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Terms of Service and Rules

Terms

The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts ("Content"). Content submitted express the views of their author only, and you follow any tutorials at your own risk.

You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws.

All Content you submit or upload may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

We reserve the rights to remove or modify any Content submitted for any reason without explanation. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We reserve the right to take action against any account with the Service at any time.

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

You also agree to the Service rules below, and any updates that may follow. The Service rules are part of these terms. Please be aware that you are the sole person in charge of your account and any actions you or others take on your account on the Service. Staff members make the final decision in any dispute on the forum.

We do offer account upgrades on the forum. These account upgrades can be bought by posting or by using real currency. Regardless of the method you choose to receive an account upgrade, you will be held to the same standards when it comes to forum (Service) rule enforcement. You get no privileges to break forum (Service) rules. If this is a problem, please do not opt in to receive an account upgrade. You agree to not give us any problems on the site (nor will you give us any legal problems) as a result of a ban received from breaking forum (Service) rules.

Any user data on the Service will not be given to any law enforcement agencies unless a court order signed by a sitting judge is received.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice and you agree to adhere to any changes made to the terms.

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use this Service. If you have any queries, questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact us. We prefer that more personal matters be sent to us using the contact form rather than posted publicly on the forum. All queries, questions, concerns, feedback, etc... sent elsewhere will not be processed and we will not be held accountable or liable for information not received.

Global Forum (Service) Rules

  1. Spam: Posts which serve no purpose to a discussion topic or messages which otherwise don’t have any contribution are classified as spam. Additionally, 4 or more consecutive posts (whether all on your profile, on other's profiles, or a mix) and commenting on banned profiles falls under this rule as well.
  2. Advertising: Advertising any kind of other forum link or any type of inappropriate links on this forum is not tolerated. If you’re not sure whether the link you’re posting falls under this rule, ask a staff member before posting it. Accounts made for the sole purpose of advertising will be banned immediately.
  3. Multiple accounts: Creating multiple accounts for whatever reasoning is not permitted (unless otherwise permitted by the staff).
  4. Member drama and flame wars: Drama, harassment, flame wars, etc... are not necessary. Keep them off this site.
  5. Pornography and sexual content: Pornography and any other sexual content will result in a permanent ban from the forum.
  6. Abusing plugins/features: Flooding the shoutbox, liking a bunch of posts in a short amount of time, or abusing bronze/premium/VIP membership privileges is not tolerated.
  7. Trolling: This offense will not be tolerated. Trolling can be purposeful posting with the objective of getting someone irritated by your derogatory remarks; possibly getting them to "fight back."
  8. Inappropriate speech: Speech not suitable for younger people is unacceptable. This includes but is not limited to drug talk, inappropriate gestures, use of excessive profanity inappropriately, etc.
  9. Controversial/illegal activities: Threads that discuss illegal activities, hacking, or otherwise controversial topics including, but not limited to: hacking on any game supported by this service, piracy, malicious files/codes, stealing, copyright infringement, etc. is strictly forbidden. Warnings can range from a 3-day ban to a permanent ban if severe enough.
  10. Clan reasons: Staff reserve the right to ban you for up to an infinite amount of time for clan reasons.
  11. Under 13: If you directly state that you are Under 13 anywhere on the forum, your account will be banned until you reach 13. For example, if you state you're 11, you will be banned for two years.
Use the report button!
We like to think that we can see everything that is going around on the forum, but we simply can't. We aren't always available, and members can communicate in conversations or private messages. So, we ask that if you find something that breaks the forum rules, you report it to the staff by clicking the “Report” button, and a staff member will deal with it accordingly as soon as possible. We would even rather see reports than users trying to police or coach each other on the rules (can be seen as back-seat moderation). The report button can be found on any post, any profile post, any profile post comment, on member profiles, and even in conversations or private messages. Use it if you need it!

Please be aware that staff may make up rules at their own discretion for obvious misbehavior. In general, the staff are very lenient when it comes to enforcing the rules. Generally you will receive a verbal warning first. Repeated offenses are subject to warnings. If you feel if a warning or ban you received (whether that be on the forum or the Xat) is unfair, you may appeal this by making use of the Unfair Punishments section. Please note that you must be logged into your forum account to access and post in the Unfair Punishments section.

Warning Values

If found to be breaking rules, staff members will hand out warnings. Warnings have a point value (25 is the maximum point value before you get a permanent ban), and (most of them) expire at some point. If you build up these points, punishments will follow. Warnings serve as a reminder to everyone that we want to keep this forum in good condition so it's a fun environment for all.

Rule #1 violation: Spam - 2 points | Expires: 1 month
Rule #2 violation: Advertising - 5 points | Expires: 3 months
Rule #2 violation (part B): Advertising accounts - 25 points | Expires: Never
Rule #3 violation: Multiple accounts - 25 points | Expires: Never
Rule #4 violation: Member drama and flame wars - 3 points | Expires: 2 months
Rule #5 violation: Pornography and sexual content - 25 points | Expires: Never
Rule #6 violation: Abusing plugins/features - 2 points | Expires: 2 months
Rule #7 violation: Trolling - 5 points | Expires: 3 months
Rule #8 violation: Inappropriate Speech - 2 points | Expires: 2 months
Rule #9 violation: Controversial/illegal activities - 5 points | Expires: 2 months
Rule #10 violation: Clan reasons - 25 points | Expires: Never
Rule #11 violation: Under 13 - Automatic ban until you turn 13

Banning

Once you reach...

5 points = 3 day ban.
10 points = 1 week ban.
15 points = 2 week ban.
20 points = 1 month ban.
25 points = Permanent ban.

We have two levels of banning. They are referred to level-one bans and level-two bans. By default, everyone gets a level-one ban upon getting warnings that lead up to a ban. If multiple accounts are created or Unfair Punishment privileges are abused, a level-two ban will be placed with more restricted permissions.

Account Ban and Deletion Requests

In terms of taking account ban or deletion requests, we do not do either. You need to break the rules in order to receive a ban, and we simply do not delete accounts. The reasoning is because people always want to come back, even when they say they don't. Another reason is for statistical purposes. If you want to "leave" the forum however, we recommend you follow these steps:

1. Change your username. Most users have Bronze, Premium, or VIP Membership so they can do this by themselves. However, if you can't, then you can contact a staff member and we will usually be able to do it for you (it depends on the circumstances that we will discuss).
2. Remove all your profile information. So this includes location, signature, avatar, any profile biography, etc... Removing all your posts isn't necessary since you'll be changing your username and removing your profile details. We won't remove your posts either.
3. Unfollow every user that you are following; unless you want (a) certain user(s) to be able to view your profile when you have left.
4. Change your privacy settings. Go here: https://4drclanforum.com/account/privacy, and uncheck all boxes and change your privacy settings so that "People You Follow Only" will be able to view them.
5. Log out and never log back in again.