The Rules - "The Pirate Code"

  • Ahoy Pirates, welcome to your Sea of Thieves Forums!
    Whether you be an old sea dog or new swabbie, this thread will be your guide to navigate these Forum waters.

    I am your Forum Community Manager Dee! From 9am till late (GMT) I'm usually around to help answer any questions I can.

    Your Community Moderators are called @Deckhands, and they are my eyes and ears in the Forums and Xbox Clubs! Need any help? Check if one is available in your timezone, they are happy to help!


    Are Forums new to you? Feeling unfamiliar in these waters?

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    Announcements - "The Captain's Cabin"

    This category is for announcements from Rare staff to let you know of all the official goings on with the Game, the Forums and the wider Sea of Thieves community.

    • The Pirate Code
    • Release Notes Discussion
    • Official Contests

    Insider Programme Updates

    • Developer Updates
    • Insider Hot Topics

    An Insider only Category where we post regular Developer Updates and Insider Hot topics where we are looking for your feedback on a new topic.
    This category is largely read only, and for Insiders only! Want to be an Insider? You can sign up here!


    Sea of Thieves Game Discussion

    Your one stop shop for all your Sea of Thieves discussion. Got something to say that doesn't break the Pioneer and Technical Alpha NDA that is still in place? Put it here!

    • Game Feedback + Suggestions
    • Feedback Mega Threads
    • Gameplay Guides + Tips
    • Voyage Help
    • Tavern Tales

    Community - "The Shipmate's Quarters"

    Want to get to know members of your community better? Here is the place to do it. Celebrate birthdays, share fan creations, find a crew and get super social!

    • New Member's Introduction
    • Find a Crew!
    • Fan Creations - "The Galley"

    General Discussion & Off-Topic "The Outer Shores"

    Want to kick back and talk about anything that takes your fancy? Be it other games (wait, there are other games?!) or what you ate for breakfast (if that's your thing), well the General Forums are here for you to do just that!


    While browsing the Forums occasionally:

  • Welcome to the Sea of Thieves Forums!

    Here you will find a friendly community where you can give feedback, discuss ideas, give game play advice, share fan creations and hang out with your fellow Sea of Thieves pirates!

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    There is a Community-created Pirate Code which is the foundation for the following rules. Even when waging war across the decks of rival raiders, all crews should ultimately hold one another in respect!


    The Sea of Thieves Community will be moderated in English by Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands. More information on those roles can be found in this thread.

    The following rules are not exhaustive. Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands will use discretion to address any behaviour that is perceived to be inappropriate for the Sea of Thieves Community.

    Suspension or removal from the game will always result in the same action regarding Official community access.


    General Conduct

    Obscene and Vulgar Language

    Swearing is not permitted on the Forums and a profanity filter is in place to block it. Attempts to bypass the profanity filter will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    NSFW Content

    Posting Not Safe For Work content will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Derogatory Language

    Name calling, personal attacks and using derogatory language against Community Members, Rare Employees, Global Moderators or Deckhands is not acceptable. Using such language will result in a warning, then temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action is persistent or increasingly aggressive, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Harassment

    Harassment is any repeated action that makes the other party uncomfortable. Harassing Rare Employees, Global Moderators, Deckhands or Community Members will result in a warning, then temporary ban from the Forums and a warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Racial / Ethnic

    Promoting racial or ethnic hatred, through any form of media will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.

    Sexual Orientation

    Insulting, using as an insult and promoting hatred of any sexual orientation, through any form of media will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.

    Political & Religious Discussion

    Due to the sensitive nature of discussion, Political and religious discussion is not permitted in the Sea of Thieves community. Discussions of this nature will result in the topic being deleted and the creator warned. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information

    Sharing any real-life information about Rare Employees, Global Moderators, Deckhands or Community Members will result in a permanent ban from the Forums. ‘Self-Doxing’ will result in a permanent ban from the Forums, please do not post the personal information of anyone, including yourself.

    Drugs or Activities

    Don't do drug deals on the Forums! Discussing drugs or activities including but not limited to their abuse, their use and where to get them will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.

    Black Market Discussion

    Discussing Black Market goods, services and how to acquire them will result in a permanent ban from the Forums. This includes but is not limited to topics about:

    • Sexual exploitation and forced labour
    • p**********n
    • Weapons
    • Biological organs
    • Racketeering
    • Copyrighted media
    • Currency

    Real-Life Threats and Encouraging Others to do Harm

    We take threats made against other Community Members, Rare Employees, Global Moderators, Deckhands and of self-harm very seriously.

    If anyone in the Sea of Thieves Community is found to be making a real-life threat, we report it to the relevant authorities to be investigated and this could result in real-life repercussions. If you see anyone encouraging others to do harm, making a real-life threat against you, themselves, or others, please report it immediately.


    Game Issues

    Cheats and Hacks

    Discussing Cheats and Hacks including but not limited to their use and where to get them will result in a permanent ban from the Forums. If you want to report a cheat, hack or bug you have discovered, please contact Support.

    Posting Unreleased Content / Hacking Data Files

    Do not share data-mined information as the post will be removed and a warning issued. Ignoring the warning will result in a permanent ban.

    Impersonating a Rare Employees, Global Moderators, Deckhands

    On the Forums Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands all have a special flair when they post. If you are unsure if someone belongs to those groups, you can also check these categories to check gamertags.

    Impersonating or misrepresenting yourself as a Rare Employee, Global Moderator and Deckhand will result in a permanent ban in the Forums.


    Forum Issues

    Advertising

    Making topics or posts in order to drive traffic or boost sales is strictly forbidden. Doing so will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.

    Spamming, Baiting and Trolling

    Posts and threads that are created in order to spam, cause unrest or troll the community will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned.

    These actions can be and are not limited to:

    • Creating threads, posts and content for the sole purpose of causing unrest
    • Making off topic posts to derail the conversation
    • Excessively using the same phrase, similar phrases, or gibberish
    • Bullying and encouraging users to bully others.

    Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Witch-hunting and Call-Outs

    Posting gamertags or screenshots of conversations in order to name and shame community members is not allowed on the Forums. If you believe a post or thread violates community standards, please flag it for moderation.

    If you believe a player has been toxic in the game, you can report them to Xbox Live here. You can also submit a support ticket to Rare Player Support.

    Topics and posts with this content will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Embedded Media

    If you're sharing Sea of Thieves content that may include swearing, please do not embed the video into your post, add it as a link to view externally.

    Unacceptable Piracy Topics

    Sea of Thieves isn't set in the historical age of piracy, instead it is set in its own world.

    Topics about:

    • Slavery
    • p**********n
    • R****g and Pillaging

    have no place in our game or community. Posting about these topics, will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.

    Creating Duplicate Threads

    Multiple threads on the same topic posted in quick succession is not allowed. The most relevant thread will be kept open and all other threads locked.

    Bumping Threads

    Bumping threads with content that is not providing additional information to the original post is not permitted. Resurrecting threads over one month old is also not permitted. A warning will be issued and the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Asking For Upvotes

    Topics and posts should be created to foster discussion. Asking for upvotes or posts in order to boost reputation or topic counts is not permitted. A warning will be issued, the post deleted or the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Legibility

    Topics and posts should be legible and easy to read! Please refrain from typing in:

    • ALL CAPS.
    • Using difficult to read formatting.
      A warning will be issued, the post deleted or the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Circumventing the Forum Profanity Filter

    A profanity filter is in place to support our commitment to our community to create the world’s friendliest multiplayer game. Topics and posts which attempt to circumvent the filter will be edited or deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Discussing Disciplinary Actions

    Discussion of disciplinary actions taken against individual players is not permitted on the Forums. Topics and posts with this content will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Alt Accounts

    Community members are permitted to have multiple Forum accounts, however if one account is found to be breaking community rules, then action may be taken against all accounts owned by the same user.

    Circumventing a Ban

    If a community member posts on another account, or has another community member post to circumvent a ban in order to continue the actions that lead to ban, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.

    Giveaways

    Official giveaways are covered, we do not support community giveaways so please host and enter those at your own risk.


    When using our Forum, please keep in mind that all activity here is subject to the Microsoft Services Agreement and Xbox Code of Conduct.

    Microsoft Services Agreement
    Xbox Live Code of Conduct

  • The Deckhands act as Community Moderators in the Sea of Thieves Community.
    They are officially active in the Sea of Thieves Forums, Official Xbox Clubs and Verified Discord.

    As Community Moderators, their responsibilities include:

    • Co-operating with Rare staff in upholding community guidelines.
    • Moving and locking topics when appropriate.
    • Flagging breaches of conduct with Rare admins (e.g. NDA breaches, toxic behaviour).
    • Offering help and assistance to community members who need it.
    • Acting as my dragon eyes and ears, they see things that I might not always be able to see and bring to my attention things I need to celebrate and things I need to handle.

    As we work closely with the Deckhands and speak to them daily, we regularly discuss certain information ahead of time in preparation for events, shows and policy or process changes. This allows them to better anticipate high-traffic periods in the community and to provide more accurate information to community members in need of assistance.

    We do not expect the Deckhands to act as the official voice of the studio, but we do want the community to put their trust in them as they will happily do all they can to help you with the information that we provide them!

    It should be noted that our Deckhands are under NDA and should not be pressed or harassed for information.

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    Meet the Deckhands!

    KattTruewalker - Forum Deckhand

    lizalaroo - Forum Deckhand

    IOnEI Falcon - Forum Deckhand

    JediKnightXIII - Forum Deckhand

    Pikaaroon - Forum Deckhand

    DHG IXxRMACxXI - Forum Deckhand

    tartansnake-8 - Forum Deckhand

    II Mikez II - Club Deckhand

    Taydoge Swift - Discord Deckhand


    Is there a Deckhand in my Time Zone?

    NORTH AMERICA (USA, CAN)


    EUROPE (United Kingdom)


    OCEANIA (Australia, New Zealand)


    How can I help the Deckhands?

    As the Deckhands are fulfilling their roles voluntarily out of their dedication to both Sea of Thieves and the community, please be as supportive of them as possible!
    You can do this by:

    • Abiding by the Forums and Official Xbox Clubs Terms of Service and Guidelines.
    • Following our Community Pirate Code
    • Being co-operative and understand that they are working as an extension of the official Rare moderator staff.
    • Working together to make sure the Sea of Thieves community remains welcoming.
    • If you’re not sure about something, don’t hesitate to ask them questions.
    • Use the “@Deckhand” tag on the Forum!

    The Deckhands are here to help not only us but the community as well. The team here at Rare has put our trust in them to maintain a positive atmosphere on the Forums and the Official Xbox Clubs to provide you the most accurate information available, so do your best to support them!


  • Hello and welcome to the Sea of Thieves Forums!

    You may have noticed that some users have badges below their names with phrases like 'Founder', other users have cool sashes and a badge that reads, 'Deckhand' and you don't know what those mean. Below is a handy guide which explains each user group and their badges.


    Global Moderators

    Users with this tag are Official Forum Administrators, they have full moderation access and can ban players from the Forum.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Rare Employee

    Users with this tag are Rare Employees, a full list of all Rare Employees active on the Forums can be found here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Deckhand

    Users with this tag are Community Moderators. They help moderate the Sea of Thieves Forum and other Official Sea of Thieves community spaces. Information about the Deckhands can be found here.

    They can be tagged using @Deckhand.

    Pioneer

    Users with this tag are a select group of players who receive special previews of upcoming features and improvements to the game. Invites cannot be requested and are non-transferable. You can find information on them here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Founder

    Users with this tag are community members who took part in our Technical Alpha Programme. Through their feedback and play sessions they provided us with lots of valuable data.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Insider

    Users with this tag are community members who have signed up for insider information on the Sea of Thieves. They have access to the Insider Programme Forums where we post staff insights and sneak peeks of incoming game features. Information on the Insider Programme and how to join can be found here.

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

    Boatswain

    Users with this tag are community members who are positive members of our community, fairminded but respectful of the Pirate Code and Forum Rules.

    They have no responsibilities, or official duties but we hope the Boatswains will play a key part in welcoming new players into the community. We will be adding to this group fairly regularly, and are always on the lookout for new Boatswains!

    They cannot be tagged on the Forum.

  • Ahoy there pirates!

    For those of you who have questions, or those of you who are wondering what a Pioneer is, here’s what you need to know!

    Who are the Pioneers?
    The Sea of Thieves Pioneers are a select group of players who receive special previews of upcoming features and improvements to the game. Invites cannot be requested and are non-transferable.

    How often will they play?
    We aim to have weekly sessions and there may be times where there are multiple sessions in one week.

    I was a Pioneer before, but now I'm not, why?
    As part of the refresh to the Pioneer Programme, we've amended the Pioneer criteria. As a result, some previous Pioneers are currently ineligible. Don't worry though, the Pioneer Programme will continue to grow alongside the game, so there's plenty more opportunities to be invited to the programme!

    Will you be inviting new Pioneers?
    Yes! We are always on the look out for more dedicated players to invite to the programme.

    Can I watch a Pioneer session?
    The Pioneer Programme is under NDA, and no streams are allowed.

    What happens a Pioneer breaks the NDA?
    Any Pioneers found breaking the NDA will be removed from the programme.

    Do not take photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game.
    Do not post photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game on any venue. This also includes the Pioneer Programme Forum.
    Do not describe any part of the Game on any venue unless we’ve instructed you to.
    Do not allow others to watch you play the Game.
    Do not leave the Game running unattended.

    Hopefully that clears things up for you!


  • Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!

    Please find below links to detailed instructions on how to effectively FLAG a post/topic/user to get the attention from our Sea of Thieves Forum Deckhands & Crew.

    But first, a small disclaimer from the Deckhands.
    We would like to thank everyone for taking the time and consideration in making the Sea of Thieves Forum a welcoming and enjoyable place to be. Without you, we have no community and thankfully for us we have one of the best communities around!

    We'd like to keep it that way, because as the game nears closer and closer to launch, we expect forum traffic to increase and with that more posts to review and moderate. Contrary to popular pirate belief the Deckhands don't see everything which means we are going to need your help!

    To keep this place looking ship-shape we ask that you assist us, the @Deckhands, with keeping an eye on things. If you find a topic, a comment or a user you feel goes against our Pirates Code (detailed below) we would appreciate it if you could anonymously flag it for review.


    Quick Links -

    1) What is a Flag?

    2) What should be Flagged?

    3) The Pirate Code

    4) How to Flag Forum Content

  • You can report players who you believe have not behaved according to the Pirate Code in multiple ways. Through:

    Xbox Live: https://support.seaofthieves.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360000779227-How-to-report-a-player

    Sea of Thieves Support: By creating a support ticket.

  • Never used Support Tickets to submit a bug? Well here's a handy guide to show you how!

    Reporting Bugs using Support Tickets

    1. Wherever you are on the Sea of Thieves website, select Support from the top banner. Then select Get Help. Or you can bookmark this link here to take you directly to the page!
    1. Use the search box on the Help and Support page to search for your bug. If it is in our knowledge base an article will appear. If not..
    1. You will see this page. Select Raise a Support Request.
    1. A drop down menu will appear. Select, I'd like to report a bug.
    1. Here you can submit your bug! Please try to give as much detail as possible, e.g. location, what you were doing at the time and any other information you may feel is necessary. Multiple bugs can be submitted in one ticket!

    And that's it! Easy peasy. Happy bug hunting!


    Bug Reports are logged and your reports are used to aid the Development Team in resolving the issue you're facing for all users.

    • If a fix is available for your issue, then you will be sent information on your next steps.
    • If a fix is not available, then your will be logged and passed to the Development Team.
  • Ahoy thar Fo'Rum!

    You may have noticed the recent increase in user accounts and activity across the forum and with that activity you may have also noticed more and more threads being Locked by the Deckhands.

    Well the @deckhands and I thought it was about time we listed in detail our rationale behind Locking particular threads.

    Firstly let me begin by saying if your posted thread is on the receiving end of a Lock, please don't take it personally, because it's not.

    As Deckhands, it's our job to assure that active conversations and threads are being promoted and that new users are being directed to where the action is.

    We understand the excitement new users must feel when logging into the FoRum for the first time and the amount of content can be somewhat overwhelming, just remember that we were all "new users" once and so we also understand that it's extremely tempting to just dive in and start posting "new" threads with your questions and suggestions.

    But before posting a new thread consider the following to avoid your thread being Locked.

    Things that qualify for a Lock (with descriptions):


    • Posting Duplicate Threads
      Posting the same question or topic in multiple Categories or posting multiple threads with variations of the same title can be considered as SPAM.

    • Posting Duplicate Topics
      Over the forums lifespan we have seen lots of unique discussion topics but there are some topics that are being frequently asked which creates clutter to legacy users and it can be repetitive. Typically a Deckhand (or a forum member) will redirect you to an active thread of the same topic before locking your thread.

    • Posting Closed Statements or Comments
      Creating a new thread and simply saying "I'm excited for this game! Woo!" isn't going to cut it. Try turning that statement into a conversation topic, as long as that conversation doesn't break the aforementioned conditions.

    • Posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      Let's face it, we all have questions. Some of those questions are more common than others. If you post a question thread and it has been answered we will likely lock it. With that in mind the Deckhands came up with the First Port of Call in an attempt to address some of those FAQ's about the game.
      It's an extremely helpful resource but it won't answer every question, so in the instance where you still have questions unanswered we ask that you avoid creating a question thread and rather find a thread with a similar subject matter and ask it there. You would be surprised how quickly someone answers your question. If all else fails, message one of the Deckhands directly and we will see what we can do.

    • Neglecting to Search / Check Recent Posts
      We find that when big announcements are made about Sea of Thieves multiple threads of the same subject are posted. We ask that before posting a new thread that you check the Recent posts to see if someone has already made your intended thread and attempt to do a Search. Although at the moment we are aware that the Search function is a little quirky.

    • Violating the Forums Terms and Conditions OR an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
      For details on Forum Guidelines, please refer to this thread here.
      During the development of Sea of Thieves, some information disclosed to you may be protected by an NDA and some conversations may also be restricted to take place in specific locations throughout the forum. Before posting, please check that your thread or topic is being posted in the correct Category.


    Thank you for reading the above conditions, moving forward I hope that we can all work together to keep the Sea of Thieves Fo'Rum looking shipshape!

    No Prey, No Pay.
    Swabbie AaronLeigh Pikaaroon - Deckhand