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Last month EA put new forum rules into their "system". They still enforce the rules, but because of backlash, they removed them from their Developer Blogs.
Since they are still being acted on, and since there is little paper-trail for them, I'd like to create some paper-trail for what they said.
It was on the developer blog, but was removed, and (mistakenly) kept as a closed thread (usually stuff missing from the Dev blog doesn't leave an original thread to read ... WHOOPS! ... lol - You have to delete all copies if you want it gone):
Forum Changes Update
Last August, we posted some words in regards to tightening the forum rules.
I wanted to let you all know that everything in that post is still in effect. In order to improve the forum experience for our players, we are making additional changes as of today. Going forward, infractions will carry more points after an initial warning is sent out. This well help us curb nonconstructive behavior in general.
As a reminder, you may find that threads that are not constructive are removed or closed without warning. Here are some things we consider nonconstructive:
It's also important to review the Rules of Conduct. Generally, if you feel that you may be crossing a line, it's probably better to err on the side of caution and rewrite your post.
If you feel that someone is breaking any of the rules in a post, or if you see a nonconstructive thread, please remember to report it and move on. Responding in kind to someone who is breaking the rules only makes flame wars and other disruptive behavior go on longer. If you just can’t agree with someone and feel like they may provoke you into breaking the rules, please use your ignore list. Remember: there are people out there who just want to make you mad and get a rise out of you. Don’t give them what they want!
Your help is greatly appreciated in helping us maintain a welcoming and friendly community!
This important message was still deleted from the Developer Blog, nevertheless. Why is that?
Essentially .. no bad mouthing "BioWare", even though we all know it's EA. No talk of discontent allowed! You will be infracted if you even say a bad word!!
Don't believe me, read the SWTOR forums in the early morning before moderators wake up. There will be a unhappy post there, even though it's malign in nature .. but it will soon disappear .. swoosh!.
Or maybe witness one during the day, on a thread that asked BioWare (EA) when they will fix the graphics engine. Swoosh, gone. Infractred.
The best customer service is one where there is no dissention from the customer. Right?
EA leads the industry.
[mod edit - edited title to be less inflammatory. Keep it civil, guys]
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