Battlefield Forum Rules and Guidelines

EA_Alexander
413 postsMember, Administrator, Battlefield 4, Battlefield, Battlefield 1, BF1IncursionsAlpha, EA Community Manager
edited July 25
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.

People get the best out of forums when everyone is treated with respect and courtesy. We ask everyone to interact in a civilized manner.

The guidelines and rules below explain further the type of behavior that we expect. The guidelines are not exhaustive and moderators have full discretion to address any inappropriate behavior.

Check out the official EA Forum Rules & Guidelines below and the EA User Agreement.

Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask an EA Community Manager or Moderator.

EA Forum Rules & Guidelines

Our forum moderators monitor posts. Posts that break the rules and guidelines may be removed. Breaking the rules can also result in sanctions or bans being applied to the forum account on a case by case basis.

Dos and Don’ts
Here’s a breakdown for what to do and what not to do here on Battlefield 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 descriptive. Give as much information as you can. Name your thread "Battlefield 1 - Matchmaking issues" instead of just "Help!" That way everyone will know what you want to talk about.
  • Be accurate. Make sure the title of your thread matches what your post is about.
  • Post in the language of the forum.
  • 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 Battlefield Forums, this is true even for M rated games. Make sure that any posts or images you use are in line with the EA Forum Rules & Guidelines below 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.
  • Abuse the formatting options. Nobody likes being YELLED AT!!?!? This means, don't overuse:
    • ALL CAPS
    • Extra-large fonts
    • Repeated symbols
  • Call out Community Managers and Officials. Be cool, folks. We know you want to grab our attention, but good thread titles like the example in Dos will help you get our attention much easier.
  • Petition and boycotts. Petitions and boycott discussions do not contribute to a useful and productive forum.
  • 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 obscenity or other explicit posts i.e. sexting. This includes role play threads.
  • Be rude. No matter what your feelings are about other people, Battlefield Forums aren't the place to attack another person. That includes public figures, EA/DICE employees, or other forum users.
  • Chat about moderation. Our moderators are here to keep this place happy and helpful for everyone. Discussing the way they do things is not okay.
  • Impersonate anybody. This includes EA/DICE employees, other community members, celebrities and anyone else. It also includes simulating privileges of forum accounts with a higher level rank, like signatures.
  • Spam or flood boards. That means don't post disruptive numbers of messages, meme, gifs and images e.g.:posting the same message in multiple forums, or sending the same DM multiple times. Spamming can include:
    • Bumping threads or messages: Doing this once or twice is fine. Multiple bumps in a short period of time is considered spamming. Use your bumps wisely.
    • Post blank or 'no text' messages: You won't receive an answer if your question is unclear.
    • Mass tags: It's very rare that more than one tag is needed. Don't tag multiple forum members or EA/DICE Employees to get attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Necropost. 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 for example.
  • Make legal threats. The forums aren't the ideal place for legal discussions and posts including legal chat will be removed.

Don’ts treated with Zero-tolerance
These are more serious don’ts. That means if you do something from this list, we might ban you right away.
  • Link to or discuss pirated and/or harmful content: Such as Trojan horses. That's not allowed and will result in account action.
  • Be a troll, bait or flame. This includes deliberately trying to cause an argument by making sarcastic, off-topic, rude or disruptive posts, and discussions.
  • Do anything illegal. That includes:
    • Identity theft
    • Identity fraud
    • "Swatting"
    • Doxxing
    • Stalking
    • Making personal threats
    • Blackmail and extortion
  • Discriminate. That means no sexism, racism etc.
  • Promote or discuss activities that are against the EA User Agreement. This includes software piracy, "hacks", "torrents", game "cracks", and more. See that happening on the boards? Report it directly to EA.
  • 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.
  • Posting real-life threats.


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.

Images / Avatars
You can:
  • keep it clean, with appropriate images for all ages.
  • make your own images. We like your style.
  • have fun!
But don't:
  • use personal photos.
  • include religious or political content. Debate which Battlefield is best all day on our boards, but don't bring religion or politics into the forums. Keep it on-topic.
  • use racist, hateful, controversial, or illegal content.

Signatures
You can:
  • include a cool picture. The above rules for images also apply for signatures.
  • keep it tidy, with up to three lines of text.
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.
  • have large pictures or text. Sometimes bigger isn't always better.
  • 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?

Being temporarily banned from the Forums means that you have broken the rules or have not been participating in a constructive fashion. Take a break, go for a walk, have a snack, play some games: it's not a big deal. We're not mad at you; you just need a break. Please, take time to review the rules and guidelines as posted above.

A short-term ban is our way of preventing further disruptive behavior and asking you to reexamine how you behave. Do not discuss your ban on the public forums or ask your friends to post about it for you. That could get your ban extended and may even get your friends in trouble, too. Keep in mind that discussing moderation is against our rules.

If you think you've been banned by mistake, get in touch with our Terms of Service team by following the steps outlined here.
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