Code of Conduct
We like to keep the BAR ecosystem as fun and welcoming as possible, hence we prepared a simple set of rules to regulate our online community. These rules apply to all games hosted in official BAR battlerooms and within the Lobby chat.
All of us are responsible for creating and contributing to a positive community and all of us can be held accountable so please take time to read this. You will be notified or held accountable for your actions regardless of whether or not you have read this.
All our players deserve to be a part of our community and play BAR and enjoy the supportive, friendly and welcoming experience.
People disturbing or not respecting this will be reminded where needed. We reserve the right to suspend your account, and/or IP address, for any committed infraction detailed below. At the root of our expectation is for players to be civil and nice to each other; of course there is room for competitiveness and we don't mind friendly banter but in short, be nice to each other.
How we'd like everybody to play BAR online
- Be nice to other players, just as you would like to be treated by others.
- Give a helping hand to (new) players when they don't yet master skills/mechanics. Try to explain things or suggest how to improve.
- Have fun playing the game together. Competitive play with high-adrenaline is awesome. Remember that losing can also be (extra) fun for the other team.
- Try to find people that like your play-style - There's lots of ways to play BAR, and no one is 'better' than the other - Most important thing is that people enjoy the time they spend in BAR.
- If you would like BAR to succeed in growing into a game that is played by thousands of people (so you have lots more possible friends, faster matchmaking, more challenge, more tournaments, etc.) then try to behave your very best. A healthy community can do all this, and by simply being friendly you can help BAR to grow!
What to do when you see this code of conduct not being followed
We have only so many moderators and despite the large amounts of ☕ they consume they cannot be everywhere at once. There are three steps you can take when you see something inappropriate, depending on how severe the issue is depends on which step you can take:
- Mute/Ignore them and move on: If someone is being generally obnoxious the best course of action is to ignore them and move on. If you engage with them you'll just encourage them and could become part of the problem yourself. Don't forget, someone else breaking the rules doesn't give you the permission to do so to get back at them, you will be held accountable for your actions and them theirs.
- Offer support: If you see someone bullying someone else then stick up for them. This can be publicly by calling out bad behavior or privately messaging the person in question and giving them encouragement.
- Report it: Sometimes something is bad enough it needs to be reported, in most cases taking a screenshot, linking to the battle in the replays section and notifying the "moderators" group on the Discord will be the appropriate solution.
1. Things we're against
Depending on the severity of these you might get warned or you may jump all the way up to being banned if you do enough of it before you can be warned.
- Promoting illegal activities including but not limited to gambling, drug use, phishing, self-harm and the like; note some of these can be discussed in the appropriate locations but this is a game and generally not a place for sharing these topics
- Discrimination or abuse especially on the grounds or context of sexism, racism, homophobia, disability, religion and similar
- Threats and harassment, saying "it was just a joke" does not excuse this either; it's only a joke if all parties find it funny
- Nicknames and clan tags must not be offensive or inappropriate. An account which doesn't abide by this rule will be suspended until it gets renamed. Impersonation of other players and real-life figures is forbidden.
- Griefing or actively working against your team. Examples include teamkilling, purposefully hurting/imprisoning allied, actively stealing allied units without consent
- Custom widgets used on public servers must be made publicly available, we have a section on the discord specifically for it
- Self destructing all your units in a team game; if you want to leave then resign and let your team take control of your units
- Harassing players for using perfectly valid strategies such as rushing, commander drops, unexpected air raids and the like
- Abuse of the ping or draw function to obscure team mates view or drawing hate symbols, heavy profanity etc.
- Disrupting game lobbies either by flooding chat, calling repeated votes or repeatedly joining when asked to leave
2. Bad manners
Try to be nice to each other, while some bad manners can be overlooked anything excessive is unwelcome:
- Playing in a team game but not working with your team; you are not obliged to work with your team but it's certainly bad manners
- Profanity; we discourage swearing but it isn't banned as long as it's not excessive. Be careful not to confuse curse words with unacceptable behavior such as racism
- In a teamgame everybody needs some space, purposefully limiting allies so you can have more without an objectively reasonable cause is not acceptable
- Pausing at inappropriate moments or unpausing when someone is disconnected
- Dragging out very clearly won games
3. Zero tolerance
Doing any of these can result in an immediate ban.
- Attempting to hack another player's account or the game infrastructure (if you wish to perform security testing contact the developers)
- Revealing personal or identifiable information about another player they've not already revealed themselves
- Posting malware, spam or scam links/messages. We'd assume most of these would be bot behaviors but we're listing it here to be safe.
- Bad or intentionally erroneous reports
- Impersonation of another player or real life figure / team running and making BAR, this includes taking credit for things you did not contribute to
- Circumvention of moderation, if you've been temporarily banned don't try to create a new account to get around it
- Exploiting bugs, hacking or spec cheating (second account to view the game as a spectator)
- Attempting to exploit the player skill rating system, either by dumping by losing on purpose or boosting with smurf accounts
Appeals of Moderation Action
If you feel that you have been the target of an erroneous or unjust moderation action, then you may appeal to the head of moderation on Discord via private messaging. Please note that the burden of proof also stands upon you, so please make sure to collect any replays or logs that you feel outline why the action was unjust. Complaining about moderation actions publicly or harassing moderators will not help your case.
We hope you never need to visit/read this page, because that would mean everybody already understands that being nice is simply awesome.