In-game Rules and Guidelines
If any rules are broken, the punishment depends on the severity and repeat offenses:
Generally you will first receive a warning, or multiple;
Then you may be muted - which means all chatting privileges are revoked;
Eventually, you may be temporarily banned, meaning you cannot access the in-game account at all for a brief period of time;
Or even permanently banned, meaning you cannot access the in-game account at all.
In some cases you may be banned from MerkScape on all accounts and future accounts.
If you see a user breaking the rules, tell our staff members and report the rule breaker in further detail, with evidences of the rule break, like a screenshot or a video.
Make a habit of two things - help, or at least, don't cause any harm.
Please do not type in all caps, as that is generally considered yelling/spamming.
Do not spam, this is generally very annoying to other players.
Bullying in the game is NOT permitted.
Racist, offensive and sexist comments are not permitted.
The MerkScape Staff Team
Moderators and administrators of the game are to be respected at all times. Even if they are outside of their jurisdiction, they are still distinguished MerkScape users and disrespect towards them will not be tolerated.
If you feel that a moderator/helper is acting inappropriately, do not make posts about it, or attempt to take justice into your own hand. PM the appropriate community liaison (Staff Manager - Merk) and he will judge on any inappropiate actions.
Do not expect an instantaneous response from all the moderators and administrators. Moderating the game is not their entire life and they might be busy with something else. Unspecific requests, questions about merchanting and unrespectful/private questions might not be answered.
Inappropriate activity - If in doubt as to whether something is suitable, contact a moderator or administrator first!
I. Offensive language will not be tolerated and will be punished.
While certain words may not be offensive to you, please be considered of the fact that those same words may have a completely different meaning and effect on someone else, or could be used in a harmful or hateful manner.
Additionally, words that are primarily used to belittle, humiliate, defame, threaten, cause embarrassment, are sexual, suggestive in nature, vulgar, obscene, graphic, profane, defamatory, abusive, hateful, bigoted, or otherwise offensive, must be avoided on an on-going basis as they are seen to be used in a negative manner.
This includes, but is not limited to: Statements, words, usernames that are, or refer to, sexual, drugs, vulgar, obscene, profane, defamatory, abusive, hateful, violent, threatening, or otherwise offensive subject matter.
Harassment, or verbal attaches to be belittle, humiliate, defame, threaten, or cause embarrassment to another Merkscape Player, Merkscape, Merkscape Founder, or any of the Merkscape game titles.
Flaming or disputing a rude or vulgar way with other players will not be tolerated.
II. Players should not cheat or indulge any dishonest behaviour.
This includes, but is not limited to: Use of third party programs or exploit of bugs. Any use of bots or third-party software will be greatly punished.
Knowingly exploiting a bug is not tolerated. If by any chance you find mistakes or bugs in the Merkscape gameplay, report them on the appropriate board (Bug Reports).
Encouragement of other players into rule breaking is not permitted and both players will receive punishment.
Advertising other websites
Advertising other websites are not allowed. No links may be posted.
This includes, but is not limited to any non-MerkScape related businesses, organizations, websites, or forums.
Advertising third-party websites for MerkScape that are not hosted by MerkScape is not permitted. This includes fanwebsites made by MerkScape players, websites that require your MerkScape username and password to log in.
Regarding Merkscape accounts or goods
The Merkscape player accounts are created for their own purpose, and are not to be given to other players use, free or paid.
Giving away accounts or asking for an account is not allowed.
Sharing or trading an Merkscape account with somebody else (family, friends, anyone else) is not advised!
The Merkscape gameplay goods are for inside marketing and benefits.
Impersonating a user/staff member - Impersonating Merkscape users or staff members is not permitted.
Moderator Note: Merkscape staff members can be differentiated from regular players by their game crown, which is different according to their titles (Moderators have silver crowns / Administrators have yellow crowns). They may hide these crowns from players, but will always show it when it is needed for moderating actions.
Account, password, bank PIN or trade scamming attempts are not permitted!
This includes, but is not limited to: Asking for or providing personal information such as full names, home address, e-mail address, ages, telephone numbers, bank details, personal pictures.
Discussing, planning or advocating illegal activity of any kind.
Do not share your private information with somebody you meet online, no matter how trustworthy or honest they seem.
Moderator Note: Private information of other members must NOT be released without their permission.
Threatening - Threatening, such as banning, is not permitted! This is not limited to just hacking and banning threats.
Moderator Note: The Merkscape staff team is reserving the right to threaten users if needed, without further consequences.
Always make sure you prevent getting scammed by checking the trade or stake carefully.
Please remember not to enter your login information to a website resembling these forums unless the url is https://merkscape.com/forums/
Users may send various scam private messages or game chat messages. These PMs link the receivers to a website closely resembling the forums or Merkscape website, but this website infact logs the information put in so that the owner can steal said members' Merkscape accounts.
Do not loan your items to anyone, it always comes with the risk of being scammed.
Moderator Note: If you receive one of these PMs, please take a screenshot of it, and send a link to this screenshot to any available moderator. They will take appropriate action.
Failure to follow the aforementioned rules above may result in your account being banned from Merkscape In some cases, the ban will be temporary, sometimes in combination with a skill stat reset. Repeat offenders may receive a permanent ban, and some cases may result in a permanent ban immediately.
Offensive language - Offensive language, including racist and sexist comments and general offensive language may be punished with a (temporarily) mute on your account.
Autoing - Using an automated script, macro, or any type of third-party software in order to generate specific game benefits is forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to autotalking and autoclicking. Anyone suspected for botting will receive a skill reset (if a skill was autoed) and a temporarily or permanent ban if repeat offender.
Scamming - We have no tolerance for people who try to take other users' assets with get-rich-quick schemes, promises of rare items, or deceptive exchanges. Running any type of scam, including but not limited to trade scams, gambling, 'fake' merching or stake scams, is strictly prohibited.
Hacking - We define it as unauthorized access to another user's account. This includes accessing an account that does not belong to you, or profiting from items taken from a hacked account. Attempts to hack, such as trying to obtain another user's password, will also lead to your account being banned.
In case of hacking due to voluntarily account sharing of the original user, both users will be punished for account sharing and no items will be returned.
Offgame trading - buying or selling Merkscape goods or accounts for non-Merkscape related goods or accounts (or vice versa) is not allowed.
Advertising - any attempt to advertise or promote any non-Merkscape content is strictly forbidden and will result in a permanent account banishment. This includes, but is not limited to non-Merkscape related businesses, websites or other private servers.
Impersonating - Any attempts to act like another player or staff member is not allowed. You can face a temporarily or permanent ban for this.
Bug abuse - Using a bug to your own benefit is strictly prohibited. All items, experience or other benefits gained will be deleted and your account will be temporarily or permanently suspended. This includes but is not limited to: glitching, noclipping, duping. You can report bugs at the Bug reports forum board, however if the bug can be exploited do not post it publicly but pm a staff member!
Official clan chats (Merkscape) - Only permitted language is english.
Moderator Note: Be aware that if your account is banned, you will no longer be able to access your Merkscape account, items or skills that you worked for, nor are you eligible for any Merkscape 'extra' benefit that you might have purchased on your suspended account.
Not heeding, or ignoring, admin/moderator requests or warnings will lead to actions against your account.
If deemed necessary by Merkscape staff, community members found responsible for offensive activity or attempts to circumvent the rules may be suspended or their punishment might be extended.
These rules are non exhaustive and it is ultimately up to the staff members to decide.