1. Be Polite and Courteous

    The goal of online interaction is to positively contribute to, and enhance everyone's enjoyment of the game. In general including-but-not-limited-to terms, this means to communicate with other users and Vision Staff in a civilized, pleasant, constructive and respectful manner. Specifically avoid trolling, making racist or sexist comments, derailing threads, spamming, flaming, and otherwise being a nuisance of any sort. You're welcome to POLITELY disagree with people on the forums (us included!), but always keep it respectful and constructive. I.e., something along the lines of "I feel that the armor values of ship A are a bit too low relative to ship B." is perfectly fine, while "STOP KILLING TEH GAME U IDIOTS" is not). Keep the discussion about the idea, and not the person who had the idea. Try to always avoid the Big Three topics: sex, politics, and religion. No one agrees about anything there and everyone has some pretty strong opinions. Avoid tossing a match into a keg of gunpowder.

    We're leaving this rule vague on purpose. The kind of person who needs the line explicitly drawn is also the kind of person who will try to stay as close to that line as humanly possible while still being a nuisance, which is irritating to everyone. Basically, if we think you're being a nuisance, we'll ask you (politely) to stop. If you don't, we'll have to take further action. We can't put you in the stocks or keelhaul you, so this could mean removed posts, forum bans, in-game bans, item or doubloon removal, etc. We reserve the right to take whatever action we feel is appropriate to help keep online areas of interaction friendly, warm and convivial, a welcome place for players both new and old.

  2. Don't use multiple accounts to be a jackass

    After the above, it should go without saying that you aren't allowed to create multiple accounts or use old accounts to try to get around moderation and continue to be a nuisance. Basically, if one of your accounts is banned from the Game Forums or Discord Server, you should re-think your life choices that led up to that moment and treat all of your chat or forum accounts as banned. If you attempt to continue being a nuisance, despite our attempts to stop you, it pushes things further, makes you unwelcome and we may find it necessary to start banning game accounts.
  3. Don't argue moderation on the forums

    If you feel that you've been moderated unfairly, send a moderator a private message and plead your case. We are not ogres. We are both on the same team, and we want you to enjoy the game and its online chat systems -- but everyone else has to enjoy them too. The only reason moderation takes place is because the Moderator(s) are trying to keep things civil and help gently quell arguments. Don't re-post something that's been deleted by a Moderator, or make snarky comments about the moderation.
  4. Don't discuss things that are against the rules or against the law

    Every once in a while, someone finds a way to do something in a video game that they shouldn't be doing. If you spot something that doesn't look right, send in a support email to pirates@VisionOnlineGames.com or send a forum PM to one of the Support staff. Don't post about it happening, and don't post instructions on how to do it. Likewise, don't discuss illegal activities. That includes software, video and music piracy, illegal drug use or anything else that law enforcement would be unhappy about.We are all here to enjoy the game together. Keep the focus of conversation on the game, polite, friendly and civil, and it's almost impossible to run afoul of any Moderator.