These rules MUST be followed at all times! No exceptions!

Welcome to the COG Game forums! These forums are here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can discuss ideas, give game play advice, role-play, and converse about any other aspects of other players. Community forums are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in these forums.

The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum administrator shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Your access to these forums is a "privilege", and not a "right". COG platform reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines.

We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category.

Racial/Ethnic, Major Religions/Religious Figures, National


This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Promote racial/ethnic hatred/national hatred
* Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur/national slurs
* Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred/national hatred
* Negatively portray major religions or religious figures

Consequences * First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum

Illegal Drugs or Activities


This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Reference to abusing illegal drugs
* Reference to performing illegal activities

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum

Extreme Sexuality/Sexual Preference/Violence/Obscene/Vulgar


This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
* Refer to extremely violent real life actions
* Pornography
* Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual preference pertaining to themselves or other players
* Are an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
* Are pornographic in nature

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum

Inappropriate language

This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
* Are otherwise considered objectionable
* Bypass the profanity filter

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Real Life Threats

This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Refer to violence in any capacity that is not directly related to the game world

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Real Life Personal Information

This category includes:
* Releasing any real-life information about other players, company, or company employees

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time, be permanently banned from the forum

Impersonating a COG Employee

This category includes:
* Passing yourself off as a COG employee to post false information

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Account and Item Trading


This category includes both advertising your account or item for sale or trade, or advertising that you are looking for an account or characters to purchase through:
* Forum posts
* Linking to eBay
* Listing you have something for trade and then offering your contact information

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Posting Cheats, Hacks, Trojan Horses, or Malicious Programs

This category includes:
* Posting links to cheats, hacks, or malicious viruses / programs
* If you would like to report information regarding cheats or hacks, send it to Help Icon. Do NOT post it on the forums.

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Posting Unreleased Content/Hacking Data Files/Private Servers

This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Show unreleased in-game items, equipment, or areas that have been unlocked by hacking into client data files
* Show the results of hacking or any tampering of the game's MPQ files
* Discuss, or display any data not available through normal game play
* Publish links to pirate servers, explaining how to build a private server.

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Harassment or Defamatory

This category includes both explicit and masked language on posts, signatures, avatars, nicknames and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
* Insultingly refer to other characters, players, COG employees, or groups of people
* Result in ongoing harassment to other characters, players, COG employees, or groups of people

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum

Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific player with harassment can lead to more severe action. The idea behind this is to prevent any one player from consistently being uncomfortable in the forum.


Spamming and Trolling

This category includes:
* Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
* Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums
* Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, posting provocative remarks, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters
* Making non-constructive posts
* Necroposting
* Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
* Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Creating Duplicate Threads

This category includes:
* Creating threads about other existing games
* Creating a separate thread about existing games for further discussion in more than one forum

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Plagiarism

This category includes posting and creating topics aiming for your own benefit by using:
* Copying articles, guides, screenshots from external sources without providing credits to the original author.

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Advertising

This category includes advertisement of:
* Any non-beneficial, non-COG related businesses, organizations, or websites

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Discussing Disciplinary Actions

This category includes:
* Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a player, including chat logs and email correspondence between a player and a Forum administor, or GM
* Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a character or account on the forums

Consequences
* First time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Second time,be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-7 days,depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum


Circumventing a Suspension/Ban

This category includes:
* Posting on another account to do baleful deed
* Having someone post on your behalf
* Creating new account after old account banned

Consequences
* be permanently banned from the forum


Phishing

This category includes:
* Posting links to pages pretending to be connected with COG Customer
* Camouflaging links to external web pages as gameforum links
* Showing sympaties towards phishing

Consequences
* Be permanently banned from the forum


Personal message harrasment

* Sending multiple personal messages to another forumers
* Sending personal message with same/very similar content to multiple forumers
* Advertisement through personal messages
* Sending personal messages including pictures / video links with inappropriate content – sexual, excessive violence, national hatred, ...
* Sending personal messages to forumer who already stated he/she is forbidding sender of personal message from sending personal messages
* Spamming other forumers with system generated personal messages when receiver of personal message considers this as harrasment – favors in very big amounts and very short intervals

Consequences
* First time, Be given warning – one warning for one harrased forumer
* Second time, be temporarily banned from the forums from 1-3 days, depending upon severity, and the post will be deleted too
* Third time, be permanently banned from the forum



Note: Forumers who will feel harrased by any above mentioned methods are compulsory to provide proofs – screenshots of excessive behavior. Without proofs, case will be dissolved.