Section I. Basic Rules – Applicable to all Users (players, developers, and everyone else).
Edbox helps power the imagination of our users. Those users are of all ages and come from around the world to create adventures, play games, roleplay and socialize. We strive to create a community that balances the needs, safety and interests of this truly diverse user base.
To help achieve this goal, we put together these Rules, which apply to whatever you do on Edbox (whether playing, chatting, sending messages, posting comments, creating or publishing content, dressing up your avatar, and anything else in the games or on the platform). These Rules also apply to anything related to Edbox. Please remember to periodically review these Rules, as they will be updated from time to time.
As good members of the community, you should report all violations by using our Report Abuse system, which is located throughout the site and in-game.
Be friendly, patient, and welcoming. Support a safe environment and help us to ensure that everyone follows these Rules.
Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.
Try to understand why we disagree. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Let's focus on working together to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
These are the rules of conduct that everyone on Edbox must follow. Below are some specific examples. But these are much broader than the examples below and you should stick to these Rules if you are uncertain as to whether any particular action is allowed.
2. Personal information. We strongly encourage you to protect your personal information. In some cases (such as when you are under 16). In all cases, you are not allowed to share personal information of others, including through any comment or message posted on Group walls, private or public chats, forums or personal posts. Personal information includes:
Home or other address;
Social security, passport, or national identity number;
Real life, personal, or family photos (these are not permitted to be uploaded for community safety); and
Other personally identifiable information.
3. Harassment and cyberbullying. We do not tolerate this. Examples include comments or actions meant to:
Stalk, bully, intimidate, hurt, attack, abuse or humiliate someone (or something that a person may care about). This includes using or encouraging the use of profanity (swearing);
Reveal someone’s personal information;
Sexualize someone or something, which would include sexual harassment and sexual bullying in any form;
Harass or single out anyone (or something that a person cares about) for ridicule, abuse, malicious attack, or anything similar to that;
Call out bad behavior of others publicly. You should use our reporting tools on the site to let us know of any bad behavior; and
Incite others to do anything listed above.
4. Child endangerment. We have users of all ages and we want to create safe environment for all of them, including children. So, we do not allow any actions that could put children in inappropriate or dangerous situations, including:
Grooming and other predatory behavior;
Anything that sexualizes children; and
Any other actions or comments that are listed in these Rules that are directed to or are about children.
5. Hate speech or actions. You are not allowed to engage in discriminatory speech or actions, based on any of the following:
Race or ethnic origin;
Religion or religious affiliation;
Disability or disease;
Gender, gender identity or sexual orientation;
The example content below is not permitted on Edbox. The list below provides some examples but is not exhaustive.
Clothing with red arm bands;
Confederate flags; and
Ugandan Knuckles memes.
6. Impersonation and defamation. You are not allowed to impersonate another person’s identity, defame someone or commit libel. This would include impersonating another player, celebrity, a Elernity employee, the police, government official or anyone else. So, do not use any of the following that is associated with someone else in order to pass yourself off as that person.
Name or username;
Position in a company;
A post or comment; and
7. Threats and self-harm. We take all threats seriously and do not allow any threats on Edbox. We also take reports of self-harm very seriously. We are in active communication with police departments across the globe and often report threats related to physical harm or public safety.
8. Looking for dates or dating partners. As a social platform for play, Elernity tries to provide a safe place to meet on-line friends, play, chat, and collaborate on creative projects. However, this is not the place to look for dating partners.
9. Sexual content or overly violent content. We do not allow such content, including:
Sexual content or acts, sexual violence, exploitation of any kind, or excessive violence. This includes such content whether or not nudity is involved and whether or not it would rise to level of being pornographic or being explicit;
Content that implies or makes an avatar appear naked or in underwear/undergarments; and
Atrocities, massacres, and other shocking real (or pseudo-real) world events.
10. Dangerous, unethical and illegal activities. Not only do we not allow these activities, we do not allow anyone discussing them or encouraging others to discuss (or take) such actions, including:
Hacking, phishing, flaming, exploits, cheating, spam, deceptive practices, scams;
Misleading, sexual or racy thumbnails or other images, videos or text;
Gambling with virtual currency or real money;
Terrorism, Nazism or Neo Nazism, organized criminal activity, gangs and gang violence;
Instructions for engaging in violent activities, including bomb- or weapon-making
Illegal drugs or prescription drugs without a prescription;
The use or sale of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by minors; and
Blackmail or extortion.
11. Discrimination. We explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.
12. Other activities. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Here are a couple of other items to keep in mind:
You may offer promo codes only for in-game items, content or currency in your games. Promo codes cannot promise virtual currency or digital goods that are not part of the game. Promo codes must be clearly labeled for your in-game content only and should not appear to be official Edbox offers or offer official Edbox items or virtual currency.
As discussed in c, you cannot (and you cannot allow others) sell, trade or give away virtual currency, digital goods or game codes except through official channels on the Edbox platform. For example, you cannot conduct such transactions through chat, Groups, or third-party apps or websites. You also cannot buy or sell Edbox games or Groups.
Exploiting is not permitted in Edbox. This includes inappropriately obtaining and uploading "stolen" game content. Edbox moderators will determine exploited game content at their discretion with the tools available to them and may immediately terminate accounts caught participating in this behavior.
Certain minor violations will result in a warning or temporary ban.
More serious violations will result in a permanent ban.
We actively work with law enforcement agencies throughout the world, and regularly report illegal activity, threats to others, threats of self-harm and other relevant items to them.
If you have multiple accounts, we reserve the right to take action against all of your accounts for any single or multiple violations.
The account holder is responsible for all violations that occur on that person’s account. So, never give your password to anyone else (except if you are a minor, to your legal guardian).
Do not discuss publicly any actions that we have taken against you or anyone else for a violation.
If you have questions about any action that we have taken against your account for a violation, you can contact us at the email@example.com.
Section II. Additional Rules for Developers. To be clear, Developers must follow all the "Basic Rules" listed above.
These Community Rules for Developers outline the acceptable and appropriate ways to build and publish games on Edbox. If you have any questions about how to interpret these Rules and how they might apply to your particular case, please send them to the firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of anyone or any game that is violating these Rules, please report all violations to email@example.com. Please remember to periodically review these Rules, as they will be updated from time to time.
Any attempt to violate or go around these Rules will result in the game being suspended or completely removed; the user account or Group associated with the game may also be deleted. Edbox does hear appeals for moderation consequences on a case by case basis but reserves the right to act on the matter in the way that it deems appropriate. If you would like to request an appeal, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Building your game. When building your game, it’s important to do the following:
Filter all text. Developers must pass all game text through Edbox’s filtering system. Edbox scans all player inputted text for the safety of our users and legal compliance reasons, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). All chat and content must also be reportable.
Keep your game description up-to-date.
Enable users of your game to contact you so you can support your game.
Don’t build a game that encourages (or redirects) users to go off Edbox.
Do not ask for or collect (or allow the transfer between players in your game) any personally identifiable information (PII). For example, you should not ask for a player’s first and last name, age, home or physical address, something that contains a person’s image or voice (such as a photograph, video or audio file), social security number, passport number (or national identity number), phone number or email address (or other forms of online contact information).
Do not implement any gambling or casino style games that involve real money in any way. Games should also be fair and not be skewed in the developer's favor.
Do not create promotions offering prizes of any sort (including contests, raffles, lotteries, chain letters or any kind of giveaway). It is okay to offer players promo codes for in-game items only so long as they are not in exchange for something (e.g., in exchange for a thumb up on your game).
Do not sell, trade or give away digital goods or game codes outside of the channels provided to the users on the Edbox site.
Assist with rolling out technical features and updates, which may be for security, stability, legal or other reasons, and may include updating your game or other content.
Do not copy, transfer, display, or otherwise use the UCC of other users outside of Edbox, including on other gaming platforms or on physical mediums, such as clothing.
2. Creating positive game experiences. When designing your game, focus on providing positive game experiences for our community (e.g., working in a pizza restaurant, building a theme park, etc.). You should encourage the proper use of your game and never directly or indirectly encourage inappropriate behavior. For example, experiences within a game should not have an inappropriate theme (sleepover/slumber parties), contain nude or partially clothed characters, or display suggestive animations. Below is a list of inappropriate behaviors (and please note this list is not comprehensive; you should think through if you are providing or promoting inappropriate behavior):
Providing users’ personal information;
Harassment or bullying;
Using or encouraging the use of profanity (swearing);
Hate speech or actions;
Impersonation and defamation;
Threats and self-harm;
Looking for dates or dating partners;
Sexual content or overly violent content;
Dangerous, unethical and illegal activities; or
Content that implies or makes an avatar appear naked or in underwear/undergarments. This includes solid color avatars without clothing.
3. Using appropriate content. Inappropriate content is not allowed within Edbox games. Do not create or upload any images, videos, audio files or other content (including animations or scripting), discuss topics or use language that falls in the bulleted list above.
5.Edbox actively monitors game content and text. Some violations are blocked automatically through the use of filters and other detection systems. And we moderate and take other actions regarding content when flagged by our community.
Any consequences applied to violators are at the sole discretion of Elernity and may range in severity from a warning to account deletion;
Violations are dealt with in a manner that reflects the severity of the violation and the threat to the Edbox community.
Important additional information on inappropriate content:
All text in uploaded images must be clearly visible to moderators. Images with tiny, unclear, or unreadable text will be blocked from upload.
Pills, syringes, or other content representing drug paraphernalia or drug use are not permitted.
Alcohol, alcoholic references, drunkenness, smoking cigarettes, cigars, and vaping are not permitted.
Distorted audio, including excessively slowing down or speeding up the audio content to make it indiscernible, and audio that is excessively loud including screaming, high-pitched or excessive noises are not permitted.
Dating is not permitted on Edbox. This includes content that explicitly or implicitly promotes, encourages, or references dating.
"Clickbait" advertisements are not permitted. Advertisements that solely exist to encourage a user to click on the ad to inflate ad clicks are not permitted.
7.When an abuse report is reviewed by a moderator, the moderator will remove any inappropriate content and place a moderation action against any associated account(s). The moderated account will receive a message detailing the reason for the ban. See also section 13 above (Consequences and Violations). Please note that for privacy reasons, specific details of an account or ban may only be shared with the account owner.