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There has been a lot of discussion lately about our policies for bans and illegal alts. There is so much confusion going on that I felt like it would do some good to go over why we do things the way we do.
Moderators and Admins on Forumwarz have the ability to Ban accounts from playing. If your account is banned, you may no longer log in to play the game.
Why would your account be banned? Mainly for these reasons:
– Breaking the rules in Flamebate. The rules for each forum are stickied at the top.
– Vandalizing the Wiki.
– Creating Illegal Multis (see below)
We are often lenient with bans. If you are banned, there is a link when you log in to contact us via email to appeal your ban. Generally, unless you did something really terrible, we will unban you on a first offense after a short amount of time.
This led to some confusion — how long does a ban last? Why has player x been unbanned while player y is still banned?
New Feature: Temporary Bans
We now have the ability to ban accounts for a specified time frame. If we do this, when you log in you will be presented with the date when your ban will expire. At that time, your account will automatically be unbanned.
If your ban is temporary, there is no need to appeal or wait for an Admin to get around to unbanning you. Just wait it out!
We also have the ability to ban you permanently (known as permabanning). If you don’t see a date when you log in, consider yourself banned forever.
New Characters, a.k.a Alts
We let anyone who wants to play Forumwarz create one character for free and play all the way through Episode 1. If they want additional characters (known as Alts, short for Alternates), they must purchase them in the “Support Us!” section.
Why do we do this? The main reason is to support our growth. Each new character represents a lot of potential server time, and we balance that out with a minor cost (right now it’s less than $5 for unlimited play). Remember our bandwidth and development time isn’t free!
When you purchase a new character through us it’s tied to your same login so you can switch between them easily.
Some people want to play Forumwarz as a new clbum or from the beginning, but don’t purchase a new character from us.
The reasons for this are varied: some people don’t have the cash. Some don’t have credit cards (look into Visa gift cards!). Some have something against Paypal. Some people will just avoid paying, or don’t think the game is worth supporting (even if they use it a lot!). Others do it so they can abuse the forums and other players.
Whatever the reason may be, a certain percentage of our user base ends up signing up for a secondary, or tertiary (or even DOZENS) of new accounts using new e-mail addresses and pbumwords.
We call this “Illegal”, as it breaks our rules. It eats our server time and is not paid for, and is a bannable offense. If we catch you using multiple accounts, we will ban you.
When will we ban an Illegal Alt?
We have tools to analyze your usage habits. If we catch you actively playing on multiple accounts all of your accounts will be banned: it’s as simple as that.
I have noticed some confusion in the community about this: to my knowledge we have always banned people using multiple accounts once it has been proven. If you believe that we have missed someone, please bring it to our attention.
What if I’m not actively playing both?
Generally, if you are not actively playing two accounts within a short time period, you will not be banned.
For example, you create an Emo Kid, play for a day and decide the game sucks. Then you come back a month later and create a new account to play as a Camwhore, and never touch your Emo account again. We don’t consider this actively using multiple accounts and you will be fine.
This also applies to people who have had all their accounts banned. There have been people who have been annoying and been banned repeatedly, but keep popping up with new accounts. Since they are not actively playing multiple accounts (their previous ones have been banned and therefore receive no activity), we usually let them start fresh, but on thin ice.
You can consider this a second chance — let’s say you came to Flamebate and posted Goatse in general discussion. You’d be banned right away. But if you came back with a new account and played by the rules, we’ll let you stay. The thin ice part means that if you break ANY rules, we’ll permaban you for it.
The idea is that hopefully people will get sick of being banned repeatedly and will want to join in the community properly. If they stick to the rules, we let them do so.
Bear in mind that there is now a Level 4 Minimum required to post on Flamebate. We’re hoping that requiring players to advance in the game for a short while will weed out those who come back over and over repeatedly to annoy other players.
So that’s pretty much all the information I can think of at this time. Post any questions / comments / etc in this thread!
Evil Trout edited this message on 10/31/2008 4:38PM
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