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Forum Guidelines

posted by puzzlebox Telltale Staff on - last edited by mostlypoptarts - Viewed by 7.1K 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 - even in passing. Insults, hate speech, platform wars… leave it out. Criticism of someone's actions or opinions is OK, but avoid personal attacks. 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.

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, moved, or merged.

1.6 If you want to discuss things like Character Shipping or Character Appreciation, do so in a thread that already focuses on actual story discussion. Do not just create General Chat threads for these individual topics. Threads dedicated solely to statements of the "Yeah, [insert character name/ship 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. It is 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.

1.11 Do not post personal information about a user or staff without their permission, including (but not limited to) names, pictures, etc. If knowingly done so, this can lead to a very severe punishment.

2. Expected Posting Etiquette

2.1 When signing up, it is expected that you will primarily make attempts at participating in genuine and quality discussion. Avoid having a posting history where the majority of your contributions are low effort posts, ironic posts, or otherwise negative contributions like hate speech or excessive drama. Low Effort Posts can include talking heavily in meme references, inside jokes, reaction videos/gifs, passive aggressive thread derailing, etc.

2.2 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.

2.3 We have a diverse body of Community Members of different backgrounds - please be respectful of that. Do not make bigoted comments (including sarcastic use of slurs) about different genders, races, sexualities, cultures, religions, disabilities, etc. This also extends to bigoted generalizations, insinuations, or scapegoating. If you have personal disagreements relating to certain groups, frame your arguments in a constructive way with the intention of genuinely thoughtful and civil discussion.

2.4 Criticism of one's work is okay, but do not personally insult, harass, or scapegoat Telltale Staff members - even if you believe Telltale Staff do not post on or read the forums. Also, please recognize that outside of Community Managers, most Telltale Staff Members that do post on the forums will probably not be able to comment on topics like Episode Release Dates, game fixes, spoilers for future episodes, etc.

2.5 Do not use the Telltale Forums as your venue for personal drama with other members. Make an effort to avoid other members if you have personal drama with them. Creating threads or posts to knowingly harass users or shine a spotlight on petty drama unrelated to community discussion will leave you at risk of severe punishment.

2.6 Do not participate in Forum Brigading, where you go into another Telltale Series' forum to troll users - be it directly or passive aggressively. This includes posts insulting the franchise, comments on your distaste with a fanbase, etc. Only post in a community (or any other discussion with fans of that series) if you are doing so with the intent of genuine discussion and not trolling.

3. Advertising and Spam

3.1 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.

3.2 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.

3.3 When advertising Let's Plays or Live Streams for a Telltale Series/Miniseries, you get one (1) collective thread to post all of your Let's Plays/Streams in for that entire Series. Please consult the Let's Play Sharing rules written by Volunteer Moderators for more information.

3.4 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.

3.5 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.

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

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

4. Individual Flair

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

4.2 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.

4.3 Use special text formatting features like Large Text only for special situations that benefit specifically from that formatting. Try not to just casually use large text for emphasis when bold text will do. (Typing any character before a hashtag, including a space, will display normal text.)

5. Timeouts / Bans

5.1 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.

5.2 Please note that most bans are just a temporary timeout due to breaking the forum rules.

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

5.4 Do not instigate drama, extensively derail threads, or talk negatively about users behind their backs during a ban. If you have concerns, send a Private Discussion to a Moderator. Moderators reserve the right to not comment on particular User Bans for reasons including user privacy.

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