Fair Play - Rules for participating in Other Forum Games

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Fair Play - Rules for participating in Other Forum Games

Postby rick.leeds » 22 Feb 2011, 17:10

Site Rules for Forum-based Games.
Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, Mods have been asked to investigate possible cheating in games played on the Forum. In response to this it has become necessary to draw up a series of Site Rules for games played in Forum Games and Other Forum Games.
At present this is up for discussion, hopefully to be improved. Players should also make themselves aware of specific game rules for the game they are playing to prevent confusion.

A. Rule Breaking
1. Multi-accounting.
(a) Players may only operate a single account in any and all games played in the Forum.
Clarification: If an Other Forum Game requires/allows multi-accounts to be operated, then site members must ONLY operate these accounts in one game and must only use their principal account outside of the game.
(b) Players may not access another player’s account for any reason if they are playing in the same Forum game.
Clarification: Should a player require a substitute, s/he may find a player from another game but not someone who is playing in a game where both accounts are active.
Players who break these rules will have all accounts banned from accessing the sub-forum. The account names will be added to a list in the sub-forum and GMs will not allow these accounts to participate in any game.

2. Violating any specific rule associated with a game.
(a) Players must follow any rules associated with the game they are playing, eg communication, anonymity, deadline rules.
(b) GMs must not share or produce orders prior to deadline.
GMs (Game Managers) may remove a player from a game for breaking specific game rules. This is the GM’s decision. Any appeal is subject to the GM’s rules for the game and may not be sought through site Admin.
Players may ask the sub-forum Moderator to investigate should a GM publish adjudications, or otherwise share orders, before deadline.

3. Violating Forum rules as stated in The Forum and Communicating.
(a) A player receiving a Forum ban of any length will be removed from any games played on the Forum.

4. Meta-gaming.
(a) Players may not link actions in one game with actions is a separate forum-based game, ie they may not make cross-game alliances. This includes all meta-gaming as defined in Section B of the main site rules (see House Rules: What is Cheating?)
Clarification: In some games played on the Forum, meta-gaming may be part of the game. Generally, though, actions in a game should not affect actions in a different type of game (eg Heptarchy should not affect play in World Dip, Mafia should not affect play in NOMIC). Neither should two separate games of the same type affect how the games are played where this is not appropriate (eg two games of The Great Lakes should be free from meta-gaming). Check with the GM if unsure.
(b) Where appropriate, players should not allow relationships with other players affect the way they play the game.
Clarification: Again, in some games (eg NOMIC) this may be appropriate. In general, however, each game should stand alone.

5. Anything else the Moderators take issue with that is bad for the Community, Forum or the game. This may include phishing for account details, passwords or a wide variety of other behaviours not specifically detailed here.

B. Acting on possible cheating.
1. Role of GMs.
(a) Where GMs receive a report of possible cheating from players, they should Private Message the suspected player(s) to obtain information to clarify the situation.
(b) Where GMs feel cheating may be happening in games, they should refer the matter to the sub-forum Moderator(s) for investigating. Moderators may refer the issue to Site Admin for further investigation.
(c) GMs are expected to conform with the agreed action should the evidence of cheating be persuasive (see below).
(d) GMs may remove any player where the evidence of cheating is suggestive.
Clarification: where a GM is involved in a separate game with the suspected account(s) s/he should not investigate but refer immediately to Admin.

2. Role of Players.
(a) Should a player believe another is cheating s/he must report this to the GM by Private Message NOT via the Forum.
(b) Players should not threaten other players in the game with action on suspected cheating, whether in an attempt to affect the game or not.
(c) Players should not refer an issue to Moderators or Admin without first referring to the GM.
(d) Subject to any appeal system the GM uses, players may appeal a decision. However, the GM’s decision is final and players removed from a game may not appeal to Mods.

3. Role of Mods/Admin.
(a) Sub-forum Mods may decide to investigate by Pming players separately.
(b) Should a sub-forum Mod want more information, s/he should ask Admin to investigate.
(c) Admin will advise the Mod and/or the GM on any findings and give an opinion on whether the evidence is suggestive or persuasive of cheating, or whether the evidence cannot support the suggestion of cheating at all (see below).
Clarification: Admin will approach any investigation without interest in any game s/he may be involved with the suspected accounts. Where a conflict of interest may be involved, Admin may refer this to other Admin OR declare that they are unable to investigate. In the latter situation, the GM will use the evidence available to decide what should happen.

C. Action taken.
1. Nature of Evidence.
(a) Evidence may include anything the GM/Mod feels is suspicious.
(b) Admin may be asked to examine other evidence, such as IP addresses, relationships in main site games, and anything it is felt is relevant.
(c) Evidence may be Persuasive, Suggestive or Non-committal:
[i] Persuasive evidence will result in accounts being banned from the sub-Forums.
[ii] Suggestive evidence will be returned to the GM and the GM may decide to remove a player from the game.
[iii] Non-committal evidence will be returned to the GM and the GM will balance this with any other evidence s/he has.
(d) GMs may act upon evidence Suggestive/Non-committal evidence as they see fit.

2. Ban List.
(a) Players banned from participating in sub-forums will have their account name(s) listed in the sub-forum and GMs should not allow them to participate in any games on the Forum.
(b) Players removed from games following a GM decision will have their account name(s) listed in the sub-forum on a separate list. GMs should take this list under-advisement when deciding to allow a names account from participating in a game. GMs should apply to Mods/Admin to have the name added to this list.
(c) Where a GM has removed a player from a game using evidence which has not been investigated by Admin (see clarification in B.3(c) above) the account name will not be added to any list until an investigation can be carried out.

3. Appeal.
(a) As stated above, players may only appeal to a GM but may not appeal to Admin should they be removed from the game.
(b) Players may appeal to Admin to have their account names removed from the banned list to the removed from games list. Admin will take the issue under advisement and will refer to sub-forum Mods. Only a total commitment to not cheat again will be seen as reason to remove the name.
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