WELCOME TO POLYGON!
Here on Polygon, you'll find a vibrant, platform-diverse community of gamers, enthusiasts and smart, knowledgeable people. As always, our goal is to foster conversations that are insightful, helpful, and most of all, fun. In order to facilitate this though we need your help, so here are some guidelines to get you started.
HOW TO REGISTER AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR PROFILE
The next step is to customize your profile. You can upload a photo, give your soon-to-be new best friends a little background about yourself, and you can even share your online handles for services like Xbox Live, PSN, Steam and CompuServe (coming soon). You can also edit your account settings to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts and post conversational updates to those networks.
If you need to make any changes, you can always edit your profile by clicking your avatar in the upper-right hand corner of the site navigation bar.
Now that you're all set up, it's time to get in there and start talking.
HOW TO POST AND COMMENT
There are several ways to get involved with the discussion here on Polygon. We'll cover specific guidelines for what's cool, and what's not below, but here's the basics on how to:
- Post a comment: We love comments, and simply by registering you can comment on any story here on Polygon. The comments are threaded, so you're able to easily reply to the person you're talking to. There are also some really great keyboard shortcuts on comments — all of which are listed just above the comments area — so you can find quick, easy ways to get to the newest comments. Oh, and you'll have 90 seconds to edit your comment should you make an oops.
- Check our Forums: You're going to love forums on Polygon. Not only are there general discussion forums but every game we cover has a forum of its own. Talk about the games you love, get questions answered or even just talk with other folks in the community about anything you like in the Off-Topic area.
- Tip us!: Don't forget that we have a way for you to send us tips, even anonymous ones, via our handy web form.
FORUM POSTS, COMMENTS AND YOU
Whilst there's no definitive rule for when you should comment on somebody else's post, or even when you should make a new post of your own, we do have some pretty clear guidelines to help you out.
If you see that there's already a topic involving a particular aspect of a game you're interested in talking about — like "Where's the Secret Warp Zone in Super Mario Bros?" — then it's better to comment on that post, rather than make a new one. Any duplicate posts risk being frozen, removed, or merged into a previous forum post in order to keep things fun, organized and on-topic.
Polygon offers you a full WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for creating forum posts, and our moderators and users will be watching out for great content to promote on the site, as well as inappropriate content to send to the Phantom Zone. In other words, all the rules below about spam, abusive behavior, and basic human decency also apply to forum posts.
The forums on Polygon are not only broken down into specific gaming platforms — such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC — but you're also able to start conversations about your favorite games too. Got a great topic to raise like how refreshing Dishonored is? Then drop it in the Dishonored forum and you'll reach all the folks who want to discuss that game, regardless of which platform they might play on.
If you have a question, or want to talk about Polygon itself, we have a Meta forum just for that. You can put any suggestions and feedback you might have for us in there as well.
If you're not quite sure where your post belongs, then you can ask in Meta or email us at email@example.com and we'll help you get sorted.
Comments are a great way to talk about the stories, forum posts, and reviews you find on Polygon. They can also be a lot to keep up with, so we have some tools to make it all easier. Every comment has a few links associated with it:
- Reply: Use this to reply to that specific comment. Your reply will be threaded to that comment and a notification will appear on the original posters profile page.
- Recommend: We love great comments, and we know you do too. Click the "Recommend" link to upvote a comment, and you'll see it get the admiration it deserves from your fellow readers.
- Flag: This is the link you use to report a post to the moderation team here on Polygon. Use it on spam, on personal attacks, or on racist or sexist language; but please don't use it to report stuff you disagree with, or to hassle other users. Our moderators work really hard, so use this power responsibly and help us keep on top of the bad stuff!
WHAT IF SOMEONE IS BEING A JERK AND I NEED AN ADULT?
Simple, flag them. There's nothing more irksome than when someone intentionally goes out of their way to make your community experience a bad one, and nine out of ten times if someone replies it escalates out of control. Nobody wants that and it just adds more unnecessary drama to the cooler parts of the conversation.
Flagging those comments or posts as either spam, trolling or inappropriate — depending on the content — will allow a moderator to dive in, and deal with it appropriately. Meanwhile you get that warm, fuzzy feeling that you've helped keep the Polygon forums and comments section a fun place to socialize.
Once the troll is reported, you'll need to stop feeding them. As comments are threaded, if the top comment in a thread is a problem then we may take action and delete it, and that will delete all the replies to it. So if there's an inappropriate comment and you reply to it with something eloquent and heartfelt, there's a very good chance that your highly intelligent and meaningful comment will nonetheless be lost. The same applies to all comments on a forum post — if that forum post gets deleted, so will your comments on it.
If someone really continues to lower the overall enjoyment of Polygons' content and participation in the community by ignoring the rules/guidelines, then email the moderation team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. That way it's pushed closer to the top of the queue, and dealt with appropriately.
OUR WAY OR THE (INTERNET SUPER) HIGHWAY
Here's a list of things that will get your comment or forum post removed, and quite possibly your account banned. Remember that this is not a comprehensive list and our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.
- Spam: We've got a zero tolerance policy on spam, whether it's by robot or human! Any replies to such comments will also get removed, so flag them and we'll will do the rest!
- Illegal activities: If you post links to illegal downloads, ways to steal service, or any other nefarious activity then it's game over for you, kid.
- Pornographic material: Definitely not allowed. Even images or links that could be considered borderline are not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is that anything beyond PG-13 will get you in trouble, but we reserve the right to remove any post we deem offensive.
- Personal attacks: In short, we frown on personal attacks and insults thrown towards other users and our writers. It's not healthy, and it doesn't make Polygon a friendly place for others to join in with great conversation. Any such posts could result in a warning, or a ban.
- Racism, sexism, and other discrimination: A tad harder to define, but we know it when we see it. Attacking entire classes of people is just like attacking a single person: we'll ban you for it.
- Being a creep: Spewing a bunch of profanity, attacking other commenters or just being persistently unpleasant or mean-spirited. Don't do that. Some of us are trying to have fun over here.
- Trolling: "Trolling" is a really hard thing to define at times, but we know what trolls are and we won't tolerate 'em. If you're abusing the good conversations here on Polygon, we will take your comments and posts down. This includes taking a thread off-topic, by the way. If you feel someone is "trolling" on a specific story then flag them, don't feed them by calling them out on it publicly.
- Multiple accounts: We don't allow multiple accounts per user.
Q: Hang on, you're censoring me!
A: Nope! There are other sites on the internet where you can go and join in conversations with no boundaries, but our priority here is to provide a fun, informative and welcoming environment. We'll remove any comment or post that we feel is harmful to that endeavor, with the bottom line being that the editors and moderators have the final say on what's allowed here.
Q: I have a question or complaint about moderation A: That's fine, we're more than happy to provide answers, but in private. Talking about moderation related activities in public, we've found doesn't lend itself to insightful conversation, rather the reverse. If you have a question about moderation, email us at email@example.com and we'll have a chat. If we've anything to say publicly on a specific matter we'll do so via an announcement in our Meta forum, as well as updating this document.
Q: What's so great about Polygon moderators?
A: Everything! Moderators work super hard to keep Polygon a fun place to hang out. Think of them as a buffer between you and all of the bad stuff! As it's hard work, we'd love it if you could help them out by flagging any inappropriate comments, and take heed if they ask you to dial back your behavior. It's not easy fighting trolls, so never forget that ultimately they're on your side.
Q: I'd like to help! How do I become a moderator?
A: Awesome! There are a few ways in which you can do this; by helping other users when they have questions, flagging inappropriate comments with good explanations of why, helping to diffuse threads which start to look like flamewars, and generally just show us that you're a helpful, inspirational member of our community. Then, when we're looking for more moderators, we might just approach you next!
Q. How do I stay up to date with Polygon?
A: There's a few ways you can stay connected with Polygon throughout your social media world and here's a handy list of ways to do so: If you want to subscribe to Polygon via RSS to get full updates on their content then here's a direct link for that. The Polygon Twitter feed is great for getting the latest breaking news the minute its posted. You're probably on Facebook on another tab right now, yeah? Check out our Polygon Facebook page, like it, share it with your friends and spread the word. Like us, and we'll love you right back.
Keep to these guidelines and you'll always have a place by our hearth here at Polygon. We're glad you've come to our home, and we're never far away if you need to ask us anything.
The Polygon Team