WarLight maintains a few rules that players must follow to help WarLight stay a civil place where everyone feels welcome.
This article discusses the official rules that all players must follow in order to be allowed to play WarLight. Players sometimes invent their own etiquette around things like booting and voting to end, however these are not enforced like the official rules are.
The following three rules are presented to all players the first time they play a game with other players:
- You shall be respectful to other players at all times.
- Racial slurs, personal attacks, excessive profanity, or any other offensive language will not be tolerated.
- You shall not operate more than one WarLight account in a way that gives you an advantage in a game, tournament or ladder.
- You may never operate or access more than one account with a coin balance or that plays coin games, and that account may never be used by another person.
It's also important to note that additional rules exist in the WarLight terms of service. These rules aren't displayed as prominently since they're common sense, but they still apply. Examples include, but are not limited to, impersonating other players, rigging games, launching denial-of-service attacks, or using someone else's account without their permission.
Additionally, since WarLight displays ads, players must also abide by the rules imposed by the advertisers. The following is not allowed to be submitted or linked to:
- pornographic content or links to pornographic content
- erotic stories or descriptions of sexual acts
- sexual jokes
- erotic or sexual forums
Because all players must agree to obey these rules the first time they click the multi-player tab, it's assumed that all players know and understand the rules. Players who knowingly disobey the rules can be reported.
Players who break the rules can be warned, suspended, or banned. A warning is usually given first if the infraction not very severe. However, in extreme cases players can be directly suspended or banned without a warning. For banning or longer suspensions, players may be automatically surrendered in all of their games to allow the remaining players to continue the game without them if they choose to do so.
Warnings are completely anonymous -- other players cannot tell that a player received a warning. However, suspensions and banning are revealed on a player's profile for the duration of the suspension.
As mentioned above, players sometimes invent their own etiquette around how the game should be played. It's okay to do this, however, you should not expect that players will be warned or suspended when they break your etiquette. Instead, use your black list to avoid playing with the problem players.
- Booting: Booting isn't against the rules. If it were, the button simply wouldn't be there! In particular, some players feel that booting within a certain threshold of the boot timer should result in suspensions. Instead, it's recommended to set your boot timer to the duration that you'd first like to see players become bootable. For example, instead of setting the boot timer to 5 minutes and asking nobody click it until 7 minutes have passed, just set the boot timer to 7 minutes. You will save yourself a lot of hassle.
- Not taking their turn fast enough: WarLight can't force people to play, and you should not report players for not playing. If you find yourself waiting on other players longer than you'd like, please create or join games with lower boot times so you can boot them and continue your game.
- Colluding: Players working together is not against the rules, and you should not report players for doing so. To avoid collusion, play in 1 v 1 games where collusion is impossible, or in team games (since then the collusion is pre-arranged), or just play with friends you trust.