The following guidelines are recommended for all in game admins in Squad, and specifically MUST be adhered to by game admins on licensed servers as a condition of holding a license.
Section 1: Game Server Admins
1.1 - Admins should make an effort to promote a culture of teamwork and communication through their actions on the server and through the creation of server rules which do likewise.
1.2 - Admins should encourage a fair, friendly and sportsmanlike atmosphere when mediating interaction between players.
1.3 - Licensed servers must have enough admins to properly run the server to maintain the integrity of the community and the server itself. A minimum required 10 per server instance. Admins needs to be presented in the vast majority of the time during populated hours. Failing to adhere to this will result in a revoked license. [UPDATED 16 June 2019]
1.4 - Admins should conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Any reported racist, hateful or grossly offensive content in the server name, description, or any broadcast, chat or voice transmission made by server admins will be acted on accordingly.
1.5 - Admins should work to shape their server into a constructive environment for new players to learn in. Specifically, servers should encourage their community to welcome new players into squads alongside more experienced players, provided those new players listen and are willing to learn the game.
1.6 - Admins should not impose server wide rules requiring microphones, provided players are willing to use text chat in it’s stead. The two exceptions are that it is acceptable for individual squad leaders to impose a "microphone required" rule for their squad at their discretion, and it is acceptable for a server to require squad leaders have a microphone.
1.7 - Admins are allowed to enforce a server wide rule disallowing locked squads if they so choose. If the server does this, it should be clearly displayed in their server rules and players should be warned for violating this rule before any action would be taken against them.
1.8 - Admins may select a single common language for their specific server if they choose to, though it is not required. This requires the players on each individual server to at least understand the selected language of the server to be able to effectively communicate with their squad/team. If the server admins choose to select a common language, this language should be portrayed within the server name.
1.9 - Admins are free to kick/ban anyone that they feel necessary to protect the integrity of their server and community as long as this does not interfere with other administration guidelines.
1.10 - Admins are present to enforce the server rules. The priority is to maintain high quality gameplay and good teamwork for the benefit of all players. They retain the right to act accordingly to any undefined disruptive behavior within the confines of the server administration guidelines.
1.11 - All server admins are encouraged to join the Offworld Industries Hosting discord for information and support. Please follow the instructions to acquire appropriate permissions on the server: https://discord.io/owihosting
1.12 - Squad leaders should be free to kick members of their squad for any reason they choose.
[UPDATED 16 JUNE 2019]
Section 2: Server Policies
2.1 - Server policies should be made clear to players in game, and should be listed and kept updated in a thread on the Official Squad Forums, as well as, within server messages. [UPDATED 14 August 2017]
2.2 - [NEW as of A9.12] Licensed servers now have the option to disable vehicle claiming on their servers. This is to be used at the discretion of the server admins, but ONLY when server admins are present to ensure fair and balanced gameplay. [UPDATED 27 October 2017]
2.3 - Licensed servers must notify Offworld Industries when they switch server providers. Switching from an approved licensed server provider to a non-approved provider is prohibited. [UPDATED 14 August 2017]
2.4 - Licenses that have been inactive for longer than a week will be disabled and you will need to reapply if/when you bring your server back online. [UPDATED 14 August 2017]
2.5 - Licensed servers have Developer admin & debug access enabled. Admin commands that affect gameplay will only be used in game with permission from the online admins before being run. QA permissions are disabled unless the server owner/admin specifically enables them in the Server.cfg. [UPDATED 14 August 2017]
2.6 - Licensed servers are NOT allowed to run mods on their servers during the first iteration of modding. This will likely change in the future, but for now, this is not going to be allowed on licensed servers. If you wish to run a mod of any sort you need to disable your license and move to the custom server browser. Servers failing to adhere to this simple rule will have their licenses revoked. [UPDATED 17 November 2017]
2.7 - Using any sort of fake and/or unattended clients, bots, or Squad instances with the intent of seeding or boosting player counts is not permitted. [UPDATED 21 August 2018]
2.8 - Server administrators are allowed to accept donations, but may never charge for, or accept donations to alter gameplay. [UPDATED 05 February 2019]
2.9 - All servers must be ran on adequete hardware and have above 15 tickrate at all times. Overpopulating your server hardware or in other means failing to meet the performance demand will result in a revoked license. [UPDATED 16 JUNE 2019]
Section 3: Information
3.1 - For any server licensing problems, or to appeal a revoked server license, you will need to contact email@example.com [UPDATED 14 August 2017]
3.2 - To report problems with a specific server, use the contact form here: http://forums.joinsquad.com/forum/241-report-server-admin-abuse/ [UPDATED 14 August 2017]