First of, this is just a proposal. This is not the new rules of HLTV.
Also, it’s a pretty long read and no TL;DR will be given at the end.
When browsing the forums I sometimes comes across what is allowed on the site and what is not, and unfortunately there isn’t always a clear answer. I took it upon myself on my own time to see if I could come up with some rules that would clear up some mistakes.
Didn’t really have any intention to post it in the first time, but when it got longer and better I thought “Might as well post it”.
So instead of a PM directly to the admins, I thought it would be interesting to see what the community thought about it, bad/good or if it feels like I have missed something.
Admins are allowed to use some, all, or modify the existing text to their own liking.
Some of it I felt like an explanation could be of use so I have added the “*Attention”, just to make some things more clear.
In this proposal the rules will follow 2 different groups: Netiquette, Rules.
Lets start with the Netiquette.
Users who violates the Netiquette may be handed a warning. This is to ensure everyone have a pleasant usage of the site, smaller misconduct can be tolerated but excessive abuse after a single or multiple warnings, can result in a ban.
The thread's title should give a true and fair view of what the thread is about. If the post is essentially a question, the title will end with a question mark.
*Attention: Baiting with such is against the rule 1.8 (discussed later on). You are allowed to have an ongoing discussion with yourself and even contradict yourself, but overall whatever is posted and it’s true meaning, should be reflected in the title.
0.2 Starting a thread and deciding where to post:
Do not start a new thread if there is already a suitable thread.
Be sure to post your posts in the correct sub forum. Your post should be related to the topic the forum is about.
*Attention: Some topics can be discussed multiple times without it be considered abuse. But if there already are 1-3 topics surrounding a recent tweet or something similar, made by a pro player, known person or such, there is no need for 1 more.
0.3 Nonsense and off-topic:
Post that clearly are off-topic or nonsense can be removed without motivation or a heads up.
*Attention: If your post is removed you should most suitable see it as a small warning, even if a warning is not given.
Don’t post a topic in different sections of the forum at the same.
0.5 Actions of the Moderators:
Unless the topic is about the Moderators, where they are the one’s being asked question, don’t question whether specific comments were removed in a thread. Such comments will be removed as they are considered off-topic.
If question still arise whether your post were removed, the question should be sent in a PM to the Moderator.
0.6 False rumor:
Spreading false rumors about persons, companies or other organizations with the intent to expose them to dissatisfaction of others, or to intentionally spread distorted or false information with intent to mislead, is against the rules.
*Attention: Being a journalist is one thing, but just spreading false rumors is prohibited. Most users are not journalists, and claiming to be doesn’t justify all posts.
Netiquette ends here so lets get to the second part of this proposal, the rules.
Any user who violates any of the rules as follows risks warning, limited or permanent banning.
Unless another specific time has been declared later at the document, the bans are limited to this time frame: At the first barn, you will be banned for one week, second ban is one month, and for the third for six months. (Just as an example.)
Users who commit serious violations may be suspended from the forum for six months without prior notice. They can also be permanently banned.
Private or commercial ads, such as buy, sell or exchange ads, posts containing advertisements or posts with other content that the user earns money or other benefits on, is prohibited.
*Attention: This would also mean that post about streams or such, in a purpose of advertising, could be removed and punished. Would be up a moderator to decide whether the thread is suitable.
1.2 Racism and contempt:
It is forbidden to threaten or express contempt for particularly vulnerable groups, with racial, skin, national or ethnic origin, creed or sexual orientation.
*Attention: You are allowed to question and think freely about your country or any other country, but constant disrespect towards other countries will be punished. Question your own before ‘hating’ on others.
1.3 Child pornography:
It is forbidden to request or distribute links to pornographic images or movies with people under the age of 18.
*Attention: Just making the previous clear.
But, don’t know whether porn should be allowed on the site or not. If allowed, posting links of pornography should then include the [18+] tag or be held at a specific thread. If pornography is not allowed, the rule 1.3 would then include all pornography. Something to be decided by the Admins later on if they decide to change the rules.
1.4 Users anonymity:
To on the forums threatening of posting, post, or PM personal data or other information, intentionally revealing another users identity is prohibited. Except for such information as the user themselves has already published in the forum.
Linking users alternate accounts or accounts to other forums or sites is prohibited.
1.5 Alternative accounts:
The abuse of alternative accounts is prohibited. In case of shutdown, it is only allowed to use the forum to discuss its shutdown with a moderator or admin.
1.6 Personal attacks:
Violent personal attacks, harassment, threats or harmful threats directed against other users are prohibited.
1.7 Viruses or other malicious code:
Spreading links to computer viruses or other malware is prohibited.
1.8 Immoderate abuse:
Baiting and spamming is and can be considered immoderate abuse, doing or confessing to such behavior will result in a ban. A warning can be given, but is not needed for it to be considered a bannable offense.
*Attention: If you bait, and later reply with ‘get baited’, you will be punished.
Ignoring repeated warnings result in a ban.
And here it ends.
It did get a whole lot longer than I first thought, but I did enjoy writing it. If you feel like I have missed something please comment about it. Feels like it’s a pretty good template but as told in the beginning, would like to know what the community thinks about if these rules were enforced.