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    Good morning everyone, As I referenced in my previous announcement, we've got some major community changes slowly being implemented. I've got two topics on the list today: Ban policy & Racism. I'm going to talk about our change in our stance on racism first, because it will lead into the next portion regarding bans. For those of you that have been around for awhile, you saw how hardcore our 'No Racism' rule was. People were instantly-banned in some scenarios, or banned heavily oftentimes. In an effort to try and see if there would be some comfortable breathing room by relaxing on that rule, we changed it up to allow racism - but give admins the discretion on how far is too far. The intent was basically to allow light joking, banter, etc. We knew that there would be a few people who took it too far (like with anything), but after letting it play out for awhile, we're ready to change it up a bit again - mainly because it caused confusion among members and admins alike on how far is too far. While the old mentality was too far in one direction, our rule as it stands today is a bit too far in the opposite direction: so we're trying to find the spot in the middle. Racism Effective immediately, we're changing the stance on conduct normally deemed as 'Racism' in SG. Admins and higher, there will be additional threads listed in the admin sections to reemphasize this. Moving forward: Forums - Not allowed in any capacity, meaning no slang, jokes, etc. Music and whatnot in the appropriate section(s) is fine. Discord - Not allowed in any capacity. In an effort to partner with Discord, we are not allowing any and all racist slang, jokes, pictures, etc. However, if you're in a private channel among friends and no one reports anything, did it actually happen? I'm going to leave it at that. Servers - To be straight up with you guys, I had a hard time wording this. I can explain the point we're trying to get at all day and night, but someone will always loophole around whatever we post. We stole this from another community's rules because, honestly, they worded it better than what I could think of. Blatant or extreme racism is NOT allowed. Small jokes are fine. Use of the N-word with the hard 'R' is strictly prohibited. To be frank, the hard 'r' was a huge issue, and that's what we're trying to solve. We all like to mess around and tell jokes, but that in particular is not what we stand for or what we encourage people to do. If this continues to be an issue, we will reevaluate our stance and discuss as needed. We have also done away with the 'Bannable Words' list. We all know what should and should not be on that list, so there isn't a need for us to publicly display that. In addition to this, the ban length and general punishments for 'Racism' are going to be lessened, which leads into the next topic: change in ban policy. Ban Policy This is going to be two-part, covering ban policy in general & ban lengths. As it stands now, here are the basic admin rules regarding ban lengths and whatnot: Moving forward, this is what it shall be: You're going to notice a few changes here and there. Mainly, some time lengths got swapped around, we added a 'case-by-case' section, and also incorporate bans that are less than 12 hours. The point of this is not only the aforementioned, but also to restructure the actual '3 strikes, you're out' process we have here. From now on, we're going to handle bans a bit differently as a whole, including leading up to an eventual perm. So, let's dive into it: Time-out bans / Cool-down bans: Any ban length that is less than 12 hours. These bans will not count against somebody's 'record', and are meant to sort of serve as a period of time for a player to chill out for a bit. Sometimes 5 minutes works, and sometimes a bit longer is needed to get the point across. The equivalent to this is how sometimes we will issue a warning to an admin prior to issuing an official strike. These will typically be (but not limited to) handed out on a real-time basis in the servers. There will be situations where someone will be issued multiple cool-down bans without the admin knowing, and at that point just make an increase request. This is not saying that someone can't get multiple cool-down bans, but that it really shouldn't be continuously used if the point is not getting across. Ban #1 & Ban #2: 12 hours to 7 days. These should fall typically closer to lower-end of the spectrum, with the first offense being inside of the windows listed in the table above, and the second just being somewhere @ 7 days or less, depending on severity. Ban #3: 2 weeks to one month. If it is the same offense committed three times, this should be one month. If it's different crap, fall somewhere along the two week line. Ban #4: Three months, regardless of same or different offenses. Ban #5: 6 months, and we will stop saying 'permed' in these instances, instead simply saying 6 months. Someone who is actually 'permed' will be decided upon by the Board (with the possibility of extending this decision to the IA's) and listed in a Do Not Unban list in the higherup section. These will be a bit more uncommon. Extreme offenses, such as doxxing, DoS threats, harassment, sexual harassment, death threats, etc., will be handled on a case-by-case basis. While there are definitely times where these will be permanent, there are also situations that have arisen where we issue something shy of a permanent ban; it's completely dependent on the situation. Additionally, 'alting' on a server after being banned will issue a kick to the player instead of a perm. The point of this is because we may not know if someone is intentionally going to the extent of alting, or is just genuinely confused about why they can't connect to the server. Someone going to the lengths of resetting their IP, changing connection locations, using a VPN, etc., will probably be deemed as intentionally alting and will be bumped up to the next step in the banning process, meaning if they were on ban #3, they will now go to ban #4 for intentionally alting. This will be deemed by the board and / or IA's. Ignoring admins has been moved as well to bans that are less than 12 hours - ie, cooldown bans. While there is merit in the frustration that can occur behind somebody not complying with what you are asking them or telling them as an admin, 'ignoring admins' is a gigantic, catch-all loophole that can be used to circumvent one of the appropriate ban reasons listed above. Instead of taking this away entirely (because of the aforementioned merit), we are just reducing the length of time in which people can be banned for it. If it happens multiple times, it will be addressed - but the point is that people shouldn't be being banned for days on end for 'ignoring admins'. If there isn't a legitimate reason outside of this to ban someone, you should check with an IA, a BD, or just another admin on the legitimacy of the ban itself. The Board fully retains the right to change this process, apply it in a different aspect, or make exceptions when deemed absolutely necessary. While this policy is meant to cover 99% of ban situations, there are going to be people and offenses that will be handled differently due to whatever the unique nature of offense is that may come up. It's a huge change, but ultimately we are hoping to have a tad bit better player-retention by allowing a bit longer of a punishment before going straight to the perms. What this means for players currently permed on a three-strike process (or other): We will need to reevaluate the situation, but they did commit the offenses while the old policy was in place. This will be a case-by-case basis, but anyone may feel free to appeal their ban, regardless of when your appeal date was given (unless you were told not to appeal at all because it is simply 'no'). We will evaluate how they fall into this lineup, but we are not going to go out of our way to unban people who do not appeal. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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    Hey All If you're unaware, Steam-Gamers is an official Humble Bundle Partner. In an effort to increase community activity into various games, we provide monthly updates with Humble Bundle offerings including games, software, applications, books, and other digital content. Wait... What is Humble Bundle? Humble Bundle is a service offering 'bundles' of games for a reduced price while simultaneously funding non-profits through their sales. Sounds awesome... How can I join? There are a few ways to enjoy the offerings Humble Bundle has prepared for its customers however, a way to purchase a monthly subscription is through an option called 'Choice'. This will give you access to a certain number of games you get to keep according to your subscription tier. You are also able to purchase other games through their game store. Are there any discounts for me? You're in luck! If you purchase through our affiliate link, you will receive a 15% discount on your purchase. What are this month's offerings? Golf With Your Friends Forager Evoland Legendary Edition Strange Brigade Click here to check out the rest! What is this month's charity? This month's charity is International Medical Corps The International Medical Corps provide lifesaving healthcare and supplies to children, families and communities that have lost everything due to disaster, disease and conflict. Donations help deliver vital healthcare services and training and together, we can help devastated populations recover and return to self-reliance.
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    sit tight, i have a better meme coming soon
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    Reid, Hawks, and Charliere looking at all the SMs about to beat them in the admin contest
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    A vote for, Reid, Patrick, TheZZL, Hawks, Toasty, Noxstar, Kopsta, Kieran or Gentoo is a vote for the boys. Fall victim to Charliere’s propaganda and the Anti Simp Task Force will have to classify you as a Class 3 simp.
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    @Kopstaand I are happy to announce a brand new Squad Server coming very soon! The developers are releasing a huge update soon, including a new faction and map! Squad is also going on sale from September 23rd - September 28th, so take advantage of that while you can. I'd like to thank @BoM, @John, and @Cautionfor allowing this to happen. What is Squad? Squad is a large-scale online multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay. Two factions are tasked with Capturing and Defending flags around the map. Players can choose from a variety of kits - Rifleman, Machine Gunner, Anti Tank, Marksman, Sniper to name a few. Each team needs to build Forward Operating Bases around the map to respawn and rearm to get back in the fight. Squad has a plethora of vehicles, including - Tanks, IFVs, APCs, Armored Cars, Helicopters, etc. These vehicles are used to assist your team in attacking Flags and FOBs. How do I connect? [SG] STEAM-GAMERS | US EAST | NEW PLAYERS WELCOME | 24/7 Fallujah + MEA Important Links Buy Squad! Squad Subforum Squad Rules and Helpful Information Squad Changelog Squad Bug Reporting Squad Staff List Squad Admin Applications
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    He doesn’t understand what it means to do it for the bros.
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    @Kieran @Gentoo http://www.mediafire.com/file/gr4rq8lpubh2tk1/ttt_minecraftcity_sgfix_v9.cfg/file
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    2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback AWD Picked this up back in March and have done a few small things to it since. Looking forward to keeping this thing for quite some time
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    @Hawksmaybe if you did the peanut butter face challenge you'd be winning by a landslide...
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    this is slander because I can see over my dashboard now
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    Not sure if you guys remember this but @Charliereran a child over in a school zone because she could not see over the dashboard.
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    How you gon lose to a dude who is in love with an animated frog named Froppy!!! Have some respect!!!
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    It was great to have you in our team, thanks for all you've done for SG! Best of luck on your future endeavors!
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    Meant to write on this earlier, but I got busy. First and foremost I would like to thank my partner in crime @Infinityward for helping me get this set up for you guys. We have both been wanting to do this for a while now and I am hoping this will prosper. Big thanks to @John and @BoM for helping us get this set up so quickly and letting me harass them into get this server for us. Last, but most certainly not least, is a big thanks to @Caution for giving us the go ahead on this and getting the server for us, I hope I won’t let you down. Again, I recommend you all take advantage of the sale coming up, you won’t regret it.
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    So I sold this around 10 months ago. Mostly because they are depreciating like crazy, but also because the engines are ticking time bombs, and I don't want to be in a position where I might have to shell out $7000-9000 for a new engine - because it's Norway; stuff is expensive, and these cars don't get thrown at you like they do everywhere else. There's basically none of them around, and certainly no used parts or engines... I ended up buying a equally unreliable but a lot cheaper car - a 2009 BMW E92 320D, the one with the N47 2.0 diesel engine, the one with the timing chain issues. BUT this one is low mileage, only 94.000KM, so I'm probably good for at least 50.000-100.000KM before the timing chain/fasteners goes poof. But putting that aside, it is actually the most comfortable, economical and fuel friendly car I have owned. Guessing that says a lot about the cars I have driven. This is how it looked when I bought it in february I then wrapped it in 3M 2080 Gloss Wicked, which is a metallic black/purple with some red/green/blue flakes in it. Worst decision ever. You can only see the color from the right angle during full on sunny weather, and it's rarely sunny in Trondheim/Norway where I live. The rest of the time it just looks like a black/gray shitty paintjob with lots of orange peel. I'll do a different wrap next season since I absolutely hate this one. Full M-Sport bumpers, "CSL-Look" trunk, aftermarket wheels and a lowered suspension is also on the list. I played around with 3M GP278/Flip Deep Space for the interior bits. Im leaning a lot towards doing a color shifting wrap on the whole car next time, but the material is a bit too expensive for what you get. You don't really have a lot of longevity in vinyl, especially not in the climate I live in.
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    Only if @Breadand @Spartanare in
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    Hey everyone, Thanks for your patience. The raffle is now properly working and we'll continue to run this month's raffle. You'll now see the all the correct information pertaining to your rank and the point values in purchases for all raffle tiers. The Elite Supporter tier is now open and available for ticket purchases. Unfortunately, this may have resulted in you losing tickets for the previous plugin under what was presumed ES. While I can't guarantee we'll be able to refund those points, we'll look into it and see if anything can be done with the help of our TAs if possible. Don't forget; the Elite Supporter tier has a $120 knife that we're giving away so don't miss out on that if you wanna win BIG. Good luck to everyone who is participating in this month's raffle!
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    150x12 = 1800. A whole years worth is still only 1.33% of the average gross salary there! Just get a job
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    To elaborate on what Bom says here, we will absolutely not tolerate people diverging the thread to insults, or in this instance, comparing a member to a pedophile sympathizer (and then trying to justify it?). Most of what's been posted here is total garbage and should stay in your head. Clearly, the thread was posted in the "rules discussion" subforum, and not in our "r/AmIAPedo" section. If you don't know what you're talking about, try to avoid talking about it. Chances are, you're wrong. Keep your allegations and accusations to yourselves, and pm them to us. This kind of thing weighs too much for us to allow that kind of ill-intended discourse in a totally unrelated public setting.
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    Hello sir, I'd be glad to answer some of these questions best I can. Okay, so this is obviously going to be a hard line to draw in the sand, especially when it comes to images. I'm sure you guys can understand that previously in TS any image sharing took place privately, whereas now it is a lot more public. Obviously some things are still being sorted, but for the sake of explanation, I'd say we're trying to land somewhere between PG-13 and R. **The next few sections you can apply to both images and text, as many people are simply using images with text on them which is the same thing for this argument.** The half-naked dudes telling me about the rules? kinda weird but okay. Some sort of sexual act or the direct implication of it? probably less okay. I'll break that down a little further by saying: you're not gonna in trouble for saying "I'm gonna fuck your mom" but you could get in trouble for saying . The closer you get to just spewing sexual verbiage publicly or posting overtly sexual images the closer we get to having to pull down the hammer. What you guys say verbally in a private channel or share elsewhere is on you guys, but if you leave the channel unlocked and start saying some weird-ass shit (especially with underage people around) and it makes someone uncomfortable then we're gonna start having problems. We need everyone to remember there are kids at least as young as 13 around and as much as others might be older and have a need to talk about all things sex, try and remember that you are sharing the environment with others who might not want to see all of that (and might put us in really bad situations if all we are doing is making sexual comments around them). Images were disabled in general because people were spamming images there, many of which teetered on or cross the line I just explained above. As for images being turned back on in #general, best I can say is TBD. New rules for discord have been written up and are just being run by all parties involved in decision making here prior to us posting them publicly. To give some insight, generally and on the racism rule, we're trying to keep things as close to TS while also adjusting to the different factors of Discord. Honestly, I joined the channel last night and looked at the game and I had no issue with it, but I wasn't there for the comments that were made. These comments were brought up by Greggy and several others in this thread, so clearly you guys might have been crossing the line. I'm gonna be frank here, I don't know why we have to deal with this at all. I don't know why this thread is a thing. It is incredibly difficult to exactly spell out what is and isn't okay since people keep managing to find new ways to try and skirt around the rules and guidelines. However, it is incredibly easy to just use your brain for half a second and decide not to be a troll every second that you're on discord. It sounds like in this case you guys were skirting around some inappropriate shit and were given viable solutions to avoid it being a problem, but instead, here we are in this thread. You shouldn't need every rule spelled out for you to contain yourself just a little bit. It's pretty simple: just be a decent human being. To those in this thread jumping to pedophilia and all this other crap: yeah let's just not go there. We like to try and keep forum discussions civil and on topic and you guys really jumped off the rails here pretty quick. To those who insist on trolling and pushing the line in discord: cut the shit. There will never be a rule for every little thing that someone can come up with to push the line, but hopefully, this gives you a good idea of what is and isn't okay.
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    locking the thread until an adult comes in with a final decision, instead of bringing their opinion on what "sexual" means
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