Code of Conduct
When interacting on Evolve--both the website and using the client--we have a set of basic rules we ask all players follow. Failing to follow the rules repeatedly, despite warnings, will result in temp and permanent bans. In certain cases, bans may take place with no warning. We know gamers like to trash talk (we're gamers after all), but there are lines that can be crossed that turn the community in to a place only trolls enjoy. We're not about to let that happen to Evolve.
Do not post links to warez, scene releases, keygens, or otherwise promote piracy. Even games that suck don't deserve to be pirated. We don't care if you're a poor student, you're just demoing the game, or you want to stick it to that big evil publishing company. Promotion of piracy will typically result in an immediate temp or permanent ban on first infraction.
Do not use racial slurs or insult people based on their ethnicity. Your own race isn't superior to anyone else's race. Don't take out your bigotry on others. Single incidents of racism or the use of racial slurs will result in warnings and content removal. Repeated incidents of racism or the use of racial slurs will result in a permanent ban with no chance for appeal.
Do not create sock puppets to circumvent bans or hide from moderators. In cases where moderators have assessed your account to be a sock puppet with the intent to circumvent a ban or hide from moderators, all accounts under your control will be immediately and permanently banned.
Do not create doppelgangers. In cases where moderators have assessed your account to be a spoof of another account with the intent to abuse or imitate the legitimate account, other players, or Evolve staff, your account will be permanently banned with no chance for appeal.
Do not insult people based on their gender. Much like your race, your own gender isn't superior to anyone else's gender. Don't take out your sexism on others. Single incidents of sexism will result in warnings and content removal. Repeated incidents of sexism will result in a permanent ban with no chance for appeal.
Do not insult or degrade religious beliefs. Atheist? Christian? Hindu? Jewish? Muslim? Something else? Unsurprisingly, not everyone else is. Don't insult or degrade your own religion, lack of religion, the religions of others, or others' lack of religion.
Do not use references to homosexuality as a way to express hatred, frustration, or disagreement. Using gay, fag, etc outside of honest discussions about actual homosexuality has no place on Evolve. The fact that you might be straight doesn't mean "ur gay" is some sort of clever insult. Single incidents of homophobia will result in warnings and content removal. Repeated incidents of homophobia will result in a permanent ban with no chance for appeal.
Do not post or link to sexually explicit images or text. The internet might be 90% pornography. But Evolve is part of the 10% that isn't porn. Keep it that way. Posting pornography will result in an immediate permanent ban with no chance for appeal.
Do not engage in trolling. Do not repeatedly feed trolls. What defines trolling? It's a gray area. Maybe you didn't think you were trolling, but a moderator did. Sorry, life's just not fair sometimes. So don't troll. And the only way to stop other trolls is to ignore them. Trolls feed off of making other people annoyed. You're smarter than the troll. Just back away.
Do obey all moderator and administrator requests. If you are being asked to refrain from a given behavior by a moderator or member of the Evolve staff, please do. We're busy and don't like wasting our time. Repeatedly ignoring our requests is a great way to be temporarily or permanently banned.
TLDR Don't be stupid. Don't be a jerk. Do listen to moderators and staff.