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THE SECRET SOCIETY WARS H4X0R POLICY
Don't Be an Asshat!

So you want to play Secret Society Wars? Are you the kind of person who knows all kinds of clever ways to defeat security models and make scripts that cause the world to swing and jig to your tune? Well, good for you. However, you should know that being a part of this community and playing this game is kind of like being invited to a party at someone else's house. There is a gentleman's code that by all rights shouldn't need to be spoken, but for the benefit of those of you who don't grok it yet, here are some examples of behavior that will *NOT* be tolerated. We're going to have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy regarding these offenses, meaning we're going to use the Big Stick on you, disable your account and blacklist you forever from being a desired member of this community should you violate these policies.

  1. MALICIOUS LINKS
    We have all sorts of nifty social interaction applications here like integrated messageboards, blogs, chat and photo galleries. It is possible to embed links in these applications that cause someone who clicks on that link to do something they didn't intend to do like unequip things, delete blog entries and the like. I've pondered programmatical solutions to this for months and there isn't any really graceful way to prevent this automatically given the sheer variety of places we allow you to create links. Therefore, I've decided to classify this as a social engineering problem rather than a bug and we're going to use the Big Stick to keep people from exploiting it. Simply put, we're telling you right now not to do it, and if you refuse to comply, we're going to disable your account and blacklist you forever.

  2. MALICIOUS OFFSITE PAGES/SCRIPTS
    Same deal as above. It's possible to create offsite pages and scripts that will do malicious things to other players. This includes sessions hijackers, password stealers and pages that look like our login screen. There's no graceful way for us to prevent this either, so again, we'll hope that you're enough of an adult not to create such a thing. If you aren't, out comes the Big Stick.

  3. MALICIOUS GRAPHICS WITH EMBEDDED SCRIPTS
    Good Lord, now even porn is bad for you. Well, if you're 31337 enough to build one of those crazy images that makes Internet Explorer do unpleasant things and you upload that image to our site, expect the Big Stick to come down on you like a load of bricks.

  4. EMBEDDING MALICIOUS SCRIPTS IN SSW CONTENT
    Well, this shouldn't be possible. If you manage to find a way to do it, that's a valid bug and should be reported via the Bug Report Page. If you find a way to do it, and you actually use it to embed a malicious script that makes another player do something against his, her or its will, you can pretty much expect to feel the Big Stick on your noggin. Be Kind, Report Finds.

  5. MALICIOUS BOTS
    In general, our bot policy is this: if you create a bot that does general housekeeping or recordkeeping, like one that putters around the galaxy recording what's in every sector so you can compile a nice database of what the universe looks like, that's fine. Also port trading bots that automate port trades for maximum value are fine. Informative chat bots are also ok. However, we would like your bot to be resource-neutral. Any bot that acts like a denial-of-service attacker will earn you a session with the Big Stick. That means they should not generate more than 20 hits per minute, which is what a fairly fast person could do with a browser.
    Things that you should not automate:
    Player/Player interactions of any kind, including warbots and trade snipers. That sort of thing should be handled mano-a-mano. Be a man, not a shit.
    Forum spammers and chat spammers. That's just flat asshattery.
    Any other automation activities that could be considered annoying or generally unfair to other players are also not Kosher.

  6. OTHER ASSHATTERY CURRENTLY UNDREAMED-OF IN OUR PHILOSOPHY
    Ahh, the universe is full of people with ideas. I'm leaving it up to you to keep your ambition for using your programming skill to screw other people under tight control. If you dream up something completely new that you have doubts about, feel free to ask for clarification. This list is not by any means complete, and if something new comes up that registers on our Asshat Radar but isn't covered specifically by this text, we'll still bring the Big Stick down on it. Afterwards, we'll add a specific clause to this page for the edification of those who come later. Remember, just because there isn't a sign on the wall that says "Don't Shit On The Floor", that don't mean it's ok to dump your load on the linoleum. (:

  7. USE COMMON SENSE
    We want everyone to have a good time. Just use your brain, don't act like an idiot, and you will succeed and prosper!

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