And thank you for taking the time to review our Rules. These are here for clarification and the Staff will refer to them as needed.
Reviewing these Rules, while entirely elective, is recommended.
Please remember that Simtropolis is not responsible for any message posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of Simtropolis. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to report the content, or contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use Simtropolis to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by Simtropolis.
1. Member Responsibility
It is the responsibility of each member to read and comply with these rules, which may be updated at any time. Simtropolis will endeavor to give members reasonable notice of such changes. These rules apply to all forums on Simtropolis.
2. Other Rules
Some other site areas, sub-forums and threads have their own specific set of rules. These are visible in each forum, or posted in clearly marked stickied topics where they apply.
For example, the STEX has a separate Code of Conduct, which can be viewed here.
Private Messages (PMs) sent by the staff will be considered read once the member has subsequently logged on to the site.
It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that their registration email address supplied is current and regularly checked.
4. Simtropolis Staff
Administrators, and moderators are responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the site.
If you would like clarification on these rules, or help with anything site related, please contact an administrator or moderator. A full list of the staff team can be found here.
The staff reserves the right to take whatever action is deemed appropriate in any given situation, regardless of whether there is a specific rule covering that situation or not. If there is a misunderstanding or dispute, then please bring the issue up politely with that staff member in private.
In all matters, the decision of the administration is final.
5. Prohibited Actions
It is strictly and expressly prohibited to post or upload:
a) Anything referring to CD keys or no CD cracks.
b) Any content malicious to computer hardware or software, such as viruses.
c) Any content that violates another person's privacy.
d) Anything relating to the pirating, or copying, of any software game title.
6. Personal Member Safety and General Site Conduct
Simtropolis is a PG-13 site. It recommended that members do not give out personally identifiable information to anyone else on the site or the internet.
There is zero tolerance for the following behavior:
a) Any material that is the work of another individual but is being represented as original. Permission must be obtained from the original creator, and due credit must be given, before including any element of that creator's work in custom content upload.
b) Any offensive, pornographic, or obscene material.
c) Overt sexually loaded comments or content.
d) Discrimination against the age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or sexual orientation of another member.
e) Excessive swearing, offensive, or profane language (especially directed towards another member).
Note: Item 6e means what it says. Excessive swearing is part of the zero tolerance policy. And more specifically any abuse towards another member is not allowed. It does not definitively prohibit minor swear words in the proper context. This includes those subtly used as a form of emphasis, appropriate for the subject being discussed.
The personal safety of our members is a primary concern. Any inappropriate or unwelcome attention, harassment, solicitation, or sexually orientated comments or behavior directed towards another member, either publicly or privately, should be immediately reported to a Simtropolis Staff member.
7. Inappropriate use of Simtropolis Member Accounts
The following is not permitted:
a) Using clone accounts to bump the original users threads, double post, to otherwise disrupt the forums, or perform any action which may be considered inappropriate or deceitful.
b) Creating spam-bot accounts for advertising purposes.
c) Any username, avatar or signature containing profanity (swear words) or other offensive material.
Staff at Simtropolis use a range of options to deal with breaches of the site rules. The staff will always endeavor to use the fairest and lightest method available.
8. Common Sense Rules
Common sense rules, like politeness, are not explicitly stated but are still enforced.
Posting on Forums
9. Formatting of Posts
Regular forum posts should be posted in the default text size, color and font in most cases. Exceptions include the use of text formatting tools and color for headings and in the CJ section or similar creative posts.
10. Religion and Politics
Discussion concerning religion or politics is only permitted in designated threads in the General Off-Topic and Current Events forums. Discussion must be about the issues, not each other.
11. Other Websites
What happens at a different website stays at that website. If a member has a dispute or grievance with another member, moderator, administrator, or webmaster of a website other than Simtropolis, it may not be brought to Simtropolis and discussed here.
12. Bumping of Threads
Users may not post within their own thread simply for the sake of making that thread appear at the top of the forum. This is commonly referred to as "bumping". Instead, the edit function should be used to add to a previous post.
Please do not revive or bump old threads after they have dropped to the later pages, unless there is significant new topical information to add (which may be useful, or add to the discussion).
13. Find the right forum
Please make an effort to find the right forum to ask questions or post a new topic. Many common questions are answered in the Omnibus. Please attempt to find the answer there first, before posting a new thread. The Live Chat Room is also an excellent place to find help and answers to questions.
All threads should use an informative title and tags, that describe the topic or question accurately. “Help me!!!" or "Hey!!!” is unlikely to get many useful responses!
14. English, Spelling and Grammar
Simtropolis is an English speaking forum. Proper spelling and grammar is generally expected. Overuse of net-speak or txt abbreviations should be avoided. 1337 $p3@k will be instantly smitten by the bunnies.
Please be patient and courteous with non-native English speakers trying to write in English.
15. Staff Positions
The site administrators pick only trusted, active, and helpful members to fill vacant positions. Staff positions are never obtained by asking or campaigning for them.
16. Simtropolis Awards
From time to time, members who have contributed positively to the community are awarded with Custom Member Labels, (CMLs), Member of the Month or Trixies. These awards are never given out by asking. Actively soliciting for one will virtually guarantee that it will not be given.
17. Key Point to Remember
While we try to accommodate everyone, Simtropolis is not a democracy. Think of it as a benevolent dirktatorship.
If you actually read all this, kudos! Please enjoy the community!