are no longer welcome.