Welcome to the Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums, we’re very pleased to have you here!

We want to make these forums a positive environment for you to discuss Microsoft Flight Simulator related topics, and to give us your feedback on the sim.

To facilitate this, we ask that all members of the forums follow a set of guidelines known as the Microsoft Flight Simulator Forum Code of Conduct; or CoC for short. Anything you post in these forums (public posts or private messages) are subject to moderator action.

Please remember that your fellow players and forum users should always be treated with respect, without exception. If you take anything away from reading the CoC, it should be this.

The best way for us to improve the experience for everyone on the forums, and in the game, is for us all to be able to reach mutual understanding. That doesn’t mean we’ll always agree, and it doesn’t mean we’ll always achieve a compromise, but it does mean that we have a better chance of understanding what everyone wants from the game and why.

We won’t always agree with each other, and that’s okay!

🔹 Respecting your fellow forum users

Discrimination and Slurs based on Race, Ethnicity, Sexuality, Gender or Gender Identity We want the Microsoft Flight Simulator forums to be a welcoming place for everyone, this means that discriminatory slurs both clear and masked in words or images are not appropriate, ever.

🔹 Threats

Members of our forums should feel safe to express their thoughts and opinions about the game, and to do so without fear or intimidation. To this end, any threat of physical harm toward another forum user will not be tolerated and you will be banned from the forum and potentially from the live services of the sim.

🔹Harassing or Defamatory Content

For the same reason, harassing, bullying or defamatory content will also not be tolerated. Throwing around insults or targeting individuals or groups with malice has a negative effect on everyone’s experience in the forums. Harassment takes many forms, if we believe that there is an intent to bully other forum users or make them feel uncomfortable in this environment, action will be taken.

🔹 Obscene / Vulgar or Inappropriate Language and/or Images

Some people are comfortable with all kinds of colorful language and images, others are not. We ask that our forum members remember to treat each other with courtesy and respect and remember we do not all have the same expectations when it comes to what is acceptable. Remember that if you can’t make your point without using vulgar language, you probably don’t have a point at all. Attempting to bypass the profanity filter is not allowed.

🔹Politics, Religion, and Sexual Content

Politics, religion and sex can be fascinating subjects to discuss and debate, and as such there are many places online where people engage with these topics. The Microsoft Flight Simulator forums are not one of those places, if you want to talk about these topics we recommend you find a more appropriate venue.

🔹Non-Constructive Posts: Spamming, Trolling, or Topic Bumping

These forums are an excellent tool for us to collect feedback and keep up with issues that are important to the community. Being intentionally disruptive, derailing threads, creating threads meant to act as ‘votes’ or petitions instead of discussion points and creating posts or threads intended to cause unrest in the forums are not behaviors conducive to this goal.

This includes, but is not limited to, bumping threads (except for Multiplayer sessions), discussions that deviate from Microsoft Flight Simulator, and posting memetic images or phrases that add nothing to the discussion.

🔹Payware and Freeware Rules

Any payware or freeware promoted by users of this forum must have proper approval from all authors of the content. Any redistribution of content without proper permissions will be deleted. Piracy will not be tolerated.

Respecting the forum environment.

🔹 Community Managers & other Microsoft Flight Simulator Staff

The most frequent staff members you will see posting on the forums are the community managers and moderators. We enforce the CoC and respond to threads and posts, whether it is to address an issue or simply having fun.

If you don’t see us responding, it isn’t because we are ignoring you. Sometimes we don’t have a good answer, or we are looking for an answer or we cannot comment on the issue at the time.

We also have other work we have to do that isn’t on the forums so if you don’t see us around, we are working on something else for you!

🔹 Impersonating an Microsoft Flight Simulator Employee

Working for the Microsoft Flight Simulator team is cool. Passing yourself off as an Microsoft Flight Simulator employee is not. If you want to work for the Microsoft Flight Simulator team, keep an eye on the Asobo and Microsoft websites for potential openings.

🔹 Using the words "MSFS", "Microsoft Flight Simulator Staff", "CM Read now", or any community team members' names in a thread

We understand that everyone would like a Microsoft Flight Simulator employee or community member to read and acknowledge his or her post; however, use of such words in a post reply or subject line does not help the threads visibility. Please make your thread title relevant to the post subject. Threads violating this guideline are subject to be closed or deleted. Please note, the community team member list can be found here.

🔹 Posting in all capital letters, use a misleading title, excessive punctuation, and/or non-standard symbols, etc.

We ask you to refrain from using these types of tactics in order to bring more people to your thread. Making your thread title relevant to the post subject makes collecting your feedback easier for the community team. Threads violating this guideline are subject to be closed or deleted.

🔹 Circumventing a Suspension / Ban

To maintain the environment of the forums, it’s absolutely necessary that the moderators can do their jobs effectively. To facilitate this, any discussion of disciplinary action or moderation is not allowed, and circumventing suspensions by posting on another account or having another user post on your behalf is also not allowed. This includes posting any chat logs or email correspondence between a player and a Customer Support Agent, Community Manager, moderator, administrator, or any member of Microsoft Flight Simulator staff.

In addition, abusing the report feature makes it more difficult for moderators to maintain the environment of the forums and as such will result in disciplinary action.

🔹 Creating Duplicate Threads

Forums can be a great platform for open discussions, and we want all the people interested in a topic to be able to engage with it in a meaningful way. One way to facilitate this is to use the search feature before creating a new thread. You can imagine what would happen to the forums if everyone created their own thread for every popular topic.

If all comments about a particular issue are in one place, it makes it much easier for us to collate and act on any feedback. Creating multiple threads on the same topic does not make it more likely that your post will be seen, it does make it more likely you will irritate and confuse your fellow forum users. If a user creates multiple threads with the intention of drawing attention away from other threads, disciplinary action will be taken.
This general rule also applies to abuse of formatting options, or any other manner of attempt to artificially draw attention to any post.

🔹Language

This forum is only able to support the English language at this time. However, if you are in the Multiplayer section looking for groups or friends to fly with, this is the one exception where other languages are acceptable. Just note we cannot process any official requests or flags that are in another language other than English.

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🔹Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information

These forums are a place for the discussion of Microsoft Flight Simulator, not real life. As such the release or distribution of any real-life information is not allowed, even your own.

🔹 Discussing Disciplinary Actions

The Microsoft Flight Simulator forums is not the place to discuss disciplinary actions taken on an account, including your own. Please refrain from creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against an account on the forums, including email correspondence between a player and a Customer Support Agent.

If you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact Customer Support and they will be able to provide assistance with restoring access to the account.

🔹Cheats

When we all play by the rules, we all win. We do not tolerate cheaters in the sim, and we do not tolerate posting links to cheats or any other malicious programs on the forums. This includes in game exploits that affect the integrity of the game experience, ways to alter the sims code or files. We encourage players to report cheating and exploiting to the Customer Support team when they see it, to help us improve the experience for the overwhelmingly vast majority of honest players.

🔹 Real Money Trading, Account Sharing and Selling

We can’t allow real money trading or advertising for account sharing on the forums. Selling anything for real money, be it digital items, services or physical products is not allowed.

🔹 Illegal Activities

The Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums are not a place for discussing illegal activity, and you may not violate any local, state, national or international laws or regulations. We recommend you don’t violate these laws anywhere at all, ever.

🔹Advertising

This forum is not to be used for advertising non beneficial, non-Microsoft Flight Simulator related businesses, organizations, or websites. Promoting or asking for donations is prohibited.

🔹Thank you for your time

Thank you for taking the time to read the CoC! This forum should always be treated as an environment where everyone can feel comfortable. This CoC is intended to be a set of guidelines that help create and maintain that environment, not a definitive list of every eventuality we may need to take action on. If you’re unsure how these guidelines affect you, please submit a ticket to our customer support channels

🔹Small print

Any in-game suspension or ban will be duplicated in the forum. Microsoft Flight Simulator team reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not limited to, your failure to abide by this Code of Conduct.

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team and its Community Team also reserves the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis, and have full discretion when addressing any behavior that they determine is inappropriate. Any finalized decision may be based on the offending posters full history on the Microsoft Flight Simulator forums. Should you wish to discuss any disciplinary measures against your account, you can submit a customer support ticket for further review. The Flight Simulator team and Community team reserve the right edit, remove, or alter any post that violates this Code of Conduct or NDA agreement.

If you have a problem with a moderator or feel you are being treated unfairly, please contact us at support@flightsimulator.zendesk.com

WARNING POINT SYSTEM

We’ve implemented a warning point system with our forums. The model is as follows:

1 Warning Point: No action
2 Warning Points: Three Day Posting Ban
3 Warning Points: Seven Day Posting Ban
4 Warning Points: Thirty Day Posting Ban
5 Warning Points: Permanent Forum Ban

The team reserves the right to deviate from this model, depending on the severity of the offense.

If you do feel something breaks the rules (see https://forums.flightsimulator.com/faq ) or is a problem then feel free to flag a post or topic. Press the ‘…’ icon at the bottom of the post and find the :white_flag: icon and follow instructions on what to do. That will alert the @moderators and we will try to help. Given the size of the community we really rely on your contribution for this.

  • If you do flag something as wanting to be merged into another existing topic, please flag as the reason ‘Something Else’ and do include where you want it merged to. That all helps.

Thanks!