Forum Rules 07/06/2016Introduction 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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In today's day and age of social media, forums aren't often talked about in our day to day lives. And, at least in my experience, they tend to be associated with some of the nerdier levels of nerds, when it comes to the people who frequent them. However, forums can be one of the greatest sources of topic-specific information due to how focused they can be about all sorts of things, from vehicles, to firearms -- and mathematics to music history. And in our case, Squad. Not everyone knows how to use forums as well as others, and I'd like to help out. First thing's first: the full search function can be found here. That function of the site comes with a lot of in-depth modifiers you can add to your search in order to get more specific results, and it's fairly self explanatory. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that the search form linked above doesn't see nearly as much use on this website as this infamous big white bar: So in order to assist all of you in becoming better forum users and finding the content you're looking for, I'm putting together this topic to outline some basic guidelines and shortcuts in order to help you better participate in this community of ours. Topic Creation Guidelines Before there were search bars, there were topics. Having a well functioning forum where the search function can be best utilized means creating well-made topics is just as important as knowing how to search for them. You're not going to find anything if there aren't any topics for the search function to filter through. As a topic creator, you want to create your topic with a title that is relevant to your content and concise (short and to the point) so that people can easily see what your topic is about. Tags are also very important. You can add up to 10 of them. If you want your topic to be seen by people searching for content relevant to your topic, you should add tags that are simple, longer than 4 letters, and generally avoid things like spaces. As you can see below, I had a tag with a space in it. 'how to' -- however, I removed that and replaced it with 'tutorial,' which you can see if you look at the tags of this topic. Use common, relevant synonyms for the tags you wish to add that would require spaces. Scrolling through the list of topics created on these forums, it's plain as day that the majority of people don't even add tags. Remember that when you use the search bar, it searches for content in the posts of the topic itself, not just the topic title and tags. Example: If i search the term sniper I get 92 results, and the vast majority of the results are topics that don't even have the word sniper in the title. Through a bit of my own research i've found some interesting quirks about the search bar. When I type: gun restingI get results based only on the word: resting But if i type: 'gun resting' I get results based on both words. However, when I type: recon squadI get results based on both words. I'm not sure why the search function seemingly blocks the word 'gun' unless I put it into quotes or apostrophes. Until this quirk is resolved or clarified, to simply avoid this issue of the search form cutting off your query, put your keywords into quotations or apostrophes. Like this: 'search query'"search query"The important thing to get out of this bit is to remember to not only put solid effort into your searches, but to also make sure you know what the search function is thinking you are asking of it to do. Don't think you can't or won't find what you're looking for -- just invest a little bit of genuine time in looking. Tips: A lot of good information that you are seeking isn't always in an obvious spot. Sometimes devs will comment on a topic with information about something that's only semi-related to the topic's original content. In order to really find good info you may have to do a bit of digging, something most people don't like to do, but it almost always pays off. Make sure you're not mistakingly searching a single topic's content. If you're going to do a search, a good rule of thumb is to click the FORUMS button at the top of the website and then start your search. If you're sitting in The Front Desk section and start a search with the search bar, your search will only sift through the content in The Front Desk. This applies to all other sections of the forums. I hope this helps some of you navigate the forums a bit easier and that you got something out of this.