Terms of Service and Rules

Welcome to the MechSpecs forums, an MWO discussion forum, targeted towards topics regarding high-end mech customization, mix/maxing and analysis of game mechanics.

First, a point of clarification. We work on a Three Strikes System. Your third strike will be your last.

The people that participate here at MechSpecs are some of the best pilots out there. We have high standards for the discussion that occurs herein, and are quite unapologetic about it. If you feel our rules are stupid or arbitrary, we don't really care. If you don't wish to follow them, you are welcome to return to the official Mechwarrior Online forums and participate in the chaos over there.

The following is our Code of Conduct. You are expected to adhere to these protocols as they are put in place to make this community run smoother than some of the other MWO boards out there. Please keep in mind that our goal is to promote good old fashioned clean(ish) fun, as well as informed discussion, or even debate, on all things related to MechWarrior Online; however we wish to do this in an environment free of toxicity and bullshit.

RACIAL / ETHNIC HARASSMENT
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Promote racial/ethnic hatred.
Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur.
Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges.

NAME AND SHAME POLICY
This category includes posts containing such language or images which:

Contain the name of a specific individual used in a negative connotation.
Allude to negative actions in relation to a specific individual.
Openly attack another player; who has opinions that differ from your own.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges.
Any further violations, of this type, may result in a permanent ban from the forums.

EXTREME SEXUALITY OR VIOLENCE
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts.
Refer to extremely violent real life actions.
Pornography.
Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual preference pertaining to themselves or other players.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges.
Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations, of this type, may result in a permanent ban from the forums.

REAL LIFE THREATS
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Refer to violence in any capacity that is not directly related to the game world itself.

If a member is ound to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Be permanently banned from the forums.

DISTRIBUTION OF REAL LIFE PERSONAL INFORMATION
This category includes:

Releasing any real-life information about MechSpecs.com Staff or other Registered Members.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Be permanently banned from the forums.

POSTING CHEATS OR HACKS
This category includes:

Posting links to cheats, hacks, or malicious viruses / programs.
If you would like to report information regarding cheats or hacks, do so on the official forums.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Be permanently banned from the forums.

POSTING UNRELEASED CONTENT / HACKING DATA FILES
This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such info or images which:

Show unreleased in-game items, equipment, or areas that have been unlocked by hacking into client data files.
Show the results of hacking or any tampering of the game PAK files.
Discuss, or display any data not available through normal game play.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Be permanently banned from the forums.

HARASSMENT OR DEFAMATORY LANGUAGE / POSTS
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Insultingly refer to other characters, registered members, MechSpecs Staff, or groups of people.
Result in ongoing harassment to other members, MechSpecs Staff, or groups of people.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity.

Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific player with harassment can lead to more severe action. The idea behind this is to prevent any one player from consistently being uncomfortable in the forums.

MAJOR RELIGIOUS OR RELIGIOUS FIGURES
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

Negatively portray major religions or religious figures.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges, depending on severity.

SPAMMING OR TROLLING
This category includes:

Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure bullshit gibberish.
Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums.
Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making off-topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters.
Making non-constructive posts.
Posting MLP and Brony related images.
Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages.
Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges or permanent ban from the forums, depending upon severity.

CREATING DUPLICATE THREADS
This category includes:

Creating threads about existing topics.
Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one forum.
Creating threads to replace ones that have been moderated and/or deleted.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges, depending on severity.

ADVERTISING
This category includes advertisement of:

Any non-beneficial, non-MechSpecs.com related businesses, organizations, or websites.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Receive a temporary suspension of posting privileges, depending upon severity.

CIRCUMVENTING SUSPENSION OR BAN
This category includes:

Posting on another account.
Having someone post on your behalf.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:

Permanently banned from posting on the forums.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
While this Code of Conduct is a guideline to help our moderation staff deal with problematic issues, it is by no means final; each case will be weighed by the Moderation Team and dealt with according to the actual severity of the incident. While we generally utilize a Three Strikes Rule, if you break these rules to a degree, that warrants immediate banning, trust that you will receive it.