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ROUTINE USES: Statistical and demographic analysis.

DISCLOSURE: Voluntary, however, failure to provide the information may prevent participant from entering website.

America`s Army is rated "T" for teen by the ESRB (Electronic Software Rating Board). All content posted in these forums must adhere to these same standards. To learn more about these standards, visit the ESRB website at http://www.esrb.com. The Terms of Service (TOS) guidelines will supercede the ESRB guidelines where the TOS guidelines are more restrictive.

Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for the America`s Army staff to review messages or confirm the validity of information as it is posted in real-time. The America`s Army staff cannot vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. The messages contained herein express the views of their respective authors and not the views of the United States Army, the America`s Army staff, or any entity associated with this forum. If any user finds a posted message that they deem is objectionable or in violation of the TOS, they are encouraged to contact a forum moderator or community manager. Several provisions have been made to make this form of notification easy. They include email, private message, and a 'report button' Report Button which sends the post in question to the attention of the forum moderator (see below for details).

Through your use of this service, you agree that you will abide by the TOS, make all posts in English, and will not use this forum inappropriately. Inappropriate use of this bulletin board includes, but is not limited to, the following rules:

  1. Posting, usernames or private messages which are defamatory, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, or invasive of a person's privacy or that violate any law of the United States.

  2. Flaming, bashing or threatening of any individual or group.

  3. Sexually suggestive pictures or text not suitable for teens.

  4. Using "1337" text, binary or any other method of reproducing inappropriate content or avoiding language filters.

  5. Defamation of the United States Military, or the America`s Army Game Project.

  6. Personal attacks on any America`s Army personnel. If you have a problem with a Moderator or AACM, please email aacm@americasarmy.com

  7. Posting using obscene or `off color` language. If you think a word may be questionable, use a different word.

  8. Posting of duplicate threads in more than one category.

  9. Please do not quote a post that contains obvious TOS violations. Instead, click the REPORT button to bring the post to the attention of a Moderator.

  10. Linking to content in violation of the TOS.

  11. Intentionally derailing a topic of conversation from the posted subject.

  12. Editing or altering any text left by Forum Staff in your post.

  13. Posting advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, commercial solicitation.

  14. Posting copyrighted material without permission.

  15. Posting or reopening of locked topics. If a topic has been locked, do not create another topic. Any questions about a locked topic should be directed to a Moderator or Community Manager via private message.

  16. "Bumping" of any topics. If you do not have something to add to the discussion, you should not post. Small, generic or empty content, simply to increase your post count or the post count of the thread may not be posted.

  17. Posting content intended to take advantage of forum or server bugs or exploits.

  18. Posting content, or the names or URL`s of sites, which explain or advertise illegal game cheats, or exploits.

  19. Posting the answers of any America`s Army tests.

  20. Posts that contain names of suspected cheaters, or cheating allegations.

  21. Rants, or posts, the purpose of which is merely to complain about a server admin, player, or clan.

  22. The use of open proxies to connect to the forums.

  23. "Trolling" or posting content designed to inflame, incite or that has no purpose at all.

  24. False reporting of posts and/or abuse of the reporting feature.

  25. Evading or attempts to evade warnings, bans, or other administrative actions.



Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Content may still be deemed inappropriate even if it does not specifically fall under one of these rules. Much the way a police officer may choose to issue a warning rather than a ticket. You may be warned via private message or in public. Your post may be edited and/or the thread may be locked. Put simply, when in doubt, remember the "Golden Rule": treat others with the same respect that you yourself wish to be treated. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.


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Locks
Locks will be placed upon posts for a number of reasons: violation of the TOS, off-topic discussion, or argumentative or disruptive behavior in the thread. Threads may be unlocked after a cooling-off period (usually two or three days), if they were locked for argumentative behavior. The Forum Moderator may note the reason for the lock in the final post; however, this is not required.


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Signatures
Signatures are a way to provide a graphical representation of your online persona. They are not intended to cause controversy or offend anyone. Signatures must not be lewd or contain scantily clad men or women and must adhere to the guidelines put forth in the "Teen" rating by the ESRB. You may not use a signature as a method of evading other rules in the TOS. Signatures will be examined at a resolution of 1024x768 by the forum Moderators. All signatures must conform to the following standards:

- You may use any combination of graphics and text
- The total height of the signature area must be less than 250px
- Total graphics file size must not exceed 90kb

Please test your signature by sending yourself a Private Message. Do not use our public forum to test your signatures.


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Embedded Images
The size of the image may not be larger than 190KB. Similar to signatures (above), embedded images must not be lewd, depict scantily clad women or men or be used to evade any other rules in the TOS.


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Moved Posts
Posts may be moved for a number of reasons, but primarily, it is because they were posted in the wrong forum. If you can't find a post where it was originally posted, try looking in a more appropriate forum.


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Private Messages
These are considered the equivalent of forum posts. The same rules regarding harassment, profanity, racism, cheats, pornography, etc. apply to private messages as they do for public posts. Private messages from Moderators are logged, so before you complain about Moderator harassment via private message, make sure you clearly understand what the Moderator was trying to tell you.


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Reports
Reports let Moderators know that there is an issue with a thread, post, or member. Post reporting is a way to let the Moderators know they should look at a post. Each report is handled (normally within an hour) by a Moderator. If your report didn't result in any visible action, don't worry - we are taking care of it. Please use the Report button on the post that you wish to report, not just any post in the thread (that makes it easier for us to find it).


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Avatars
The avatars that we provide for public use are the only authorized forum avatars. The use of any other avatar is considered hacking and will be punished by immediate banning. The following are examples of official avatars you can find in our forums:


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AACMs
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America`s Army Community Managers (AACMs) are representatives and ambassadors to America`s Army. They are in many ways the conduit between the community and the Army Game Team. AACMs work in forum administration, website support, IRC administration, documentation, community relations and event support. AACMs are uniquely qualified gaming enthusiasts, and are selected from amongst the ranks of our gaming community. Consider AACMs our 'boots on the ground' in our community.


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Volunteer Community Managers
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Assisting the AACM team are the Volunteer Community Managers (VCM). This group is composed of dedicated America`s Army enthusiasts who each have an expert, in-depth understanding of their area of responsibility. VCM`s ensure that America`s Army network systems remain fully functional and that the Moderators and Support Volunteers are kept up-to-date with critical America`s Army information allowing them to provide the highest level of support possible.


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Moderators
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The primary responsibility of our moderators is to do just that: moderate. The mission of our volunteer Moderators is similar to that of LP/OPs. They provide 'security & harmony' over our forum by scanning posts, ensuring that posts are made in the proper location and that the content of the posts are appropriate. Frequently, Moderators will edit posts (look for the [Edited for TOS violation] marker), move threads, and lock threads.If you post content that violates the TOS, a moderator will warn you. Do not post complaints about warnings you have received in the forums. Contact an AACM if you disagree with any warnings you were given. In the event that you do not heed a warning, they will pass you to an AACM, who will take appropriate action (up to and including a ban).

As most know, a forum is only as good as its Forum Moderators. Remember: our Forum Moderators - like most - are dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. Please remember to be kind!


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Volunteers
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Our Volunteer staff assists the community with a wide range of tasks from various support issues to training to game-play issues. Most Volunteers are AA-IRC staff, though several are also Forum Moderators or contribute to the Online Game Manual wiki website.

These dedicated individuals devote countless hours per week helping others in the community fully enjoy their America's Army experience. If you encounter one of our Volunteers and they assist you, be sure to say thanks for all their hard work.


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Developers
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Our Game Developers frequent this Forum. From time to time, you may see them post (hint: they monitor our 'Feedback' forum).


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Pragmatic Solutions
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Pragmatic Solutions provides America`s Army with Honor services for game servers, tracking player statistics, and maintaining the Master Browser System.


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Open Door Policy
The 'Open Door Policy' is a tradition in our Armed Forces. This policy is intended to allow directed access to the Company Commander without fear of reprisal. Similarly, we've got an Open Door Policy here, too. If you have a question or concern that you don't feel was adequately addressed by a Moderator, you are encouraged to contact an AACM: aacm@americasarmy.com.

Thank you, and enjoy our Forums!


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