1.1 Scope of the rules
The rules laid out here apply to all services maintained by Unknown Borders. This includes but is not limited to the Community, Forums, Studio, Projects, Services, the Bug Tracker and any other community channel that is directly maintained and/or otherwise officially endorsed by Unknown Borders.
1.2 Additional rules
The services as meant in 1.1 and parts thereof may list additional rules on top of these rules on their media or through another channel. Unknown Borders and all staff members (as noted in rule 3.1) reserve the right to add, subtract or edit rules and posts as they see fit without prior notice.
1.3 Vision behind the rules
The rules are enforced to maintain order and respect among Unknown Borders, the Unknown Borders community and the gaming community as a whole. It is important to recognize the many differences in backgrounds and skills present within the community and to strive for the highest levels of respect towards one another at all times.
Failure to comply with the rules set in this list entitles any member of staff to hand out a justifiable punishment. Not every situation will be the same and all will be judged on a case by case basis. In this community, notices are used in many first offense cases and light offenses. Infractions are handed down for more serious or repeated offenses. Earning an infraction puts points onto your profile which have expiration dates and can have certain effects on your account, most notably the ability for your posts to gain approval from the moderation team before they are posted into the forum. The most severe offenses and consistent patterns of unrepentant rule violations are punishable by bans from community participation. Bans can range anywhere from several hours, to ultimately a permanent one and may extend across the services as meant in 1.1. Staff members will have the final say in all situations.
1.5 A Final Word
Unknown Borders, the sole owner and operator of the community, provides a space where community members can interact with one another and members of the Unknown Borders team. It is a place where everyone can share their ideas, opinions and feelings throughout the development process. While we do allow dissenting opinions and encourage healthy and constructive debates, please remember to follow the rules and present them in a manner of suitable taste and respect. In other words, you don't go to your friend's house and start smashing their windows, so don't do something as equally offensive in ours.
2.1 Definition of message
A message includes any and all means a user has available to communicate with other members. This includes, but is not limited to forum posts and private messages, IRC chat messages, Twitch chat messages and Facebook comments, links, avatars, signatures, usernames and general profile information.
2.2 Forbidden content
Messages which contain, discuss or link to the following are explicitly forbidden:
Copyright infringement or software theft;
Discussions of a political, ideological or religious nature;
Adult content, such as nudity, sexually suggestive or explicit images, gore and drugs;
Insults and threats, stalking or any other behavior construed to be of a potentially rude or otherwise harassing nature to/of other users, members of the mod team or members of Unknown Borders;
Any discriminatory (racist, sexist, etc.) language, actions or iconography, with or without historical context;
Disclosure of private conversations without the consent of all parties;
Use of vulgarity, profanity and any technique that skirts the language filter;
Accusatory comments that lack merit, offer no proof of concept or are of a potentially slanderous nature;
Links that promote projects and/or products that are meant for the personal profit of either party, this specifically includes linking through ad.fly;
2.3 Forbidden messages
Messages that contain no content except terms like “+1”, “Bump” or any variation on the type of message that is used to needlessly boost threads and/or keep post counts up;
Messages made for the perceived purpose of stirring up and otherwise getting a rise from users (ie, flamebaiting, troll posts);
Messages that only contain images in response to a certain subject dependent to the context of the thread (ie. reaction images);
Messages that purposefully change the subject of conversation in a thread without a natural tie to the topic at hand;
2.4 Language, placement spelling and grammar
Users must make an effort to place a new thread in the right forum section. Posts deemed to be in an incorrect section will be moved to a proper one;
Users must attempt to use proper grammar and spelling in all messages. Txt-speak, 1337-speak and other exclusionary forms of speech are prohibited; and
All messages must be in English.
Posting in a thread that has not received a new message in a defined span of three months is known as “necroposting”. Necroposting is often frowned upon but not forbidden provided that your post does not break the other rules in this post, most notably rule 2.3a. These threads may be closed at the discretion of the staff.
3. User-staff relations
3.1 Definition of “staff” and “member of staff”
A member of staff is someone appointed by or on behalf of Unknown Borders to handle (part of) one or multiple services as meant in 1.1. Unknown Borders administrators and forum moderators are two such examples of this definition.
3.2 Moderator action requests
If you feel a certain message requires staff attention please send a report to the moderators by clicking the appropriate button underneath the post. Do not just call it out in a thread and do not assume that your requested action will be taken because you have done so. This is considered "backseat moderation" and may actionable.
3.3 Impersonating members of staff
Impersonating members of staff is not allowed. This includes registering with or using a nickname that resembles theirs, uses any words intended for use of parody, reuse of avatar photos and any other perceived misrepresentation and/or slander through use of impersonation.
3.4 Open discussion of staff decisions and general disrespect
Open discussion of staff decisions and the refusal to abide by them is strictly prohibited. This includes bans, infractions and internal decisions Unknown Borders makes about personnel. Messages deemed to be rude, confrontational and otherwise disrespectful to staff may be removed immediately. If you disagree with a member of staff contact him or her first and hold all discussions in a civil manner. If the answer isn't satisfactory you can contact a senior member of staff.
3.5 Staff privacy
Contacting staff members outside the confines of the Unknown Borders community regarding their work and/or actions taken as a member of staff here is not allowed unless the staff member explicitly and unambiguously asks you to do so. Unwanted encroachment on their personal time may lead to a justifiable infraction being served.
4. Account security and personal information
4.1 User responsibility
A user is responsible for the security of his or her own account. As a result, any action that takes place with an account will be considered the responsibility of the user who uses the account. It’s highly advised that you do not give out any personal information through any means on any part of the Unknown Borders community. Higher ranking members of staff will not ask you for anything other than account details that are specific to solving specific problematic queries and only with the permission of the user.
4.2 User Names
User names must abide by all rules set in this list. If a username breaks those rules, is felt to be suspicious or of otherwise suspect translation, it will be subject to change.
4.3 One user per account, one account per user
Only one person may use an account, and one person may only create one account on the site.
4.4 Users under the age of 18
Users under the age of 18 who reveal their age and/or face on official UB community channels, may have their messages/photos removed for privacy purposes.
5.1 Evasion of punitive measures
Members who intentionally evade the effects of punitive measures such as a banishment or post restriction are subject to an immediate and permanent ban of any or all of the services Unknown Borders provides for the Unknown Borders community.
5.2 Signature Images
Signature images are allowed as long as they are maximum 900px width and 170px height. Failure to follow, will result in the signature being removed.
Take note: Unknown Borders and the staff reserve the right to change these rules or add to them at any and all times they deem this necessary and without prior notification. Unknown Borders and the staff also reserve the right to act and enforce punitive action in any situation they deem unwanted - even if the situation does not break any of the rules set in this list.
"Staff" are defined as users ranked as Administrators and Moderators
"Administrator" is defined as the head of the online entity
"Network" is defined as the collection of websites hosted, Teamspeak servers, Game servers, and other services supplied to you.
"Content" includes, but is not limited to:
By using any of the services supplied by out Network, you agree yo be bound by this Terms of Service, and that you agree with the Community Rules.
You agree to hold harmless Unknown Borders and it's Staff, their heirs, legal representatives, and assigns, and all other person acting under Unknown Borders or Staff's authority or those for whom they are acting, from any liability resulting from your usage the Network.
Unknown Border reserves the right to update and change this Terms of Service and Rules without notice. Violation of any of the terms will result in the termination of your account. While Unknown Borders prohibits illegal activity and has put measures towards prohibiting illegal activity, you understand and agree that we cannot be responsible for the Content and actions of our members.
2. Content Ownership
All content as defined above may be retained, removed, or relocated at the discretion of the Staff. By submitting content to our Network, or by submitting content to staff or server email accounts or other contact media, or by creating content on our Network, you grant us perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, rights to use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute, prepare derivative works of, perform, or publicly display that content.
Unknown Borders by Nikolaj Thorup Jensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.unknownborders.net
By donating you agree by these Terms of Service. Access to the Network is completely free and unrestricted. As such, donations are fully optional and not required to experience our community. Donating does not give you the right to be treated in a special way.
By donating you are not entitled to any physical or virtual good. A donation is not a purchase. As defined, a donation is an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant or contribution with no expectation of anything in return.
A refund of your donation will not be made under any circumstances. You agree to not buy back, stop credit, or force charge-back on donations. If you are banned or your access gets restricted because you violated this Terms of Service and Community Rules, you will not be entitled to a refund.
5. Punishment and Suspension of Access
Users found violating the Terms of Service may find their accounts or IP addresses restricted from any server or service within the Network. In addition, Unknown Borders retains the right to kick you, ban you, enact restrictive measures or block your access to the Network for any reason, without explanation or warning. Users may request to appeal their ban. However, appeals are a courtesy, the Staff retains the right to revoke any request for a ban appeal.
7. Prohibited Behaviour
You agree NOT to:
Use or encourage others to use the Network for any illegal purpose
Impersonate any members in the game or on any other website
Make unsolicited or inappropriate related features of the Network
Interfere with any security-related features of the Network
Harass, bully, intimidate or abuse users of our Network
Release or distribute server group access information without Staff consent
Share any account or login information with another party in order to access the Network
8. Additional Terms of Staff Members
All staff members are bound to the following additional terms. Staff are to promote a safe, fun and friendly environment within the Network. A Staff position equals contributing to the project in a voluntary way, and doesn't make you entitled to any special treatment. Staff are bound to these Terms of Service and Community Rules at all times. Certain Staff ranks have their own set of procedures and documentation to follow, which are described in a Rank document. They will follow the procedures described by the official documents provided for them.
Any staff members that are unable or unwilling to fulfill their duties and responsibilities are subject to the loss of their rank. Administrators retain the right to revoke a user's rank without warning.
What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your email address PC Location or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on our site or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
To personalize user's experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
To improve our website in order to better serve you.
How do we protect visitor information?
Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
We use regular Malware Scanning.
We use SSL certificates to protect our users personal information.
Do we use 'cookies'?
Understand and save user's preferences for future visits.
Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If users disable cookies in their browser:
You can still use the website, however you will not be able to login and use the features available to our registered users.
Third Party Disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Third party links
We do not include or offer third party products or services on our website.
Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
We have implemented the following:
Google Display Network Impression Reporting
Demographics and Interests Reporting
We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions, and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Opting out: Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
Users are able to change their personal information: By logging in to their account
How does our site handle do not track signals?
We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?
It's also important to note that we do not allow third party behavioral tracking
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under 13.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur: We will notify the users via email
Within 7 business days
We will notify the users via in site notification
Within 7 business days
We also agree to the individual redress principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or a government agency to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred
To be in accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:
NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses
Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way
Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters
Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly
Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can
Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.