Don’t be disruptive- This means no spamming, no trolling, no flaming, no inappropriate content, no platform wars, no backseat moderating, no racist slurs, and other such behavior detrimental to conversation. It means that when you disagree with someone, you discuss your differences in a calm and civil manner and take the matter to private message should it begin to interfere with or derail conversation in the thread. In short, don’t be a jerk.
Be constructive- Instead of repeating a well-known meme, create or write something original! Avoid posting responses that don’t do much to further the conversation, especially if that response involves popular images or phrases. Talk about the games, not the other people: nothing spoils a thread more than personal comments about the people whose thoughts you disagree with or dislike. Please try to avoid hyperbole and exaggeration.
Stay on topic- Keep focused! If it doesn’t have anything to do with the main topic of the thread, don’t bring it up. If necessary, make a new thread or take the matter to private message.
Be respectful- At the Gearbox Software Forums, we ask that you treat your fellow forum members with respect. Be more polite than you think you need to be. Manners cost nothing, but they are extremely valuable here! Disparaging comments towards other members, moderators, Gearbox and its affiliates will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic insults, insults relating to disabilities, or shaming of any kind aimed at any person or persons. If you can’t say something that contributes to a thread and is tactful, useful, or relevant, it’s best that you don’t post. If you feel a moderator is acting inappropriately, please contact a different moderator or the Community Manager (@MereAtGBX) via private message.
The rules apply to everyone, all of the time: no exceptions. It doesn’t matter who you are, how long you’ve been around, or what you’ve previously posted; if you post in a way that breaches these guidelines, you’ll receive the same consequences that anyone else would. Neither anger nor frustration grant special posting privileges. Ranting, insulting, spiteful, overly emotional, or sarcastic posts are less likely to result in a positive response than calm, reasoned, and sincere ones. You do have a voice here, so say things that will constructively add to the conversation.
Do not post scans or illegally obtained / distributed materials or discuss piracy- These topics are strictly forbidden. Don’t talk about piracy. Don’t post about pirated or illegally obtained / distributed materials in any capacity. Don’t post pirated or illegally obtained / distributed materials. Don’t ask how to obtain pirated or illegally distributed materials, and don’t provide instructions on how to do so. This includes but is not limited to magazine scans, illegally obtained software, and other copyrighted materials.
You only have one account- Each user is allowed one account. Use it wisely. Multiple accounts, as well as accounts registered solely for advertising, are not permitted.
Spam- It should go without saying, but no spam.
Report troublesome posts- If you see someone violating these rules, let us know by clicking the “Flag” button ( ) in the lower right-hand corner of their post.
Note: We reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. These rules are subject to change at any time.