Rules and Guidelines

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CrazehGhost

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In order to stay a member you must abide by the following rules, which will apply in all the previously mentioned areas, and anywhere you are representing the Provim Gaming. Members will be expected to maintain a mature and respectful attitude as your behavior fosters our reputation.

Harassment and Discrimination
Provim Gaming will not tolerate any form of discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or harassment towards anyone. Members will respect others of any race, sexuality, gender identity and expression, nationality, religion, age, profession, gaming ability, and community rank and will refrain from insulting anyone as having physical disabilities or mental disorders. Failure to do so will lead to you either being suspended or, more often, permanently removed from the community. Offensive stereotypes and generalizations towards the communities, countries, or organizations of others will result in moderation action against you. Making unwanted or random sexual or suggestive comments towards other members will lead to moderation. Do not share or repeat phrases, actions, icons, or memes that have been created by, co-opted by, or that are frequently associated with harassment or hate groups, doing so can lead to removal from the community. Creating or sharing content made with an intent to lead to harassment of others will lead to moderation. Creating or sharing baseless or obviously slanderous content and hit pieces will see the content removed and will likely result in moderation or removal from the community. Attempting to start fights or to use the PROVIM GAMING as your own personal army to attack other communities or individuals will lead to your removal. Threatening others will lead to your removal from the community. If you are representing the PROVIM GAMING (have PROVIM GAMING tags or an PROVIM GAMING avatar, are a ranking member of the community, a member of our Stream Team, are sharing our content or event news, or are telling people you are a member) on social media, a different forum or Discord, Youtube, Twitch, etc and you are partaking in any of the above you will face moderation or removal.
Sharing videos or articles from people and websites who frequently engage in any of the above or that use their fans to do it for them will lead to the content being removed and moderation action against you, at the very least a warning not to post that kind of content again if there is reason to believe you were unaware. We have no desire to provide a platform for abusive people or to attract their fan-base here. In almost all cases it is very easy to tell whose content wouldn't be allowed here due to the above paragraph but in general if their posted content involves frequent mentions of conspiracy theories, complaining about "SJWs" or "virtue signaling", complaining about women or minorities doing or talking about things, making long weird rants about journalists or Youtubers critiquing games, use of Chan /pol style memes, their entire comment section is always full of people that are obviously doing the above, and/or their social media or real life actions include the above then they are someone we don't want to provide a platform for. If you really enjoy and want to share their content then it would probably be best if you just left the community before you are inevitably removed anyway.
If ever you are subject to personal abuse by another Provim Gaming member in the form of a personal message you are able to add a Moderator or Admin to the conversation, this will allow them to see what was said by both sides. We encourage you to do this as we take our members being subject to abuse very seriously. If someone is harassing you on the forums or PROVIM GAMING Discord report it to a moderator or admin, do not retaliate.
Attempts to create a hostile and unwelcoming environment within the community will see you removed from the community. We are here so people can enjoy games and to talk and learn about them, not to be overly aggressive or outraged about everything, reactionary content and fans of it are not what we are looking to amplify here.
Disallowed Content
Illegal Content: We do not allow the posting of illegal content. This can include linking people to places where they can pirate games, posting links to full movies, telling people where to download bios files for emulators, asking about the use of or how to acquire drugs, etc. Posting illegal content or admitting to illegal activities can lead to your removal from the community. Admitting to video game (or any other media) piracy is not allowed, apart from the legality, it could negatively affect the reputation of community members that actively work and interact with developers and publishers. Discussing the concept of piracy and the ways that it has either positively or negatively effected the industry is allowed, but the above rules apply in those discussions. Partaking in or attempting to justify piracy in an area that has no need for it because you thought a company was mean or that their games were bad is not going to go over well with moderators or admin.
Pornographic Content: We do not allow the posting of pornographic material, real or animated, on our forums or Discord, nor do we allow links to porn to be posted. We do not allow linking to content on a site with primarily pornographic content and advertising, even if the content that you wanted to link does not directly contain any (don't link to that funny video if it is hosted on pornhub). Discussion of sexual content in games is allowed, as is linking to something like a video game bundle deal that includes games with adult content is also allowed, just mark any such links as being NSFW (not safe for work).
Real World Violence/Triggering Content: We do not allow posts that contain bloody or graphic real world violence or content that can be sensitive to certain viewers. Do not post anything containing real world shootings, stabbings, racist tirades, abuse, sexual harassment, assault, graphic injuries, etc. Do not post random images or videos with rapidly changing images or patterns that may trigger epileptic seizures. Warnings can vary depending on what you posted.
Religion and Politics: Do not create threads about religion or politics, exceptions can be made if it directly relates to a game being discussed or the game industry (Here's how A Mind Ever Voyaging was one of the first games to address the politics of the time/How that Dragon Cancer addresses religious faith = Fine). Posting a thread about religion or politics will likely result in a warning but offensive statements and content aimed at an entire religion, group, or attempting to treat the morality, lived experiences of, and person-hood and existence of people as a political debate subject will fall under harassment and discrimination and will likely lead to you being removed from the community.
Advertising: We do not allow members to attempt to sell things on the forums. We have no way to verify if someone actually has a product, what condition it is in, if the seller will actually send it, if the buyer receives it, if the buyer will pay for it and not try to do a charge back, etc. Threads attempting to sell something will be removed, if you sell something in private and it doesn't work out we don't want to hear about it. Any account linking to gold farming websites for MMOs or EA Sports currency will be banned, they are also likely bots and the links should not be clicked on. Accounts that join just to promote a product, link to a survey, ask for money, or link to another community to join will be banned (there is an exception for accounts sharing video game crowd funding projects in the appropriate section of the forums). As we have a relevant forum section for crowdfunding people can use those to link to Kickstarter/Indiegogo/Fig/etc projects there. If you are someone who creates content and you have something like a Patreon, you are free to link that in your forum signature or in the community content sections of the forums along with the content that you create.
Languages: We require that everyone write in English on the forums and in our Discord, both because posting in another language is unlikely to lead to many people understanding what you said and because admin and moderators need to understand what you are saying or linking people to. Obviously, we don't expect everyone to have perfect grammar and to spell everything correctly all the time, but if a post has so many mistakes that it is nonsensical it will likely be removed and on the forums the post may even be flagged as spam or automatically hidden as potential spam. If you have a gaming event where everyone speaks the same language that is not English we have no problem with you using it.
Alt Accounts: Alternate accounts will be banned and users who create them risk the banning of their primary accounts and any other accounts found to be associated with them. If you are having trouble with your primary account and are unable to access it please contact a moderator on the Discord or create a new account and immediately let a moderator know that you are using the new account to contact them for help. Once you have received help with your primary account and are able to access it again the secondary account will be deleted.
Usernames and Avatars: Do not create a username or upload an avatar that breaks any of the RaG rules or includes profanity, this applies to the forums, Discord, and while playing games.
Forum and Discord Rules
Trolling/Don't Be A Dick: Treat other people with respect. Do not post flame-bait or personal attacks, attempt to derail another member's thread, or post in game or console specific threads just to complain about the gaming preferences or hardware of other members. Disagreements on games and topics are fine but we don't expect to see our members insulting people for liking different kinds of games or systems or making people feel unwelcome over their gaming preferences. Wishing harm on developers for making a game you didn't like or working at a company you don't like can lead to your removal or moderation, it not only makes us look bad and invites attitudes we wish to avoid having here and that kind of content damages the image of gaming communities in general. Attempts at gaslighting (pretending like you didn't say something you obviously did, that your obvious intent was misunderstood, making an attempt to accuse other people of doing the thing you did, etc) either to try to cover your actions up, confuse people, or to try to get people to respond aggressively towards you will lead to moderation. Attempting to bring previous fights or grievances into new threads can lead to moderation. We don't mind some minor ribbing between members that know each other but unless moderators/admin are familiar with the people involved it can be easy to mistake it for trolling if it starts to go too far.
Drama: Intentionally trying to cause trouble and create dissent is not allowed, problems can be privately discussed with PROVIM GAMING Admin. Officers going on power trips will see them removed from a position of power. Do not create threads or make posts to publicly complain about moderation actions that were taken against you or about a post being deleted. Do not create threads to complain about another member of the community. Attempts at grandstanding by creating "goodbye threads" when something upsets you will result in your account being banned and the thread/post will be deleted. If you have a legitimate reason for leaving there is nothing wrong with letting people know, but if you try to make a spectacle of it or convince people to go with you we will help you find your way out.
Spam: Do not bump threads just to get them to the top of the list. Do not post in discussion threads that are over a month old to bring them back from the dead (if months or years have passed and you want to talk about it again just start a new topic on the subject). Do not create chat threads (chatting can easily be done in our Discord or through private messages). Do not quote reply to massive amounts of text and images or quote chain to the point that each post starts taking up huge portions of a thread page. Do not make double posts shortly after your previous one as a form of editing or to quote and respond to multiple people, an edit button can be found at the bottom of each of your post and you can change or add to your post as needed. If you have found new information about something and some time has passed then you can make multiple posts in a row in the same thread.
Language: We allow swearing within reason but try to keep it to a minimum, we have people that just want an environment where they can relax and unwind while talking about and playing games. If you create an entire post that is next to nothing but swearing, are constantly swearing in chat rooms, or are raging at a video game the community is playing and are making it difficult for other to enjoy themselves you will be asked to tone it down or you will be removed from the game. Profanity directed at other members can result in a warning.
Thread Creation: Use the search feature to check to see if a thread with the same subject matter as the one you want to post has already been created, or at least do a quick look through the recent topics, duplicate threads are frequently created only a few posts or hours apart. Do not create threads with profanity in the title, with misleading titles, or ones with no discussion or informational value.
Personal Information: Do not share the contents of private messages with other members, if you receive a message that is breaking the RaG, harassing you, etc let a moderator or appropriate admin know. Do not post the private information of other members, breaking either of these rules can result in moderation or removal from the PROVIM GAMING.
Discord Settings: The admin and moderator rank is clearly listed on the forums and their role clearly listed on the Discord, obvious attempting to block their private messages to you when they are attempting to warn you about recent RaG breaking behavior will likely result in your removal from the community, do not block all private messages from the PROVIM GAMING channel as this will also prevent mods and admin from messaging you. If you have all messages blocked either by your own choice, a bug, or a mistake you will be asked to turn it back on in the normal chat, if you are obviously ignoring those messages you will be removed from the community.
Impersonation: Do not attempt to impersonate another member of the community, either by creating an account with a similar name or by quoting a post and changing the text to make it look like something else was said in a way that is clearly malicious.
Source Content: If you are posting the work of someone else please post a source if one is obviously available (don't copy and paste an entire article instead of just linking to the site or person that wrote it), attempting to pass the work of others off as your own will lead to your removal from the community.
Etiquette: Do not participate in flame wars or post in threads that are clearly against the rules. If you see something against the RaG just report it and move on, drawing more attention to things that are clearly against the rules can lead to you getting in trouble as well. Liking posts that are clearly against the RaG may lead to you sharing the warning or punishment of the original poster. Do not post spoilers for a recently released video game or movie in the title of a thread and if you wish to discuss spoilers on our Discord use the appropriate chat room (spoilers_chat), if you are in a thread about a game or movie that won't obviously include spoilers based on the title then use the spoiler button (the eye icon in between the quote and emoticon button) so that your text is not immediately visible. When you join Discord you should have your account automatically set to move you into the AFK channel if you are in a voice channel without speaking for 10 minutes, please keep that on so that a game officer or moderator doesn't have to move you from channels if you accidentally remain in an active voice channel when you are away.
In-Game Behavior
Cheating and Glitching: If you are playing against human opponents the PROVIM GAMING absolutely does not allow cheating, third-party tools, or glitches to be used to win games. In addition to ruining the game for others, it damages the PROVIM GAMING's reputation and will result in you being removed from the community.
Language/Raging: As was previously mentioned, try to keep it to a minimum. Constantly swearing to the extent that you are ruining the mood of other players or becoming hostile to others can lead to your membership or ability to participate in game events being reconsidered. Rage quitting can also lead to your membership being reconsidered. No personal attacks or offensive “shit talking” to our opposition, competitiveness is fine but keep it friendly, trying to starts fights with other people will see you removed from the game and possibly the PROVIM GAMING.
Guilds/Clans/MMOs: Many games limit the number of members that can be part of a guild (or the game's guild equivalent), therefore it might be necessary for us to remove inactive members to make room for new players. If you were removed from a guild for this reason, it is nothing against you, it is just something that needs to be done sometimes to make room for new active recruits. If you are part of a group that has these limitations and you plan to stop playing the game please let the guild leader know and leave the group to make room for new people, if you plan to return at a later date they will try to add you to the group again by replacing other inactive members.
Leadership: Official PROVIM GAMING supported games with frequent events are typically lead by Game Officers. One time events are typically run by PROVIM GAMING Admin, streamers, Moderators, or Game Officers. Follow the person running the game or event's instructions, don't attempt to publicly fight with them over their decisions or the way that they are doing things. If you have a problem or ideas you want to share calmly contact the ones in charge of the game or event and work it out or contact a higher up member if you believe that they need to get involved or if the person in charge is breaking PROVIM GAMING RaG. Suggestions should be welcome as we like to make sure the people we have running games are mature and capable of allowing for constructive criticism. Do not try to start fights between members, publicly complain about leadership in front of other members, or attempt to split off PROVIM GAMING members into separate factions or communities, doing so will to warnings or your removal from the PROVIM GAMING.
Represent the PROVIM GAMING well by playing fair and having respect for the opposition, your team, and yourself. Help new players to get used to games or to get involved in the community and work well with the people you meet that aren't part of the PROVIM GAMING to give people a positive impression of us. A better reputation in games will lead to a better and more respected community that will be easier to recruit for.
Admin and Moderation Team
Member must respect the decisions of PROVIM GAMING admins and moderators (General, Discord, and Twitch). If you disagree with something they have said or done you can privately contact them, making your problems with them public or insulting them on the website, Discord, during game events, or within the PS4 Rooms will only add to previous punishments or cause one to be issued. You may receive a verbal warning in the form of a private message about a specific incident or trend of behavior, these verbal warnings should be respected the same as one through the warning system, to ignore a verbal warning can lead to harsher punitive action.
Admin are able to curate the community as they see fit and reserve the right to remove people and content that, while not specifically mentioned by name in the RaG, has a history of or is currently used in a way that either breaks other rules listed here, would lead to the kind of membership that we want to avoid, or that would lead to the community having a bad reputation.
Immediate Bans: PROVIM GAMING staff have the right to immediately ban members caught cheating, spamming the forums with advertisements, posting pornography or hate speech, harming the PROVIM GAMING’s reputation, issuing death or rape threats, or displaying other extremely aggressive behavior. If violating your local law’s PROVIM GAMING may cooperate with authorities in an appropriate manner to resolve.
 
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