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RULES
The use and membership of ARDENT forums, group chats, YouTube channels, ARDENT blogs, or any other ARDENT-related sites and services constitutes acceptance and agreement to the ARDENT Code of Conduct and Mission Statement. If you violate the Code of Conduct or Mission Statement, we reserve the right to kick or ban your account. We will advise users of inappropriate behavior, however, flagrant and repeated violations of the ARDENT CoC will result in an immediate ban.

As a member of our community, you must participate responsibly. While our rules are strict, it doesn't mean you can't have fun. These rules aren't here to put more restrictions but instead to improve the quality of the group. Please use your head. More than anything, common sense plays a big role. We are fun and will let a lot of things slide but we know when it's gone too far. If you have any questions regarding our CoC, please send a message to me or a moderator.

SPAMMING
Spam includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Copy pastas
- Long walls of text
- Posting nonsensical messages
- Repeated messages

FORGERY OR IMPERSONATION
Attempting to impersonate another user in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited.

HARASSMENT
You may not use terms or audio/visual materials referring to ethnic/national origin, ideological/religious beliefs, gender, or sexual preference in a demeaning context. We have no tolerance for discrimination. You are in violation of this rule if the nature of your post discriminates, promotes hate, promotes violence or advocates hatred or discrimination against individuals, groups, races, cultures or organizations because of their ethnic/national origin, skin color or culture.

DEROGATORY TERMS
If you use any terms in an offensive context against a person, race, culture, group or organization, as determined by our admins, you are in violation of this rule. Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word may be acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another. In addition, any one can invent their own derogatory terms, unfortunately. Because of those factors, we will evaluate the context in which the term was used to determine whether a violation has occurred.

SEXUALLY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL
You may not post or link to pornography or sexually offensive materials outside of their allowed channels. Sexual topics are permitted to an extent, which will be up to the discretion of an admin whether or not a topic goes out of line. If you are unsure whether what you wish to post may be in violation of this rule, please consult a moderator first before posting.

OBSCENE CONTENT
You may not post or link obscene sites outside of their allowed channels, or any such excessively obscene material. If you are unsure whether what you wish to post may be in violation of this rule, please consult a moderator first before posting.

NUISANCE
Don't be "that guy." Being annoying and disruptive is against the CoC. We want a better environment for the whole group, and it only takes one person to "kill" the group chat.

COMPLAINTS
You may not publicly complain about or demand a reason for another user's ban, the deletion of a message, or the actions of a moderator or community staff member. Any discussion about warnings, bans, moderator actions, and thread deletions should be done over private messaging. You are, however, allowed to a general inquiry which may or may not be answered, up to the discretion of a moderator.

MISCELLANEOUS
- Respect other members. Don't make fun of anyone's personal beliefs or put people down with negative comments.
- Religious topics are allowed as long as it stays "civilized." Admins have the right to end a religious discussion if they see it go out of hand.
- Do not post negative comments and discussions that are repeated over and over and over with no other purpose than to disrupt conversation. If you feel the need to say something, say it once and then move on. This also falls under the category of "cancer."
- You may not bait/troll users. Baiting/trolling is defined as posting with a clear intent to provoke anger, incendiary posts, and behavior that results in other users violating the CoC.
- You may not bait, insult, flame, or otherwise abuse moderators. Mods have to follow the same rules, and should you have a problem with a certain mod, please contact me or another moderator.
- You may not register multiple alts.
- Banter is allowed to an extent.
- Discord: Do not dump memes in #general. You may post one and discuss it but meme dumps should be taken to #image-spam.