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Posted 22 May 2016 - 05:31 AM

[Updated 4-19-17. gls]
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The following 2016 version of the General Site and Forum Rules has the full backing of Mick Moolhuijsen - the official representative of Youdagames b.v./OrangeGames b.v. in collaboration with JUMBO.

Note that the ruleset below applies specifically to the web version and that certain rules concerning screenshots will be different for wireless users of both the old and new app. These wireless rules have not been determined at this time.
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General Site and Forum Rules

Table of Contents:

Preface - Statement of Equal Opportunity
1.0 - Introduction and Important Rules
2.0 - Cases of Cheating
3.0 - Cases of Draw Refusal (and Other Unsportsmanlike Behavior)
4.0 - Cases of Abusive Behavior During Games
5.0 - Abuse in the Forum
6.0 - Other Rules
7.0 - Length of Time for Action
8.0 - What the Moderator Team Will Not Judge
9.0 - Amendments to These Rules

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Preface - Statement of Equal Opportunity:

"Anyone of any race, nationality, gender, transgender, religious belief, political belief, or sexuality is welcome to play on our site as long as they are respectful toward other players."

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1.0 Introduction and Important Rules

1.1 The Moderator Team and Customer Care: The Moderator Team, or MT, is a group of site volunteers here to assist other players and to help make this site enjoyable for everyone. New members to the MT are invited by the current members based upon demonstrated interpersonal and English skills, and who are approved by Youdagames official representative,
Mick Moolhuijsen.

The current members of the Moderator Team are: Napoleon 1er, Lonello, GaryLShelton, tobermoryx, and danis_p_gr.

Members who have formerly served as moderators include: Midnightguy, The Prof, DarthRemark, KARAISKAKIS, LearningThisGame, maxroelofs, gpet0, SymmeTric, and dalee.

The Moderator Team, once known as the Justice Committee, was created by a group of concerned players with the assistance of admins to stop people who try to cheat, refuse to end games that are a clear draw, or become abusive towards other players. To facilitate this goal players are required to post complaints for any of the above issues in the proper topic under General Discussion, and to provide adequate proof in the form of screenshots or a video to make their case. Just saying "so-and-so is a cheater," will not be proof enough, and such posts may be hidden by the MT.

For any questions on uploading screenshots, see this helpful link: http://forum.strateg...ad-screenshots/

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about our site, please let us know by simply posting a question in the forum, or writing to one of us personally via private messenger. The Moderator Team also oversees the management of tournaments for the site via the assistance of the Tournament Committee and other groups.

Another source of assistance for questions and problems is Customer Care. They may always be reached via email for any concerns at: customercare@stratego.com. The current members of Customer Care are Emma (redmacaw), Jamie (xJamiee), and Tim (tevs83).

The latest list of those who are serving as Moderators, Administrators, and Staff can always be found here: http://forum.strateg...do=leaders&st=0

1.2 Moderator Team Size: The Moderator Team will always strive to have at least four members. However, three will be the minimum to judge all cases less than a permanent ban or permanent forum ban (see Article 1.8). If there are less than three members, no cases will be heard until other members are chosen and there are again at least three people on the Moderator Team. In the case of a three member MT or less no permanent ban of any kind can be passed until a bigger Moderator Team exists.

1.3 Moderator Involvement in a Case: A moderator may, for any offense covered by these rules, present a claim for a case he is involved in just as any other player or forum member, but he or she will not be able to vote in that particular case. The same will be if a claim for a case is brought against a moderator by another person. That moderator will not be able to vote on the case.

1.4 Removal of Moderator from Position: For reasons of poor conduct, dereliction of duty, or internal or external conflict a moderator may be removed from his position by either a decision of the Youdagames official representative, Mick Moolhuijsen, or a vote of two-thirds of the current Moderator Team. A moderator may also be removed if the current Moderator Team has at least 5 members, and two polls among the moderators are taken three months apart, with one vote less than two-thirds of the current MT voting each time to remove the moderator in question.

1.5 Claims Against Others Must Be Made Publicly: You may always pm one of the moderators for assistance, but please understand that no complaint against another player or forum member will be processed by the Moderator Team privately. All such complaints and the accompanying evidence must be made in the correct public forum, and links to these can be found listed below under each specific type of offense.

Each case that is brought before the MT in a public post will receive a careful review of the evidence to determine whether the accused has indeed cheated, refused a valid tie request, shown severely unsportsmanlike behavior, or was abusive in BattleChat or on the Forum. Our decision will be final unless further compelling evidence is presented.

1.6 Evidence Availability and Sensitive Information: All links and images presented for a claim must work and remain available to the Moderator Team until the case is decided. After the MT has published its verdict if a player feels his posts contain sensitive information such as a setup, he may hide his own post or edit it in such a way as to block whatever information he chooses, or he may remove or disable his screenshot image links within the post. If anyone else has copied his image links in their responses, he may at that time request the MT to edit or hide such replies of other forum members.

A player may block out parts of the gameboard in his screenshots when he originally posts his claim, but doing so may affect the MT's ability to judge certain cases. If you do this, it is encouraged to keep "unblocked" screenshot versions in your files to present if necessary. If requested by the MT, these unblocked images will then need to be posted publicly.

1.7 Normal Convictions: A normal conviction means a conviction for anything less than a permanent ban. It will require a minimum of three agreeing votes, or at least 50% of the Moderator Team if there are more than eight members. Tie votes will result in no decision and no MT action.

1.7.1 Normal Convictions: A normal conviction means a conviction for anything less than a permanent ban. A minimum of three agreeing votes, or at least 50% of the Moderator Team if there are more than eight members will be required for a normal conviction.

For draw refusals: tie votes will result in no decision and no MT action.

For abuse or other cases: tie votes will be decided as follows: If a case has been opened for at least two weeks, and if there is still a split vote among the Moderators where there is either a tie vote or no penalty level achieves the requisite votes described above, then the MT will:

Take the highest penalty level vote(s) cast and add it (them) to the next penalty level lower. If this brings about the needed votes at that new level, then the case is decided and can be closed. If the required number of votes has still not been achieved at that level, then following a minimum deliberation of three days each time the process will repeat, and again if necessary, until the mandatory number of votes for one penalty level is achieved and the case can be closed.

The following proposed language for 1.7.2 was not passed officially with four moderator votes:
1.7.2 Penalty Stepping: If there are any active penalties against a defendant (per the sunset clause at Article 1.11), any new penalty levied by the MT must step up at least one degree in severity according to the appropriate penalty schedule (see Articles 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2), though in abuse and forum violation cases they may step up even more degrees, as described in the "Jumping Penalties" at Articles 4.2 and 5.2.

1.8 Permanent Bans and Permanent Forum Bans: A permanent ban is a never-ending ban from the entire site. That is, from the game and forum both. A permanent forum ban is a never-ending ban from the forum only. Either shall require the vote of at least four moderators, or two-thirds of the Moderator Team should there be more than eight current members. Tie votes will result in no decision and no MT action.

If a permanent ban (or permanent forum ban) vote does not carry, but a normal conviction would, then the MT shall have the option to EITHER send a reminder letter to the player, or REPEAT the previous offense penalty level for the player in question. The only remedy available to a permanent ban or permanent forum ban will be a decision by the Youdagames official representative, Mick Moolhuijsen, though he may or may not decide to look into the case.

1.9 Evidence Location for Penalties: All game side penalties issued by the MT, including bans of any length (even permanently), shall be determined from evidence strictly and only from the game side of the site. Similarly, all warning points issued shall be determined only from forum side violations. Further, all game side bans will include a forum ban for the same period of time, whereas forum bans (bans from the forum only) shall NOT affect a person's ability to play games on the site.

1.10 Aliases: Any violations for cheating, draw refusal, abusive behavior, or abuse in the forum that are committed by either a player, forum member, or an alias thereof, shall be considered to have been committed by both that person and all of his or her known aliases, as well as any aliases discovered later. All such entities once known will receive the same penalty. Should a rescindment of penalties be made by the Youdagames official representative, Mick Moolhuijsen, this will apply to all aliases as well.

1.11 Sunset Provision: All penalties, except a permanent ban or permanent forum ban, will expire twelve months after the conviction date of the violation (see Article 6.2). After this time they may not be used for any further penalty assessments for a player or any alias. Likewise, after twelve months any Warning Points issued under "Abuse in the Forum" (excluding a permanent ban) shall also expire and can no longer be used for penalty assessment in the forum.

Two exceptions to sunset expiration will be:
  • All penalties which are part of a case currently under consideration by the Moderator Team shall not expire until that case has been decided and a verdict issued in favor of the penalized player or forum member.
  • There will be no sunset on a permanent ban. If a player has been permanently banned from the entire site or only the forum, for any reason, that person and all of his aliases, whether currently known or discovered in the future, and whether previously convicted or not, shall be considered permanently banned from the same.
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2.0 Cases of Cheating:

2.1 Cheating in any form is unacceptable on our site: The site takes all cases of cheating seriously and the public evidence from victims or other interested parties will be examined carefully to make certain that no player uses any flaw in our program to benefit his or her game. Such events may be rare, but if the MT believes that the evidence demonstrates that any cheating has occurred, the penalties will be very harsh. One-time cheating events, such as glitching the software to boot one's opponent from the game, will be given the two-tier penalty schedule below. Multiple offenses discovered after the fact, such as using aliases to cheat, may receive the full 2nd degree penalty of banning
(must comply with 1.8 Permanent Bans).



2.2 Penalty Schedule for Cheating:

First Offense An account reset to 100 ELO, and an emailed notice from the admins.

Second Offense
A permanent ban (must comply with 1.8 Permanent Bans), a public forum announcement, and an emailed notice from the admins.

Optional One-Time Reminder Letter – In a permanent ban case in this section should the Moderator Team not have the votes needed to permanently ban a player, but does have enough for a normal conviction level (see Article 1.7), the MT may choose to issue either a reminder letter to the guilty party, or a repeat of the 1st offense. If chosen, the optional reminder letter may only be issued one time per player for an offense in this section. On top of this, it may also be issued similarly one time for the same player or forum member for an offense under Articles 3, 4, and 5.



2.3 Where to report your complaint of cheating: http://forum.strateg...ters-here-2016/
The Moderator Team will acknowledge your case in, and render decisions in, the above topic.


2.4 What you should have in your screenshots to make a STRONG case:
  • The time from your computer visible in all screenshots.
  • The graveyards of both players visible in all screenshots.
  • Enough screenshots that show all pieces on the board to establish when and how you feel your opponent used an unfair practice to try to glitch or cheat in your game. If there were two or more incidents in your game that you can show, it's even better.
  • Screenshots of any relevant chat box dialogue by you or your opponent.
  • A defeat details screen is highly recommended if you feel the cheating has caused you to lose. In any event let us know the outcome of your game, whether you won, accepted a tie, or lost.

    We also recommend:
  • For any questions on uploading screenshots, see this helpful link: http://forum.strateg...ad-screenshots/
Remember that all accusations require proof. If you have opened a complaint without the necessary evidence the only action the MT will take is to hide your post.

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3.0 Cases of Draw Refusal (and Other Unsportsmanlike Behavior):

3.1.1 Fair Decisions and Punishments: The number one goal of the MT in regards to draw refusals is to provide fair decisions to victims and fair punishments to violators. As draw refusals are one of the worst offenses of unsportsmanlike behavior on the site, the punishments listed below will be harsh, though we feel fair. We hope that the tough penalties and all the publicly viewable cases (here: http://forum.strateg...sals-here-2016/) will help to educate the community as to the nature of draw situations, and to contribute in reducing their abuse.

3.1.2 Types of Draw Refusal: There are two types of inappropriate draw refusals. The first is a clear draw and occurs when neither player can win the game. One example of this is a miner-less game with protected flags for both players where, in the absence of a gross mistake, neither player can capture his opponent's highest piece. A player with more pieces may try to confuse his opponent by shuffling his pieces, or he may try to lotto them in an attempt to see if a flag is unprotected, but if he fails in these things it is considered unsportsmanlike to continue this type of game and hope his opponent will eventually quit. Any player who denies two tie requests ten minutes apart in this situation (see Article 3.4.2 on "Ten Minutes") is subject to the penalties listed at Article 3.2 below.

The second type of draw refusal is a no-progress draw and occurs in a game in which one or both sides have the potential to win but no improvement is being made by either side. If one player requests a tie, at any time in the game, and is refused, then it is the responsibility of the player who refused the tie to take the offensive and to try to advance the game toward a resolution. If he does this, then the draw situation is deemed over. If he does not, and also does not accept a second tie request ten minutes after the first one (see Article 3.4.2 on "Ten Minutes"), he will be subject to the penalties listed at Article 3.2 below.

3.1.3 Progress/Advancing the Game: As stated above, the burden to advance the game falls on the player refusing the draw after a tie request is made. An attack will often be evidence of this, but not always. For example, lottoing a low-level piece or two in an endgame situation may not be viewed as advancement. On the other hand, not attacking is usually evidence of non-advancement, but again not always. The player steadily pushing a multiple piece army to his opponent's side of the board may still be seen as advancing the game even without yet attacking. In summary, the MT expects to see the player who refuses a draw request to exhibit solid progress after refusing the tie request.

3.1.4 The Basic Draw Rule: It does not matter if either player has better units or more units (i.e., superior material), no one "deserves to win" if he cannot capture the flag or all of his opponent's pieces.



3.2 Penalty Schedule for Draw Refusals:

Note: Quick Arena (QA) games will be accepted for review as long as the evidence for the draw refusal meets the same criteria as that of a regular game. (see Article 3.4.1 "What you should have in your screenshots" below.)

First Offense – A 100 point rating deduction and a written warning emailed from the admins. QA penalty: one week ban.

Second Offense – An account reset down to 100 ELO and a second written warning emailed from the admins. QA penalty: one month ban.

Third Offense – A permanent ban, a public forum announcement, and an emailed notice from the admins for both regular and QA venues (must comply with 1.8 Permanent Bans).

Optional One-Time Reminder Letter – In a permanent ban case in this section should the Moderator Team not have the votes needed to permanently ban a player, but does have enough for a normal conviction level (see Article 1.7), the MT may choose to issue either a reminder letter to the guilty party, or a repeat of the 2nd offense. If chosen, the optional reminder letter may only be issued one time per player for an offense in this section. On top of this, it may also be issued similarly one time for the same player or forum member for an offense under Articles 2, 4, and 5. No points will be restored to a player bringing a case if this reminder letter is issued to his opponent. (see also Article 3.5)



3.3 Where to report your complaint of a draw refusal: http://forum.strateg...sals-here-2016/
The Moderator Team will acknowledge your case in, and render decisions in, the above topic.

3.4.1 What you should have in your screenshots to make a STRONG case:
  • The time from your computer visible in all screenshots.
  • The graveyards of both players visible in all screenshots.
  • Two screenshots of your opponent rejecting two tie requests 10 minutes apart. These screenshots should ideally show all pieces on the board and no progress in the game during that time.
  • Any relevant chat dialogue, particularly by your opponent.
  • Little or no use of your own buffer shown in the screenshots.
  • The defeat details screen is very important. The MT will not uphold your claim of draw refusal without it or other evidence that you have lost the game.
  • There should be no progress in the game between final tie refusal and the defeat details screen.

    We also recommend:
  • For any questions on uploading screenshots, see this helpful link: http://forum.strateg...ad-screenshots/
3.4.2 Ten Minutes Is the Gold Standard of Proof: Please note from the above that what will make a strong case for any draw refusal claim is to give us two time-stamped refusal screenshots taken ten minutes apart, showing all pieces on the board, plus a defeat details screen. If no progress is made between any of these three screens, the MT will always view this evidence as solid proof of the guilt of the draw refuser. Anything less and we may concur with a claim, or we may not.

In accepting less than ten minutes of evidence, the factors that we consider will include: the nature of the draw situation, the actions of the draw refuser after a tie refusal, and the experience level of the players involved. But nothing is guaranteed in this area. If you want to be absolutely certain the MT will uphold your case, give us ten minutes of no-progress proof and a defeat screen.

3.4.3 System Tie Requests: The tie refusal screens mentioned to this point are system tie requests. You have three of them to offer by pressing the tie request button on your screen. It is a good habit to always take a screenshot when you have a tie offer refused. To meet the requirement of two system tie refusal screens for a strong case above, you may use any combination of the screenshots of your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd tie refusals by your opponent. Just make sure there is no progress in the game for ten minutes in the screens that you show us. You may, of course, show us all three tie refusals.

Also, please note that a grayed-out tie request button can indeed mean that all three of your system tie requests have been used up, but it does not necessarily mean this when certain message boxes are showing, such as a tie refusal notification box or the defeat/victory details screen. In addition, although clearly of interest, a grayed-out button does not in itself show the time information necessary to prove your case, so don't rely too heavily upon it as evidence.

3.4.4 Tie Requests Made in Chat: Requests for a tie that are made in a game chat can be substituted for a valid system tie request if necessary, but will always be a poorer form of evidence. For one, your opponent may not understand you. For two, unless your opponent definitively replies to your tie request in the chat, a mere request by you is no clear proof of his intent. It is always recommended, therefore, that these types of chat offers contain the opponent's response and that they be used in combination with other evidence.

3.4.5 No Changes in Proof: Keep in mind that any changes in the situation of your game during the evidentiary period, even to the loss of a single piece, may invalidate all of your proof. Further, if you change your mind and try to win the game after beginning the draw process, that is your right, but you will risk the potential draw that you sought. After progress has been made on the board you may no longer go back and claim a draw refusal from earlier in the game.

3.4.6 Defeat is Required: Should the game you are claiming a draw refusal on end in either a tie or a win, the MT will not hear your case.

3.4.7 Buffer Run Outs: If a player seeking a draw captures all the necessary screenshots for proving his case, but then runs out his buffer, the MT may still consider his case for draw refusal if the evidence is submitted to us. Please make a claim to us if this happens to you.

3.4.8 Surrendering the game: After you have collected screenshots of at least two tie refusals ten minutes apart (see Article 3.4.2 on "Ten Minutes" above), you can safely surrender the game. Remember to next take a screenshot of the “defeat details screen". (This is the one that tells how long your game lasted, how many moves were made, etc.) If you provide this evidence of tie refusals, and that you have surrendered, and if we agree your opponent is in violation of our rules, the MT will take away 13 points (which is the difference between a draw and either a loss or win) from your opponent's rating and restore it to yours. Also, your opponent will be subject to a further point deduction penalty or permanent banning. (see Article 3.2 above) Unfortunately, we cannot fix any player's win/loss records at this time.

3.5 Guilt Must Be Proven/No Courtesy ELO Restorations: The Moderator Team will require enough evidence to establish the guilt of the draw refuser in order to uphold a draw refusal case. In the past the MT has given 13 points as a one-time courtesy restoration when the bad sportsmanship of a draw refusing opponent was not concretely proven and no draw refusal penalty points were deducted. However, we now feel that giving points to a victim but not simultaneously punishing a draw refuser ultimately helps no one. The victim is rewarded too easily and the guilty party is not given a fair and just penalty to inform him of his bad behavior. Both will be unenlightened and likely to repeat the same event again. So if the MT agrees with a draw refusal claim, one person will be vindicated and one person will be punished. We will no longer offer a one-time courtesy to players whose proof falls short of convincing us of the guilt of their opponent.

3.6 Other Unsportsmanlike Behavior: For any egregious unsportsmanlike behavior not covered in Articles 2, 3, or 4, or excluded by Article 8, the Moderator Team will look at the claims. Sufficient evidence to establish the guilt of the defendant may require video proof. Actions by the MT may include anything from points restorations/deductions to permanent bannings. All cases will be judged separately.


Remember that all accusations require proof. If you have opened a complaint without the necessary evidence the only action the MT will take is to hide your post.

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4.0 Cases of Abusive Behavior During Games:

4.1.1 Civil Behavior: A player is entitled to a game without being harassed and/or having to be subjected to cursing. Further, harassment in game chat that is particularly due to racism or open threats will be dealt with severely. And vulgarity and cursing during games are not freedom of speech. This is a family site where some of our players are minors. Changing words to get around our filter so you can still curse is unacceptable as well.

4.1.2 What is Offensive: What is deemed to be abusive or offensive will be at the discretion of the Moderator Team and admins.



4.2 Penalty Schedule for Abusive Behavior:

First Offense/Degree A written warning.

Second Offense/Degree A one week ban and a second written warning.

Third Offense/Degree A one month ban and a third written warning.

Fourth Offense/Degree A permanent ban (must comply with 1.8 Permanent Bans), a forum announcement, and a written emailed notice from the admins.

Optional One-Time Reminder Letter – In a permanent ban case should the Moderator Team not have the votes needed to permanently ban a player, but does have enough for a normal conviction level (see Article 1.7), the MT may choose to issue either a reminder letter to the guilty party, or a repeat of the 3rd offense. If chosen, the optional reminder letter may only be issued one time per player for an offense in this section. On top of this, it may also be issued similarly one time for the same player or forum member for an offense under Articles 2, 3, and 5.

Jumping Penalties If the game side offense is egregious enough, the Moderator Team shall have the ability to choose, following normal conviction rules at Article 1.7, to jump immediately to a stronger penalty level above and issue that punishment, proceeding from there with subsequent violations.



4.3 Where to report cases of abusive behavior: http://forum.strateg...015/#entry27549
The Moderator Team will acknowledge your case in, and render decisions in, the above topic.

4.4 Evidence Needed: Post one to four screenshots to make a complaint. Often one is enough.

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5.0 Abuse in the Forum:

5.1.1 General Forum Rules: In a phrase: Be Nice. All posts should add value to the community. The MT will permit some derogatory posting in the interest of allowing points to be made. But only so far. The continued making of personal attacks toward other forum writers will not be tolerated. We believe you should civilly address the issue at hand, and not attack the person who is writing the post. In particular we will not permit racism or denigrating remarks about a whole group of people at all.

Also, constructive criticism and suggestions to improve our site are welcome. However, overly and continuously negative posting will be dealt with.

From the admins comes the following General Forum Rules that apply to everyone. They are also located here: http://forum.strateg...al-forum-rules/

General Forum Rules
1. Do not:

  • Insult other forum members (this includes name calling).
  • Post personally identifiable information of others (i.e. name, address, email, phone number, etc.)
  • Curse / swear
  • Bump threads
  • Derail a thread's topic
  • Post links to phishing sites
  • Post spam or re-post closed, modified, or hidden/deleted content
  • Repetitively post in the incorrect forum
  • Share your account. Forum accounts are intended for the use only one person. (See also Section 1.3 of the Terms and Conditions)
  • Create alternate, backup, or multiple accounts
  • Publicly post or otherwise share PMs with other users unless you have the expressed permission of the sender to do so. Private Messages are intended to be just that - private.
2. The following topics are strictly off limits, including in external links:
  • Porn, disgusting stuff, or anything else not safe for our younger members
  • Piracy, warez, leaked content
  • Cheating, hacking, game exploits
  • Threats of violence or harassment, even as a joke
  • Posting any copyrighted material such as magazine scans
  • Soliciting, begging, auctioning, selling, advertising, referrals
  • Racism, discrimination
3. English only. Unless you're posting in a Greek or Dutch tournament board, keep the language in English, so everyone can understand what you're saying.

Let's keep it friendly :)
5.1.2 What is Offensive: What is deemed to be abusive or offensive in the forum will be at the discretion of the Moderator Team and admins. In addition to hiding posts that violate the above rules, the MT may issue warning points as well. (see Articles 5.1.3 and 5.1.4)

5.1.3 Hiding/Editing Posts: Any moderator who deems a post breaks any of the forum rules listed above may choose to immediately hide or edit (but not delete) the post in question. If the Moderator Team, following the normal conviction procedures of Article 1.7, decides the post should not have been hidden or edited, the Moderator who hid or edited the post will restore it.

5.1.4 Warning Points: A warning point is a visible notation for every forum member. Should a writer violate the above forum rules, then an individual moderator may, if he or she feels it appropriate, levy one warning point against that forum writer. If the Moderator Team, following the normal conviction procedures of Article 1.7, reviews the event and decides to overturn it, such a warning point will be removed by the moderator who bestowed the point. All warning points shall strictly stem only from forum writing and not from anything said on the game side.

5.1.5 Right to Privacy Statement: This is mentioned in 5.1.1 above and elaborated on here: Unless you are given express permission to share the private information of other players or forum members, do not post such information in the forum. It is the right of everyone to expect that their private information will be kept private until they themselves decide otherwise. Counted in this, but not limited to, are real names, real addresses, email addresses, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), telephone numbers, Skype names, and any links to online personal data. If a player wishes to reveal who they are or offer their own personal information, that is their right. But it shall not be the right of anyone else to reveal privately known information without that person's express permission.

Depending on the severity of information given out, the Moderator Team will take action anywhere from issuing a warning to a ban. Each case will be decided individually.



5.2 Penalty Schedule for Abuse in Forum:

First Offense/Degree 1st Warning Point and written warning.

Second Offense/Degree 2nd Warning Point and written warning, plus a one week ban from the forum.

Third Offense/Degree 3rd Warning Point and written warning, plus a one month ban from the forum.

Fourth Offense/Degree 4th Warning Point, a permanent ban from the forum (must comply with 1.8 Permanent Bans), a forum announcement, and an emailed notice from the admins.

Optional One-Time Reminder Letter – In a permanent ban case in this section should the Moderator Team not have the votes needed to permanently ban a player from the forum, but does have enough for a normal conviction level (see Article 1.7), the MT may choose to issue either a reminder letter to the guilty party, or a repeat of the 3rd offense. If chosen, the optional reminder letter may only be issued one time per player for an offense in this section. On top of this, it may also be issued similarly one time for the same player or forum member for an offense under Articles 2, 3, and 4.

Jumping Penalties – If the forum offense is egregious enough, the Moderator Team shall have the ability to choose, following normal conviction rules at Article 1.7, to jump immediately to a stronger penalty level and issue the corresponding number of warning points, proceeding from there with subsequent violations.



5.3 Where to report cases of forum abuse: Either make a complaint in the forum directly, or click on the "Report" button at the bottom of every post. The Moderators will be able to see it.

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6.0 Other Rules and Terms:

6.1 Terms of Service (same as "Terms and Conditions"): All stipulations listed under the Terms of Service apply in addition to the rules in this General Site and Forum Rules. You can find a link to these rules on the game side of the site at the bottom of the settings window. See here: http://imgur.com/EVuDCBu)

6.2 Conviction Date: This is the date a guilty verdict is announced by the Moderator Team in the General Discussion area of the forum.

6.3 Penalty Removal and Reinstatement Responsibility: ​It shall be the responsibility of the player or forum member whose penalties have expired to request the removal of these penalties from his or her account, including all aliases involved, and to request reinstatement to normal status should he not receive it automatically at the end of his sentence.

6.4 Unacceptable Usernames: Following the normal conviction voting procedures of Article 1.7, any username that is deemed unacceptable for our site will be given "Renamed(date)" status by the MT, and the account owner will will be sent an email to notify him of this action. For one month he will be allowed to suggest a new and acceptable permanent name. If this player/forum member chooses a new and approved name before one month passes, he will have his choice in the matter. If he does not, the MT will choose one for him. At no time will he lose playing or forum privileges. Please note that what is unacceptable will be at the discretion of the Moderator Team and admins.

We may find a username unacceptable if it:

1) contains swear words or is written in a way to avoid the site filters
2) contains vulgar images or otherwise degrades our site
3) mocks or makes fun of another person on the site
4) is similar to another player's, moderator's, or admin's name so that it causes confusion
5) promotes a competitor's site
6) contains senseless amalgams of letters and/or symbols
7) is found offensive for other reasons

Each case will be judged separately.


6.5 Vigilanteism: At no time should you ever try to cheat or glitch an opponent, refuse a valid draw request from, or be abusive to someone just because you feel they may have done these things to you. Retribution in these ways at anytime is unacceptable, and if proven or self-confessed could face a penalty, the same as any other case.

6.6 Unregistered Email Addresses: Should any player or forum member not have a registered email address with the website, that person will simply not receive communications from stratego.com. No extra effort will be made to forward any warnings for penalties under these rules.

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7.0 Length of Time for Action:

7.1 No Guaranteed Time: There is no set time from when the Moderator Team receives any complaints that action may or may not take place, whether for infractions on the game or forum sides of the site. Some cases will be decided more quickly than others. Please also note that depending on the time of the week or month, there may be times where a player whom we found guilty may still be playing, and the punishment has not taken effect yet. Please be patient and understand that player will face their punishment soon enough. All actions that are taken by the Moderator Team are done pending Administrator action, and this step can take time after the MT decides a case.

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8.0 What the Moderator Team Will Not Judge:

8.1 Players who disconnect and leave the game: While we agree that a player who purposefully disconnects is rude and inconsiderate, as it forces his opponent to watch the disconnection box attentively for the entire 2 minutes and 30 seconds, the the opponent will still get his win at the end of this time. Until it is possible to determine whether a player has left the game legitimately because of a valid problem (server problem, power outage, or other issue) versus a purposeful disconnect, the MT will not attempt to judge any of these unsportsmanlike disconnects. However, if a player leaves multiple times and tries to offer draws and pauses in a manner that appears to be a glitch attempt, you should certainly take screenshots and show this to us. Refer to Cases of Cheating for details.

8.2 Buffer Abusers: As with the above issue a player will still get his win once the five-minute buffer runs out.

8.3 Accidental Disconnects: Disappointing as these events are, coming from bugs or glitches as they do, they are beyond the control of the MT at this time. We recommend any player so affected to contact Customer Care directly, via email here: customercare@stratego.com. Possibly this will help to raise awareness of, and to generate fixes for, the issues involved with site management.

8.4 Players Who Double/Multiple Chase: The HmmNess Rule on the site does block single chasing here on the tenth move. But double and multiple chasing are not currently regulated here. The MT, therefore, will not be judging these issues for regular games, though various tournaments on the site may choose to do so. We believe a change in the programming is the only certain way of dealing with double and multiple chasing.

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9.0 Amendments to These Rules:

9.1 Amendments: From time to time changes may be desired for these General Site and Forum Rules. The Moderator Team or t
he Youdagames official representative, Mick Moolhuijsen, will have the authority to make these changes. Amendments will take effect immediately.

9.2 Votes Needed for Passage: Either Mick or a minimum of four moderator votes are needed for approval. If the current Moderator Team has more than eight members, a two-thirds majority will be required to approve any amendment to these rules. Tie votes will have the same effect as non-approval.

9.3 Community Review: Any amendment to these rules that is approved by the MT, per 9.2, will be announced in a new topic within the Multiplayer General Discussion area of the site.

If, within one month of its announcement, several members raise an objection to an amendment and each explains the reasons for his or her opposition, then, if a simple majority of the moderators agree, the MT will do one of the following:




A. leave the amendment in place and functioning, or

B. temporarily suspend the amendment, and then:


1. withdraw the amendment

2. rewrite the amendment in an attempt to address the concerns raised and then submit a revised amendment (pursuant to 9.2 voting rules here)

3. put the amendment to a vote in the form of a public poll which will be kept open for one month.

For the B3 case above, at the end of the period for the poll the amendment will either remain as part of the rules or be overturned based on the simple majority opinion in the poll.

9.4 Test Trials: Prior to its adoption the Moderator Team may arrange one or more test trials of a potential amendment from 9.1 above. Such a trial will last from 1-3 months, the time being announced at the start of the trial.

9.5 Re-adoption of Amendments: An amendment that is withdrawn by the MT or overturned by the majority opinion in a poll shall not be re-adopted without substantial changes by the MT for twelve months.
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We the Moderator Team hope these rules clarify our policies and that they clear up any misunderstandings. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any one of us.

See you on the Battlefield!

The Online Stratego Moderator Team: Napoleon 1er, Lonello, GaryLShelton, tobermoryx, and danis_p_gr.

5-21-16
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The complete GS&F Rules can be found here: http://forum.strateg...rum-rules-2016/

Draw Refusal Rules, specifically, can be read here: http://forum.strateg...604#entry339604




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