Gamestar Mechanic Adventures Rules of Conduct
Gamestar Mechanic Adventures (“Gamestar” or the “app”) is an app offered by E-Line Media (“we” or “us”) that allows users to learn how to design video games, create games and share the games they have created. This document describes how users – we call them “mechanics” — should behave in order to do their part to build and maintain the mechanic community.
These Rules are effective as of January 1, 2016. In the future, our app or our practices may change. When we make changes, we will revise these rules to reflect the changes. We’ll post the updated version here, and we’ll notify you if we think the changes will significantly impact your use of Gamestar.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH GAMESTAR
Mechanics can do a bunch of fun and interesting things with Gamestar, and most of them fall into three categories:
You’ll start the game playing Quests. Along the way, you will play games, fix broken games and even design games of your own. As you complete challenges, you’ll collect “sprites”: avatars, enemies, blocks and other tools that serve as the building blocks for making games. You’ll also learn about designing games.
In the workshop, you can use the sprites you’ve earned to build your own games. You can edit and change games you have created and play the games you’ve made.
After you completed the first quest, if you make a game, you can publish it to Game Alley. In Game Alley, mechanics can play games created by other users and share the games they have created. You can ‘like’ other mechanics’ games to let them know their game is fun and send games you think are cool to your friends and family.
THE MECHANIC COMMUNITY
All of the users of Gamestar form a community, and we want all members of that community to help each other by working together. There are some specific rules we expect mechanics to follow, and we’ll talk about those below, but as a member of this community, there are certain things you should always remember:
The other mechanics in the community want to have a safe, fun experience. Please be respectful of the other mechanics in the community at all times. When in doubt, think about it this way: if you wouldn’t do something in front of your parents or your teacher, don’t do it in Gamestar.
As a mechanic, you have a responsibility to help to make the community a better place. If you see something in Gamestar that you believe is not OK or is against the Rules of Conduct, you should report it using the “Report” feature described below.
There are certain types of behavior that are never acceptable in Gamestar:
When in Gamestar – for example when creating usernames or making your games – you must not use inappropriate language. Inappropriate language includes:
• Curse words (profanity)
• Sexually explicit or suggestive language
• Racist language or hate speech
• References to drugs or alcohol
• Abusive language or bullying behavior
This list probably doesn’t cover every type of language that we consider inappropriate, and we may decide that something you have posted is inappropriate even if it isn’t covered by this list.
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally Identifiable Information is any information that could let another mechanic identify or contact you outside of Gamestar. Examples include:
• Your real name
• Your address
• Your telephone number
• Your birthday, age or grade level
• Your email address or instant messaging screen name
• Information about your school or other real-world places you go to
• Any information like this about your parents, brother and sisters or other family members
Sharing this kind of information is not safe, so remember:
• Never include personally identifiable information in anything you create in Gamestar.
• Never agree to contact another mechanic you’ve met outside of Gamestar (for example through email or in person) unless it is someone you already know well in real life.
• If you see personally identifiable information anywhere within Gamestar, use the ‘Report’ feature or contact us to tell us about it.
We ask for an email address when you fill out a Contact Us form so that a Gamestar team member can reply to your questions or concerns. However, we do not use this email address for any other purpose. We also may ask you to verify information about your account to make sure you really are who you say you are when we’re responding to a support request you’ve made. Gamestar staff and moderators will never ask you for personally identifiable information, so beware of anyone claiming to work for Gamestar who does. Don’t share any information with them and report the user to us right away.
Sharing Account Information
You should never share your password with anyone, including other mechanics: even if they are someone you know well in real life. And, of course, don’t ask for anyone else’s password. Gamestar staff and moderators will never ask you for your password, so beware of anyone claiming to work for Gamestar who does. Don’t share any information with them and report the user to us right away.
If you believe that another user is sharing his account or password, please report it to us right away using the ‘Report’ feature. If you believe that someone else may be using your account (for example if your password was stolen), report it to us right away.
HOW WE ENFORCE THESE RULES
The people who run Gamestar do everything we can to keep the community safe and fun. We do a few different things to try to tell when users have broken – or are in danger of breaking – the Rules of Conduct.
First, we have automated software tools that try to detect things like inappropriate language. Sometimes, these tools can catch the rule violation as soon as it happens and prevent the user from, say, creating a user name with a bad word in it. At other times, these tools may not be sure if something is ok or not. In these cases, the item is reviewed by a real person, who makes a decision about whether it really is ok or not.
Throughout Gamestar, we have placed “Report” buttons. If you come across something in Gamestar that you believe violates the Rules of Conduct, you should click the ‘Report’ button. You will be asked to complete a report describing what you saw and why you believe it is against the rules. We take these reports very seriously, and every one of them is reviewed by one of our moderators, who are trained to take appropriate action if they determine that the rules have been broken.
We created the Report tool as a way for mechanics to help us make the community a safe place. Only use it to report real cases of abuse: things that are against the rules. Don’t use the Report Abuse tool to ‘get even’ with a mechanic you don’t like when no abuse really happened. Making false reports can result in our moderators taking action against the user who made the false reports like warning them or suspending their accounts.
Lastly, our human moderators actively check in on what’s going on throughout Gamestar. They visit different areas of the site, review system records and take appropriate action if they find anything that’s not right. While they are not able to visit or review 100% of what goes on in Gamestar in this way, they may take action anywhere and at any time – even when there have been no reports or automated alerts from the system.
WHAT WE DO WHEN RULES ARE BROKEN
If our moderators decide that a rule has been broken, they are instructed to take action to correct the situation. This means that the moderator will, for example, remove a game from Game Alley if the game contains inappropriate content. When they remove things like this, the user will be notified. If a user receives this notification and would like more information, they can contact us.
Sometimes, our moderators will need to take disciplinary action against a user for breaking the rules. Our moderators decide when and what disciplinary action is needed based on how severe the rule violation was and how the mechanic has behaved in the past. Disciplinary actions may include:
• A warning letting the user know that what he did was wrong and why.
• Putting a temporary ban on the user’s account that will prevent him from logging in to Gamestar. A temporary ban might last only a day or several weeks depending on how severe the rule violation was.
• Permanently banning the user from accessing Gamestar.
We don’t like to have to take disciplinary action, and we especially don’t like having to tell mechanics that they can’t use Gamestar. We know that even responsible mechanics make mistakes sometimes, so we try to educate and warn users whenever possible if they do something against the rules. But if we have to, we will ban users who break rules in spite of repeated warnings, do things that are really bad or break the rules on purpose. We do this to keep our community the kind of place that both we and most of our users want it to be.
HOW TO CONTACT US
If you have questions or concerns regarding these Rules of Conduct, you can contact us at email@example.com form or at:
Gamestar Mechanic Adventures
c/o E-Line Media
1295 W Washington Street
Tempe, AZ 85281