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Shout-box Rules
These rules apply to the Runixscape Shout-box, and will be enforced by all staff members. If you fail to comply with these rules then you are liable to have action taken against your account. However, if you feel the actions are unjust, you may appeal them. Please note that relaying messages to and/or from a silenced/banned member is against the rules. All Forum Rules are applicable to the shout-box as well. These rules are specifically for the shout-box, as well as for clarification. These rules may be changed in the future.


Rule 1: Offensive Language/Excessive Profanities
You are not permitted to use offensive, obscene, racist, foul, stereotypical, abusive, or derogatory language in the shoutbox. If you say something that can be taken offensively by other members, or is intentionally aimed at a specific user, then you are liable to have action taken against you (with or without warning). This also classifies using offensive language towards other members as flame, which is not allowed.

You may use profanities as long as they are not directly aimed at somebody and as long as they cannot be perceived as offensive by other users. You may not however use them excessively, be smart. Remember, cussing is one thing, but racial slurs are another. Context will not be taken into account during the usage of racial slurs.

Rule 2: Flaming
You are not allowed to say things directed towards other members that are meant to offend, hurt, or aggravate them. This includes offensive language, personal remarks, hurtful insults, etcetera.

Rule 3: Trolling/Aggravation
You are not permitted to make remarks that are meant to provoke a negative and/or emotional response from other members, disrupting the peace in the shout-box. We understand you may joke around, but please be smart and be sensitive to others in the shout-box.

Irritating and/or aggravating others to a point where they too break the rules will result in a punishment for you, but not necessarily for them, since you were the one who instigated it.

Rule 4: Respect Staff & Members
You are to always respect staff in the shout-box. Saying someone doesn’t deserve their rank, or that someone else deserves it, is not allowed. If you feel someone is abusing their powers, please report them in the Report A Player section. 

Please treat other members with respect. Do not flame, troll, aggravate, or do any such actions that can result in a negative manner. If someone is breaking the rules, simply report them in the Report A Player section.

Rule 5: Spamming
Spamming is not allowed in the shout-box. Spamming can be classified as but is not limited to:

  • Entering one or more messages with no relative meaning and/or point in the slightest.
  • Posting "special" character(s) that exceed the boundaries of regular text.
  • Entering multiple messages to gain the attention of a member(s) in the shout-box, or for any other reason.
  • Speaking in languages other than the English language in the shout-box.
  • Using text-altering code
  • Relaying messages from other (silenced/banned) members.
  • Singing in the shout-box. We understand you may have a song stuck in your head, but please do not spam. One line from one user may be acceptable at times, but other than that it is not.
  • Repeatedly posting links to a thread (specifically a help thread).
  • Posting a link to an off-site website that is involved in buying/selling and/or buying/selling directly in the shout-box.
  • Browser hijackers/annoying webpages (e.g. rick roll).

Rule 6: Advertising
You are not allowed to post any links that lead to a website with the intention of gaining visitors/members*. This includes forums, [your/your friends/affiliates] web hosting, a blog (unless it is merely a developmental blog), etcetera. Any websites of yours/your friends/affiliates that you link to may not have links to external and/or internal forums.

You are not allowed to advertise another RSPS

You may post a link to a website with no forums, or any such software/features. (Exception: Images)

*Donators are void to this rule with the limitation to posting one link per hour.

Rule 7: Excessive Caps/Caps Lock
You are not allowed to use excessive capital letters in the shout-box. Excessive caps will be determined by how many lines contain capitalized words in one 10 minute interval.

Rule 8: Rank Discussion/Asking for Ranks
You are not allowed to ask for a rank (with the exception of requesting a previous, non-staff rank back). By doing so you only hurt your chances of receiving it. Proposing and suggesting someone for a rank (e.g. Roscoe4mod!) is not allowed either. If someone deserves a rank, they will receive it in due time.

Rule 9: Posting Appeals & Relaying Messages
Please do not post any links to a jail, ban, mute, or forum account ban appeal thread in the shout-box. They will be handled when a staff member can appropriately handle them.

You are not allowed to relay messages from a jailed/muted/banned/forum banned user. If they deserved to speak in the shout-box, they would be able to.

Rule 10: False Representations
You are not to abuse, manipulate, or misuse the shout-box for your own personal gain. You are not allowed to intentionally misinterpret rules, or “be smart”, in an attempt to avoid being banned for performing a rule-breaking action. Use common sense in the shout-box.

You are not allowed to impersonate any staff members, or any other forum members for that matter. If you are caught doing so, you will be banned immediately.

Rule 11: Inappropriate Images & Links
Posting inappropriate images and/or links such as pornography, gore, nudity, disgusting, offensive, repulsive, or any such content is not allowed. Doing so will result in a severe shout-box punishment, and will leave your account liable to receive forum action as well.

Saying something like "don't look up ____" to tempt people to look it up is also not allowed.

Rule 12: Ban Evasion
Shout-box ban evasion is not allowed, just as forum ban evasion isn’t either. If you are using another account to evade a shout-box mute/ban, and talk in the shoutbox, your main account will receive an extended mute/ban, and your evasion account will be banned. Forum action may be taken depending on the severity of the evasion (multiple evasions, etcetera).

Rule 13: Use of Shoutbox Bots/Add-ons/Modifications
Shoutbox Bots, Add-ons and Modifications to the shoutbox engine that are used
 to disrupt others experiences will warrant a ban.


Clarifications & Special Violations
Sexually charged passages that educe sexual content/meaning are not prohibited. This warrants an 8 hour shoutbox ban. You will be infracted for pornographic content. Sexually charged content not permitted is "fantasy stories" told/posted, pornographic images, or and such "suggestive" images.

Intellectual debates are allowed in the shoutbox. There is a fine line between a debate, an argument, and an “offensive battle” between members. Do not cross it. Be respectful to other users’ beliefs and opinions. Please try to have facts to back up a valid, reasonable point.

Intellectual discussions are also allowed. Again, please be respectful to other users’ beliefs and opinions. All discussions are to follow the rules. Please try to have facts to back up a valid, reasonable point.

Shoutbox bots are not permitted in the shoutbox, as they cause spam and/or disruption.

The Forum Rules still apply to the shoutbox, so just because a rule wasn’t stated above doesn’t mean it’s not there.

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