Code of Conduct:
These forums have been created to give the Age of Empires community a centralized outlet for discussing Age of Empires-related topics.
As the guidelines from the Terms of Service state, you are required to maintain appropriate forum etiquette for participation. Here are a few basic dos and don’ts:
Do treat all forum members with courtesy and respect.
Do make friends and welcome newcomers.
Do start discussions, but remember to do so in a respectful manner.
Do use subject lines that are descriptive of your post.
Do post post only in the supported forum language (English). While we understand many people’s desire to speak in their native tongues, we cannot currently support all possible languages.
Do report posts that do not abide by one or more of the above guidelines via the ‘Report Post’ button.
Do feel free to ask questions and offer strategy tips.
Do answer questions if you know the answer or point users to resources.
Do have fun!
Don’t flame or attack fellow forum members. Discussion and heated debated are fine; name calling, personal attacks, and trolling (to name just a few) are not.
Don’t post offensive or derogatory comments, including those of a racial, religious, or sexual nature. This includes your username, signature line, and title.
Don’t discuss controversial topics, such as religion or politics in a way that is not directly related to the Age of Empires games and their historical context.
Don’t bypass the profanity filter.
Don’t discuss or post links to inappropriate content (pornography, nudity, animal cruelty, racism, or sexism and images of extreme violence). This includes all forms of media such as websites, pictures, videos, magazine scans, and leaked content, real or fake.
Don’t post links to pages advertising paid services.
Don’t post links to malicious websites.
Don’t post content that could be considered bumping, advertising, spam, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation.
Don’t change thread titles. Doing so can lead to a ban.
Don’t try to obtain or post someone else’s personal contact information. Examples are home phone numbers, home addresses, and any unpublished email addresses.
Don’t promote cheating, griefing, or exploits.
Don’t discuss moderator actions in the forums. Should you have a specific concern, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
Don’t create a petition. Petitions are not allowed and will be instantly deleted.
Don’t create posts to specific members of the staff. The moderators and developers read all the posts and reply accordingly.
Don’t discuss illegally modifying, hacking, or pirating content.
Don’t discuss things unrelated to Age of Empires outside of the Off-Topic forum.
Don’t impersonate others with your posts, profile, or username. This includes but is not limited to administrators, developers, or staff.
Don’t engage users who are trolling.
Don’t call out other players in threads. If you have an issue, take it to PMs or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t create new accounts (alt accounts) to avoid the consequences of a ban, aka ‘ban dodging’.
Don’t call out cash prizes for community-organized tournaments in the forums.
Your actions on the forums can affect your in-game account. If you break any of the rules here on the forums, your in-game account can be banned, and vice versa. Follow the Rules!
Site Staff and Moderators reserve the right to edit any post or site content and to remove your ability to modify them in the future.
Attacking moderators will result in a warning point.
Moderators have to follow rules, too. If you have a problem with a moderator or feel you are being treated unfairly, please contact us at email@example.com. .
WARNING POINT SYSTEM
We’ve implemented a warning point system with our new forums. The model is as follows:
1 Warning Point: No action
2 Warning Points: Three Day Posting Ban
3 Warning Points: Seven Day Posting Ban
4 Warning Points: Thirty Day Posting Ban
5 Warning Points: Permanent Forum Ban
The team reserves the right to deviate from this model, depending on the severity of the offense.
Microsoft Studios provide the Age of Empires Community Forums (or â€œForumsâ€ for the purpose of this document) as a centralized community site for all Age of Empires fans to connect and discuss all manner of Age-related information. The Forums are here for the benefit and enjoyment of all members, and are accessible to anyone who agrees to the following guidelines for access and participation to the Forums.
By participating in the Forums you agree to the Usage Guidelines (outlined below) and the Microsoft Services Agreement which can be found here.
Please adhere to the following Usage Guidelines:
When communicating on the Forums, itâ€™s important to stay on topic. These Forums have been created to provide a channel of communication across the entire spectrum of Age of Empireâ€™s fan base, specifically for the discussion of Age of Empires. Please refrain from discussing personal matters, verbally abusing any company, product or individual, or from posting content which may be deemed inappropriate or irrelevant for the Age of Empires community.
The Forums are intended to provide a positive experience for all members. Please make sure that you are not detracting from the community experience for any user. Your opinions are welcome, but refrain from personal attacks and harassment of other members, and from posting content which could be viewed as unlawful, threatening, pornographic, harmful, indecent, lewd, abusive and inflammatory.
All content posted on the Forums should maintain a helpful and courteous tone, and not be intended to provoke or flame other community members.
Additionally, the Forums are not to be used for the promotion of third-party services, products, websites and/or organizations. Please refrain from posting content that could be considered advertising, junk mail, spam, chain letters, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation.
Remember that any advice or recommendations offered on the Forums are those of the individual members, and they are not specifically endorsed by Microsoft Games Studios. It is each individual forum membersâ€™ responsibility to follow or not follow any advice or recommendation given by another user.
You should not post your or anyone elseâ€™s personal information on these Forums including but not limited to name, physical or email address, age, phone number, credit card or sensitive log-in information. Furthermore, if any user asks you for personal information, such as the information detailed above, do not provide it.
While the Forums may be reviewed by a moderator staff, the content therein is not guaranteed to be moderated or endorsed by Microsoft Game Studios. Microsoft Game Studios is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing objectionable content or any content that is in violation of the aforementioned guidelines.
Additionally, the responsible party for such violations can be temporarily suspended from posting or permanently banned (their Forums privileges permanently revoked), once the moderator staff has reviewed the conversations suspected to be in violation of the guidelines.
BE A LEADER
Part of your participation requires adherence to the guidelines as outlined above, but also requires that all users perform in an exemplary and commendable manner. Please make full use of the Report Abuse functionality of the Forums, which notifies moderators to objectionable content or any conversations which appear to be in violation of guidelines as outlined above.
From time to time, the moderator staff may designate certain members with leadership roles. This designation does not imply that Microsoft Game Studios endorse this personâ€™s posts or comments. The designation only allows the community to know when a member has performed in an exemplary and commendable fashion, and may, on occasion, assist with monitoring the Forums to ensure its integrity is maintained.
UNSOLICITED IDEA SUBMISSION POLICY
Microsoft or any of its employees do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new advertising campaigns, new promotions, new products or technologies, processes, materials, marketing plans or new product names. Please do not send any original creative artwork, samples, demos, or other works. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when Microsoftâ€™s products or marketing strategies might seem similar to ideas submitted to Microsoft. So, please do not send your unsolicited ideas to Microsoft or anyone at Microsoft. If, despite our request that you not send us your ideas and materials, you still send them, please understand the Microsoft makes no assurances that your ideas and materials will be treated as confidential or proprietary.