Our Terms of Service is simple: Don’t be a Jerk
Have you ever heard us say UNLEASH THE GEEK IN YOU? It’s the GCRN motto; our guiding philosophy and respect to everyone. In one respect, to “UNLEASH THE GEEK IN YOU” is our way of getting past the petty mentality to focus on what really matters — the exploring our Geekdom and Sharing with others. It is about having a good time, enjoying each others’ company and being excellent to each other.
Naturally, internet debates will happen and that’s cool. Opinions are fine and criticism is more than welcome. That’s communication at work, but to keep everyone sane here is how to avoid incurring the wrath of our dutiful moderators and community management:
It’s actually quite simple — don’t be a dick.
Our moderators and community managers use that one simple line as a guiding philosophy to what is okay and what isn’t on our sites whether it is comments, quickposts or blogs.
If you need deeper clarification for what this means, you can find further details below, but know these guidelines are not to be interpreted verbatim by the user and our mods will use these guidelines as they see applicable to a given situation. If you’re unsure if something might get you in trouble, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s how not to be an asshole and avoid comment deletions or getting banned:
– No hate speech or flaming. This includes racist, gendered, ableist, ageist, homophobic and transphobic slurs and language of any sort. Just because something might fly elsewhere does not mean it is kosher here. Death threats and telling people to die is also a no-no.
Think you can dump on someone of a particular faith? Bzzzzt, wrong. Want to dispense medical advice without a license, which even Dr. Zoidberg would advise against? Not happening here.
We also think rape jokes and the people who tell them suck. Don’t go there. In fact, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Harassment, dogpiling and gaslighting will not be tolerated toward our community members or staff. Additionally, GCRN will not be a forum for doxxing or obsessive, gossipy types that sift through the private lives of others be it staff, community members or even people off-site in the name of Internet “justice.”
Basically, if you think the internet is your personal playground in which you can push the least of us out because you can’t share a hobby, we will show you the door. Using the Internet to vent is one thing, but if you’re here to be perpetually miserable to others, don’t do it on our community’s time.
Remember: That handle and avatar on the internet is a real human being like you with a life, problems, favorite game genres, foods and opinions that are more varied than a bag of Halloween candy.
– Every interpretation of spamming is prohibited. This means no unauthorized advertisements, links to any kind of online gambling, game currency sellers, follower sellers, self-promotion of mobile games, YouTube channels or unsanctioned crowdfunding, and charity efforts** are to be posted in comments. If they are found they will be deleted without notice. We don’t care if you’re a billionaire playboy philanthropist promising us a life of wealth, comfort and marriage if we help you get a plane ticket to North America.
** Send those requests for crowdfunding and charity efforts in the form here for coverage.
Accounts posting spam will be cast into the pits of Mordor. Additionally, repeat offenders will get blacklisted by Gollum eating your fingers.
– We may have NSFW or spoiler-ish content at times, but only with proper advance warning and context. We report on media and pop culture after all, and this site is meant for adults
Keep in mind we have users that may be browsing from work or college and not every users settings are the same as your own
Do not post poronographic or gory JPEGs, GIFs or Youtube links in front page Disqus comments, ever, though. That’s instaban stuff. Maliciously posting pornographic, gory content or story spoilers when other users have told you to stop will be grounds for a ban.
– Finally, don’t post scans from magazines and if you’re in a closed beta and have signed a non-disclosure agreement, be awesome and smart by honoring it. Users posting details and images under NDA could get our nuts/ovaries totally roasted, so please don’t post content under NDA.
We have an awesome community bursting with personality, humor and we come from all walks of life. We come here to talk about games, related news, joke around and have a good time.
Do you have technical issues with the site? Shoot us an email at email@example.com and specify what kind of device, operating system and OS version you are using.
Is a user being a problem or do you see spam we haven’t swatted? Flag the comment or report the offending post at firstname.lastname@example.org. If ads are blocking your screen, tell us the region you are browsing from in the email.
That said, if you are afraid to express something or are going through a tough time, there are those on the community management team you can reach out to. Our community bloggers are also generally a friendly bunch who love it when people share of themselves and we try to help each other when there is trouble or trying times as we can. We can only do so much from the other side of the internet, though, so if you’re really in need of help, seek it locally.