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Hello Newerthians,

Welcome to the world of Newerth and the Heroes of Newerth forums!

This thread contains the Forum Rules and some general guidelines as to how you use these forums.
The rules in this thread apply to all sections of the forum, but some specific rules may be superseded by section specific guidelines.
Consult the pinned threads of each subsection for any additional rules that may apply.

Adherence to these guidelines shall be determined at the sole discretion of Frostburn Studios Staff and Forum Moderators.
Keep in mind that your ability to use the forums is a privilege, not a right.
Frostburn Studios staff and Forum Moderators reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any post for any reason.

Any actions taken will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may result in more severe or lenient action depending on previous warnings and/or behaviour.
This determination is at the sole discretion of Frostburn Studios Staff and Forum Moderators, and is final.

Warning points may be issued for minor violations of these rules.
Serious or repeated offenses may result in a ban from the forums or (in extreme situations) even termination of your HoN account.
Please note that the categories below are not exhaustive, and that inappropriate conduct of any kind may result in content removal or loss of posting privileges.

The laws that apply in the offline world must be adhered to online as well.
Frostburn Studios has a zero tolerance for illegal behavior on the Heroes of Newerth forums.
Online conduct should be guided by common sense and basic etiquette.

Consult the HoN Terms of Service for additional restrictions and information about the use of the forums and the game.

Frostburn Studios reserves the right to modify the Forum Rules at any time.

Take care and enjoy your stay!



Warnings explained

Before diving too far into the specific cases where a moderator will be handing out a warning, everyone should know that the general rule of thumb is that posts and threads with a general negative agenda are considered unwelcome on these forums.

Each of the subjects listed below will cover the cases where the forum moderators will wield the ban hammer and issue warnings to rule-breaking forum users. Each of these cases are also referred to as “Warning Reasons”.

  • Trolling (1 point)
    • Description: The deliberate act of making random unsolicited and/or controversial comments with the intent to provoke an emotional knee jerk reaction from unsuspecting readers to engage in a fight or argument. Single sentence / phrase / line / image posts that do not add any value to a thread may also be considered as trolling.
    • Forum Rule: Do not try to deliberately offend, provoke or aggravate other users. Do not post content unrelated to the topic of a thread.
  • Language Violations (0 points)
    • Description: All posts on these boards are to be made in English only, unless noted otherwise in the rules specific to that forum section
    • Forum Rule: Posting in another language will result in deletion of content and a warning. Trolling or violating any other rule in another language will incur a harder punishment, as appropriate.
  • Profanity & Inappropriate Language (1 point)
    • Description: Profanity (also referred to as swearing, cursing, foul speech, or cussing) is a showing of disrespect, a desecration of someone or something, or just the act of expressing intense negative emotion. Profanity can take the form of words, expressions, images, or other social behaviors that are socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, obscene, obnoxious, or foul.
    • Forum Rule: Please use proper language and keep your posts at a reasonable level of quality. Always use your best judgment regardless of medium. If you would not use a word in a room full of people you have never met, or in the workplace, do not use it on these forums.
  • Insulting Other Members - Defamation & Flaming (1 point)
    • Description: Insulting or treat another person with disrespect or scornful abuse is separate from criticism and generally serves an unconstructive or negative purpose. This, along with defamation and flaming, is not welcome on these forums.
    • Forum Rule: Offensive personal attacks against other users in the form of intentional misrepresentation, false accusations and/or flaming are unacceptable. Do not call other users out, criticize their statistics, or dispraise their gaming abilities. Criticism is fine if it is constructive and not insulting.
  • Sub-forum Rule Violation (0 points)
    • Description: The violation of any of the sub-forum/section specific rules. Please refer to the pinned and featured posts in each of the sections you visit.
    • Forum Rule: Violating any of these section specific rules may result in other warning reasons being used.
  • Discrimination (1 point)
    • Description: Prejudicial treatment of an individual or group of individuals based on their membership in a certain group or category is considered discriminatory behavior. This includes content that could be construed (regardless of intent) as discrimination against a particular race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, language, religion, age or group of players (e.g. rating, experience, mode preference, etc.).
    • Forum Rule: Transmitting or facilitating distribution of content that is discriminatory is prohibited. Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable on the forums and will not be tolerated.
  • Spamming and Advertising (1 point)
    • Description: Excessive posting of responses that add little to the topic being discussed is considered spamming. Note that one-line or appropriate single-image responses are acceptable in moderation. Spamming also includes posting messages for any purpose other than personal communication, including (without limitation): bandwagon complaints, advertising, excessive begging, promotional material related to 3rd party products, referral links, website promotions, product placement, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other commercial use. Content that benefits the game is generally tolerated. To better help the community understand what is appropriate versus what is not, we have provided examples of each:
      • Inappropriate Advertising:
        • Advertising another non-Frostburn Studios product (including a stream for a non-Frostburn Studios product). Talking about another game is fine but please keep these discussions in the Off Topic section.
        • Referral links of any kind.
        • Requests for virtual signatures or similar.
      • Appropriate (in the right place):
        • Linking your personal HoN-related blog or website.
        • HoN streams.
        • Sponsored articles related to HoN on news sites.
    • Forum Rule: Do not spam or advertise on the forums in any way or in any medium.
  • Illegal, Obscene, and Mature Content (1 point)
    • Description: Discussion of illegal, obscene, adult, morally questionable and other sensitive topics. When in doubt, keep all posts appropriate for readers of any age or origin.
      • Examples of topics that are not appropriate for the HoN Forums:
        • Software piracy
        • Politically controversial subjects or events
        • Controlled substances
        • Any subject considered "18+" or "Adult"
        • Graphic violence
    • Forum Rule: Strong vulgar language, hate speech, crude or explicit sexual references, or discussions related to illegal drugs, terrorist plots, subversive behavior, or other illegal material is inappropriate.
  • Multiple & Alternate Accounts (6 points)
    • Description: The use of sub-accounts or unlinked alternate accounts (together referred to as ‘alternate accounts’) on the forums in general is NOT prohibited. However, using alternate accounts to circumvent or avoid punishment is not allowed. Use of alternate accounts on the forums to bump your own threads or manipulate poll results is also not allowed.
    • Forum Rule: Should a user choose to use alternate accounts for any of the prohibited actions stated above, all infractions they incur on the alternate account(s) will count on the user’s main account as well. We reserve the right to moderate by-the-user rather than by-the-account. Alternate accounts used inappropriately will be permanently banned from the forums. Any warnings or punishments given to said alternate account will be applied to the main account as well. Accounts will also receive in-game bans if the cases are deemed severe enough to warrant such an action.
  • Discussing Disciplinary and Moderator Actions (1 point)
    • Description: Content related to disciplinary actions is considered private information between Frostburn Studios and the affected party. This includes, but is not limited to, discussion of forum warnings, appeals, In-game suspensions, Game Master actions or deletion, closure or movement of posts or threads.
    • Forum Rule: Do not discuss bans, suspensions, infractions, or moderation actions on the forums. The means to appeal a forum or game related punishment, are listed below. Note that abuse of any of the appeal systems may result in permanent in-game and forum ban of your account.
      • Forum infractions: Use the Report Post button (/!\) in the infraction message.
      • RAP suspensions: Use heroesofnewerth.com/appeal.php or PM an SGM (click here) if not able to appeal there.
      • Moderator actions: Privately message a global moderator.
  • Hacks, Exploits, & Malicious Programs (3 points)
    • Description: The use and promotion of hacks, exploits, and malicious software of any kind is strictly forbidden. Mentioning names, posting screenshots, or linking to any such material is considered prohibited. Prohibited actions include:
      • Using or distributing "auto" software programs or "macro" software programs or other cheat utilities, programs or scripts.
      • Modifying copyrighted binaries (for any purpose).
      • Uploading any software or content that you do not own or have permission to freely distribute.
      • Promoting or encouraging any illegal activity including hacking, cracking or distribution of counterfeit software.
      • Posting, transmitting, promoting, or distributing content that is illegal.
      • Uploading a file that contains a virus or malicious data.
    • Forum Rule: The use or promotion of any of the above-mentioned software such as hacks, exploits, or malicious software will result in permanent forum ban and loss of in-game play privileges.
  • Signature Violations (1 point)
    • Description: All Forum Rules apply in forum signatures and will be enforced.
    • Forum Rule: Signatures violating the forum rules will be removed and users will receive this warning. Some examples of signature violations are listed below:
      • Animated or otherwise overly distracting images, coloring, etc.
      • Images containing profanity, suggestive material, etc.
      • Intentionally misquoting users
      • Bandwagon statements with non-constructive intent
  • Impersonating Frostburn Staff, GMs, & Moderators (6 points)
    • Description: Impersonation of Frostburn Studios employees or volunteer personnel (including, but not limited to: GMs, Moderators, and Customer Support Volunteers) in an attempt to mislead another forum user.
    • Forum Rule: It is illegal to knowingly impersonate another actual person through or on the forums, for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person. It is illegal for a person to falsely assume or pretend to be a Frostburn employee or volunteer. If you are found to be doing this, you will incur a permanent forum ban and your account name will be flagged for a nickname change where appropriate. Expect an in-game permanent ban of your account if your actions are considered extremely hurtful for the company.
  • Defaming / Attacking Frostburn Studios (6 points)
    • Description: Threats, slander, and libel against the company will not be tolerated. Attacks on Frostburn Studios, Garena or any of the partners will be dealt with harshly.
    • Forum Rule: We will never punish a user for criticizing Frostburn Studios or HoN in a constructive manner. However, defamation and attacks against the company are taken very seriously and harsh punishments will apply. Users found to be behaving in this manner may also have their in-game playing privileges removed - depending on the severity of the user’s actions.
  • Leaks (3/6 points)
    • Description: Posts or remarks regarding the following: future change logs, unreleased heroes, or any new content that has not yet been posted by Frostburn Studios staff members or any of the partners.
    • Forum Rule: Leaking of any kind will be dealt with severely. If you generate a leak from one of the private forum sections, you will be permanently banned from the forums AND lose your game play privileges. Spreading leaked content or posting fake leaks is equally inappropriate. If you spread or fake a leak, you may incur a permanent in-game ban along with the forum ban.

  • End Note
    • Each of the topics have a set amount of points that count to a maximum of six points – each representing a penalty level. The penalties shown in the image below will apply from the time that the points were issued. Keep in mind that these points never expire.




The forum sections
When navigating through these forums you will notice a couple of sections, each with their own purpose. Below is a list of the main sections:

  • General Discussion
    • Usually the first point of arrival. Feel free to post content related to Heroes of Newerth in here.
  • Community Events
    • Want to participate in different events supported by Frostburn Studios? Then this is the section for you. The section covers everything from tournaments to creative contests of all kinds.
  • Balance/Design Discussion
    • This is where you discuss the balancing of in-game content like heroes, maps, items, etc.
  • Bug Reports
    • Found a bug? This is the place to report it in. Remember to take some time to visit the sub-sections for topics already covering your findings.
  • Suggestions
    • Navigate to this section if you have a great suggestion to share with other players. You can also check out what others have suggested.
  • Community Contributions
    • Check out this section if you want to see what the great people in the community has to offer.
  • Report-A-Player Feedback
    • Have something to discuss about the RAP system? Then this is the place. 
  • Mechanics
    • Ever wondered how the mechanics works in Heroes of Newerth? Visit this section to get more information or ask your own questions.
  • Off Topic Discussion
    • Want to discuss other things in life? Then feel free to join the discussions in here.



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