Forum Code of Conduct

The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Your access to these forums is a “privilege,” and not a “right.” Couch Cushion Critics reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines.

We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category:

Racial / Ethnic

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Promote racial/ethnic hatred


  • Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur


  • Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be temporarily banned from the forums


  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums


Extreme Sexuality / Violence

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts


  • Refer to extremely violent real life actions


  • Pornography


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be permanently banned from the forums


Real-Life Threats

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Refer to violence in any capacity


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be temporarily banned from the forums


  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums


Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information

This category includes:

  • Releasing any real-life information about other members or Couch Cushion Critics members


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be permanently banned from the forums


Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual/romantic orientation or gender identity/expression (male, female, trans-gender, bi-gender, pangender, genderfluid, agender or any non-binary identity not listed) pertaining to themselves or other members


If a player is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be temporarily banned from the forums


  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums


​Spoilers

  • This category includes movies or television that have been released recently.  Within reason, SPOILER tags should always be used for fairly recent movies or episodes of TV shows. 

  • SPOILER tags should be placed both in the title of the post and at the very top of the post. 

IF a member is found to have posted spoiler without proper warning:

  • they may be temporarily banned from posting.  

  • If they continue to post without using proper spoiler warnings they may be permanently banned.  

  • Outcome will be at Couch Cushion Critics discretion.

Posting Trojan Horses or any other Type of Malicious Programs or Links

This category includes:

  • Posting links to malicious viruses / programs


  • If you would like to report information regarding posting of malicious programs or links to Couch Cushion Critics, email here couchcushioncritics@gmail.com.  Do not post it to the forums.


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be permanently banned from the forums


Impersonating a Couch Cushion Critics member or admin

This category includes:

  • Passing yourself off as a Couch Cushion Critics admin to post false information


If a player is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums


Obscene / Vulgar

This category includes both clear and masked language in posts, signatures, and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions


  • Are pornographic in nature


If a player is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


While these repercussions may seem harsh, we feel very strongly that this behavior has no place on the forums due to its extremely offensive and inappropriate nature.

Inappropriate Language

This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions


  • Are otherwise considered objectionable


  • Bypass the Mature Language filter


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Harassing or Defamatory Comments

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Insultingly refer to other members or other Couch Cushion Critics admin, or groups of people


  • Result in ongoing harassment to other members, Couch Cushion Critic admin, or groups of people


If a player is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific member with harassment can lead to more severe action. The idea behind this is to prevent any one member from consistently being uncomfortable in the forums.

Major Religions or Religious Figures

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Negatively portray major religions or religious figures


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


National

This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Promote national hatred


  • Are recognized as national slurs


  • Allude to symbols of national hatred


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Illegal Drugs or Activities

This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:

  • Reference to abusing illegal drugs


  • Reference to performing illegal activities


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Spamming or Trolling

This category includes:

  • Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or nonsensical words or phrases


  • Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums


  • Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters


  • Making non-constructive posts


  • Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages


  • Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Creating Duplicate Threads

This category includes:

  • Creating threads about existing topics


  • Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one forum


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


Cross Linking Threads

This category includes:

  • Linking to threads from other forums


  • Creating threads with the sole purpose of linking another post


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums


Advertising

This category includes advertisement of:

  • Any non-beneficial, non-Couch Cushion Critics related businesses, organizations, or websites


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


 Discussing Disciplinary Actions

This category includes:

  • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a member, including chat logs and email correspondence between a member and an admin


  • Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a member or account on the forums


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity


​​

Circumventing a Suspension / Ban

This category includes:

  • Posting on another account


  • Having someone post on your behalf


If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

  • Be permanently banned from posting on the forums


IMPORTANT

  • Repeatedly violating any area of the Couch Cushion Critics Forum Code of Conduct, including the areas detailed above, will often result in permanent banishment from the forums.


  • This policy is not language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether it is inappropriate in English or any other language.


Updated 08/06/2021