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Rules



If you see anyone breaking the rules, please report them rather than telling them that they are breaking the rules. A moderator will then decide if the rule breach deserves punishment.

Also note, the rules list is a warning to members of conduct that is not allowed. Not all of the rules are on the list. Some rules are "common sense" and should be known by anyone. If you feel as if it may not be allowed, don't do it.
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i. Prerequisites
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A) "343industries" means all of the services that 343industries.org offers on the 343industries Web Site, including, without limitation, the "shoutbox", "downloads", "marketplace", "file share", "news" tab, the "forum", "343industries.info", "343i.org" and all technology, processes and materials used to provide such services.
B) "Member", "User" or "Account" means any person or entity who opens and maintains an account with 343industries
C) "Site" means a page or network of pages created, hosted and/or maintained on the 343industries Web Site.


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1: General
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A) Do not create accounts named similar to that of the staff.
This is to prevent confusion about who the moderators are/aren't. The only people with any authority over how the site functions are the moderators/admin.
B) No racism, ethnic discrimination, foul and/or abusive language, discussions of "drugs" in any way shape or form.
This is to prevent hurt feelings, anger amongst the community, and being a bad influence on our members.
C) Pornography, Warez, or any other illegal transactions may NOT be linked in any shape or form.
This is to prevent our members from becoming victims of malicious software/cyber pranks or getting in trouble with law enforcement agencies. Pornography is not allowed because while Halo is rated M for mature, it does not feature pornography, and this site has members who are under the age of 12.
D) You will not use a "bot" or application to make automatic forum posts for you.
This is to prevent spamming and flooding.
E) Rules can be amended by the moderators, if they see fit.
This is to prevent members from escaping punishment for breaking rules due to technicalities.
F) Do not do anything that will clearly draw traffic to an off-site location.
This is to prevent constant spam posts and our members falling victim to malicious software caused by an non-secure site.
G) We reserve the right to delete/merge/moderate any accounts.
This is letting you know that if you do something wrong, we will fix it.
H) Interrupting the service for anyone else will result in a ban.
This is to protect you from people who seek to annoy/harass you.
I) Buying / Selling / Trading is strictly prohibited.
This is for the safety of all our members.


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2: Forums
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A) Do not create topics that are used to direct traffic elsewhere.
This is to prevent members from becoming victims of malicious software/cyber pranks.
B) Name the topic correctly. No one wants to read "Help me!", "Reach Sucks!", "WTF!", try "Help With Legendary Campaign", "Cannot restore Campaign backup".
This is to prevent same-name topics and to make the forums more tidy and organized. If you are having trouble thinking of a proper title, PM a moderator with a link to the thread and ask them to edit the title to what they think is best.
C) Do not overuse the BBCODE system in any shape or form that resembles spamming.
This is to prevent "useless" posts that are nothing but emoticons and a few words, and to keep posts easy to read.

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3: Posting
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a) Do not steal others code/research to incorporate into your topic/post. Use credit. (Thanks Peaches)
This is to prevent any intellectual property theft that may lead to a member getting in trouble with law enforcement agencies.
B) Do not post stolen/cracked applications.
This is to prevent any member from being a victim of malicious software/cyber pranks and to keep them out of trouble with law enforcement agencies.
c) Do not continually flame someone in a topic.
This is to prevent any members from actively attacking each other.
d) Do not "backseat moderate". Simply report the topic and move on.
This is to prevent useless posts and members starting flame wars.
e) Do not use an excessive amount of smilies or bbcode.
This is to make sure the site doesn't lag for members and to keep the forum tidy.
f) Do not post anything that is intended to break the system, or takes up a large amount of space.
This is to keep the forum tidy and running smoothly.
g) Pictures may be posted as long as they are not explicit or offensive.
This is to prevent younger members being exposed to things that they shouldn't be.
h) Do not post anything that may or could damage another users computer.
This is to prevent members from becoming victims of malicious software/cyber pranks.

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4: Shoutbox
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a) The Shoutbox is not for extended support. Please make a topic for in-depth support inquiries.
This is to make sure that people can use the shoutbox for conversing.
B) The Shoutbox is not for links to other related gaming sites. Links to other sites will result in bans.
This is to prevent spam/flooding.
c) The Shoutbox is not for advertising, this includes but not limited to games, clans, websites, events, and tournaments.
This is to prevent spam/flooding.
d) Posting any disruptive bbcode in the Shoutbox is grounds for a warning.
This is to keep the site running smoothly and to prevent the disruption of conversations in the shoutbox.
e) We reserve the right to ban any accounts from the shoutbox without warning.
This is to prevent members from becoming overconfident and breaking the rules thinking they are immune to punishment.
f) Do not continually flame someone in the shoutbox.
This is to prevent disruption of conversations in the shoutbox, and to prevent bullying/trolling.
g) Do not flood the shoutbox (e.g., short, rapid posts that disrupt communications within the shoutbox.)
This is to prevent disruption of conversations in the shoutbox, as well as prevent a member needing assistance going unnoticed.

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5: Messaging
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a) Do not use the "Messenger" for dating or matchmaking services.
This is to prevent harassment of members.
B) Do not use the "Messenger" for commercial gain without explicit permission from administrator.
This is to prevent spam/flooding of the Private Message system.

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6: Banning
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a) There is no refund for any subscription.
This is to let members know that if they get banned, they will not be entitled to a refund of any services rendered.
B) 5 warnings = A permanent ban.
This is to let members know about the warning system.
c) Warnings expire after 120 days.
See B)
d) Usergroup demotion can occur for multiple warnings.
This is to let members know that they can be demoted if they continuously break rules.
e) Warnings can be obtained for breaking any rule listed here.
See B)
f) Permanent bans can occur for any larger offense.
This is a warning to members that they can and will be banned permanently for large offenses.
g) Evading bans is grounds for a permanent suspension.
This is to prevent multiple accounts to avoid punishment.

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7: Signatures & Avatars
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a) Avatars maximum size are 90x90 pixels (Width/Height).
This is to keep the forum tidy.
B) Avatars cannot exceed (1000KB) or (0.97656MB).
This is to keep the forum tidy and running properly.
c) Allowed image extensions are (gif,jpg,jpeg,png).
This is to keep the forum tidy and running properly.
d) Signatures should not take up more room than your post.
This is to keep the forum tidy and to prevent signature flooding/spam.
e) Any Signature exceeding 600x300 will be removed.
This is to keep the forum tidy, running properly, and to prevent signature flooding/spam.


If you feel a ban is incorrect or wish to debate it, you may email banned(AT)343industries.org.