DayzUnderground Rules

Find all DayzUnderground rules and policies and learn how the team handles your reports or appeals

As few rules as possible: Our members should be able to play and create stories without having to keep a large volume of rules and limitations in mind. We are convinced that simple morality, respect, and fair play are the only things our members need to keep in mind while they enjoy themselves in the Underground. Our rules reflect that mindset.
As a mature and genuine person, you will most likely never get in conflict with our rules. From time to time, there is however a need for clarification on specific details of what players can or cannot do. We expect all players to familiarize themselves with our rules and expectations. DUG is fortunate to have the reputation of being a respected, mature and helpful community. Let’s keep it that way.

DayzUnderground’s golden rule is as simple as it is broad: Don’t be a jerk!

Show maturity, respect and fairness towards everyone

Respect other players and treat them fair and civil at all times. Treat everyone as equal members of the community and respect all playstyles DayZ has to offer.

No derogatory language

Any spoken or written hate or derogatory language that targets age, gender, race, nationality or sexuality is strictly forbidden and will be punished.

No ban evasion

Any attempts of ban evasion, assisting to ban evade or otherwise trying to avoid consequences of rule violations will lead to a permanent ban from all DUG platforms. Evading a ban will result in an automatic denial of previous ban appeals and voids any future ability to appeal.

No trolling, flaming or harassment

Show respect towards all other players and their playstyle.

Don’t abuse DUG platforms

Do not use any DUG platforms for malicious activities, even if their results don’t directly affect DUG members (e.g. hurting other communities while coordinating from the DUG Teamspeak).

Report all rule breaks you witnessed

Please report and do not ignore any rule breaks you witnessed. A useful report should contain evidence in form of ingame names, timestamps, chat logs or screenshots and video. We will take reports that are not supported by evidence into consideration and begin an investigation but will not act upon them if no evidence is available.

No false reports

Of course nobody can remember every single detail about every encounter, however purposefully fabricated reports or allegations will be punished.

Avoid controversial topics unrelated to DUG

Please avoid using our platforms for discussions of topics and beliefs surrounding politics, religion and sex. If you want to talk about the above topics, please use communities created for that purpose.

Do not masquerade as DUG staff

Do not masquerade as DUG staff or use their usernames on platforms affiliated with DUG to avoid misleading or deceiving people. This also includes ingame names such as Admin, Owner, Mod etc.

Don't try to abuse loopholes in the rules

We’re a gaming community and not a law firm and we want you to understand our rules and keep them readable. Common Sense: Just because a specific instance or specific glitch isn’t spelled out in here, doesn’t mean it’s okay. We’re all humans motivations are easy to identify.

No forms of hacking, cheating, glitching, exploiting or duping

We have zero tolerance towards any forms of hacking or unfair abuse glitches or known defects in the game’s current state. Common sense: Even if a glitch or exploit is not accurately described in here, it is still against the rules.

No VAC, game bans or hacking history

Players with recent VAC bans may be banned from DUG platforms without the opportunity for appeal. Older bans will be reviewed by DUG staff. If you feel your VAC or game ban was issued incorrectly or for something negligible, instead of trying to persuade DUG staff, please appeal your VAC ban with the Valve support team.

Don’t watch streams of someone playing on DUG while being in the server

When you’re playing, just keep it to playing. Do not be logged into a DUG server while viewing or listening to any stream that is taking place on a DUG server. Players that receive information from someone who is observing a stream will be treated as if they themselves were viewing the stream. The rule is clear and broken even if you don’t interact with the broadcaster.

Use normal ingame names

Please use a normal name or gamertag. Derogatory names or hate language that targets age, gender, race, nationality or sexuality as well as personal attacks targeted at another player or group of people are not allowed. Do not use player or character names tied to real world atrocities or try to circumvent the rule e.g. by using leetspeak. Offenders may be kicked with a warning first or banned from our servers.

No inaccessible constructions

While creating a camp, base or stash, accessibility needs to be possible. Players may not build or construct their camps and such in a way that is impossible to be accessed by outside parties including only being accessible by glitching. Setting up items such as tents, vehicles, or other objects in a way that makes a camp or base impenetrable is beyond the scope of fair play and will either be asked to be removed by the players who constructed it, or our staff will remove it if we cannot identify who it belongs to.

Camps and bases that are so large that player and server lag are affected, will also need to be removed or modified.

Do not combat log

Do not log out to avoid other players or any possible negative consequences or interactions. If you need to leave the game for IRL reasons and are mid interaction with other players, inform them ASAP. If rules were broken during any interactions, please report them.

Do not log out while being unconscious but respawn and log out after respawning.

Do not share whitelisted accounts

Do not share access to whitelisted accounts. Only one Steam account per member can be whitelisted. After approximately six months in good standing this can be reviewed on a case by case basis. Offences committed while an account was shared will affect all parties equally and cause the removal of all Steam accounts.

Event rules

Certain community events may require small sets of event-specific rules to ensure they are possible to carry out. If an event has any specific rules, they are shared through our private forum in advance.

Our Teamspeak is a place for our players to socialize. You can find new friends and talk with the people you’re interacting with in our forums. Various private and public rooms give everyone the ability to find their place in the community.

DUG staff is identifiable by the pink cupcake and silver shield tags, as well as by the [TS Admin] or [Mod/Admin] tags after their names.
Our staff try to be available as much as possible in Teamspeak. Please understand we also play the game and have families and commitments outside of the DayzUnderground community. If you message a member of the staff and do not receive a reply within 5 minutes they may be AFK or in game. Please submit a report in order to have your concern addressed.

Respect the privacy of others and their rooms

If you join a channel and the people inside ask you to leave, please do so. Those failing to meet the request will be removed from the room by DUG staff.

Do not contact users for being upset over ingame events

If you’re upset over ingame events, do not spam users or DUG staff through Teamspeak with e.g. pokes. If you feel a rule was broken, submit a report.

If you interact with someone in game and you wish to talk to them about it, send them a text message over Teamspeak and wait for a reply. (You can do this by right clicking anyone’s name and selecting “Open Text Chat”, it’s the first option in the right click menu.

Users are responsible for their own TS room security

All users can decide freely with whom to be in a channel or not. If you don’t want someone listening to what you’re talking about, ask that person to leave or switch into a different room just with the people you want to play with.

Of course all relevant general rules also apply to your behavior in Teamspeak.

Organic RP gives players ingame freedom to create and tell stories. There are no rules for initiation or killing. Instead, our rules ensure that everyone is treated with respect.

Show mutual respect and respect all playstyles

DayZ and DUG offer a wide variety of playstyles. Everyone can coexist.

Separate IC and OOC emotions and actions

Leave in game actions and events in game. There is no reason to have any issues with a player because their in game character killed, stole from, tortured, or otherwise wronged you. If you have valid concerns with the way another player behaved themselves in game, resolve it in a mature and respectful manner or submit a report.

Have genuine OOC intentions and purpose for all your RP

All RP has to have the community at heart.
DUG is a mature community and our members have explored various dark or morbid RP themes as part of their stories, such as the Cult of Papa. Players showing derogatory RP themes have to make their genuine OOC intentions and purposes clear to the rest of the community and the DUG staff.

To fully understand this policy, you must first understand the difference between IC (In Character) and OOC (Out Of Character). OOC thoughts and actions come from the person and his or her genuine intentions. IC actions come from a constructed and artificial persona. With this policy we are not restricting IC actions, however IC and OOC actions will be judged by their OOC intentions and purpose. While we hardly restrict IC RP, it will not be an excuse to hide OOC intentions that are unfit for our community behind RP.

When the community or team feels like a group displaying derogatory themes is not showing a visible and successful effort to outline genuine OOC intentions and purpose, the DUG team will intervene to either help support efforts of genuine OOC intentions and purpose or censor and punish intentions that are unfit for the community such as specific harassment or complete disregard of others.
These efforts are most likely successful when they include subreddit posts, OOC interaction with other community members, the ability to compromise as well as unique creativity in RP.

Have the ability to solve differences with other players maturely

We prefer not to become involved in personal disputes between players and encourage them to resolve their own issues in game and out of game. Our members are expected to be able to solve differences and make compromises with eachother.

Communicate, coordinate and collaborate with your fellow community members to avoid or solve issues

Everyone is free to be in control of their personal narratives. E.g. permadeath of characters is used by a lot of members but is not forced and while there are large amounts of lore created, nobody is forced to conform to it. Story creation within DUG is kept organic and dynamic.
To avoid potential conflicts of story continuity, please communicate and coordinate OOC with members that are part of your stories. All of our members are creating stories together.

How we enforce the rules, investigate reports and make sure we remain impartial

A preset format and process helps with consistency

Permanent or temporary bans are issued after a ban report was created and archived. These ban reports follow a pre-set format and have to contain all relevant information and evidence. This can be in form of server logs, screenshots, videos or other formats that were part of the investigation. All server ban messages will contain a reason and date that links back to its ban report. When a community member is banned, we send out a message with the ban reason through our forum.

An impartial staff team is key to fair administration

Bans and appeals are handled by a dedicated team of the DUG staff, with years of experience in leading a community. Impartiality, experience, a cool head and a healthy dose of distance are key to effective and fair administration. If a staff member has any form of personal involvement or investment in an incident, he or she can only supply evidence or information. Participation when decisions are made will not be allowed. In some cases where the incident depends on policies instead of hard evidence, the dedicated team has to anynomize suspects and argue their case in front of the rest of the senior DUG moderation staff.

Innocent until proven guilty

We care about all of your reports, incidents or concerns and want to hear what you have to say. Every report will be taken into consideration and investigated but we will not act upon them if no sufficient evidence is available. Players are to be seen as innocent until proven guilty. If we repeatedly receive valid reports that fall short just for not having suitable evidence, we will still make note of them in DUG’s “naughty list”. All notable rule breaks, minor infractions or reports against players are archived in the naughty list.

Keeping privacy as high priority

When reports are investigated or concluded, we do not release personal information that will aid in identifying another player’s identity in game or out of game to anyone. Policy related issues are frequently handled by keeping suspects entirely anonymous. This way we can remove any potential bias and uphold impartiality.

A fair chance: all bans can be appealed

Mistakes happen, evidence can be misinterpreted. While we enforce all rules with confidence, we think it’s unfair to proclaim any and all staff decisions as final. All bans, except those issued for ban evasion, can be appealed. To appeal a ban, please fill out the ban appeal form with all the required information. Ban appeals may take multiple days to complete while we perform our investigation. We ask that you remain patient throughout the process. If you do not hear back from us via E-mail or Reddit private message within a week, feel free to contact us through support@dayzunderground.com again to inquire about the state of your appeal.