FIGHTING 13TH CODE OF CONDUCT AND COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
The Code of Conduct and Community Guidelines information page aims to give members and potential members general guidelines to follow regarding our conduct in all facets of the Fighting 13th.
CODE OF CONDUCT
i. Members are, above all, to be respectful towards one another and everyone, regardless of origin, nationality, race, sex, religious beliefs, or creed, in our language, posts, and general conduct. This also means to not 'grief' others in game or on our different communication systems (forums, teamspeak, chat). Failure to do so will result in termination of membership, demotion, or similar consequence(s) as the Fighting 13th does not have time to "babysit" those with a childlike, selfish attitude, or those with an immature behavior (no matter the age). We understand and encourage the joking and teasing that comes along with being and becoming closer to our gaming brethren; however, there is a limit and everyone should stay away from this limit--if asked to stop what may be thought of by the perpetrator as "harmless banter," members are to STOP and not encourage its perpetuity.
ii. Members are to think themselves as ambassadors to the gaming community, especially since all it takes is one or two members representing the Fighting 13th to give an impression to gamers that are not members. Members are to represent us in good standing with the rest of the gaming community.
iii. Members are expected to remain active in the Fighting 13th until an official "Leave" notice (a defined period of gaming/forum inactivity from a member) or "Discharge" request has been properly sent/posted. Failure to do so will result in termination of membership, demotion, or similar consequence(s).
- Remaining active means actively and periodically POSTING on the forums, at least several times WEEKLY; it also means actively PLAYING and PARTICIPATING with other clan members in practices (scheduled, weekly gatherings gaming divisions have where all players are required, if able, to attend), scheduled events, and ad hoc or impromptu gatherings--all this should be happening at least weekly (although it is not the end of the world if a member CANNOT attend--unwillingness to attend, on the other hand, will not be tolerated). The Fighting 13th and its membership understand that there are 'Real-World' commitments (like school, work, vacations) that take precedence over gaming and having a cold one playing the latest horror-survival game--however, give us the slightest time of day to NOTIFY us of this before the fact, NOT AFTER.
iv. Members are expected to, and expected to want to, play and join other members on the same games that we play, as well as play while on our Teamspeak 3 server (for PC members)--this goes for practices and scheduled events as well as ad hoc or impromptu gatherings. Members are not allowed to join other clans, communities, or guilds for the game in which they joined and are strongly discouraged from joining other clans, communities, or guilds on the same platform as which they joined the Fighting 13th for (PC, PS, XB). Excessively playing, participating, or being an active member of another clan, community, or guild (example: to the point where said member is breaking Rule iii.) may result in termination of membership, demotion, or similar consequence(s).
v. Members are NOT allowed to use, download or test cheats or 'hacks.' Members are NOT to exploit glitches or 'bugs' in a game, service, or system. Failure to do either will result in termination of membership or similar consequence(s). As a professional gaming community, it is the responsibility of the Fighting 13th and like-minded gamers (and other communities) to uphold fair gaming--this also means 'witch-hunting' of gamers supposed or perceived to be "hackers" or "glitchers" should not be made, nor will be taken seriously, unless strong, hard (screenshots, video, etc) EVIDENCE (as opposed to anecdotal "evidence") is submitted.
vi. Members are to solve any situations that may have gone awry at the lowest level possible. If members feel their first line leadership (from their Squad Leaders and Company Staff) are not properly stepping in to issues they may have, members SHOULD go to the next levels of leadership. We want problems or issues any member may have to be properly resolved. Also, heated discussions and sensitive arguments are NOT to be openly discussed in public means (the 'Forums' channel on TS3 or the 'News' forum on the website)--these are to be handled in more private ways like through locked channel on TS3, individual chat on steam, or PM on the forums. This, most assuredly, if not followed correctly will not help the member's argument or the situation itself, but will make it worse.
VOICE COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES
This applies to ANYONE who uses our teamspeak server.
i. Most importantly, KNOW how to BE QUIET and LISTEN to others. Nobody joins the Teamspeak 3 server to listen to one person dominating a channel. If you join a TS3 channel, be COURTEOUS enough to let others and do not interrupt a current conversation going on, especially if the conversation is about a game going on.
ii. Do NOT grief others on the server. This means excessive poking, playing unwarranted and loud music (other than in the music room) and other annoying gestures and activities are NOT TOLERATED.
iii. If you are going to play with other members, JOIN the Teamspeak 3 server and the specific channels in which the members you are or will be playing with are currently in.
iv. Members are allowed to use voice-activation but are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from doing so. If members and their voice-activation are found to be bothersome (such as by having constant echoing or background conversations), members WILL be forced to use the alternative, Push-To-Talk (PTT).
This applies to anyone with membership on our forums.
i. Do NOT SPAM (postings or PMs) or double-post on the forums. Spam means posts with little, lack-of-quality, or completely unrelated content (example: simply posting "okay" or "lol" or "why" or "hue" or "haha" or similar postings). 'Double-posting' means to post more than one post within the same topic with no reply from someone else in a 24 hour time period. EDIT your posts or wait for others to post before you post in the topic again. The "exceptions" to this rule are the topics related to off-topic discussion, such as the Last Post Wins topic.
ii. DO NOT post offensive or inappropriate content on the forums.
iii. POST in the appropriate AREA(s) on the forum--this means a topic for a game that is not one of our clan games should be posted in the 'General Gaming Discussion' forum; a topic about the latest hardware should be posted in the 'Tech Talk' forum; a topic about the newest mod for ARMA should be posted in the 'ARMA' forum; a topic for clan-members only to see should be posted in the 'General Discussion' forum; etc.
iv. USE moderation in all dealings on the forum. This is the catch-all rule--have a moderately sized signature, do not excessively post for the sake of posting, etc.
v. CONTRIBUTE to the forums by posting QUALITATIVE (as opposed to quantitative) posts. And if a member is posting nowhere else, he or she should be posting in his or her unit topic.
Failure to abide by these rules and guidelines can and will result in termination of membership, demotion, or similar consequence(s).