Basic rules for the Ambience community:

  • Please adhere to all the guidelines below, as well as those specific to individual forums/categories.
  • Please be courteous, respectful, and helpful to other community members
  • Please read all announcements from the Ambience Team.
  • Please refrain from posting personal information, such as photos, school/workplace, age, location, email address, etc.
  • Please be sure to think before posting: Does your post contribute in a constructive way? Is it in the spirit of this community? Have you just posted something in the past hour that you can edit to add this new post content to? Is your post in the correct forum? Are you correcting someone else’s English? We don’t permit this unless the user explicitly asks to be corrected.
  • Please don’t use bad language, post sexual, political, or religious material.
  • Please don’t engage in fraudulent behaviour, such as impersonation, misleading, or lying.
  • Please flag posts you think need our attention.
  • Please enjoy your time here.

Please share this thread with new members who appear unsure of how we do things here, so they can read this post. If you wish for more detail or want to know the reasoning behind the rules above you can find more information below.

This is a Civilised Place for Public Discussion

In order for debate to be successfully undertaken all those taking part must maintain focus on the issue under debate. Any reference to opponents or supporters on an individual or personal level is absolutely inappropriate, except to refer directly to a point they have made. Personality is irrelevant.

Please ensure that all argument is emotionally neutral, and does not touch on personality. Never personalise a point. Never attack your opponent on a personal level. Their points are your targets. Not the opponent themselves.

Furthermore, never ever be anything but respectful and courteous to your opponent. Just because you are debating does not mean you’re enemies. They and you are still members of this community. Your opposition is subject to your membership here, and the rules in place here.

Your membership here requires the following:

  • Respect
  • Courtesy

On the whole we also hope for these:

  • Kindness
  • Generosity

Most of the time you guys are overflowing with all four. My expectations have ended up encompassing all four. You brought it on yourselves by generally being a wonderful bunch.

No discussion of sex/sexuality, gender orientation, or anything else that is contentious about personal identity and love is permitted. Nor may politics or politicians be talked about. The same goes for religion. This is an inclusive community, and your views may offend others in these matters, about which people are so passionate. Forums user-names that reflect sexual identity, orientation, or views, political views, or religious views or beliefs are also not permitted.

At no point and in no context, except where a community member asks for help with English, should users correct the English of others, when it is possible to comprehend what the person is trying to say. If you understand it then that’s good enough.

A huge number of people here have English as a second, third, or more language, and may not be strictly correct in their usage. We do not wish to alienate community members by making them feel they are not good enough to participate here.

If a community member posts something that you can’t understand, then ask if they can re-word it, or clarify something in their post, in a courteous and respectful way. If you understand their points do not.

If you post anything in a language other than English it is required that you include in that post a complete English translation as well.

There is a swear filter in place on this bulletin board. It is there for a reason. Anyone circumventing it by way of non-standard characters or spacing will experience punitive measures.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be yourself

Posting a fake quote, attributed to someone who has not said any such thing, is completely out of line, except in an appropriate context, such as the thread where one posts fake Discourse messages about this post has been removed and will be permanently deleted if the user does not eat a pizza within 36 hours and suchlike. That kind of context-specific activity is the one exception. It is fraudulent to misquote someone, and to misquote me could seriously mislead other community members, so don’t do it.

Impersonating a Majic Jungle team member, another user, or another player is not something we tolerate either. Both impersonation and misquoting will be dealt with strictly.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too. Please don’t misuse these tools. It is forbidden to politicise or manipulate this system. Likes should be assigned based solely on the merit of the thing being liked.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Staff have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, staff reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Staff do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

We do occasionally get a swarm of spammers, and there are a few things I’d really like to see happen when they post:

Flag spam posts you see. Refrain from posting about flagging the spam. Refrain from posting about the spam. Refrain from posting a response to the spam. Relax.

We also get people who come in and break the rules. They might do this by using inappropriate language, have rude names, or by multiple posting. This is how I’d like you to conduct yourselves towards them:

Flag the rule-breakers. Refrain from posting about flagging their rule-breaking. Refrain from private messaging them about their rule-breaking. Refrain from posting responses to their rule-breaking. Relax.

Occasionally we get a new user who feels that post count is everything, they need to partake even if they don’t contribute, and the like. Please see the previous two user types and the responses I wish to see made to them, and do likewise.

Always Think Before Posting

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Please only @ Dave if it’s important he sees the thread. Other @s, including me, need not be so restricted, but be sure you don’t @ gratuitously, as it’s a bit like the boy who cried wolf; i.e. people will stop bothering about @s, defeating their purpose.

It is forbidden to name and shame other players unless you have permission from me to do so. You will need to email support at theblockheads.net with the details of the event and ask for permission before this will be even considered. We have too many false accusations coming in as it is, without them occurring in the community.

The sharing of videos or content that depict hacked or otherwise exploited worlds or game features is forbidden in this community, except for the Ambience Testing Team, who may only discuss such with other members of the testing team and Majic Jungle. It is also forbidden to share exploit or duping methods here. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY AND WISH TO REPORT THEM TO US PLEASE pass them privately to an ambience Testing Team Member, Dave, or milla

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

When you post to a sunken thread without contributing to it in a meaningful way it is called bumping or dredging, depending on the age of the last post. This is not permitted on this bulletin board.

If your thread can not stay up on its own merits then it should sink. If you post to your own thread or anyone else’s after it sinks, without actually contributing, the assumption is that you are trying to artificially reheat your thread or are trying to increase your post count. You will have 30 posts removed from your post count and the bumping post will be deleted. If you run out of posts you will incur a ban. If you persist the ban will get longer and then become permanent.

All members joining, arriving back after an absence, or absenting themselves may post their greetings or farewells in the dedicated thread for the purpose. Starting new threads to do any of these things is not permitted.

You may have ONE forums account per person, except by special dispensation. Please seek permission before registering a second account, rather than registering and then apologising. The latter will get you in trouble!

Forums accounts may not be shared. Each person should have their own forums account.

If you wish to change your forums name you can do so within three days of registering on the forums, and after that you can private message milla to have it changed. Note that frequent changes are not permitted.

Whenever you post a time for people to coordinate, please include the UTC time as well as your local one. Google will convert time zones for you.

If you post a time when you will be on to play, or will post something, or anything else that has a time to occur, please include the UTC time. You naturally can post other timezones as well, but UTC is something we can all work out relative to our own timezones, so it needs to be included.

Posting to a thread more than once in succession within an hour is not permitted. “In succession” means without others posting in between your posts, resulting in more than one post from you in a row, and within a short period of time. This is a common way for people to attempt to boost post counts, and is not permitted in any of the forums that make up this bulletin board, even those where posts are not counted.

If you wish to post in response to more than one quoted post you may do so, but those responses should still be in a single post.

If you wish to post again to a thread that you are the last poster for within an hour of your last post to it then you may use the Edit Post function at the bottom of your last post to add to it.

If you are starting a thread, for which the first post is likely to grow a great deal over time, such as a world thread or an extensive guide or list of guides, then it is permissible to post a second time immediately after the originating post, so you have the space immediately after OP reserved for more content.

Persistent double posting outside of this will attract sanctions, starting with the loss of post count.

Each category has a description, which tells you what should be posted there. Please read these before selecting a category to post your thread in.

Inside the categories are sticky (stay at the top) threads with the rules and guidelines for posting within that particular forum. Please read these before starting your thread, and post accordingly.

Each thread should only be posted one time. If you have reason to wish to clone a thread to other categories you must seek permission.

Thread titles should be informative. Other community members should be able to read a thread title and have a good idea of what is being discussed in the thread. Please be considerate in this way, so people enjoy sharing this place with you!

Don’t Share Anything You Shouldn’t

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

It is forbidden to post either intact email addresses, or to post your own. If posting the support address or the like please post it broken, like this:

support at theblockheads.net

Note that for anyone under 13 the sharing of contact information is illegal in many jurisdictions, and to make life easier we are banning it for anyone. Note that the following information, and possibly other data, are considered to be “personal information” here:

Full name, photo, email address, postal address, physical address, age, school, specific location (country and state is fine but don’t be more specific), and any affiliations or data that may be used to locate or identify who you are or deduce any other personal information.

None of this may be published here. You can use just a first name, a state and country, your in-game names, and that is all here. If you wish to share more information please do so outside our network and sphere of control, i.e. don’t do it in the game, on our social channels, or on any other system of which we have control. If you do so, and are underage in your jurisdiction you open us up to prosecution, and may also expose yourself to danger, which is the last thing we want.

If you wish for advice about who to share what data with, please discuss it with your parent, guardian, or teacher. They are in the best position to advise and protect you.

Note that this rule also applies to adults. We have no means to know the ages of our community members, and as such protect everyone as though they needed our protection.

Avatar images must not contain bad language, offensive material, either written or graphical, and must be age appropriate for a community made up of children. No photos of you should be posted anywhere, and that includes as avatars.

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Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.

We must forbid linking to any unofficial download site for Ambience. Anyone linking to any but the official download sites will be banned and the link removed.

We can’t guarantee the safety of installing our apps from any unofficial download site, and as such it is not permitted to propagate any we do not endorse. This is for your protection.

Advertising anything not related to Ambience or Majic Jungle without permission is forbidden. Permission may be sought by emailing milla at theblockheads.net.