Tsk, Tsk, TskYesterday, some rule revisions came down the pipelines. Corporate decided to update the current policies to make penalties for breaking rules more clear.
In order to help players, they also included a variety of helpful tips on how you should act in game and what actions can be considered both appropriate and inappropriate.
Communication With Other Players
It's easy for misunderstandings to happen between people who are far way. In order to maintain a friendly environment, please keep the following in mind:
* It never hurts to be polite.
* When giving advice, remember that a little kindness can go a long way.
* Try to foster an accommodating atmosphere.
* If it's not appropriate in everyday life, it's probably not appropriate online either.
* Try not to let personal information about yourself and others slip out.
* Using language not acceptable in a public venue.
* Any language that condemns any race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
* Any language that is purposely meant to harm or harass a third party.
* Any group formed for the purpose of harassing a player or players.
* Any action that deliberately causes a monster to attack another player character, or MPK-related action.
* Holding a Notorious Monster without attacking it while other players are waiting.
* Deliberately interrupting a conversation or chat session by spamming the log window or other such actions.
* Sending unwanted items to another player through the delivery box.
* Group actions that block access and impede other players' movements within the game.
* Any action that keeps another player from completing a quest or mission.
* Examining other players continuously to disrupt their gameplay.
* Consistently depriving other players of the chance to enjoy combat over an extended period of time.
* Any other action that is determined by a GM to cause a disruption in gameplay.
Defined as any action to defraud another player with the intent to gain items or gil for personal profit.
Game Balance Issues
* Any use of a program that is not officially sanctioned by Square Enix.
* Controlling a player character through use of a program or machine that is not officially sanctioned by Square Enix.
* ANY use of third-party programs, regardless of benefit.
* Selling items or accounts to gain money in the real world, or other RMT-related actions.
These are incredibly important, incredibly helpful pieces of advice that any FFXI player should be aware of.
These are great rules.
The funny part is that this shit is so freaking terribly obvious. It saddens me to no end that we even have to explain this to players.
What are you? New?
How in the hell can anyone on our planet not understand these most basic rules of social interaction?
Basically, these rules could have been summarized much more efficiently.
Don't be a dick.
Those are also good rules.
Hell, these are good rules for life, in general.
I think the entire ToS should be rewritten as a single sentence:
Don't be a dick.
Or, more directly:
Don't be a dick or a very angry, possibly drunk GM will appear and feed you to a large purple dragon.
Don't you think that is much clearer to a player?
We wouldn't have to worry about 24 hour suspensions or 72 hour suspensions.
If you act like a dick, for any reason, you get fed to a dragon.
Hell, I'm going to call corporate.
This is a great idea.