Magic-League Channel Rules
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Magic-League strives to provide an inclusive environment for its members, including in the chat rooms Magic-League hosts. These rules aim to facilitate positive interactions with users, whilst discouraging negative interactions.

Magic-League operates the following channels on behalf of the Magic-League community:

  • #magic-league
  • #draft4you
  • #judges4you
  • #master

Magic-League channels are moderated by channel operators and Magic-League staff. Channel operators have either an @, or % symbol next to their name. Magic-League staff members have either a ~ or & symbol next to their name. Channel operators and Magic-League staff enforce the channel rules.

  • English is the language Magic-League channels use.
  • Be mindful of sensitivities of other users; keep explicitness to a minimum, and do not use discriminatory language.
  • Keep interactions positive; do not spam, flame, troll, or flood.
  • Keep text formatting to a minimum.
  • Colored text is restricted to judge and channel operator use only.
  • Advertising other channels on the network is limited to once per hour.
  • Do not ask judges to run tournaments.
  • Respect both your opponent and judges in #judges4you.
  • Once your questions have been answered in #judges4you, please leave the channel.
  • If more than one person will be connecting from the same location, please contact an administrator.

English is the language Magic-League channels use.


Whilst Magic-League is a linguisticly diverse community, Magic-League channels use English as the language of communication. If users wish to use languages other than English, they should join a related language channel. Examples of such channels are #mtg.es for Spanish users, and #mtg.de for German users.


Be mindful of sensitivities of other users; keep explicitness to a minimum, and do not use discriminatory language.


Whilst the majority of Magic-League members are adults, Magic-League welcomes members of all ages. As such, users may be exposed to communication from other players that requires a mature perspective to understand. As a guide, users should expect some explicit language, some suggestive or sexual language, and some language that is thematically adult in nature.

Users should refrain from excessive explicit and sexual language, and be mindful of discussing any content that is thematically adult in nature.

If a user feels as though the content of discussion in a Magic-League channel is overly explicit, sexual, or adult in nature, that user is encouraged to ask the users involved in the discussion to move the discussion to a channel not operated by Magic-League.

In addition, racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic, or other forms of discriminatory language on Magic-League are strictly forbidden.


Keep interactions positive; do not spam, flame, troll, or flood.


Magic-League encourages users to engage in robust discussion, challenge viewpoints, and provide constructive criticism to each other. The following kinds of behavior are prohibited:

  • Spamming: Gibberish text and other text which serves no communicative purpose.
  • Flaming: Intentionally attacking another user or users in a hostile or destructive manner.
  • Trolling: Intentionally provoking another user in order to gain an emotional or hostile response.
  • Flooding: Typing multiple lines in quick succession. Usually this will be either the same line repeated multiple times, or one- or two-word lines repeated a number of times.
  • Other Antisocial Behavior: This includes destructive criticism, excessive explicit language, arguing with other players, and generally engaging in behavior that negatively impacts on other players.

Keep text formatting to a minimum.


Magic-League understands that players may wish to use capitalisations, bold, italic, or underline formatting to emphasise certain words. Formatting words is acceptable, but should not be used beyond the minimum required to get your message across.

Simliarly, messages entirely in uppercase should only be used where emphasis is absolutely necessary. Messages entirely in uppercase where not providing emphasis are forbidden.


Colored text is restricted to judge and channel operator use only.


Colored text is used by judges and channel operators to provide announcements to Magic-League users. To avoid confusion, regular users are not permitted to use colored text.

For users that use scripts that inject colored text into particular phrases, those users should disable the parts of the script that come into conflict with Magic-League rules.


Advertising other channels on the network is limited to once per hour.


To prevent Magic-League channels from being flooded with advertisements for other channels, users can only advertise other channels once per hour.


Do not ask judges to run tournaments.


Asking judges to run tournaments is known as 'minibegging'. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Asking judges whether they plan on running tournaments in the near future.
  • Players mentioning their desire to play in a tournament or have a tournament run.

Judges will run tournaments if they are available to. Nagging judges to run tournaments is impolite, and frustrating for judges. For users who are desperate for tournaments, we encourage them to work towards becoming a judge on Magic-League instead.


Respect both your opponent and judges in #judges4you.


Whenever an issue arises between two users in a touranment, both users are encouraged to join #judges4you to have their dispute resolved. In order to ensure that an issue is resolved swiftly, users should:

  • Answer all questions truthfully.
  • Refrain from arguing with their opponent.
  • Refrain from attacking their opponent.

By answering questions truthfully and avoiding being drawn into arguments, judges are able to handle issues promptly and minimize the disruption to a match.

Once a ruling is made, users can appeal the ruling to a higher level judge as per the Appeals section of the Floor Rules. Users should never argue a ruling with a judge; users are welcome to return to #judges4you and seek clarification at the end of the match if they wish.


Once your questions have been answered in #judges4you, please leave the channel.


The judges in #judges4you are there to field questions from members. Once your questions have been answered, please leave the channel so that judges are aware of which players are still requiring attention.


If more than one person will be connecting from the same location, please contact a staff member.


If you are new to Magic-League and will have more than one person in the same household playing on Magic-League, please let a staff member know as soon as possible either in the chat room or via email.

Players found to have broken channel rules may be subject to any of the following actions:


Verbal Warnings


Verbal warnings are messages from a channel operator to a user that they have broken one or more of the channel rules, and further breaches may result in a kick or ban. Verbal warnings provide users with an opportunity to rectify their behavior.


Kicks


Kicking a user forcibly removes them from a channel. Kicks are used to send a stronger message to a user that they have broken one or more of the channel rules, and that without rectifying their behavior they are at risk of being banned.


Bans


Banning a user from the channel forcibly removes them from a channel and prohibits them from rejoining the chanel. Users are banned when they have failed to rectify negative behavior, and/or demonstrate a disregard for channel rules.

Users may be banned from Magic-League channels without warning for any of the following:

  • Racist, anti-semitic, or other discriminatory language.
  • History of breaking one or more channel rules, without evidence of attempting to rectify behavior.
  • Blatant disregard of channel rules.
  • Threatening other users.

Users who are banned for violating channel rules may be banned for up to 48 hours by a channel operator. In the event that a situation warrants banning a user for a longer period of time, a staff member may ban a user for any length deemed necessary for the user to understand the impact their negative behavior has on Magic-League. Users will be informed of the length of their ban either in the message accompanying the ban, or by the channel operator that administered it.

Should a user be banned from a location multiple members connect from, all of those users will be affected for the duration of the ban.

Interpretation


The intepretation of these rules is always at the discretion of channel operators and staff members.


Appeals


If a user feels that they have been wrongly banned by a channel operator, they may email the Conduct Director and make an appeal against their ban. The Conduct Director's contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.


Further Questions


If there are any further questions about the channel rules, please visit the FAQ or contact a channel operator.

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