Community Guidelines

Why do we have Community Guidelines

Our community guidelines exist to ensure that players that interact with our games and services within our ecosystem remain safe. Any public community that bases itself around a Podcrash game or service must abide by these rules.

Last Updated: 11th March 2020

Comment policy for Podcrash owned websites

We pride ourselves here at Podcrash with the quality, friendliness and respectfulness of our community.

Rules

Name-calling, personal attacks, spamming, excessive self-promotion, condescending pomposity, general assiness, racism, sexism, any-other-ism, homophobia, off-topicness and destructive (versus constructive) criticism will get you BANNED from the party as will creating multiple accounts, abuse along with any other trollish behaviour. All comments in ENGLISH please.

Flagging Comments

If you have a problem with a comment, DO NOT REPLY TO IT. Instead, Click the Dropdown Icon/Arrow to the right of the offending comment and click the Flag link from the dropdown. Our Moderation Team will then deal with any inappropriate comments.

Copyright Infringement

Violating copyright law in any way is expressly forbidden. This includes asking or providing torrent details, trading illegal merchandise, sharing copyrighted photographs/audio files/etc, or any other items prohibited by law. Any posts we see breaking this will be removed, and repeat offenders will be banned as we cannot allow the site to be compromised in any way. Please note that should any Copyright holder make enquires due to violations of this rule, we would have to cooperate fully with them by law.

Problems, Issues and Suggestions

If you have a technical issue eg a video not playing, can’t view a poll or anything else please email [email protected]

If your Disqus account has been blocked from commenting you can try Requesting an Unblock

Community Guidelines for the Moderation for Podcrash owned, or partnered, communication platforms

Moderation Rules

When interacting on a communication platform run by Podcrash or that is operated by a partnered organisation of Podcrash, we expect the following rules to be upheld and the community to respect the rules we have in place to ensure that players always feel safe, welcomed and respected whilst interacting with our games and services.

Communication platforms can include but are not limited to, Forums, Discord servers, IRC channels and Twitch streams. If there is the ability to join voice communication, hold a conversation in real-time or overtime then these moderation rules should be enforced.

The following is unacceptable and will result in account suspension or permanent removal:

1. Hate speech in all forms, including Racism, Homophobic & Transphobic comments or Sexism.

2. Sharing content that directly threatens a person’s physical state. Do not Dox people, threaten to kill or harm them. Do not share or threaten to share the personal information of another player.

3. Sharing or distributing content with the intent to shame or degrade another player.

4. Distributing viruses. Do not promote phishing, threaten others with digital harm including but not limited to malicious attacks against a players personal computer, internet provider or spying.

The following is not tolerated and the content will be removed and a warning issued, repeat misconduct or extremely severe cases will result in harsher punishment:

1. Sharing NSFW content.

2. Organising or participating in harassment against an individual or group. If someone is harassing you or your community, be proactive and block them immediately and seek further help should it continue.

3. Circumventing tools designed to protect themselves or repeatedly targetting a user or community. Do not create spam accounts to bypass restrictions, Do not disguise yourself in attempt to contact someone who has blocked you or expressed the wish to be left alone.

4. Sharing content, or making comments, glorifying or promoting, in general, self-harm or suicide. This includes any content that encourages others to: cut or injure themselves, embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, for example, seeking counselling or treatment. Online communities like ours have the power to lift people from dark places – be the kind of person who lifts others. If you notice that someone is in need of urgent help, please contact your local authorities.

If you or someone you know wishes to seek help then please refer them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (United States) or Samaritans (United Kingdom). If you are in another country and seeking help please find your local organisation through this public list

Discord

Discord has quickly become a centre for Podcrash oriented communities. Any discord server that is owned by Podcrash or is a partner of Podcrash are expected to uphold the Discord Terms of Service whilst also ensuring that our moderation rules are upheld. Partnered communities are required to have the public Podcrash bot in their server to assist in moderating these rules. If you wish to know more about how our bot monitors and what permissions it does and doesn’t have then you can view more here

Podcrash Staff, Community Moderators and Partner Representatives

Podcrash staff, community moderators and partner representatives are held to a higher standard than the community as a whole. When a person of authority makes a statement, comment or violates any of our community rules, Podcrash expects there to be an investigation to deem the merit of the claim. If the individual is found to be breaking our rules then just punishment should be given regardless of their position.

Public Community Guidelines

Definition of a Public Community

A public community, in relation to Podcrash Community Guidelines, is defined as any community that meet the following criteria:

1. The community is linked to, or accessible through a Podcrash or a partner platform. For example, if a Discord invite link is placed in an official or partnered discord and open for random players to join it and be involved. If the link is removed after the event, this point can still be considered as met.

2. The discord is made up of a significant majority of active players of Podcrash games or services or is themed around a Podcrash game or service.

Public Standards

If a community classifies as a public community, then we expect that the Moderation Rules outlined previously in these guidelines are upheld to the best ability of the team in charge of the community and if a player breaks one of our rules in the public community they may face account limits or warning points being placed on our games and services, or within our communities at the discretion of Podcrash community management.

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