Code of Conduct

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The Code of Conduct (often abbreviated as CoC and sometimes called Rules of RuneScape) is part of the terms and conditions of playing RuneScape. When players make an account, they agree to be bound by the rules and to face punishment (i.e. a ban or a mute) if they do not abide by them. Jagex's Customer Support team may apply a variety of sanctions against rule breakers, up to a permanent account ban. Lesser offences may result in a warning, temporary ban, or a temporary or permanent mute.

The RuneScape Forums operate under a set of slightly modified rules also called the Code of Conduct. Some sections of the rules are tailored and expanded upon to make them more suitable for the Forums. You can find more information about the Code of Conduct in RuneScape Forums. There are also specific rules tailored to each specific forum, called the "Forum Specific Rules", and they can be found by clicking on the link near the top of each forum.

Keeping your account's offences to a minimum contributes to greater success at becoming a Player Moderator. If you feel that someone is violating one of the Rules of RuneScape, you can report the offending player using the "Report Abuse" button below the chatbox on the lower-right hand side.

Note: These rules were copied from the RuneScape website, but we cannot guarantee that they are accurate or up-to-date. Therefore, the rules given here cannot be taken as definitive, only those listed on the RuneScape website can. It is individual players' responsibility to ensure that they abide by Jagex's current rules and policies at all times in the game, on the RuneScape Forums, and everywhere else. Jagex rules are also enforced on this wiki, and any user who posts information or advice on how to break rules may be blocked from editing.

Updated rules[edit | edit source]

The current Report Abuse system.

As of 22 October 2015 per the Abyssal Bludgeon Buff update, Jagex has updated the Report Abuse menu, adding some options that were not previously offered in Old School RuneScape, such as 'Offensive Name' and rewording others for consistency with Jagex's other products. The updated rules are as followed:

  1. Seriously offensive language
  2. Scamming
  3. Breaking real-world laws
  4. Exploiting a bug (bug abuse)
  5. Staff impersonation
  6. Encouraging rule breaking (all rules included)
  7. Macroing or use of bots
  8. Offensive account name
  9. Advertising websites
  10. Buying or selling an account (despite no longer specifying account sharing in the rule name, Jagex still regard account sharing as against the rules)[1]
  11. Asking for or providing contact information (addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.)
  12. Solicitation
  13. Player-run Games of Chance (such as trust trades, commission staking, dicing, and gambling)[2]
  14. Disruptive behaviour
  15. Real-life threats

Old rules (27 Nov 2014 - 22 Oct 2015)[edit | edit source]

The Report Abuse system consisting of 12 rules from 27 November 2014 to 22 October 2015.

On 27 November 2014, Jagex slightly modified the rules as followed:

  1. Offensive language (includes spamming)
  2. Item scamming
  3. Password scamming
  4. Bug abuse (cheating)
  5. Jagex staff impersonation
  6. Encouraging others to break rules (all rules included)
  7. Macroing (using third-party software like bots)
  8. Advertising websites
  9. Real world item trading
  10. Asking for personal details (addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.)
  11. Player harassment [3]
  12. Games of chance (such as trust trades, commission staking, dicing, and gambling) [2]

Original rules[edit | edit source]

The old Report Abuse in-game user interface listing 13 rules prior to 27 November 2014.

Prior to the Integrity Survey Followup update on 27 November 2014, there were 15 rules. It was later reduced down to 13, however.

The former rules include:

  1. Offensive language (includes spamming) - You must not use any language that is offensive, racist or obscene.
  2. Item scamming - You must not scam or deceive other players.
  3. Password scamming - Asking for another player's password for any reason will not be tolerated.
  4. Bug abuse (cheating) - Any bugs found within the game must be reported to Jagex immediately.
  5. Jagex staff impersonation - You should not attempt to impersonate Jagex staff in any way.
  6. Account sharing/trading - Each account should only be used by ONE person.
  7. Using third-party software like bots (titled "Macroing" in-game) - You must not use other programs to gain an unfair advantage at the game. Jagex have also said they will not be banning players for using 3rd party clients[4].
  8. Multiple logging in - If you create more than one RuneScape account, they must not interact.
  9. Encouraging others to break rules (all rules included) - You must not encourage others to break any of the RuneScape rules.
  10. False representations (later renamed to "Misuse of customer support" and removed from in-game report screen) - This service must be used appropriately and treated with respect at all times.
  11. Advertising/website - You are not allowed to actively advertise in the RuneScape game or RuneScape forums.
  12. Real world item trading - RuneScape items must only be exchanged for other items/services within the game.
  13. Asking for personal details (addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.) - To protect players' safety and privacy, you must not ask for personal details.
  14. Misuse of official forums - Forums must be used respectfully at all times.
  15. Advertisement blocking - Please do not block the adverts in free-to-play RuneScape.

Private servers[edit | edit source]

A RuneScape private server, or RSPS, is a game based upon a RuneScape version, not run by Jagex. Operating an RSPS without Jagex's consent, in some jurisdictions, induces copyright infringement. Jagex strongly recommends against using a private server, due to the risk of malware and theft of personal information.[5]

Multiple logging-in[edit | edit source]

According to Jagex per the Game Guide[6]:

You are free to create as many accounts as you like and you are welcome to trade between your accounts just as you would with any other legitimate player.

However, if any of your accounts obtained wealth by rule breaking activity for example macro use (botting) or real world trading (buying gold or items from 3rd parties) then all your accounts will be banned.

Similarly, multi-logged accounts must not interact with each other to exploit gameplay mechanics, such as attempting to rig the result of a minigame.

Trading wealth or items between your own accounts is done entirely at your own risk. Unconventional trade methods like drop-, death- or trust-trades are particularly risky and we strongly advise against them.

You may log into multiple accounts across all versions of RuneScape at the same time, however any account you are using must not be involved in any rule breaking or exploitative activity. Any penalties or sanction for such behaviour will be applied to all of your accounts.

Consequences for abuse[edit | edit source]

Jagex may take action against players who violate the Code of Conduct in the game or in the RuneScape Forums. Offences, their evidence and subsequent punishments can be viewed and appealed by players using the Account Status system.

Mute[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mute

A mute is a form of punishment given out by in-game Player Moderators or Jagex Moderators (Customer Support team) to players who are guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct. Mutes given out by Player Moderators last up to 48 hours, long enough for Jagex's Customer Support team to investigate the situation. A muted player will not be able to talk in-game or on the RuneScape Forums; however, they can still play the game as usual and trade with other players.

Ban[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ban

Game bans restrict player's access to their accounts, usually for repeated or severe violations of the Code of Conduct. If the player appeals their ban, it may be accepted, either restoring the account completely or with a permanent mute.

Bans from the RuneScape Forums are given out by Forum Moderators and Jagex Moderators for essentially similar reasons to those in-game; however, they also include flaming, spamming and other forum-specific rules. If a player is muted or banned from the game, they are also automatically banned from the Forums.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
27 November 2014
(update | poll)
  • Commission staking is now against the rules. If you see someone advertising a commission staking FC, report them under offensive language. If you see a commission staking FC itself, report them under real world trading.
  • Redesigned the report abuse screen to include a new option to report other players that are harassing you.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mod Kari. "Is OSRS Services Allowed?." 24 June 2020. Old School RuneScape Forums. Account sharing is definitively against the TOS, as shown here: "Each account should only be used by one person. Never share your account with anyone else, doing so will likely get the account banned. Players may not sell, share, transfer or lend their account to anyone else. Players should not accept an account that anybody else offers, as they may be stolen, and this could lead to your own account being disabled!"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mod Ronan. "Integrity Survey Followup." 27 November 2014. Old School RuneScape Forums. "As such from now we will be considering anyone being part of a commission staking friends chat (that is hosting, participating and advertising) as involved in real world trading. In effect, commission staking is now against the rules."
  3. Mod Ronan. "Integrity Survey Followup." 27 November 2014. Old School RuneScape Forums. "Off the back of this, we have redesigned the report abuse screen to include a new option to report other players that are harassing you."
  4. Third Party Client Update
  6. Jagex. "Rules of RuneScape, Multiple logging-in." RuneScape Customer Support. "You are free to create as many accounts as you like and you are welcome to trade between your accounts just as you would with any other legitimate player."*