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Welcome to The North Pacific!

We hope you will enjoy your time spent in our region, the largest in NationStates!

While posting here, please make sure you adhere to Zetaboards's Terms of Use. and Terms of Service. Yes, we all know that nobody actually reads the TOU and TOS when you register, regardless of the fact they make you check that little box. But what they want you to do as a forum user is to not post anything profane or illegal. If you've got any questions about what that may entail, check out the Terms of Service by clicking the link at the bottom of the screen, or send a PM to an Administrator (anyone whose name appears in blue on the member list). We'll be happy to answer your questions.

So again, have fun, and thanks for coming to The North Pacific!

- The North Pacific Administration Team

Appendix 1: Warning System

What sort of things will cause my warning level to be raised?

Warnings are given for behaviour that breaches ZetaBoards' Terms of Use and Terms of Service, or is egregiously below the standards expected in our community. If in doubt ask before you post.

What is the process for receiving a warning?

Any administrator or moderator with the appropriate masking may increase a warning level. The warning will be discussed by the whole moderation team, either before or after a warning is given. Normally, the person warned can expect to be told the reason for the warning so as to avoid further increases in warning level.

Warnings are not negotiable, and there is no formal appeal process. If you feel you have been unduly harshly warned, please speak to an admin and they will make sure your concerns are raised with the whole moderation team.

What do warning levels mean?

Each increase in warning level is accompanied by a penalty, designed to punish, increase oversight through post moderator preview, or give a time out to allow for tempers to cool. Please note that occasionally, severe offenses may warrant raising a warning level by more than one level, or even imposing an outright and immediate ban (for example, for posting pornspam).

The penalties associated with each warning level are as follows:

20% warning 1 day mod preview
40% - 1 day post suspension plus 3 day mod preview
60% - 3 day post suspension plus 1 week mod preview
80% - 1 week post suspension plus 1 month mod preview
100% - immediate ban, followed by discussion of the moderation team regarding making the ban permanent or levying some other level of punishment below the permaban


How do I reduce my warning level?

When a player has received an increase in warning level, this will not automatically be reduced at any time. After the warning level has been in place six months, a player may appeal to the moderation team for that warning level increase to be removed. This is not automatic, but will be considered in the light of behaviour since the warning was imposed. Should an appeal be unsuccessful no further appeal will be considered for three months.

Definitions:

Mod Preview: A mod must review posts before they are publically viewable Post Suspension: The member cannot post, but can still use other forum services and read topics.

IP Ban: Prevents a single computer or internet connection from accessing the forum. Other ban methods may be used if a single IP proves ineffective.

Appendix 2: Signature Image Restrictions

In an effort to ensure that all members can access this forum easily, large images will no longer be allowed in signatures. Large images greatly slow the amount of time it takes for a page to load over a slow connection, and repeated attempts to load such a page may cause further problems. Therefore, we require that images in signatures be no longer than this box:

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...and that signatures containing images be no larger than this box:

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Appendix 3: Personal Messages

In order to respect the privacy of our members, the moderation team has agreed on the following guideline:

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You may not post personal messages in a public area of the forum without the author's permission.

Members of the government, Administrators, and Moderators may post PMs (without prior permission) in secure areas of the forum in order to perform the duties of their office, for matters of regional security, or for moderation evidence.


If a PM is posted and the original author makes an objection to a moderator, the PM will be removed from the post, unless it clearly falls within the exceptions listed. If you believe you are being harassed by the PM system, please forward the PM in question to a moderator and the issue will be dealt with. Thank you.
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