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The MadCast Rules, Structure, and Organization thread contains the core rules, expectations, and obligations of anyone who participates in our community. However, those general rules sometimes do not cover specific, necessary policies for the community. Below those specific policies are discussed. 

 

Forum Posting Guidelines

Please review the following rules and regulations before you begin posting on the forums.

I. Categorization.

Post in the appropriate forum section for the topic being presented. If members repeatedly creates new threads that are obviously in the wrong place, it will be moved. If a person continues to post in the wrong forums it cripples forum organization. We realize that sometimes a question can cross multiple topics and it isn''t exactly clear where it would be best to post. If you find yourself in this situation, go ahead and post it. It might be moved, but if it truly is cross-topic it will be left alone. Cross-posting is very suspect, and will only be allowed when the mods feel the topic truly deserves to be in both forums.\

II. Thread Creation.

Do not start threads if:

-You are simply responding, talking about, or inquiring about another thread that has been locked by a moderator.

-You have already posted the same question/comment in another forum. Do not double post.

-The subject-matter of the thread concerns only you and another individual. We have a private message system, please use it.

-If it is your first post in the forums and you post a link to an outside site we will assume you are here to spam. If you would like to do this please get prior approval from someone on the staff.

III. Post Content.

Do not use profanity in the subject line. Do not use excessive foul language. While there are basic filters for some foul language, you are also expected to use good judgment and common sense when posting. The only place where profanity might be deemed acceptable on a regular basis is in the Off Topic forum. Members here are of all ages and the content in a post should be suitable for all ages and all locations including the workplace and school environment. This includes content contained with forum signatures and avatars. If you are a parent, and want your minor to come play here, we want to foster a community where they can do this. To make a compromise between those who want a place to basically say what they want, and parental concerns, MadCast has a Junior Account Usergroup, which we will place people upon parental request. Simply send a p.m. to a MadCast Staff, and they should take care of it for you.

Spelling and grammar police WILL NOT be tolerated, period! If you have nothing to add to a topic except to point out the spelling and grammar mistakes of other members then do not post . However, on the other hand, please try your best to communicate in a clear manner. Remember, if someone can''t understand what you wrote, they probably will not be able to reply in the best way possible. Using punctuation, paragraphs, capital letters, and avoiding "leet speak" goes a long way to being understood and respected.

Absolutely no racist or offensive posts. This includes any sort of discriminatory remarks, including those that are sexist, homophobic, derogatory to any religion, creed, or nationality, or which attempt to put forth stereotypes or propaganda . This applies to all forum sections, including the Off Topic forum. Racist threads will be deleted, and you will be warned. You do it again, and you will be banned.

While we want everyone to express themselves as freely as possible, it is NOT acceptable to constantly complain, threaten, rant, flame, or behave like a forum troll. While being a smartass every once in a while is to be expected, if the determination is made that you are always putting others down, and have a holier-than-thou attitude, we will give you a warning. If your behavior persists, you will be banned.

MadCast is providing this place in order for all gaming enthusiasts to discuss relevant material. There are ways to express yourself no matter what opinion you hold; however, no one wants to see a constant flow of negativity. Not everyone agrees about everything, we understand and accept this. We want everyone to have a pleasant experience while on our boards Just as you have the right to post your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and ideas, others have the right to a "hate free" forum experience as well. We are trying to strike a balance to please everyone. It is highly recommended that if you are going to post about something that you do not agree with, make sure you take the time organize your thoughts and avoid going off on a tangent. This will ensure you are providing a quality, alternative point of view and not another "Rant thread". We have a forum especially made for debate and disagreements, it''s called ON TOPIC. The moderators in these forums have strict instructions to not allow adult orientated debates to denigrate into all out flame wars.

IV. Reporting Posts

There is a way to report posts that are offensive or against the forum rules, items placed in the incorrect forum, posts that are clearly off topic, or contain illegal content may also be reported. The small yellow yield sign underneath a members name can be clicked. This will bring up a new screen that will contain a text box. Explain in detail why you feel the thread was in need of being brought to a moderator''s attention. You are to use this feature responsibly at all times. It is one way that you, the individual can help keep our community a friendly and informative place.

V. No Spamming.

We encourage everyone to post as much as they can, however, please ensure that your posts contribute something to the thread. Threads of "me too", "+1", and "I agree" waste the time of members and clutter the forums. Also if you are about to get a forum promotion do not just post xyz to go!!! It contributes very little to the thread itself, unless the thread is about post counts, and then it will probably be locked :)

Also, do not hijack someone''s thread. If the thread makes you think of something you would like to talk about, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to start your own thread.

VI. No Flaming.

Members are expected to conduct themselves as civilized individuals here with some level of maturity and decorum. Online anonymity is a thing of the past, being a keyboard warrior has caused many people to later regret their actions. Act as if you were in a room in real life with all MC members. Please be courteous to the staff, members, and guests.

VII. No Shouting.

READING A POST LIKE THIS IS HIGHLY AGGRAVATING!!!, please don''t do it.

8. Administrator Abuse.

Respect admins. They spend countless hours maintaining the forum, helping people and building it into the great community that it has become. Staff decisions, such as the removal of posts, thread closure and banning, are not subject to review by the members of the boards. If you have a question or comment, please send a message to the appropriate staff member via the private messaging system. If you have a problem with a moderator you take it to someone on the MCG Staff. You are not perfect. Our admins are not perfect. Mistakes will be made. Deal with it in an adult manner, and you will be surprised how much farther you will get with anyone in this community.

IX. New Members and PC/Console Gamers.

New members or "MadCast Newbies" should be treated with respect even if they ask a question that has been answered a dozen times before, simply refer them to the proper thread that answers their question and encourage the use of the forums search feature. Remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question and we were all newbies once. If you are new, chances are your questions has been answered somewhere, so please use the search function.MadCast is open and welcoming to both PC and console gamers. Friendly rivalries are to be just that: friendly. Flamming, arguing, attacking forum members, or other poor behavior based on the fact that someone is a PC or console gamer will not be tolerated.

X. Privacy.

Do not post personal information (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, IP''s, passwords, PIN''s, credit card information or any other information considered private) without the express permission of the individual.

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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XI. Copyright Laws.Observe all copyright laws-both local and International-when posting. If the material belongs to someone else, credit the original author/creator, and when possible, link to the original content. Do not post material where you do not have permission to distribute it electronically or otherwise. This website is owned by Americans, and it is ran on American servers. Therefore we have a commitment to follow the letter of the law when it comes to The Copyright Act, and the Digital Millineum Copyright Act.

XII. Illegal activities.

You will not discuss, suggest, advocate, engage, or encourage any illegal activity. Links provided to locations that deal with any such activity are expressly forbidden. Do not post messages that violate Federal, State, or Local laws or anything that violates a copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or anything bound by a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

XIII. Warez/CD Cracks/Key Generators.

There will be absolutely no links, requests, suggestions, or any discussion about warez. There will be NO discussion on how to obtain CD keys, cracks, serial numbers, no-CD patches or key generators for any form of software, game or application on any part of this website or forum, whether you own it legitimately or not. If you have a pirated version of anything, we don''t want to know about it.

XIV. Cheats.

There will be no discussion on how to use cheats. Cheats and hacks ruin the game. You will be banned without warning for this act. This is the sole warning you will receive on the matter. The term "cheats" above refers to alterations of base files, use of exploits, and general bugs. We are not referring to codes in console games, tips on how to beat a certain level, or held and assistance of that nature. We are talking about cheats insofar as one person is gaining an unfair advantage vis-a-vi another player in an online setting.\n\n

XV. Member Accounts and Disciplinary system.

Banning is a LAST resort. We will not ban a member until all other efforts to resolve a problem with a member have failed. The owners and administrators of this website have all been members of other communities. We have all been victims of overzealous admins, and so we strive to hear you out. We will make mistakes, but we will try our best to rectify the situation.\n\nIf a user has been banned and continues to disregard the forum rules, relevant information from the forums logs will be retrieved, their ISP will be contacted and appropriate steps will be taken to resolve the issue. We treat everyone with respect, and we expect to be treated as such.

Thank you for taking the time to actually read the rules. Happy posting, and welcome to the community.

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Don't Like, Don't Play

For some time now admins have been aware of an ongoing battle that we've been fighting with chronic complaining about games played by the community. The complaining occurs on the forums, in Discord, and in-game, and it has become not only tiresome but also harmful to the community. We have lost FM players of these games to the negativity. We have lost potential candidates to rampant complaints and whining. We have lost server regulars and damaged the reputations of our servers. The time has come for decisive action to be taken.

Moreover, MadCast has grown significantly over the past year. In the distant past, we were a single game community focusing solely on Team Fortress 2 or CoD. We have been for a while now a multi-game community, but we have to date supported merely one game in each genre. In the coming months we will surpass that barrier and have World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic vying for MadCast attention. In the days of the launch of BF3, this might have been accomplished with CoD: MW3, as well, but the constant negativity rained down upon any and all CoD threads drove players away and made that impossible. Such behavior is contrary to the health and wellbeing as well as the continued evolution of our community. When players of GW2 roll into a WoW thread and bash the game, they are insulting their fellow members in addition to potential new candidates. This is unacceptable.

The SFMs announce today the creation of a new rule and ideal by which the community will abide henceforth. As many of our other rules are, it is a simple concept. If you don't like a game, don't play it. Don't like, don't play. We'll call it DLDP for short. This goes straight back to the reason MadCast exists in the first place. MadCast was created and continues to be a place where mature gamers can get together, play games, and have a good time. Incessant complaining or whining does nothing to augment the experience for any player. No one wants to sit in a Discord server and listen to someone cry about how gun Y is overpowered or a certain hero's skill is broken and doesn't work right. It decreases the enjoyment of the game for all involved. If you're going to complain, save us all the time and don't play. Alternately, keep your complaints to yourself. Violation of this rule will result in consequences up to and possibly including separation from full membership if the behavior persists. This extends to the forums as well. I cannot tell you how many threads I personally have seen created that degenerate into nothing but game/developer bashing threads, from BF3 to SWTOR to LoL. MadCast supports those games. Bashing them incessantly hurts MadCast and hurts your fellow community members. DLDP thus can also be safely defined as Don't Like, Don't Post. Under this rule, constructive, objective comments will be retained (reasonably discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a particular hero, gun, map, unit, etc.). Complaints, whining, incessant negativity will result in a locked thread, deleted posts, and possibly more dire consequences if the activity continues.

This community has stood for a group of gamers who are dedicated to certain ideals. Having fun playing with each other is one of those ideals. To that end, we are acting now to remove the barriers from that occurring and to ensure that future games MadCast enters will be fully supported by the community regardless of whether individual FMs play or do not play that game. This matter is not up for discussion.

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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Competitive Team Policy

Please ensure you follow the rules below if you form a competitive or 'ranked' team with fellow MadCast Members.

(1) You can create as many ranked or competitive teams as people are willing to play. However, only FM-only teams can use the term "MadCast" in the team name. Allowing a non-FM to play, for any reason, under the MadCast banner, is grounds for MadCast dismissal, or worse depending on how that non-FM ultimately represents this community.

(2) We do not sponsor teams. We have been there, done that. Introducing money into the situation creates headaches that we, as a community, do not want to deal with.

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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Event Attendance Policy

Expectations. If you sign up for an event you are expected to be there. While this is the Internet and some of us don't value internet commitments as much as others, if you sign up you are expected to show up. If you sign up for an event it is very much an appointment that you are expected to honor.

Consequences. We have a no-fault attendance policy. This means that we will not get into why someone did not show up to an event. On the one hand, your personal life is your personal life and frankly none of anyone's business here. You should only divulge things about your personal life if you opt to do so. Conversely, some of you might just forget or have some other not-good excuse for not showing up. These are two extremes. When your "excuse" or "reason" is somewhere in the middle, it puts admins in a very tough spot as referee of what is or is not a good excuse. You, the member, might think your excuse is valid, but the admin might disagree. This leads to drama. Drama we do not need. So we adopted a no-fault attendance policy.

The no-fault attendance policy strikes a balance between keeping your personal information personal and allowing the admin running the event to discourage future attendance issues. There will undoubtedly be times where you might have an excellent reason for not showing up to an event (e.g., having to take your wife to the hospital, etc), and it might seem unfair to penalize you for such an emergency, but the admins can't get into making judgment calls about whether an excuse is good or not. If you have a bonafide emergency, the last thing you should care about is the MadCast consequences for not showing up to an event. If I signed up for an event and did not show up because I had to take my wife to the hospital, I would not care that I missed the event, but I would expect to endure the consequence. All we ask is that you realize why we have to do what we have to do.

The particular consequence is decided on an admin-per-admin basis. Some admins might ban you from one event, some might ban you from all of their events, it is up to the particular admin. Typically, the penalty for no-showing is being banned from the next event, but again, every admin decides what to do with their event.

New Admins. I want to make a note on no-showing at a new admin's event. New admins are very malleable when they first become admins. When someone becomes an admin they are trying to figure out how much they want to contribute as an admin. Some admins are unstoppable forces while others are more behind-the-scenes. When a new admin runs an event and people don't show up it discourages FUTURE events from that admin. No one likes to organize events for people that don't show up. Please keep that in mind as well.

In the end, anyone that spends longer than 5 minutes on this website will realize that we are a very accommodating bunch. We have parents, caretakers, emergency personnel, etc. on these forums. Stuff comes up. The above attendance policy strikes the necessary balances and it has been honed out over several years. Just because you miss an event does not mean you are a bad person, it just means you missed an event. To discourage people from willy-nilly missing events, there must be a consequence. Endure your consequence and don't make it a habitual occurrence and it will all be water under the bridge.

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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Public Stream Policy
 

 

Over the course of the last few years, the rise of streaming as a medium of expression and promotion has been a noticeable change in the landscape of online gaming. On behalf of MadCast's administration, please let me offer a few general points of courtesy when streaming with MadCast FMs. Please note that these points are merely suggested items of etiquette - they will not be enforced, but as a matter of respect, we ask that you consider them when streaming. I want to further note that MadCast appreciates the importance of streaming in today's gaming climate and encourages FMs to explore streaming if they are so inclined. Without further ado:

 

 

 

 

1. If you are streaming in a MadCast TeamSpeak channel, please alert those in the channel to the fact that your stream is running. There are several ways to accomplish this - for instance, labeling your channel with "Streaming", or making the address of your Twitch stream as the channel title. Alternatively, simply announce your intent to begin streaming in the channel you're in.

 

 

 

2. If you do not want your stream interrupted, but are using TS for voice transmission or group streaming, please put DND in your channel title, notifying those outside of your request. If you are an FM+, you can also password protect your channel.

 

 

 

3. If you are an FM or higher, please list your stream in the MadCast streaming section! This will allow visitors to the site to know you're streaming and support you, as well as your fellow FMs!

 

 

 

4. If you do choose to stream, you are responsible for any national, regional, or local legal issues in your particular jurisdiction. MadCast does not support any illegal activity and it is up to you to know the law as regards your stream, any recordings resulting from it, and any conduct displayed on it

 

 

 

5. If you are streaming while in the MadCast TeamSpeak remember that our Code of Conduct does apply to your person to person interactions and conduct while in the MadCast TeamSpeak.

 

 

 

 

Once again, MadCast will not be administratively enforcing this policy, but we would appreciate your consideration when using your stream on our resources. Thanks, and happy streaming!

 

Edited by MadCast: VoShay

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