Automation Forum Rules, Updated 24 April 2023

Automation Forum Rules


Camshaft Software wants to create a safe and enjoyable place for its community on our forums. We should strive to keep that true, above all else. Everyone has the right to enjoy the forums free from harassment or discrimination of any kind, and has the right to be treated with respect and fairness from the community at large, as well as from the Moderation Team and the Developers. Any breaches of the rules will result in formal warnings or temporary/permanent bans from the Official Automation Forums, as well as other Automation-related social media channels.

General Rules

1. Above everything else, treat others with the respect you would want from them.

The Automation Community is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. This includes:

  • Being kind to one another. Hold each other accountable, and be accepting of the abilities of others.
  • Respecting the boundaries of others. If someone asks you to stop doing something, or to stop using a specific term, then stop. An apology goes a long way to making things right!

Automation is a very complicated game, and it can take a long time to master the skills needed to play the game at a high level. Be understanding especially of new players, and offer them a helping hand if you’re able to!

2. Do not post offensive or illegal content.

Do not post anything that is not safe for work, including:

  • Nudity or sexually suggestive content of any kind,
  • graphic violence, gore or other graphically disturbing content,
  • hateful, racist, sexist, ableist content, or anything that is derogatory to a person’s gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical abilities, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic standing, or otherwise,
  • spam content, including unauthorised advertisements and copypastas, or
  • any content promoting any sort of illegal activity.

This includes any usernames, profile pictures or custom status messages, and any private messages (PMs) sent to any user on the forums.

3. Follow good forums etiquette.

In order to maintain a good flow of discussion on the forums, we ask that all members adhere the following:

  • Do not derail threads with off-topic discussion. Take it to your own thread, or to the most appropriate thread on the forums.

  • When creating a new thread, please take note of the thread recommendations that come up, as there might already be a thread on the topic you wish to discuss. Threads on duplicate topics will be deleted and merged without warning.

  • Thread necromancy is strongly discouraged. If you do a search and find a relevant topic, but it has remained dormant for a long period of time, it is poor forums etiquette to make a post in that thread in such cases.

  • Post new threads in the appropriate category for the intended discussion. Threads not in the proper category will be moved without warning.

  • When posting, please make one post at a time, instead of multiple posts one after the other. This is not a Discord server, please make use of the “edit post” function instead!

  • When quoting an earlier post, highlight only the portion of the message you are responding to; do not quote the entire post.

  • Multi-accounting is not permitted. All alt accounts will be banned permanently, and the original account will earn a lengthy temporary ban as well.

4. Report posts that do not conform with the rules.

If you see a post that does not conform with the rules, is disruptive or is generally not conducive to maintaining a positive environment, flag the post to alert the Moderation Team, and it will be addressed as soon as possible; DO NOT backseat moderate.

False reports or reports in bad faith will be punished.

For more information, please consult our Community Guidelines and our Terms of Service.

Special rules for the Sharing Category

  • The Sharing subforums are for people to share their cars, engines and other Automation content, regardless of their skill level. If you see something you don’t like, or a thread made by a user whose designs you don’t care for, it will cost you ZERO time and effort to just move on and not make a negative comment.

  • Offer constructive criticism to anyone looking for feedback; don’t just say “YOUR DESIGNS/ENGINES suck” and move on, that will get you suspended.

  • Also, be prepared to accept constructive criticism on your designs if you post your designs. Nobody is so perfect at playing Automation that they are above taking some good advice from time to time; don’t take it as a personal attack.

  • Keep all your posts in either your own personal thread, or your company lore threads. Don’t make a new thread for every car or engine you make, it’s clutters up the forums and makes for an unpleasant reading experience.

Special rules for Community Challenges & Competitions

Community challenges and competitions are a fun way to test your abilities in Automation, by pitting them against other members of the community. What isn’t fun is when community members are toxic towards one another as a result of these challenges. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Respect the host(s) and fellow participants of a challenge. Putting together a community challenge is an incredible amount of work, and nobody ever gets it perfect. Disagreement is inevitable, but it must remain civil at all times. Resorting to insults and toxicity will result in consequences. If you lose a challenge, accept the decision with grace and sportsmanship, don’t insult the host(s) and your fellow participants.

  • Challenges are expected to be done in a timely fashion by the community. If you’re struggling to get through the workload of finishing your challenge, it is strongly recommended that you keep your participants informed by making update posts. For community members, please respect the hosts if they ask for more time to complete their challenge; the rule of mutual respect applies here as much as anywhere else.

  • Abandoning a challenge is disappointing but not the end of the world. However, community members who habitually start and abandon challenges will be prohibited from making more.

These rules are subject to change at any time, and may be expanded upon by the Moderation Team. All warnings, suspensions and bans are at the discretion of the Moderation Team, and may be for scenarios not necessarily covered by the rules at the time of writing.