Ellinia Terms of Service Introduction Welcome to Ellinia. By registering an account in-game or on the forum, you agree to the information found within this thread. A few notes to begin: The terms listed within are subject to change without notice, major changes may be announced but there is no guarantee. It is your responsibility to check this thread frequently for updates. A changelog is provided at the bottom of this thread. Ban durations serve as a guideline for how long a person may generally be banned for breaking that specific rule, they are not a guarentee that you will be banned for that duration. It is ultimately up to the moderator who bans you as to how long you are banned for. No two moderators are the same. Tread carefully. Offenses will be broken down into 'major' and 'minor' game disruptions. More information below. Just because a moderator chose to be lenient with one person does not mean they have to choose to be lenient with you. Favoritism is another topic, any suspicion of favoritism should be reported immediately. Ignorance of the information provided here will never serve as an excuse. In Game Rules The following rules/terms will be broken down in to two sections, 'major' and 'minor' game disruptions. 'Major' game disruptions will always result in a permanent ban on the first offense. 'Minor' game disruptions will vary based on the general ban durations, and the moderator who handles your ban. Major Game Disruptions Hacking Hacking is defined as any attempt to alter the Global MapleStory files or the Ellinia client. Ellinia features a strong auto-ban system which will detect the vast majority of hack tools and differences between 'reported' and 'actual' values, meaning you will 9.9 out of 10 times be banned for hacking or modifying files. Any use of packet editors, trainers, or other hack tools is strictly forbidden. Any attempts to edit WZ files (wz editing) is also strictly forbidden. Real World Trade/Real Money Trade Any attempts to sell your Ellinia items or currency for real currency or possessions, or currency or items in other games is strictly forbidden. Scamming Scamming is any attempts to knowingly make an unfair trade, or outright steal another person's items, currencies, or services. This rule is subjective, please be honest and straight forward in your dealings with other players on Ellinia. *If you steal a person's items and they can prove it you will be permitted one chance to return the items in exchange for an unban, after that if you are found scamming again you will be permanently disallowed from connecting to or playing Ellinia.* Bug Abuse & Exploiting All bugs should be reported here. Any major bugs or exploits should be reported privately to a staff member immediately. Any attempts to abuse or take advantage of a bug or exploit are strictly forbidden. Minor Game Disruptions Botting We have no quick and reliable way to tell whether you are taping down your keys, weighting down your keys, using macro or botting tools, or just not paying attention. It is your responsibility to respond to players, staff, and lie detectors. If you fail to respond, you will be banned. This also includes key weighing skills that can't be auto buffed via pets, stance and summons. *You will generally be banned for 30 days on the first offense, 90 days on the second offense, and permanently on the third offense for botting. Players who are caught with sweetwater gear will be banned permanently regardless of offense count.* Killstealing If you do not own a map, do not attack on it. It is that simple. We have a map ownership system that is unique to Ellinia. You will remain the map owner until you have stopped attacking for ten minutes, after that you forfeit the map. Please check https://ellinia.net/index.php?threads/map-ownership-kites.2174/ for more information. *If the owner of the report accepts your apology, and provides evidence by leaving a comment on the report saying so, the report will nullify.* *A moderator may decide to warn you on your first offense, not always though. You will generally be banned for 7 days on the first offense, 14 days on the second offense, 30 days on the third offense, and permanently on the fourth offense for killstealing.* Harassment Harassment is by nature a very subjective term. It is simple, please be nice to your fellow players. Everyone loses their temper sometimes. Please do not attempt to harass a player to the point they feel it is necessary to report you. Impersonation Any attempts to impersonate a staff member or another player are forbidden. Bans will depend on the severity of the case. Discussion of botting/hacks Discussion of hacks or bots is not allowed. If you are found discussing such things, you will be banned. Depending on what the moderator handling your case feels, you may be banned permanently. This is a very 'flex' rule, meaning it will depend heavily on what was said, and who is banning you. Advertising Discussion of other MapleStory private servers, 'Black Markets' (i.e. RMT websites), websites that advertise hacks or bots for games in general, etc. is strictly forbidden. Advertising such things over megaphones will, generally, be a permanent ban. Advertising social media is not allowed, linking twitch streams or "add me on <some service>" over smegas will usually result in a ban. You are only allowed to advertise TwitchTV or YouTube links in the cinema section of the forums, or your signature on the forums. Anywhere else is disallowed. Rumors Any attempts to start rumors about a person, or the server, is forbidden. Rumors should always be reported. This rule is very subjective, meaning a moderator may choose to not ban a person or to ban them permanently depending on the situation. Giveaways Giveaways that encourage public spam, i.e. over super megaphones, are disallowed. If you wish to host such an event, please include 'send responses via whisper' or something similar in your megaphone. Boss runs Selling or buying boss runs is not allowed. No boss is an exception to this rule, especially late-to-end game bosses. *You will be banned for 7 days on the first offense, 14 days on the second offense, and permanently on the third offense for violating this rule.* Account sharing Sharing accounts at all is not allowed, if you lose items or lose access to your account due to sharing your information you will not be compensated. Bans will vary based on the situation. Multiple accounts Multiple accounts are not allowed. The rule is one account per person, per computer. You are not allowed to play on a second account if you are banned, under any circumstances. If you are found on a second account, you will be permanently banned. Fake bidding Fake bidding is when a seller says someone offered on an item that they didn't in an attempt to raise the current offer. Fake bidding is also knowingly bidding on an item with no intention to buy it, again, in an attempt to raise the current offer. Both of these things are not allowed. Gear Rental Renting or loaning gear, for the purpose of power leveling to 250 or for bossing is not allowed. Accepting mesos, items, or other services (in Ellinia, or otherwise) for your items for this purpose will result in either bans, or your items being taken. Loaning gear for free is also not allowed currently. Super Megaphone Spam Spam using the Super Megaphone system is not allowed, especially if multiple people are spamming three-line super megaphones. Using megaphones to spread false info or false sales are subject to punishment based off the moderator handling the issue. Ban duration may vary. Forum Rules The following rules apply specifically to the forum. All of the rules above apply to the forum as well. Please construct posts and threads in English only. Posts/threads in other languages will be deleted. Private Messages and visitor messages in other languages are allowed. Explicit content, i.e. nudity, drugs, violence, hateful content, etc. will be deleted. Avatars containing nudity will be removed. Please post in the correct sections. Posts may be moved otherwise. Please keep your signature reasonable, large images will be resized or deleted. Please do not create posts with the sole purpose to flame or insult a user. Stay on topic; off topic posts will be deleted, and you may be infracted. You are limited to one 'bump' per thread per 24 hours. Do not use URL shorteners, ad money generating or otherwise. Examples of this include bit.ly, goo.gl, adf.ly, bc.vc, etc. Paid graphic services Selling graphic design services in Ellinia is allowed as long as you abide by the following criteria: You post a thread in the Graphics Workship section only, and make sure you note that it is not free work. You agree not to sell graphic design services for anything other than mesos or items in Ellinia, this means no real life currencies or items/currencies in other games as these types of exchanges are forbidden. Do not smega your service sales or links to your thread on the forums, that is not what the megaphone system is intended for. Any attempts to scam will result in a permanent ban both in-game and on the forums. Bans and infractions are up to the moderator involved, any suspicion (as with in-game) of unfairness or special treatment should be reported. Ban Appeal Policy For each ban you are allowed one chance at appeal. You can appeal here. You can find the ban appeal format located https://ellinia.net/index.php?threads/ban-appeal-format.795/. Bans that do not follow this format will be deleted, you may choose to remake it following the correct format. An appeal may be denied for any reason, or for no reason at all. If you feel your ban was unjust after you've appealed and received a response, please contact a staff member privately. Do not expect an immediate reply, or at all. Spamming inboxes of staff members is a bad idea. Compensation Policy You are responsible for your account information. Sharing your information is strictly forbidden. If you share your information and lose access to your account or items because of it, you will not be compensated. All credit purchases are final (more information below), refunds will not be issued. Our servers encrypt user information and store it securely. If you share your account information you will not be compensated if you lose your items. If you are 'hacked', i.e. keylogged, phished, etc. and can prove it, we will attempt to recover your items. If you are scammed you may be compensated by the scammer, we will not compensate beyond that. If you lose your items because of a bug, we usually will not compensate. We will decide on a case-by-case basis. Refund Policy (Donations) Please be advised that credit's are obtained via donations to Ellinia; not a purchase. You are not entitled to a “refund” because you completed a donation out of courtesy. Once credits (virtual currency here at Ellinia) are transferred to your game account your donation cannot be reversed. All credits obtained via donations are final. No return, exchange, price adjustments, or cancellations will be permitted. Please note that we have the right to suspend our game service at any time. You will not be entitled to a refund were this to happen. We take fraud seriously, if you commit fraud and if we suspect that you are committing a fraud transaction, we notify the IC3 and refund the payment as soon as possible.