Do not do any of the following:
- Flame or insult other members
- Bypass any filters
- Abuse or encourage abuse of the Reputation, or Post Reporting Systems
- Post personally identifiable information (i.e. name, address, email, phone number, etc.)
- Bump threads
- Derail a thread's topic
- Post links to phishing sites
- Post spam (i.e. +1, 10char, rickrolls) or Re-post Closed, Modified, Deleted Content
- Repetitively post in the incorrect forum (example: trade requests belong in trading forum)
- Openly argue with a moderator
Flame or Insult Other Members
This statement is pretty straight forward. Flaming/insulting is usually blatant. If you call someone an idiot or stupid, belittle them for not knowing something, personally attack them in any form, then it can be considered insulting/flaming/trolling. You will likely get a temp ban for such behavior.
Works fine for me, maybe you're just an idiot.
Bypass Word or URL Filters
If you intentionally go around the word filter or URL's filter, the topic may be modified, deleted or closed. You may also be temporarily banned, depending on the severity of the actions.
You're a d0uchebag
Abuse or encourage abuse of the Reputation, or Post Reporting Systems
Encouraging others to mass-report a topic or reply. Spamming the report button is not helpful. Only use these buttons to help report bad behavior... one report per post is enough.
Post Personally Identifiable Information
Nobody likes having personal information exposed. Please don't do this. If you're providing information to report a cheater, for example, do so via the Report Violation link located on their Steam Profile, and not within Discussions. Doing so will result in topic deletion, and a possible ban.
If you aren't receiving replies to a topic, this is not a reason to bump it. Replying with "bump", "Up", or any consecutive posting to keep it active may result in a topic being locked or deleted. If the behavior continues, a temporary ban.
Derail a Thread
This is easy. Keep it related to the topic, or it will be considered spam and will be deleted.
Post Links to Phishing Sites
If you discover a link to a phishing site, don't post it so that others may accidentally click it, but instead privately report it to a moderator
or Steam Support
so that it can be added to the URL filter. Note: If you intentionally post links, you will most likely be permanently banned from discussions, as well as banned from the Steam Community.
Post Spam (i.e. +1, 10char, rickrolls) or Re-post Closed, Modified, Deleted Content
Don't spam. It will be deleted or closed. This includes reaction images and video replies. If your topic is deleted, posting a new one will only result in a ban. To discuss why something was closed or deleted, attempt to contact an online moderator, or Steam Support.
Repetitively Post in the Incorrect Forum
Look at the hub you're posting in, and make sure it's correct before creating a topic; Just because a forum has less activity than others is not an excuse to invade other forums with irrelevant topics.
When trading, please look for stickies at the top of each Game Hub for an appropriate place to do so. Currently trading topics are frowned upon, and will likely be deleted. The exceptions are when a Hub contains a trading subforum. You may be banned for trading elsewhere, especially if there is a pinned topic stating NO TRADING
Openly Argue with a Moderator
If you disagree with a moderator's decision, do not to create a new topic complaining about it. This will only result in one of the previous two rules being broken. The best response is to send a private message either through Steam, or the Steam forums
to discuss it calmly. An angry PM will do no good. Think about what you really want out of the situation before doing anything. Moderators are reasonable, depending on the rule violation... but approaching it with anger, is not going to help.