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      Forum Rules   07/06/2016

      Introduction   The Squad Team reserves the right to edit, update, add and remove rules at any time. Applicable rules extend to the PM system. Your PMs are private, but the Squad Team may be informed about unacceptable PM content by the receiving party.   Section I: Posting Rules   §1 Show Respect This community can only work if we all respect each other. To that end, it is imperative that any time you engage with another user, either directly or indirectly, you show them respect with the content of your post. In particular refrain from flaming, insulting, abusing, taunting, racism, and other similar types of actions towards other forum users.   §2 Attitude & Behavior Poor attitude and behavior are the most common ways a negative / unsafe environment is created and perpetuated. As such that kind of behavior will not be allowed on these forums. Please be mindful of this rule when posting personal positions and opinions regarding topics which could be considered contentious in nature. As a rule of thumb, keep your posts civil in nature, and refrain from making posts that are likely to incite arguments and create a negative environment. As a privately hosted web forum we reserve the right to maintain an environment that we are happy the majority of our players are comfortable with.   §3 Swearing While we will not strictly moderate every little swear that occurs, please try to avoid excessive bad language. The moderation reserves the right to remove rants and unsuitable content at any time.   §4 Illegal Topics
      Prohibited topics include, but are not limited to: Piracy, drugs (including cannabis), pornography, religion, racism, sexism, homo/trans -phobic content, videos and images showing violent death or serious injury, ‘spam threads’, hacking & griefing (endorsement thereof), religion, politics,  etc. Prohibition may be suspended for some threads if they are found to be suitable by the Moderation (such as scientific debate).
      If there is doubt, the Moderation Team can decide whether a topic is considered illegal.   §5 Attitude towards Squad and the Development Team
      As per §1 and §2, keep in mind to be respectful and reasonable, not only towards all users of the forum, but also towards the Squad Team and towards any ideas and content and the game itself. Criticism is welcome, but if it is not constructive and/or if it is offensive, the Moderation may need to step in. Please refrain from posting if you are upset, angry or drunk, or you may be punished for things you wouldn’t have otherwise written, which is not in anyone's interest.   §6 Language & Legibility
      Please post only in English. Non-English content (including non-legible content) may be removed. If you see someone posting in another language because s/he apparently does not speak English, please report their post - if you can, you may reply in their language to explain their question, but please do translate their and your message so it can be reviewed by the Moderation. ‘Hiding’ insults in non-English posts will be punished harshly. Posts written largely in ‘leetspeak’ or full of spelling / grammatical errors may be treated like non-English content. This rule does not extend to PMs.   §7 Forum structure & Search
      Please ensure when posting a new thread, that the thread is located inside the correct forum section. Check all forum section titles to judge where your thread should belong. Threads created in the wrong forum section will be moved or deleted.
      Before posting a new thread, please make use of the forum search to find older threads about the same topic. In doubt, it is recommended to rather post in an existing thread, unless that thread is years out of date. However, do not bump old threads without adding a new question / answer / insight that wasn’t in that thread before - use common sense.   §8 Thread Titles
      Please name your thread appropriately; the subject title should sum up / explain the content in the thread. If you fail to name your thread properly (such as ‘Hey!’ or ‘Check this out!’ or ‘Help!’), we will either rename or lock the topic. Repeated offense may lead to infractions. The practice of using CAPITALS only in your thread title is not allowed and will be edited or the thread will simply be deleted. Strange or abnormal Unicode characters should be excluded from thread titles for the sake of being distracting and unnecessary.
      §9 Thread Capitalization
      Please ensure that your post is not in all CAPITALS, as this is not allowed. Any threads posted in all caps will subsequently be removed from the forum. Repeated offenses may lead to infractions against your account. This practice is not approved or accepted here. 
        §10 Images in posts
      When posting images, mind the following restrictions:
      .gifs will be allowed and may be removed by Staff if deemed necessary.
      Maximum size for images is 1280x1024.
      Do not include more than ~1 large image per paragraph of text, unless in image collection / announcement threads. Link to further images.
      Consider posting thumbnails. You may post a few more images per post if they are reasonably small, the details are for the Moderation to judge.   §11 The use of BBCode
      It is allowed to use the BBCode in your posts. Over usage is not allowed. You may use the Bold in a reasonable manner but not for the whole text body. You may use the size feature but in a limited reasonable manner. You may not use any of the additional fonts at all. Color may be used to high light a point but again, not for the whole text body. Moderators will be watching for misuse and will edit when required without giving notice. Continued disregard for this rule will result in Moderator action in the form of warnings.   §12 Complaints of Server/Admin Abuse Reports of server/admin abuse will not be posted publicly. All reports concerning this type of behavior should be place in the appropriate sub-forum. http://forums.joinsquad.com/forum/241-report-server-admin-abuse/ All posts made outside of this area will be be removed.   Section II: Reporting & Moderation   §1 Reporting Posts
      There is a Post Report system in place. If you notice a post that violates forum rules, simply use the exclamation mark icon below the users avatar image to send a report to the Moderation. We will then review this post. Your report will not be made public and cannot be linked to your person by anyone outside of the Squad Team. You will not be punished for using the Report system even if the report was false, unless you repeatedly abuse the system to spam it.
      Do not ‘report’ posts by replying directly in public to them. In case of spambots, this prompts them to respond in turn, spamming the forum further. This also fuels flame wars and arguments.   §2 Reporting Moderators
      Moderators are subject to the same forum rules (and some additional rules / exceptions). If you think that a Moderator has treated you unfairly or is otherwise breaking forum rules, please PM the Lead Moderator or any Administrator. Do not accuse Moderators in public, the Squad Team will treat every complaint seriously and it is in our interest to discipline or remove Moderators who are known to break forum rules.   §3 Respect Squad Team members and Moderators
      Do not ignore or argue against Admin, Moderator or Dev instructions on the forum. If you have a complaint, as per §2, please inform the Team in private. You are expected to follow orders given by the Moderation, Administration and Development Team, and it is necessary for smooth running of the forum to respect their decisions. Being stubborn or ignoring warnings will lead to harsher punishments - however, we do not tolerate Moderator / Admin abuse of power / privileges, so do not hesitate to inform other Team members if you feel treated unfairly.   §4 Bans and multiple accounts
      If your account is temporarily or permanently banned, do NOT create another account. Bypassing a ban will result in further action, and a permanent ban of all of your accounts.
      You are not allowed to have more than one account for any reason. If you share an internet connection with another user who has their own account, it might happen that this account is incorrectly identified as a secondary account - please get in touch with the Moderation or Administration to resolve such issues.


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    • From my observations the trend in AAS mode has been to try to program the game to guide and focus the gameplay to the center flags. Various versions of Squad have evolved the mode with attributes like ticket bleed, fog-of-war and increasing/decreasing tickets won or lost on the flags. These have all been great ideas to guide the game towards a central focus.   That said, whilst these efforts have changed the gameplay quite drastically nevertheless in the typical fashion that matches are played out in the beginning the first 2-3 flags are still referred to as "The Backcaps"... So basically its always the same questions at the beginning of the match; "hey, who's getting the backcaps" or "hey, you said you were getting the backcaps, what happened" blah blah blah the same lame crap every time.   So I have a better idea that would be super easy to implement. So basically the premise would be that the first neutral flags would require a great deal more people to initially capture them and this number would decrease as you got closer to the center flag.   After all the neutral flags are captured and the battle is focused on the center flag and captured then the next enemy flag off of the center that your team would be attacking would require a 2:1 ratio to capture, enemies next flag 3:1 and so on. In addition to making the flags much harder to capture there would also be a bonus though by increasing the ticket costs to say 50/50.   Thoughts?        
    • It's a combination of the faster game pacing, the 40 man limit per team (so 1 squad away from a cap is a bigger difference than it would be with a higher server population) and the mentality that if you're not smack on top of an objective you are not doing something useful. That last one is often true, but it's also situational enough to not fall under such a blanket statement in my opinion. E.g., lonewolf marksman that doesn't communicate is bad, but a scouting marksman who knows to report movement as a priority and shoot only when needed is a good thing. Similarly, a superfob made with the only purpose of playing Squad mincreaft and get the odd kill is useless, but a superfob on a critical junction can shut down enemy armor movement, or at least force them to take the long way around and buy time for your team. It's not that cut and dried, it depends on the situation.   In a similar fashion, a squad doing mortars locked at 5 or even 6 people can be useful. And this brings us to the playerbase's abilities. Part of the current pacing problems are due to recent mechanics, but part of it is also the community's fault for thinking in a very one-dimensional fashion. We see this all the time, a squad rallies in, assaults an objective, gets wiped and keeps coming in from the exact same place, without even slightly changing their route, much less their overall strategy. Well, there are certain squad roles that can useful in ways other than just stacking bodies on an objective, such as armor. Mortars are similar to that, you don't put those 6 bodies on the cap but you deny the enemy freedom of movement, you can mass suppress the active objectives for your team and you can lay down a lot of smoke to help them advance. It's just that the majority of the playerbase doesn't understand the concept of area denial and the value of freedom of movement.   I think the "get on the cap no matter what" mentality is just as bad as being in the middle of nowhere building superfobs away from anything useful. Players have to find a balance between these two and it only comes with experience and time.
    • Actually that's not a bad idea. Commander assigned vehicles could be a thing in the future.
    • My thoughts exactly. Whilst they did get a bit of a buff recently mortars are still mostly useless considering that the pacing of the game was increased. Nothing is a better indicator that my team is going to lose the match than some goober in the staging period saying something along the lines of "me and my squad are gonna do precision mortars guys"..  
    • Respectfully - I stopped watching half way. That siren is does not add any value, remove it in future?
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