As part of our efforts to reconstruct and improve the community experience among the members of the OMGeek community, we have put together a set of rules for people to live by. It's a wild world out there in the internet, and to maintain our desire for a friendly and open community, we'd like everyone to behave within certain boundaries. Don't worry; there's nothing unreasonable in here. Ultimately, common sense rules the day. If you're friendly, reasonable, and cooperative, you'll be just fine.
We'd also like to credit the Gamers with Jobs community, as we patterned this constitution after their own Code of Conduct.
The OMGeek Community Constitution
Being a record of rules aimed towards the ultimate realization of non-dickery on the internet
I. Treat all community members with respect
Be respectful to all members that you interact with, ingame on chat and forums. Debating and arguing over topics is fine, as long as you are respectful of each others views. Please act like you would in real life: you would respect another human being (we would hope), so please do the same in our community.
II. No drama and personal attacks
We are looking for a mature pc gaming community and expect that of all players in-game, in the chatroom, and in the forums. If you ever have any issues with another player, discuss this in private with one of the mods or admins by PMing them. There is no need to drag everyone into an extended episode of One Tree Hill. We’re here to play games and have fun.
III. No excessive profanity
The key word here is excessive. We don’t mind profanity in some level, but what we do mind is too much profanity when communicating with other members or outright insults/bullying. Keep it mature and as level-headed as possible. A good rule of measure to this is to use your common sense.
IV. You must attempt to follow the English standard
We all hail from different countries in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, so we assume that everyone is well versed enough in English to navigate the internet. We encourage everyone communicating in straight English. Colloquial English with a mix of the local dialect (Taglish, Singlish, Manglish etc) is not advised and we encourage everyone to communicate in standard English so we can all understand each other clearly.
V. Usernames are not to be vulgar or ridiculously childish
Keep your Steam, ingame and forum usernames appropriate. No childish or vulgar usernames will be tolerated. Know how to be appropriate and mature enough to follow this guideline.
VI. Give value to community interaction and activities
Good and constant interaction will ensure the quality and activity of the community. We cannot stress this enough. Keep forum discussions alive, interact via chat, and participate in community events.We value quality over quantity for our membership. Our ultimate goal is not to have the biggest community in terms of members, but a community with like-minded, mature and fun people.
VII. Check your negative attitude out the door
If you have anything to say, say it properly! OMGeek was founded to be a mature and friendly community, and toxic attitudes need not apply. We will listen to any and all complaints and criticism as long as they remain constructive. If there is something you need to get off your chest, do so with a level head and discuss with us. We are a very open community.
If you have ideas or recommendations for the community, please feel free to convey it in a mature manner of discourse, in the forum, chatroom or to the mods/admins via PM. OMGeek values itself as a mature, open and tolerant online community. Additionally, we do not have a policy on a minimum age limit, but we expect all members of the community to behave in a mature manner. This is expected in the forums, chatroom and ingame playing with other members. Immaturity isn’t welcome.
IX. In-game behavior
Please treat your fellow players and members with respect. The old adage do unto others most certainly applies here. If we have specific set of guidelines for particular games, follow them.
1st Offense = Private Warning 2nd Offense = Public Warning 3rd Offense = Good bye
The co-founders and appointed moderators of the community have their own responsibilities away from the keyboard, which means the less moderation and drama being dealt with, the better. Ultimately what we want is more time for everyone to focus on playing together as a community.
Please note that the rules laid down here are not up for debate. We expect all the members of OMGeek to follow these rules -- it all boils down to "don't be a dick," but we got a little more specific just to be safe. We want everybody to behave to ensure that everybody has a good gaming experience AND a good community experience.