Battlefield Forum Rules and Guidelines

EA_Alexander
65 postsMember, Administrator, Battlefield 4, Battlefield, Battlefield 1, BF1IncursionsAlpha
edited November 1
We want the forums to be the best place to visit and discuss all things Battlefield. Anyone should be comfortable making a post, sharing their thoughts and ideas as well as interacting with other players.

To make sure the forums are a great place to visit there’s a few rules we need you to keep in mind.

We like to keep it simple, so here’s the short form:
  • Be kind, respectful, and polite.
  • Search for an answer to your question or an idea you might want to share before you post a new thread.
  • Don't ask the same question over and over again.
  • Make relevant posts in other discussions and give relevant answers to the questions other players ask.
  • Don’t post personal info. That means your home address, email address, phone number, credit card details, EA account details, or CD-keys/Product Codes.
  • Follow the EA User Agreement.
  • Report abuse to an EA Community Manager or a moderator. You can click the report button on any offending post.

Not sure if it’s following the rules? Check out the official EA Forum Rules & Guidelines below and the EA User Agreement. You can also ask an EA Community Manager.
EA Forum Rules & Guidelines

Our forum staff monitors posts. If posts don’t follow our rules and guidelines, we might remove them. We may also take action, including bans, on any player that continuously breaks the rules.

Dos and Don’ts
Here’s a breakdown for what to do and what not to do here on EA Forums.

Dos
  • Post in the right place. To give you an example: posts in the Battlefield 1 PC Community should relate to a discussion around the PC version of the game. We might move or remove posts in the wrong place.
  • Use the search feature to see if there’s already a thread for anything you want to discuss. If there is, use it instead of making a new one. Try to include all your points in a single place.
  • Be accurate. Make sure the title of your thread matches what your post is about.
  • Keep it on-topic. If someone created a thread, it’s because they’re looking for an answer to their question. Changing the topic of the thread isn’t helpful.
  • Keep it game-related. We’re not here to debate politics or religion, so keep the conversation about our games.
  • Keep it appropriate. Players of all ages see EA Forums. Make sure that any images you use are in line with the EA Forum Rules & Guidelines and the EA User Agreement.
  • Be patient. Keep track of your thread using bookmarks or by subscribing to the thread. Other players will post in your thread when they are interested or have an answer for you.
  • Be polite and kind. Respect others even if they have a different opinion. If you disagree with someone, you are free to do so politely, but please don't make it personal. Respect also means you never harass, embarrass, or threaten other players.

Don’ts
Doing something on this list often can get you suspended, or sometimes even banned.
  • Write posts using ALL CAPS or extra-large font. This is like shouting at someone on a forum. And nobody likes being YELLED AT!!
  • Use repeated symbols, multiple exclamation marks, or multiple question marks. Again, nobody likes being YELLED AT!!
  • Post blank or “no text” messages. We can’t help you if we don’t know what the problem is!
  • Call out Community Managers and Officials. Be cool, folks. We know you want to grab our attention, but good thread titles like the above will help you get our attention much easier.
  • Petition. Petitions do not contribute to a useful and productive forum.
  • Cheat. Level up your forum account just like you would level up in one of our games, by participating and not by cheating. Any threads posted to boost points or otherwise influence your forum rank directly will be closed.
  • Bump threads or PMs over and over again. This goes hand-in-hand with spamming and flooding. "Bumping" a thread is when someone posts "bump" or anything similar in their thread to keep it on the first page of threads. Bumps are not allowed on the forums, unless in the recruitment section of the forums, where only 4 bumps are allowed within the 24 hour period.
  • Necroposting. Reviving, updating or bumping old, outdated and irrelevant threads is not helpful for our community. It's best to check when the thread was created before you hit post, just to make sure it's not 2 years old.
  • Post personal information. Forum posts are visible to everyone and can show up in search engine results. Protect the privacy of yourself and others.
  • Be inappropriate. That means no “sexting” or other explicit posts.
  • Be rude. No matter what your feelings are about other people, the EA Forums aren’t the place to attack another person. That includes public figures, EA employees, or other forum users.
  • Chat about the way we moderate the forums. Our moderators are here to keep this place safe and helpful for everyone. Discussing the way they do things is not okay.
  • Impersonate anybody. This includes moderators, EA/DICE employees, other forum members, celebrities, or anyone else. If you use a screen name that has the words "DICE", "EA," "“Community Manager,” “Admin,” or "Moderator" that is considered impersonation. It also includes simulating privileges of forum accounts with a higher level rank.
  • Abusing the report feature on the forums. Please use it to report threads that break forum rules. You might get a suspension if used inappropriately.
  • Spam or flood boards. That means don’t post disruptive numbers of messages and images, including posting the same message in multiple forums, or sending the same PM multiple times.
  • Curse or swear. Don’t try to get away with it by using symbols in place of letters, too. We all k*** what you’re trying to s**.
  • Bully. Online bullying is against the rules. Bullying is a one-stop-shop to getting banned from the forums. Your gaming account will also be reviewed. Bullying can include:
    • Personal defamation
    • Naming and shaming
    • Gossiping about other people
    • Make false claims to EA/DICE staff. It’s not cool to lie. Don’t do it.
    • Flame.Flaming is intentionally posting hurtful, insulting, or harassing messages to or about other people.
    • Advertise. For anything: pay-to-play gaming sites, products or items for sale, referral links or advert links/images in forum signatures, avatar posts, blogs, profiles, you name it! But feel free to link to free gaming fan sites and free-to-enter league sites.

Don’ts that can get you banned right away
These are more serious don’ts. That means if you do something from this list, we might ban you right away.
  • Link to pirated and/or harmful content, like Trojan horses or adult-themed things. That’s not allowed and will result in account action.
  • Be a troll. Trolling is deliberately posting sarcastic, off topic, or rude things to start a fight.
  • Do anything illegal. That includes:
  • Identity theft
  • Identity fraud
  • "Swatting”
  • Doxxing
  • Stalking
  • Making personal threats
  • Blackmail and extortion
  • Flame bait. That means no:
  • Obscenity
  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Politics, religion, or lobbyism
  • Threatening to start a law suit against EA

Actions with Zero-Tolerance
Do any of these things and your account will face immediate action:
  • Talking about illegal activities. This includes software piracy, “hacks,” “torrents,” game "cracks," and more. See that happening on the boards? Report it directly to moderators or EA Community Manager.
  • Posting anything that references adult materials. This includes linking to adult-themed mods for games. We’ve got young gamers on here, too.
  • Asking for or giving out CD-Keys/Product Codes. Missing the code for your game? Head to help.ea.com to contact us.
  • Sharing accounts. Sharing accounts will get you banned.
  • Posting copyrighted material. This includes images as well as text from game guides. If you don’t own it, don’t post it.
  • Creating more than one forum account. Accounts created for inappropriate or unauthorized reasons will be banned.
  • Selling / Promoting / Gambling. These are all against our User Agreement. Any posts that discuss these topics will be removed, and the user will receive a temporary ban. Repeat offenders will receive a permanent ban.
  • Posting real-life threats. The EA Forums are a safe space. Threatening other players is not okay.

Images, avatars, and signatures
A lot of our rules about images, avatars, and signatures are the same as our Dos and Don’ts. But just to make sure it’s clear, here’s what you can and can’t do.

You can:
  • keep it tidy, with up to three lines of text
  • keep it clean, with appropriate images for all ages
  • make your own images.

But don’t:
  • make it too long. The longer the signature, the more cluttered the boards will get. Limit your signature to three lines or less. Unless someone from the Forum Team has given you permission, keep it short.
  • include religious or political content. Keep it on-topic.
  • use racist, hateful, controversial, or illegal content.
  • link to pirated and/or harmful content, like Trojan horses or adult-themed things. That’s not allowed and will result in account action.

Reporting potential cheaters

Origin
  • Open your Friends List.
  • Click the Add a Friend button.
  • Search for the ID of the user you want to report.
  • Click on their name to open the user's Profile.
  • Click Report User and tell us what sort of problem you're having.
  • In-game – View the player’s profile from the Scoreboard during the game or at End of Round.
  • Click "Report User" on their profile and tell us what sort of problem you're having.

To report an offensive emblem:
  • In-game, select the Report button beside the player’s emblem in the killcard.
  • In the companion, select the Report button beside the player’s emblem on their profile.

If you can, include this information:
  • The screen name, Gamertag, PlayStation™Network Online ID, or ID of the offender.
  • A screenshot of the action as it happens.
  • A screenshot of the main score screen.

More information on how to report cheaters in different games can be found here.

I've been banned from posting on the forums - what now?

Take a break, go for a walk or play some games – it’s not a big deal. We’re not mad at you; you just need a break. Keep in mind that discussing moderation is against our rules.

Make sure you check all the forum rules above. If you think you’ve been banned by mistake, get in touch with our Terms of Service team by emailing lets_talk@ea.com.
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