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Code of Conduct

    Section I: Scope

  1. This Code of Conduct empowers the Continuing Committee (CC) and all players of the Star Trek CCGs to cultivate a forum environment where discussion is free, fruitful, and fun.
  2. In order to participate in the Continuing Committee (CC) forums, all participants must agree to abide by the entire Code of Conduct.
  3. Section III of the Code of Conduct is applicable only to "moderated" forums. "Moderated" forums include every forum and subforum which is visible to any registered member of the forum community (except any forums which have been designated "unmoderated"). Restricted forums (such as Playtesting (1E)) are considered "unmoderated."
  4. Section II: Global Rules

  5. No user shall post about or link to vendors who sell unlicensed Star Trek-related merchandise (for example: play mats, professionally-printed virtual cards that resemble physical cards, artwork, etc.)
  6. No user shall post or link to any content that is illegal, or which encourages or condones illegal activity. (For example: no unlawful torrents.)
  7. No user shall post or link to any content that includes graphic violence or explicit sexual content. (No porn, no ISIS beheading videos, duh.)
  8. No user shall attempt to evade a suspension or ban by any means, including by registering or logging in under another account.
  9. No user shall deliberately defraud or attempt to defraud any other user; in particular, all users must be honest and forthcoming about trades, costs related to trades, and the condition of cards being traded.
  10. Any violation of these global rules shall result in an immediate suspension (even without warning) for a period of time to be determined at moderator discretion.
  11. Section III: Rules for Moderated Forums

  12. Moderated forums are intended for all members of the Star Trek CCG community, including young players and learners.
  13. In a moderated forum, no user shall post any content or remark that is belittling, disparaging, denigrating, harassing, threatening, bullying, or cruel towards another person; nor any content or remark that would be perceived by a reasonable bystander to be belittling, disparaging, denigrating, harassing, threatening, bullying, or cruel; nor shall any user post such content directed against any discrete category or class of persons.
    1. Criticism of other persons (or classes of persons) is permitted, even in moderated forums, even if it is severe, as long as its expression is reasonable, measured, and civil. Only disparagement of other persons is prohibited.
    2. Some comments may straddle the line between acceptable and unacceptable treatment of others; moderators will make judgments at their discretion.
    3. Users who are alleged to have violated Rule #11 should not expect to receive the "benefit of the doubt." There is almost always some doubt about a sanction, because this is a forum, not a court of law.
  14. In a moderated forum, no user shall post profanities. This rule has been repealed. Please see here for details.
  15. A user who violates these rules shall receive a formal, public warning from a moderator.
    1. A user who violates these rules within six months of receiving a warning under this section shall have their forum account suspended for three (3) days.
    2. A user who violates these rules within six months of receiving a three-day suspension under this section shall have their forum account suspended for ten (10) days.
    3. A user who violates these rules within six months of receiving a ten-day suspension under this section shall have their forum account suspended for thirty (30) days.
    4. A user who violates these rules within six months of receiving a thirty-day suspension under this section shall have their forum account suspended indefinitely (banned), pending discussion and disposition of the case by the full moderation team. A banned user may, every six months, petition the moderation team for readmission; this is treated as an additional appeal.
  16. Section IV: Moderation & Modification

  17. Any moderator may independently assess a rules violation and assign the appropriate sanction. However, a sanctioned user may appeal sanctions to the full moderation team, which will then determine whether to uphold or overturn the sanction following the process set out in the Forum Moderation Rules.
    1. The sanction will remain in force while the discussion is ongoing (unless it expires before the discussion is concluded).
    2. There is no further possibility for appeal beyond the full moderation team; no member of the Continuing Committee, including the Chairman, may overturn a decision of the full moderation team.
  18. While this Code of Conduct is intended to be clear and complete, no Code is ironclad, and this Code does not cover every case where moderation may need to be enforced. The moderation team may modify these rules by a majority vote of the moderators and may, in extreme circumstances, impose an ex post facto sanction on users who do serious damage to the forums without technically violating the currently-posted rules.
  19. Rules for the selection of moderators, and operation of the moderation team, may be found in the separate document, "Moderation Team Rules."