K2ConceptsK2Concepts Posts: 13,770Administrator El Jefe
edited February 2014 in News
Welcome to the Hydro-HQ forums! Stay awhile and listen...

The K2 Forums are a service for hydrographic enthusiasts to exchange news, knowledge and ideas in a secure, friendly environment.

The forums team is present 24/7 to help protect forum users from abuse, trolls and spambots, as well as coordinate feedback, bug reports and requests to and from the administration and development team.

One of the major features of the forums is direct communication to the forum team. The entire team reviews the forums and responds or channels the information as fast as we can.

Thread Titles

When posting a fresh thread, please use a clear title that is easy to understand. This will help forum staff channel the feedback to the right people as soon as possible. Use "Bug:" in the title if you are reporting a bug of any kind.

There are forum sections for each and every type of problem or question. It's important to post in those forums so the respective support staff can immediately review the posts during their daily reviews.

Try not to use all caps or people's names in thread titles, to keep things easier to parse and manage.

Forum staff will adjust thread titles to match these guidelines and move them to the correct forum section as soon as possible, but it's more efficient to do that from the start, when starting a fresh thread.


Forum members have a very high level of flexibility for forum signatures. Make them cool, creative and respectful. There are a lot of good examples of signatures on the forums; check them out to help you decide what you want for yourself. You can edit your signatures using the "Edit Profile" button (shaped like a silhouette at the top right of the page).

Posting Guidelines

Since the purpose of the forums is to exchange news, knowledge and ideas in a secure, friendly environment - it's important to stay constructive. Even if you're having a bad day or completely disagree with something by another poster, we have to keep the environment safe and reasonably polite for everyone.

Sharing ideas and opinions shouldn't be combined with attacks or "calls outs" of any human being, group or company. If you have an issues with another forum member, send a message to a forum staff member who will help resolve the situation. Complaints and constructive about any aspect of the game is absolutely allowed and appreciated in a constructive, respectful and reasonable manner.

Posts can be flagged is abusive and will alert a forum staff member to review the post and work with the poster if it violates the code of conduct. Please don't use these flags for revenge against another poster, that's not their purpose.

Many families visit this forum together. Please don't use profanity.


Selling or direct solicitation of ANYTHING in the forums or by PM is not allowed and will result in the deletion of the post. You will be notified by the staff anytime these actions need to be taken. Repeat offenders will lose their posting privileges.

Private party ads are acceptable as long as they are posted in the Classifieds forum section. If your business has a product or service that you feel can benefit our community, contact us BEFORE you post! [email protected]

Spamming/advertising in the general forums is not tolerated. Again, if you have a product or service that would be of interest to our members please contact the K2 Forums administrators to learn how you can join our team and help support our community. We offer low-cost packages that can be of great benefit to you and your company.

The promotion of competing sites and/or forums is not allowed. Occasionally using the name of other sites or even posting a link to a pertinent thread from another site is acceptable, but repeatedly referring to other related sites is considered SPAM and will not be allowed. Users are not allowed to link to other forums in signatures, posts or PM's in effort to generate traffic to a competing site. This will be up to the discretion of the K2 Forums Admin and Moderator Staff, and you will be notified if action needs to be taken.

Troll-Free Environment

The K2 Forums try to maintain reasonable, "troll free" environment. Normally trolls are just frustrated people who want to vent, so forum staff will do their best to help them find a more constructive way to post. If a member is reported repeatedly for abuse or trolling, they will be assigned a troll flag in the forum software and their posts will be put into limbo (invisible) until the troll flag is removed after a period of "troll-free" time.

Everyone probably knows what trolling is, it's easy to spot. Here's a good summary from Wikipedia: "In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic." Source: Wikipedia Entry for Trolling

You can use the "Flag" button to report a post that is violating the spirit of this troll-free philosophy. Forum staff will review and take reasonable steps to correct the problem.
Disagreeing with a post does not hurt another user in any way, use that as a simple expression of your opinion.


In the event a player violates the code of conduct, they will usually receive a warning message using one of these categories:
1.(a) Spamming, bumping threads repeatedly, posting spoilers, or mild language. (minor)
2.(a) Abusive, rude or trolling behavior. Wikipedia Entry for Trolling (major)
2.(b) Attacking, insulting, calling out or threatening any human being, group or company. (major)
2.(c) Excessive profanity, advertising bots, repeated minor offenses. (major)

Other Tips and Notes

Before posting, you may wish to use the white search bar to see if your topic or question already has a dedicated thread.

Please don't post on alt accounts or try to circumvent the system. Everyone is pretty reasonable and forgiving, so it's better to just work through an issue with forum staff, they are very understanding.

Code of Conduct Obligatory Stuff

The use of the K2 Forums constitutes acceptance of this Code of Conduct.

Membership and participation in these forums is a privilege and not a right. The forum staff reserve the right to remove forum privileges for those who repeatedly violate the code of conduct or harm/threaten other forum members in any way.

The K2 forum staff has the right to modify and apply the Code of Conduct at their discretion at any time.

Moderators and Administrators have the Final Word.

If you have a problem or a complaint please direct it to the administrators instead of posting in the public forums. They will quickly take the appropriate actions to resolve the issue in a private and discreet manner.

Most of all....Have fun and enjoy the forums! :D
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