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Forum Guidelines

posted by puzzlebox Telltale Staff on - last edited by TelltaleMike - Viewed by 6K users

Please note that these guidelines are in addition to the website's Terms of Use.

1. Respect, Civility and Organization

1.1 R-E-S-P-E-C-T! We're all here to have fun, so be cool to each other. Always behave respectfully towards other community members, moderators and Telltale team members. Insults, hate speech, platform wars… leave it out. Constructive criticism of another user's opinions or actions is OK, but refrain from insulting users/volunteer moderators/Telltale staff members themselves - whether directly or in passing. If you feel especially slighted by another forum member, use the "Flag" button to report their comments to moderators instead of shooting back!

1.2 Don't post gross stuff. That covers images containing excess nudity or violence, and other material that could be considered offensive or NSFW.

1.3 Please try to keep off topic posts to a minimum. If you decide to discuss something off topic, consider making a new topic instead. If you think a certain topic is not worth discussing, don't try to destroy the ongoing discussion with arguments, off topic posts, ironic jokes, excessive use of pictures/gifs/videos, or anything else that will derail the thread. Just refrain from posting in that thread, or flag any posts if necessary.

1.4 Posting two (or more!) times in a row in the same discussion and replying to yourself are considered poor forum etiquette. There's an edit button you can use to update your comments after you hit the "Post" button - please use it if you suddenly think of something else to add and the discussion hasn't moved in the meantime.

1.5 Before you open a new discussion, please check for existing discussions on the same subject. That'll help avoid seeing your posts locked or moved.

1.6 We don't appreciate "appreciation threads"! Statements of the "Yeah, [insert character name here] is pretty cool" nature just do not make great community discussion material.

1.7 Spoiler tags: use 'em! If your comment contains spoilers, be sure to mark it accordingly using the "My post contains spoilers" button so that everyone can experience the joy of discovery for themselves. For the first few days after a new episode is released, please try to avoid using specific story spoilers in your topic titles. Instead, use vague references to spoilers and save the more specific spoilers for your thread.

1.8 You are entitled to one (1) forum account. Please don't create confusion by using more than one forum identity.

1.9 Please don't post in old and/or inactive threads just to "bump" them back up to the top. If something new and relevant comes up or if you otherwise have a good reason to add something new to discussion, that is fine. However, it's poor forum etiquette to make a generic post in an old or inactive thread just to get people to look at it again.

1.10 Please do not abuse the flag system. You can flag threads or posts if they break the forum guidelines, if they are posted in the wrong location, if a similar discussion already exists, or if there is any other reason for concern. It is also OK to flag your own posts to ask a Moderator to hide or relocate them (or to request that a Moderator lock your own thread). However, please do not just flag another user's posts if you disagree with a user's opinion or don't like their post.

2. Advertising and Spam

2.1 Fan art, fan fiction, and let's play/walkthrough links may be posted by community members in the appropriate discussions. Games you made, books you wrote etc. which do not concern one of Telltale's games can be announced in the "General Chat" section.

2.2 Make sure that you're still here for the community discussion first, not primarily for making people aware of this video walkthrough or that fan fiction. Only participating community members have that right.

2.3 Links or references to any kind of community-made patches/game modifications for Telltale's games (including unofficial foreign language subtitles) cannot be posted here. Additionally, please refrain from discussing content found within game files that could potentially be relevant for future episodes. We want people to enjoy our community without the fear of spoilers for upcoming episodes possibly ruining their experience. Discussing game files with potential spoilers for any unreleased episode could lead to a possible Timeout / Ban.

2.4 Advocating intellectual property piracy of any kind (software, movies, music, comics, etc) on this forum, posting links to download sites or naming these sites for reference, admitting to piracy or threats/insinuations/announcements of such actions will all lead to an immediate ban. Community members are discouraged from discussing piracy even if they respond with counter-arguments to a piracy-advocating member.

2.5 Telltale and our community are absolutely not interested in home loans, Nigerian bank accounts, online streaming services and the like.

2.6 Please report obvious spam threads/comments using the "Flag" button and do not reply to them.

3. Individual Flair

3.1 Use swear words if you like, but sparingly. There are no swear filters on this forum. Try to not make us regret this.

3.2 Please use accents like large letters, highlighted text, all caps, pictures, animated gifs, emoticons etc. sparingly. Keep images small enough to stay within the message boundaries.

4. Timeouts / Bans

4.1 Ignoring the forum guidelines or warnings from moderators may result in a forum member being temporarily banned (duration to be at the mod or admin's discretion). During such a timeout, all games purchased from the Telltale online store by the banned member will remain intact and can still be played.

4.2 Please note that most bans are just temporary, merely meant as a timeout due to breaking the forum rules. If you see a banned badge under someone's username, chances are high that they will be back shortly after their temporary ban period has expired.

4.3 Never attempt to circumvent a ban by creating a new account. The timeout would at least be doubled immediately.

4.4 Please refrain from talking about current or past user bans. This guideline is in place for several reasons. In addition to the severity of the post(s) a user is banned for, moderators also take into account variables such as ban history, the possibility of alternate accounts, and other private information. For privacy reasons, moderators cannot disclose this extra information that affects ban length. Since regular users discussing bans will not know the full context behind the reasoning of a ban, we do not want discussions of current/past user bans to result in misinformation, off topic thread derailments, arguments, or hostility - especially if a user is not there to defend themselves while they are under a ban. Please note that the "Banned" badge does not distinguish if a user ban is permanent or temporary.

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