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The following is the chat policy for the chatroom (and Skype) at Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.
- A. General (revised May 20, 2017)
- 1. All policies in this general section apply to all ESB-related chat rooms: ESB chatroom on Fandom and Skype chat rooms including "SpongeBobia Chatroom," "ESB Chat Moderators," "ESB Administrators," and "ESB Bureaucrats."
- 2. All ESB policies and Fandom policies apply in the ESB Chatroom and all ESB Skype chat rooms including "SpongeBobia Chatroom," "ESB Chat Moderators," "ESB Administrators," and "ESB Bureaucrats."
- 3. Abusing communication tools is forbidden. This includes blank messages, gibberish, and other examples listed here.
- a. Do not make words by spreading them out into multiple messages.
- b. Writing anything else that is abusing communication tools can result in a kick or ban by the discretion of the banning moderator or administrator in a Skype chat room.
- 4. English is the preferred language in the chatroom. It is recommended to not use other languages. Using other languages to spam, troll, or to swear is not allowed.
- 5. Trolling is forbidden.
- a. If anyone is disturbing the chat room environment and not providing anything useful to the conversation which may be considered trolling, chat moderators and administrators can ban the user from chat immediately. In Skype, users continuing to troll will receive a kick. Administrators can block them infinitely from ESB at their discretion if they feel the user does not provide any positive engagement to the community.
- b. Anyone trolling in the ESB chat room will result in an immediate ban. The administration may infinitely block the user from ESB.
- 6. Profanity
- a. Profanity, including use as an acronym or censored, except for the words "damn" and "hell," which are allowed if they are used in context and not against another user, is forbidden.
- b. Any use of profanity (except hell and damn) after a user is issued a warning will immediately result in a temporary ban from chat.
- 7. Be respectful toward all users, their views, and their opinions. Do not discriminate against or harass anyone. Doing so can result in a kick or ban by the discretion of the moderator.
- 8. Posing as a user of a higher position than you is forbidden.
- 9. Posting anything inappropriate or links to inappropriate sites is forbidden. This includes linking to content not suitable for children under the age of 13, notably sexual content. The chatroom is to remain clean.
- 10. Asking users for personal information (age, phone numbers, addresses, ASL (age/sex/location), religious beliefs, etc.) is forbidden.
- 11. If you are going to exchange social networking information (Skype, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), do it in a private message.
- 12. Arguing or getting into a heated debate is forbidden. Friendly, civil debates are allowed.
- 13. Creating drama is forbidden.
- 14. Refrain from saying things that are not useful to the conversation and continue to interrupt those having a conversation. If more than one person is doing this, those people must take the conversation somewhere else.
- 1. The policies in this section apply to the ESB Chatroom on Fandom.
- 2. Specific rules
- a. Chat flooding (coming in and out of chat) is forbidden. Anyone flooding chat shall be kicked. It is understandable if you have a bad connection, but note you may be kicked to stop the flooding. Anyone doing this on purpose shall be temporarily banned.
- b. Chat invasions (inviting a large group to chat, normally to troll and/or spam) are forbidden.
- c. ChatTags are also enabled on ESB's chatroom. You may have fun with them, but you may not misuse them. i.e., using colors for every message you send.
- d. All moderator orders must be obeyed unless said otherwise by an administrator or someone of higher power.
- e. Abusing the chatbot (username: SpongeBobiaChatBot) is forbidden. It is okay to have a little fun with the chatbot sometimes, but if it gets excessive, a chat moderator can kick or ban you at their discretion.
- 3. Underage users
- a. It is against Fandom policy for a person under the age of 13 to use Fandom. It is against ESB policy for persons under the age of 13 to reveal their age.
- b. Any user who is underage or claims to be underage will not be blocked or banned.
- c. All underage users will be dealt with by Fandom Staff, not by ESB staff.
- 4. Moderators
- a. All discussion moderators, administrators, and bureaucrats are chat moderators. A selected few chatters are granted chat moderator status because they are active in chat and trusted to keep the peace.
- b. Kicking or banning users for no reason is forbidden.
- c. Any abuse of chat moderator powers will result in immediate demotion. Any continued abuse may result in a block.
- d. Chat moderators have no jurisdiction over what happens in a private message. If someone bothers you, ignore them. There is no definite way to prove what is in a private message.
- e. There is a hierarchy in the chatroom. Chat moderators are outranked by discussion moderators, discussion moderators are outranked by administrators, and administrators are outranked by bureaucrats. Therefore, if a user is breaking a rule in chat, the users highest in command will deal with them. If they are unresponsive, the responsibility goes down the chain of hierarchy.
- C. Skype chat rooms (revised May 20, 2017)
- 1. The policies in this section apply to the ESB chat rooms on Skype.
- 2. Adding users
- a. Any user is allowed to add other users to the chat. However, users can only be added if they are:
- i. A current member of ESB. Users who have retired from ESB, left Fandom altogether, or are inactive (with the exception of chat moderators, discussion moderators, administrators, and bureaucrats) are not allowed into the Skype chat.
- ii. The user is not blocked from ESB or Fandom (meaning they are not globally blocked from the network). Users who are unable to edit on the wiki or even enter the chat room are not to be allowed into the Skype chat rooms.
- 3. Kicking policy
- a. Kicking users from the Skype is much different from being kicked in the regular Fandom chatroom. When a user is kicked from the ESB Skype, they cannot come back in until another user adds them back.
- b. Users who are kicked can then be immediately added back unless they misbehave again and are kicked once more.
- c. If a user has received a third kick from an administrator, they will not be allowed back into the Skype for twenty-four (24) hours. If the user is added back but continues to misbehave, then they will be kicked from the Skype for seven (7) days. Any users who continues to misbehave even after those kicks will receive longer kicks from the Skype depending on the severity of their actions.
- d. Do not add back any user who is kicked from the Skype until after their ban expires.
- i. Any user attempting to add users back before their ban expires will receive a kick themselves unless otherwise stated.
- e. Make sure to listen to the Skype administrators. Any user who ignores warnings will be temporarily kicked from the Skype.
- D. Reporting (revised December 18, 2016)
- 1. If you see anything in the chatroom that is a violation of any policies, please report it.
- 2. You can report it to the following places: