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Chat Rules of DarkSwords


The following list of rules has been worked out by the Administrator and the moderators of the game DarkSwords. These rules are obligatory to be followed by all participants of the game. By entering the game you automatically agree to follow these rules.

If you act against these rules you are considered a violator and will be punished. This applies to any sentence said by your character in game. Punishment can be anything from some time of not being able to chat up to an IP ban for severe violations. All violations are subject to be punished by either the moderators or the Administrator.


The first and most important rule of DarkSwords is:

Moderators and the representatives of DS Adminstration have absolute power and their acions are not to be discussed in any kind of in-game chat. If you violate this rule you will receive a minimum punishment of 15 minutes of your chat being disabled.

In return, if any staff violate the rules, their mute time will be doubled (if there is a warning to be issued first, there will be no warning).

Rudeness to moderators or Administration will not be tolerated: if you are upset or frustrated no need to let it out on moderators as they need to focus on the chat. MP: warning, then 15 minutes Silence.

If you feel punished unfairly you may voice your dissatisfaction in the Complaint section of www.darkswords.eu/forum in a manner that follows the forum rules (you need to be registered in order to access this section).


Please note that the following list displays the minimum punishment (referred to as MP in the rest of the text) for each violation. Repeated violations will lead to harder punishment. The Administration also reserves the right to ban a character or an IP in case of multiple violations.



The following is forbidden in Public Chat:


Other languages in Open - MP: 2 Warnings/5 minutes Silence.

The official languages of this server are English and German. It is forbidden to use other languages in common chat. If you want to talk another language you are free to do so in Private Chat or Clan Chat.


Flood - MP: Warning/5 minutes Silence.

You are not allowed to post similar messages more than once every 60 seconds.


Symbol Flood - MP: Warning/5 minutes Silence.

You are not allowed to Flood Symbols. The following is considered Symbol Flood:

Using more than six symbols of a kind is considered symbol flood. For example when you write: "Help me please!!!!!!" that sentence would be considered symbol flood.

Also if the symbol reappears over and over in a line, its considered Symbol Flood. Example: "Help! He is killing me! Help me! Im going to die! Please! Stop! No!"

There is an exception to the rule though. When group of three dots are used repeatedly in one line this is not symbol flood. For example „Hmm...I don't know...might be tricky!“ This is not considered symbol flood.


Smiley Flood - MP: Warning/5 minutes Silence.

You are not allowed to Flood Smileys. The following is considered Smiley Flood:


Posting of more than three smileys in a line is considered smiley flood. Also the number tags like * 001 * and symbols like :P and so on are considered smileys (please be advised, that moderators may ask you to stop excessive smiley use in order to improve char performance, if their request will be ignored it will be considered as flood).

Capital Letters (Caps) - MP: Warning/5 minute Silence.

You are not allowed to excessively use capital letters. The following explains what is allowed or not with Caps:


The use of more than Three words in capital letters is forbidden.

Its against the rules to write long names (even if the excisting character name consist of all capital letters) or places with all caps in Common chat. Its only necessary to capitalize the first letter.

Capsing the first letter of every word in a sentence is ok, while capsing several letters in more than one word (example: „HoLy MoLy, ThIs RoCkS!“) is again considered capsing.


Trade messages - MP: Warning/5 minutes Silence.

Messages concerning trade are not allowed in Common Chat. Further restrictions and rules concerning will follow later in the text. Posting in open chat "look at trade chat" is allowed, but not in other words than just mentioned.




References to illegal drugs - MP: 5 minute Silence.

Illegal drug references are not allowed. An illegal substance is one that causes addiction or a marked change in consciousness.


Inappropriate comments - MP: 5 min silence.

Any type of sexual talk, Unsuitable talk for an online game,sexual inuendo and or references, sexism, Any talk that is not appropriate for children.






Rudeness, Insults - MP: 5 minutes Silence.

You are not allowed to to use rudeness or any type of insults to another player. Futhermore, you will be punished for insulting others.


Foul language - MP: 5 minutes Silence.

Cursing/swearing are not allowed in public chats. Any type of of profane or obscene oath or word will be a punishment of 5 minutes of silence.


Talking about other games: MP: 5 minutes Silence.

Discussing other MMRPG games in common chat is forbidden.


Discussion of moderator's actions: MP: warning, then 15 minutes Silence.

If you disagree with a moderator's decision, please post your complaint on forum in appropriate section.





Rudeness to Staff - MP: warning, then from 15 minutes silence.

Staff includes moderators, Helpers, Traders, Dealers and Pastors.

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Staff Harassment - MP: warning, then from 15 minutes silence.

Examples:
Using multiple characters to get around mutes;
Rudeness to Moderators;
Flooding a Moderator in any form, including:
  • sending plat mail repeatedly
  • pro’ing and unpro’ing
  • smiley and symbol flooding
  • flooding with trade request


GRA (world chat) rules -.

Swearing in GRA - MP:1 hour
Rudeness insults - MP: 1 hour
Flooding - MP:5 minutes
Outside links in gra - MP 1 hour

Continuted swearing from a characters alt's will result in additional time being issued for mutes, to the maximum of 24 hours. All other GRA offences are at the moderators discretion.


(Please note that violations in Gra messages are subject to double the punishment.)




Distributing Links:

You are forbidden to distribute links that are not related to DarkSwords.EU. A DarkSwords related link means that a part of the URL has 'darkswords.eu' in it (i.e. main page, forum, or a page from library).
Only staff (dealers, traders, pastors, moderators, helpers, and admin) are allowed to post a link to their website, which MUST provide DarkSwords.eu service. This link must be posted from the said staff account or the punishment will be received.
We differentiate between four kinds of links which will be punished at a different degree:
  • External General Links (e.g. www.yahoo.com, www.bbc.com) MP: 15 minute silence.
  • External Media Links (e.g. www.youtube.com) MP: 15 minute silence.
  • External Game Links (e.g. www.notdarkswords.eu) MP: 1 hour silence.
  • External Links with sexual or other harmful content MP: 24 hours Silence, and a report to Admin/Main Moderator.
  • Recruitment to other mmorg games in private chat is forbided will result in MP: 24 hours Silence and report to Admin/Main Moderator.


Real Life Threats:

Real Life Threats will NOT be tolerated and will lead to your character being reported to Admin/Main Moderator, who has a right to ban or sent to katorga.


Selling characters:

Selling characters is forbidden. If caught, the character will be reported to Admin/Main Moderator, who will act accordingly


Racial Remarks:

Racist comments are not tolerated in any chat. MP: 1 hour silence and report to Admin/Main Moderator, who has a right to ban or sent to katorga.


Discriminatory comments/remarks:

Any form of harassment, or comments containing hate, targeted towards a particular group sharing a common trait. MP: 1 hour silence and report to Admin/Main Moderator.





The following is allowed in Public Chat:


Everything that is not forbidden is allowed in Public Chat. Be smart, be nice, and no one will have a problem with you, likewise, you will not have a problem with anyone else.



The following is forbidden in Private Chat:


(Please note, if you receive any violations in Private Chat you want to forward to Admin/Main Moderator, please take a screenshot as proof. Only cases where screenshots are provided can be punished.)




Distribution of harmful or unwelcomed links: MP: 24 hours Silence.


Sale of Characters: MP: 24 hours Silence and report to Admin/Main Mod.


Sale of items not related to DS (e.g. sale of underwear, apartments, ...): MP: 24 hours mute and report to Admin/Main Mod.


Racial Remarks: MP: 1 hours Silence and report to Admin/Main Mod.


Real life threats: MP: 1 hour Silence and report to Admin/ Main Mod.


Discriminatory comments/remarks: MP: 1 hour Silence and report to Admin/ Main Mod.


Extreme rudeness: MP: 15 minutes. It is up to moderators discretion if the private message will be considered as rudeness.





The following is allowed in Private Chat:


Everything that is not forbidden (e.g. Caps, Foul language and speaking of non-english languages).


Moderators will not deal with those kind of punishments, so please do not bother the moderators with such. Instead, if you feel violated in Private Chat or do not wish to receive any more Private Messages from a certain character, please use the ignore function. The name of the undesired character should change to grey and you will not receive any further messages from that character.




The following rules apply to Trade Chat:


In Trade Chat all rules for Common Chat apply if not specified otherwise in this section.


All messages related to trades have to be written in Trade Chat (messages of purchase, sale, chargeable services and others).


Non-trade messages (except clan recruiting) are not allowed in Trade Chat as Common and Private Chat may be used for this. MP: Warning/5 minute Silence.



Sale of Platinum for NON-GAME MONEY is only allowed by Dealers or Traders in all forms of chat. Any other type of sale posted by dealers or traders should be done in trade chat. 24 hours mute and report to Admin/Main Moderator.


Mixed messages about Trades and Buffs are to be written in Trade Chat.


Cursing in trade is now considered the same as cursing in GRA. MP: 1 hour silence.


Rudeness insults in trade - MP: 1 hour silence.


Outside links in trade - MP: 1 hour silence.


Mixed messages about Trades and Private/Non-Trade issues are not allowed in either Common or Trade Chat. MP: Warning/15 minutes Silence.




Restrictions on nicknames:


It is forbidden to use nicknames including offensive or foul language. MP: ban of the character. Moderators and the Administrator define what is offensive and what not.


This rule applies to names of pets as well.


It is forbidden pose yourself as active game players using similar names in phonotation and pronounciation. In case of complaints from players moderators and Administration reserve the right to silence the character in question for 24 hours and then ban them.




Further information on rules and sales:


If you suspect somebody of religion cheating please take a screenshot and send it to Admin/Main Moderator. Upon receiving those screenshots the Administrator will investigate each case individually and punish the violators.


If a player is caught using bots, macros or other means to be able to hunt while actually being away from keyboard that character will be send to Jail. The sentence will be negotiated in each case individually.


Flooding with trade requests or protection will not be tolerated and will lead to a visit in Jail.




Abuse of report function:



Do not report any private, clan, religion, or clan land messages unless they contain either real life threats or racist comments. To do so will earn you a Warning and if continued 15 minute silence.


Do not report offences if the player has already been muted for that offence. To do so will earn you a Warning or 15 minutes silence if continued to do so. In void, you cannot see mutes issued, so suddenly reporting something may fall under this as well.




Others:


Giving out personal information in common chat:

your own: 30 minutes (first names are ok);

someone else's: 3 hrs.

Personal info includes real life names (not first), location and or personal information about a players life. Be careful what you give out online, this goes for both outside and inside DarkSwords.EU.

By location, it is meant an exact location that can be used to find a particular person (such as an exact address).

For example, phrases such as Hi, my name is Alex, and I am from Canada are not considered a violation of this rule.



Religion Chat: If reported, or seen by an religion active mod, any offences that break the normal chat rules will be treated as the same offence, and will receive the same punishment.

Trading Platinum for gold is not forbidden, however it is a risky business. The purchase of Platinum for gold is not official and thus not supported by the Administration. All deals are made at your own risk. To prevent getting scammed we advise you not to click the Apply button in trade window until both parties inserted the amount of goods negotiated.We recommend to use the plat exchangers which are situated in Arkijah, Ruby and Seastone.



To purchase Plat we highly recommend you to use official Dealers or Traders. Dealers and Traders can be recognized by the Moneybag/Coin Symbols next to their names in the Player List.



Please, read and follow the rules and take the advice we are giving you. It makes gameplay enjoyable for everybody. Enjoy playing DarkSwords and have a nice day!


Your DS Administration





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