Welcome Skylords Reborn!
We want you to have an awesome time around here and thus we have created an environment for you to relax, discuss, bring up ideas, and both seek and receive advice or assistance for the game, the forums, and the development thereof. We want you to be able to gather up with the entire community to chat and enjoy yourselves whilst taking in mind that this place is available for the entirety of the community. Posting in these forums is a privilege and not a right so we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilised and respectful manner while you are here. These rules will sound awfully scary, but do not worry, they really aren't and are really easy to abide by, with a little common sense.
The rules listed below explain and clarify what is expected of you and what you should expect from other community members. As these rules are not completely all-encompassing, please take in mind that forum moderators, administrators and community managers have full discretion to address any behaviour, topic or event that they deem inappropriate and/or fail to accord to our code of conduct. All the aforementioned staff reserve the right to suspend or even deny your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, failing to conform to these guidelines. Warnings are usually non-negotiable, but users reserve the privilege to ask for clarification, whilst being aware that this will in no way ensure a response to said warning and will in no way ensure a change of result. Repetitive violation of the rules may result in permanent banishment from these forums. Note that these rules are not language-restrictive; they apply globally. Staff reserves the right to take preventative measures against known threats to our domain, including but not limited to spambots, known toxicity, and otherwise known people that may disrespect or have disrespected our policy. If these cases require discussion or you would like to appeal to these situations, please use the contact form or contact the community manager on any platform.
Remember that these rules apply to our entire domain, including Discord and the game itself, and are subject to change at ANY time.
Modifications made to the rules may be applied to ALL posts, including posts pre-dating the change.
"Yes, of course this means Skylords Reborn staff may time travel."
0. Staff List
This is a list of all current Skylords Reborn staff members, so you know whom to contact when in doubt or trouble on the forums (refer to Rule 9 first). Staff members are colour-coded by their jobs. Each role is individually listed along with the people currently possessing this role. Clicking their names refers to their profiles. Mind that not all staff work as moderators. Admins, The Community Manager, and Moderators reserve the right to override the rules, but should abide by them as much as they can as if they were a member (with some exceptions due to their jobs). Some Developers or Moderators may be listed as "Retired". This means that they are currently inactive. They retain their powers, but are not as active as other people in their rank. As a rule of thumb: All people with coloured names are SR staff!
It is important to know that in the SR team we work in a relatively flat structure. This means that every staff member's input is considered and every staff member can have ideas, thoughts and suggestions for any development discipline considered and implemented. Moderators can help design, programmers can help with account management and moderation, and so forth. Therefore, all the roles listed below only reflect the main role the staff member fulfils in the team; this is the main reason they were hired, but that does not restrict them from having a say in other specialisations. This means all staff are technically project developers, but for the sake of simplicity and common interpretation, when we mention "developers", we refer to programmers/coders.
ADMINISTRATORS - The two founders and owners of the project, say, the SR CEO's. They started it all and without them, Skylords Reborn would not even exist.
COMMUNITY MANAGER - Acts as an administrator without being a project owner; making big, key decisions in the project's development, directing and managing the project's current approach and future plans. Integrates community feedback into game development. They are also in charge of forum and game moderation as well as player support and account management. Responsible for community stability along with the moderators, this is your main contact for forum, account or community-related issues, as well as for general help and feedback.
MODERATORS - Take care of the forums, discord & game, help to keep them clean and enforce these Rules. They can be contacted for forum or community-related issues. Some Moderators are Global, meaning they take care of all platforms, whereas some are assigned to a specific platform. The moderation team is directed by the Community Manager; if you have any issues with a moderator specifically, contact him.
Scourge (Forum only)
DISCORD MODERATORS - Similar to Global Moderators, they specifically make sure our Discord Server is a nice place for everyone to be and talk with others! It's a great responsibility since it's the most active community platform we handle. Can be contacted for any Discord related issues.
DESIGNER - Staff specifically hired to create new game designs, mechanics and systems. Think of balance, reward systems, new content, cards, and so on. While it should be noted that all staff members have input on design, designers were specifically taken into the team for this, and have a degree of expertise/experience. Can be contacted for design concerns, feedback and explanation.
2D ARTIST - Makes 2D art for Skylords Reborn. Currently makes the beautiful Patreon-exclusive monthly BF concept art, launcher art, and may add visual content to the project in the future.
DEVELOPERS - Programmers responsible for back-end management and SR development, such as coding, creating a proper website for BattleForge account management (used for BFP, account data, and other profile tools), and other ways to accelerate and improve the project. Mind that those within the Developer category are not moderators and should not be contacted for forum or community-related issues. All developers may be directed by the Main Developer(s). Regular Developers work on creating and maintaining the game server, whereas Client Developers work on changing the client to match the new server and new reward systems. Can be contacted for tech issues.
You might notice the presence of Alpha and Beta Testers and Skylords of Honour. They are regular community members with a special badge due to their good efforts or help with testing. They are not part of the SR team and should generally not be contacted for issues.
Alpha and Beta Testers are community members that have/had access to the SR Test Server. Alpha testers have been able to access our servers since the Closed Alpha testing phase (September/October 2015), Beta testers joined the servers later, when the game entered its Beta phase (Early-Mid September 2016). Alpha and Beta Testers do not have any superior forum privileges and rights, and they do not know a whole lot more than regular forum members do. Alpha and Beta Testers are not part of the SR Team, and therefore nothing they state is official, and they do not necessarily spread correct information (misinterpretation is only human). They are allowed to spread community content just as much as regular members are, and do not bear any additional formality within their content. Alpha and Beta Testers are not Moderators. Alpha and Beta Testers are in no way more important than regular members.
Skylords of Honour are community members that have been granted a shiny badge due to exceptional community help and activity. They receive their badge because they have done something exceptionally helpful, and therefore deserve some additional acknowledgement. However, they should not be mixed up with any staff members just because they have a badge. Skylords of Honour do not have any superior forum privileges and rights, and they do not know a whole lot more than regular forum members do. Skylords of Honour are not part of the SR Team, and therefore nothing they state is official, and they do not necessarily spread correct information (as I already pointed out above, misinterpretation is only human). They are allowed to spread community content just as much as regular members are, and do not bear any additional formality within their content. Skylords of Honour are not Moderators. Skylords of Honour are in no way more important than regular members.
1. No Inappropriate Content
These forums are to be kept clean, safe and friendly to users of all ages, beliefs, moralities, ethnicities, and situations. We therefore do not allow obscene content or content with a (high) risk of offending users. This includes posts, links, images, videos, and any other direct medium. This category includes, but is not limited to, content which is:
Vulgar or graphic
Of religious nature
Offensive to any specific group of people (Racial/Ethnic/Country-based)
Offensive to a general audience
Promoting (symbols of) nationalistic/patriotic hatred
Irrelevantly (ergo: not focused around SR) advertising any product, including self-promotion
Insulting, provoking or calling out another member (Cynicism may also be seen as insulting)
Relating to drugs or activities involving them
Invasive of one's privacy
Distributing any other's information that could be private, without their consent or approval
Harassing or defamatory (This includes things like "kys" or other "popular memes" that are currently going on)
Publicly denouncing a person (Defamation of character or wild accusations of scamming)
Linked to or by itself harmful and malicious software, such as viruses, Trojans, etc.
Begging for game access during pre-release stages
Examples of any of the above (but not limited thereof) within your post will result in your post being deleted and a warning being issued. Multiple warnings may result in account suspension or restriction of indeterminate length.
Important notice: saying "kappa" or using the "kappa" or "troll" emote is by absolutely no means an excuse to act vulgarly or break the forum rules in any way. Not even as a joke. Same goes for any form of indicating sarcasm, such as "/s"
These forums are made for a global community. We assume English (UK/US) to be our global language and thereby it is required that every user posts their content within the English language. Additionally, inappropriate or vulgar language (cursing, swearing, etc.) is not permitted. If you desire to make a strong point, try to find words that bring emphasis rather than resorting to swearing. Must you truly use such language, it would be advised to censor the entirety or part of the word with asterisks or other non-alphanumeric symbols so that it is not immediately recognisable. We do not encourage the usage of such language, but we understand it sometimes must be used, so please keep it at a low level.
Posts outside of the English (UK/US) language will result in a request for translation, which, if not obeyed, will result in post deletion and a warning being issued. Inappropriate or vulgar language may result in an edit of the post, and may result in a warning if recurring. Multiple warnings may result in account suspension or restriction of indeterminate length.
1.2. Keeping it Legal
We would kindly ask you to not bring seriously illegal topics onto these forums. Whereas sometimes these topics are allowed to be used in a discussion or post, please try to set boundaries and ensure that topics will not rise to a criminal level. Refrain from expressing specific methods of piracy or committing crimes. Though unlikely to appear, refrain from posting cheats or hacks for the game, even if this is to point out they exist. If you are thus far urged to report such an activity, contact a staff member or use the report tool.
2. Spamming and/or Trolling
Spamming as well as trolling is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, gibberish, or any repetitive/successive posts of the same content
Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest and disturbance within the forums or (parts of) their community
Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making severely off-topic posts outside of the Off-Topic forum board that may ruin the thread, and insulting other posters
Making non-constructive posts
Clustering spoiler boxes (aka a spoiler in a spoiler in a spoiler in a spoiler etc.)
Making senseless or other rule 2-infringing posts to increase rank
"Adding fuel to the fire" or ensure the continuation or lengthening of fights, harassment, insults, and flame wars
Abusing the Report tool (false alarms, nonsensical messages, insults)
Posts marking a thread numbered, IBTL, TL;DR, or any other fad statements
Creating duplicate accounts for whatever reason
In-game: Griefing or purposely hindering allied players including abusing Shadow's self-damage skills.
In-game: Being AFK/Away or being purposely inactive (letting the others do the work for you without consent)
Mind that these rules apply as much to the Off-Topic board as to any other forum board, as well as in-game where applicable. Examples of any of the above will be deleted at sight. Depending on re-occurrence and/or the severity of the section 2 violation, this may result in warnings or direct account suspension or restriction for an indeterminate time.
Along with this being seen as pathetic, impersonating a Skylords Reborn staff member or forum user to do harm, create fake posts or announcements in order to make others believe they originate from the impersonated person, or unjustly cause confusion among other users will result in immediate account suspension for an indeterminate duration without warning.
3.1 No Multiaccounting
Making duplicate accounts to circumvent bans, to circumvent daily reward or ELO systems, or for literally any other reason, is strictly forbidden, both on the forums as well as in-game. We do not condone making additional accounts to speed up progression, get more points, to hide your identity, or for any other reason whatsoever. Routine and automatic multiaccounting detection will be applied to prevent multiaccounting, and accounts with IP matches may be suspended. Shared or public computers are taken into account, and if you accidentally get caught by our system while you are not intending to multiaccount (e.g. have siblings/roommates/friends on the same IP or network, public PC, shared PC), feel free to contact staff in any other way (e.g. Discord, Contact Form, etc). If sufficient proof is given, we can revert your penalties. Any registrations that closely resemble multiaccounting may have all their accounts banned immediately and without warning.
MULTIACCOUNTING HAS A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY. IF MULTIACCOUNTING IS DETECTED, FORUM AND GAME ACCESS ON BOTH YOUR ALTERNATE ACCOUNTS AS WELL AS THE MAIN ACCOUNT YOU USE WILL BE PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED, AND YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PLAY AGAIN.
Let it be clear that this rule is extremely important, and any infringements before 16/09/18 with no malicious intent after the Open Stress Test may be discussed by PMing me.
4. Posting Behaviour
There are a number of rules every user should stick to whilst they create a thread or response to an existing thread or chat:
No threadbumping within 24 hours of a thread's last post
Necroposting outside of Off-Topic boards is not recommended (Applies to threads of which the last post is older than 30 days)
NO ALL-CAPS POSTS
No threads that already exist or questions that are already answered in the FAQ (Use the Search Function!)
No IMspeak/netspeak/txtspeak, please take your time to create an understandable reply or topic
No doubleposting. Or tripleposting. Or quadraposting. Or pentaposting... No consecutive similar posts. This applies to both threads and replies and is accepted as spam.
No more than 2 animated pictures (.GIF) per post.
No chatbox flooding/spamming with animated or normal pictures.
No public blaming, no matter how right or wrong both you and the subject matter are
No insulting. Cynicism may count as insulting.
No public reporting or "member-ating" (acting like a moderator i.e. (strictly) pointing someone at the rules) The report button is there for a reason!
Similarly, staff behaviour and rule enforcing leniency should preferably be discussed privately and should be respected, see rule 11.
No begging for rep (see rule 7)
No begging for admin/dev/mod approval or response. We'll find your thread ourselves.
Post your topics within the appropriate forum. (If not, moderators will move your topic, but if this happens too much, appropriate measures will be taken, e.g. warnings/suspensions)
Use descriptive thread titles outside of Off-Topic boards. Not only will threads with titles like "Hi", "Help", "Plz", "Error", etc. repel users, but they are also vague and unhelpful.
No lying or awakening false hopes through made-up dev statements. You can help people out by explaining developer statements, but don't assume you know what you do not know, as this is punishable.
No chatbox breaking, or using the chatbox's history to "hide evidence". The chatbox is fully recorded for your safety, including in-game.
If you see something you shouldn't be able to see, PM a staff member about it. Say/spread nothing (and optionally, drink to forget).
Failure to abide by these rules may result in edits and/or warnings. Consecutive warnings will result in account suspension or restriction for indeterminate length.
4.1 Making Up Dev Statements
Although mentioned in rule 4, it is of the utmost importance to know that making up dev statements, especially release dates is strictly forbidden as it will spread like wildfire, potentially giving hundreds of fans false hopes. Do not assume you know more than forums, streams or official social media tell, and never make up any release dates or fake information, not even as a joke. This is a serious matter and will be punished.
Failure to abide by rule 4.1 specifically can result in immediate warnings and even short temporary bans. Seriously, be careful with this, we won't be extremely lenient on this one anymore.
5. Trade Rules
As soon as trading applies, in any way or form there are five golden rules that should be followed:
No public reports/blaming of the above (abide by rule 4)
No forum or in-game account selling
No transfers or suggestions or mention of transfers, transactions, or trades involving any real-life currency, including online measures such as paypal. Trade strictly through in-game currency and/or cards on both ends of a deal.
Failing to follow the last two rules of this section will result in a permanent ban without warning or negotiation. Any violation of the other rules may result in editing or a warning. Consecutive warnings may result in account suspension or restriction of indeterminate length. The final 2 points of this section will result in permanent bans.
Note that abusing or breaking any feature with any in-game medium, specifically trading, is strictly forbidden.
6. Profile Restrictions
Although most restrictions to accounts are automatically implemented, we want to make you aware of some points and rules regarding your user profile.
Must abide by at the very least the entirety of Rule 1
Must not be animated
Can't be longer than 255 characters
Have a total restriction in size of 600x150px for imagery. The total signature height should not exceed 150px (that includes both images and text together)
Animated GIFs are not permitted
Embedded content, such as youtube videos and widgets, is not permitted
Should not contain overly large text
Must abide by at the very least the entirety of Rule 1
Should not contain referral/affiliate links
Should not be animated
Should abide by at the very least the entirety of Rule 1
Should not contain links
Should abide by at the very least the entirety of Rule 1
Other profile fields
Should abide by at the very least the entirety of Rule 1
Any violation of these rules may result in editing or a warning. Consecutive warnings may result in account suspension or restriction of indeterminate length.
7. Reputation/Like System
The reputation system (rep system) is there for the community to give value to posts other users make ("likes"). When using the rep system, take a few things in mind:
The rep system is NOT a usergroup improving system. Having a lot of reputation makes you look trustworthy, but makes you no more or less of a user than everyone else.
Do not beg for likes. This will result in warnings, edits, and may even result in penalties if re-occurring.
Rep of any form creates no exceptions to forum rules whatsoever; rep itself should abide by the forum rules and having any value of rep does not make one an exception to the rules either.
Spamming rep in any form is not allowed. Said user may be reported validly.
You can like 5 times per day. This is to prevent spamming.
Reputation should never be used to enforce an argument. Sure, likes reserve the right to show you like or are in agreement with a post, but not to establish or force groups of people to support your standpoint, especially not if the argument or discussion caused is against the rules in the first place.
7.1. Reputation System Enforcement
Reputation is hard to monitor and prove the validity of. However, we do not tolerate the incentive of abusing reputation in any of the above ways. Therefore, if staff considers your reputation to be in any way spamming, invalid or used in a way it should not be used, staff undeniably reserves the right to act and penalise users for said behaviour. We will always give (a) warning(s) in advance for this. Failure to adapt results in rep changes being nullified and penalties applying. This means staff can judge the intentions of your reputation points as they see fit. Feel free to contact the Community Manager if you have issues with this, but he reserves the right to refer to this rule and close the case that way. Therefore, use reputation at your own risk. Rep is a powerful tool, use it wisely or face the consequences. Rule 7.1 may apply undeniably with no discussion possible.
8. Avoiding Penalties
A self-referential rule: do not break the rules and do not avoid penalties thereof. This includes making duplicate accounts, as well as making others post on your behalf. Duplicate accounts for any purpose whatsoever are considered to be an infringement of the rules. Attempting to avoid penalties will result in extension of said penalty, possibly to the extent of lengthy suspensions, permanent banishment and account deletion.
9. Being a robot
Spambots or suspected spambots will be deleted at sight. If staff has accidentally mistaken you for a spambot, try to contact Skylords Reborn staff in another way, such as private messaging in Facebook/Twitter/Youtube or email or Discord.
10. Responding to Rule Violation / Reporting Content
If a user does not follow these forum rules, it is strictly forbidden to publicly denounce or point out to this user that they are breaking the rules. This counts as public denouncement/insulting and will not be tolerated. If you wish to inform someone of their own rule violation, do so in a private, kind, supportive and structured way whilst following Rule 1. If you wish for SR staff to act or kick in, rather than sending a private message to them, click the report button under the infringing post. Provide a reason and staff will get behind this whenever they can or see fit. Abusing the report button will result in immediate warnings which may lead to account suspension or restriction of indeterminate length.
Similarly, you can report other players in-game using the /report <in-game name> <reason> chat command (everything within <> being contextual). Again, it is important to know that forum and in-game reports MUST ABIDE BY THE RULES, ESPECIALLY 1 AND 2. Failure to abide by this may result in receiving penalties yourself.
11. Respect the Staff and their Decisions
We try our utmost best to do our job of managing these forums, the game and the community to our own ability. We try to do our jobs at a pace we see fit, please have patience. We apply lenience of rule enforcement to our own standards. Any threads or posts questioning staff decisions may be removed at sight and consequences may apply as would be taken to act against public denouncement. If you have a problem with the actions of a staff member, discussing it privately, preferably with that staff member, is the only right way to approach it such a situation. No reporting, no public denouncement. Rudeness towards staff may be penalised as staff sees fit. Criticising development speed may be penalised as staff sees fit. Severe problems with moderators that you feel should be anonymous for whatever reason must be sent to the Community Manager (which happens to be me) and by absolutely no means anybody else.
11.1 Respect warnings and the privacy thereof
If you end up receiving a warning, we expect you to keep this information private, as is already described in the rules above. Publicly talking about, discussing or criticising warnings of any form, or action taken against you or another forum member, is subject to possibly increasing your warning's value or duration and is in violation with rule 11. Please do keep this information private and if you feel like discussing this with other members feel free to do so in PM or outside of the chatbox, forum threads or status updates. If the discussion remains to be public, please beware of the risks this may bring within our domain. The Skylords Reborn Team reserves the right to take preventative measures within their domain.
12. Content Uploading Policy
Due to the rapid spreading of misinformation and confusion this project brings along, if you want to distribute community-made content containing any information or news regarding Skylords Reborn, be it streams, newsletters, podcasts, articles, videos, or any such medium, you are obliged to include the following disclaimer in your content. This can be through a watermark of some sorts, and has to be at the absolute least be placed in both your account and content description:
Additionally, the SR team reserves the right to intervene with content distribution if they deem this necessary. If they see the need to shut certain community content uploading down they may do so without reasoning or warning. However, if any content will be a victim to this, these will most likely be provided anyway.
13. Game client and bug abuse
The usage of any bugs within any in-game content to any unintended benefit to any user in the game is forbidden and will result in bans. This includes breaking the game, manipulating the client or server in any way, using bugs to your or anyone else's advantage, generating any currency, value or account data outside of their intended purposes, and generally doing anything to the game (local or global) that you should not be doing. This does not include using design flaws on maps to get a more efficient clear time, but does include pretty much any other illegal action, such as cheating, data manipulation, or bug abuse. Currency or other data involved will not be refunded.
14. Game Feature/Progression abuse
Any boosts to in-game progression or actions to circumvent game progression in any way (This includes all gains (Gold/BFP/ELO/XP/Cards) and unlocks of both yourself and others) is not condoned and may result in penalties. Of course, gifting content to a friend or trading is fine, but abuse of our progression system is not. This includes multiaccounting, smurfing, real-life transactions, account trafficking, and other similar malicious activities. Currency or other data involved will not be refunded when actions are taken.
This should really go without saying, but in addition to the rules above it's important to emphasise that the usage of any tools, trainers, software or other methods of affecting the game in order to cheat, gain advantages, or for any other purpose whatsoever, is strictly forbidden. We enforce a zero tolerance policy on cheating, and as such cheating will result in an immediate and permanent ban. These programs or forms of abuse provide us with enough reason to act immediately. Having such tools linked to the game or affecting it in any way, even when unaware thereof or when they aren't used at all, is considered in conflict with our code of conduct. Only using them in singleplayer, only using them for yourself, or assuming other players are not affected are invalid excuses and such reasoning will be directly ignored, as will subsequent ban appeal(s) and their reasoning. Affected networks or other accounts will not be taken into consideration when cheating players are banned, and we hold the infringing player accountable for any such results affecting those around them. We consider this to be common sense.
Well, that's it! We all want the Skylords Reborn Forums and the BattleForge community to be an awesome experience and when it comes down to it, we want everyone within the community to be able to have fun and relax within an awesome and safe place, regardless of their backgrounds and experiences. Be kind and civilised as a Lyrish Knight, because that is all we ask. Now have fun and start discussing all sorts of stuff!
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