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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:21 am    Post subject: ScoreHero IRC Rules: UPDATED 8/29/08 READ Reply with quote


Lately there's been some issues concerning what is and isn't allowed in #scorehero, and I apologize for the lack of clarity. Fortunately, rules will be posted here from now on! Hopefully this clears things up and prevents any future misunderstandings from both users and channel OPs alike.

(Though these are some general guidelines, they are not the only standards. If we, the staff, feel you are being a nuisance to us or the other members of the channel, you will be warned/banned. It's our job as moderators to preserve the interests of ScoreHero and protect the userbase on the website and in the IRC channel. We do our best to be fair but will take whatever actions we deem appropriate to hold true to ScoreHero standards. Translation: we freely ban idiots.)

.:. #scorehero Rules .:.



    - Updated 8/29/08
    - If you violate any of these rules, once or repeatedly, expect a devoice (timeout), kick or a kick-ban.
    - We are PRIVILEGED to have employees from Neversoft and Harmonix sometimes participating in the chat. Treat them with maturity and respect. They will NOT disseminate any information about games in the chat that hasn't already been publicly released elsewhere. Any sort of harassment for leaks or information, JOKING OR NOT, WILL result in a swift punishment - either a timeout or permanent ban. This includes sending private messages asking for classified information - you will be quickly reported to the staff and punished.

    1. Absolutely NO flaming whatsoever.
    - We don't care what it is, if you call someone a derogatory name or flame an achievement, expect to be dealt with swiftly, and usually severely.

    2. No spamming the channel. - Updated 2/09/08
    - The considerate limit for consecutive lines from one user in IRC is 4, with very few exceptions. If you feel it necessary to repeat yourself, go "OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG" on one line rather than five "OMG"s on five lines, you get the idea. Expect a devoice (timeout) or a kick if you spam the channel. Expect the same if you abuse the CAPS lock. Expect the same if you repeatedly change your IRC nickname in an annoying fashion.
    - There is not always active conversation in the channel. Do not fill the void with "it's quiet" "I'm bored" "someone talk" or anything of the like. You're on the Internet. If you're bored, you're not trying hard enough, and this channel does not exist for your personal entertainment. If you're drunk and typing every thought that pops into your mind into the channel, we will remove your ability to do so.
    - Intentionally spelling words wrong, interjecting with "inb4," "lrn2," "wat"-type chat will be considered spamming since it possesses no value in the channel. Expect a devoice (timeout), temp-ban or perma-ban depending on how persistently annoying you are. If you wish to act like an illiterate child, there are plenty of other forums and IRC channels for you to do so, not ours.

    3. No auto-triggering scripts, colors, bold/underline text use.
    - If you're saying something interesting, that'll distinguish you enough. If you manually trigger an AMIP or 'Now Playing' script once or twice that's fine. Just don't have it set to automatically announce every time a new song comes on. If it gets out of hand, they'll go back to being disallowed.
    - Do not CTCP ping, version, time or finger any users in the channel. Do not send a channel-wide notice at any time, for any reason. If a user notifies a channel op of someone doing this, you'll be removed from the channel, temporarily or permanently. - clarified 1/07/09

    4. Absolutely no links or discussion to pornography or shock sites.
    - Self-explanatory. If something's really funny, and *slightly* NSFW (we're talking PG-13 here), tag it with 'NSFW.' Use your good sense. Post anything disgusting, period (and yes, that's entirely subjective and up to us) and expect a kick-ban. Post anything from a site that contains horribly offensive content and expect a kick-ban. If you want to share these links, go elsewhere.

    5. Absolutely no racism or political/religious/sexual harassment.
    - Racism isn't funny, especially in a channel of 100+ users you likely don't know in real life. Sorry, it just isn't.
    - We don't care about political or religious debates, just remember everyone is entitled to their own, equal opinion, don't flame, etc. Be civil and friendly.
    - Calling things 'gay' isn't funny. Subsequently, you'll be penalized. Lame? Sorry, like it or leave.

    6. Confine personal issues/questions with staff members to an IRC PM.
    - If you wish to discuss a staff member's decision on the forums, please keep it out of the main channel and confine it to a PM with a staff member.
    - *UPDATED* If you have questions regarding a ban, contact Please do not come into #scorehero and ask why you're banned. Bothering other users with this never helps your case.

    7. Fake Score Reports, Forum Incident Reports - updated 2/09/08
    - If you suspect fake scores from someone on the website, or notice an incident or issue in the forums, you are allowed to alert the staff in #scorehero so that it may be dealt with accordingly. Please do this by private messaging the user 'SH-Bot.' Include ONLY the URL and a sentence to describe the infraction, all on ONE line. Example: "*url* TTFAF fake score."
    - Please keep accusations out of the main chat - if your hunch isn't right and you keep it to a PM instead, you'll have offended nobody. Don't worry about the !last5 recent scores trigger if you suspect fakes, mods will handle it. If you wish to point out an obvious fake with a "ROFL" or something of that ilk, feel free, but it isn't encouraged.

    A note about bans - most IRC bans here are permanent. Use of #scorehero is a privilege, not an entitlement. All bans are NOT the result of one small action or one staff member's opinions, rather, they are results of cumulative offenses and annoyances and are always discussed by the staff beforehand. If it's one offense that requires your removal from the channel, it is typically a temporary ban. If you wish to contest your ban, PM an admin or moderator on ScoreHero. Do not attempt to circumvent or evade the ban; if you do so, it becomes permanent.

These rules are not up for discussion or debate, and are a collective decision of all of the channel ops. The staff will be editing/revising these rules as we see fit, at any time.
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