HLP Community Standards - Version Date April 2021
Hard Light Productions is a forum (and associated Discord) dedicated to a love of gaming. First and foremost, it is a community about FreeSpace, mods, modding, and the shared interests of the people who have joined it. This is an old online community, full of people who have discovered and re-discovered FreeSpace through the years. It is a community for everyone. We have several community standards designed to guide community participation and moderation practices.
1. This is an inclusive community to which everyone is welcome. We are open and accommodating to new faces, we ensure that minority groups are respected, and discourage and eliminate user behaviour that runs contrary to these principles.
2. The usual list of unwelcome behaviour applies: discrimination/attacks on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc is prohibited. This list is far from exhaustive. We do not list every type of toxic and sanctionable behaviour here as we are firmly against rules-lawyering and we expect users to use reasonable judgement. If speaking it loudly in a restaurant would get you thrown out there, use caution writing it here.
3. Use of the "Report Post" feature is encouraged - and not simply for direct rule violations. This is the equivalent of a moderator ping and simply flags a post or thread to the moderators' attention, which allows them to review for potential problems or just keep an eye on things. If you're not comfortable reporting another person's post but feel a thread needs attention, report your own. A report does not mean moderators will immediately take formal action.
4. Please think before you post. We strive towards a co-operative, constructive and friendly community. Nobody can read the intent or tone behind your post; they can only read what you put into the post. When reading other people's posts that come across as rude, please also be aware of the hurdles of text-only communication, language barriers and social handicaps. In the event that someone else posts something you find truly objectionable, report it instead of engaging or continuing to engage. If in doubt: Don't escalate. Contact a moderator instead.
5. Personal attacks are discouraged. This includes both direct attacks on an individual, and abusive behaviours like direct/indirect threats, gaslighting, stalking, persistent focus/bullying, dogpiling, and other types of interpersonal attacks. Users who engage in this behaviour will be warned and, if they persist, removed from the community.
HLP Moderation Standards
The moderation and administration teams are made up of volunteers whose job is to keep the community functioning and available to all its participants. They will exercise the following principles:
6. Moderators will attempt to use the least serious moderation tool available to correct behaviour. This may take the form of locked threads, unofficial warnings posted in public within threads, official warnings, mutes, and bans (temporary or permanent).
7. Moderators will make decisions in conjunction with at least one other member of the moderation team prior to taking actions other than temporary thread-locks. Due to the rapid conversational nature of Discord, moderators there will act quickly but will consult with other staff on long-lasting measures. Moderators will not take part in moderation decisions for issues they are involved in, aside from temporary thread locks.
8. Moderators will be expected to exemplify the community standards in their behaviour; however, just as no user will be removed or sanctioned for minor correctable issues, the same principle will be applied to moderators.
9. As of this revision date, moderators will be selected from the community, by the community, with the input of the moderation team. The community may nominate members or volunteer for addition to the moderation team at any time.
10. Formal moderation decisions resulting in action against individuals will be transparent and made public (informal warnings will remain private). This balances the need for community transparency with the interests of individuals warned for minor issues. An edit will be added to posts for which a user received formal moderation action in order for consequences to be readily visible to the community.
11. Moderators will not edit user posts subject to the following exceptions: for maintenance/housekeeping (resource posts), to remove content in accordance with point 2, or to add a sanction decision in accordance with point 10. These edit decisions (excluding resources) will require the input of at least two moderators. Moderators will not delete posts except for announcement threads, the info threads in gaming discussion, or other housekeeping reasons as determined by multiple members of the moderation team.
12. Appeals: A user subject to moderation action may consider appealing in private to a member of the moderation team. This will be brought to the other moderators for a second look, including any new mitigating information that may be presented. However, a user appealing a formal action seeking a lesser punishment should be aware that an appeal may also result in a more severe punishment, and should weigh this carefully. Frivolous appeals for reconsideration will be discouraged, possibly through more serious consequences imposed as a deterrent.