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The RuneScape Forums, (also known as the RuneScape Official Forums, or RSOF) are a part of the RuneScape website that allows players to communicate with each other. All Members and free players with a total level of 350 or above can post on the forums. 
The forums are bound by their own set of rules, called the Code of Conduct (Often abbreviated as CoC), which "details exactly what is and is not acceptable behaviour within the Jagex Forums". The censor that filters in-game chat is also applied to the forums.
- My Profile is a link to the forum profile of the active account, which holds links to the threads where you have posted. It also offers an option to disable smileys.
- Search Users is a link to a page where you can look up Forum profiles of other forum users.
- Search Threads links to the search feature of the RuneScape forums
- Jump to thread: Enter a Quick Find Code in the text field and press to visit the relevant thread.
For a complete list, see RuneScape Forum Directory.
The RuneScape forums is large. This small list provide links to the commonly used forum sections:
- Quests - Ask questions regarding Quests
- Skills - Get advice for training skills
- Items - Discuss items NOT for trading
- Monsters - Discuss monsters NOT for finding a team
- Guides - Guides
- General - General discussion.
- Recent updates - Contains System update notifications and discussions regarding recently updates.
- Suggestions - Suggest new features here.
- Teamwork - Find a team/partner(s) for monster fighting
Each forum section can hold up to 50 pages of threads, at 20 threads per page for a total of 1000 threads. A thread can be created using the "Create a new thread" link. After a thread is created, the author can bump one of their threads every 10 minutes, using the "Bump" link at each of their own thread.
Each thread which is not locked contains a "Reply" link. Clicking on the link directs you to a page, from where you can compose a new reply. Each reply can hold a maximum of 2000 characters, including up to 5 smileys.
Before posting a reply, it's possible to preview your text using the "Preview" button.It's possible to edit your own posts using the "Edit" link at each of your own forum posts (for instance, if the censor affected your text).
Previously, quoting and formatting abilities were features that were exclusive to Jagex Moderators. As of March 2013, these features became available to all forum users.
The Search feature allows you to search for a thread at the RuneScape forum through the titles.
It is possible to adjust your search options at the "Advanced search options". E.g. to limit the search query to a specific forum section.
Jump to thread and Quick Find CodeEdit
Each thread is identified by a Quick Find Code (QFC), which is mentioned at the bottom of each thread. A QFC consists of digits, separated by a few hyphens, e.g.: 19-20-142-61773047
Almost every page at the forum contains a white textbox at the right upper corner of the page. Paste the Quick Find Code inside that box and click at the "Go" button to visit the thread.
Normal forum users can report accidents by pressing the 'highlight' button below a user's post in a thread, then selecting the category of the offence. For less important issues, such as a title change request, players can use the Forum Help thread.
Sometimes during maintenance, or because your browser can't reach the server, an error message may appear saying: "The Forums are temporary unavailable. The forums should be online again in 5 to 10 minutes." This can usually be fixed by reloading or refreshing the page.
The Specialist Forums consist of several specialized, hidden forums with restricted access. They are visible only to players who have been granted access and are logged into the RuneScape website. There are four types of specialist forums:
- Clan Leader (CLF)
- High Level Forums (HLF)
- Fansite Staff
- Video Club
High Level ForumsEdit
Players who have level 99 in all skills can request access to the high level forums (HLF), in which only they can read and write. In these forums, restrictions on links and images are lifted, so that the maxed players are able to communicate freely with each other and Jagex staff.
There are maxed-player versions of the General, Feedback, and Off-topic forums. There used to be a section for recent updates, but this was removed.
In order to gain access to the high level forums, players must post in the High Level Forums - Get Access thread in the Community Home section - the post will be hidden after a Jagex Mod verifies whether the player has the required levels and grants them access to the forums.
Clan Leader ForumsEdit
The Clan Leader Forums (CLF) are accessible only to leaders of clans which have at least 50 members and have existed for a minimum of six months. Two representatives per clan may be given access to the CLF.
Fansite Staff ForumEdit
The Fansite Staff Forum is accessible only to administrators and administrator approved members of Jagex approved fansites (bronze tier and above). There is no set limit to the number of representatives that can access the Fansite Staff Forum.
Spam has become a constant problem in the RuneScape forums, most notably in the Suggestions and Rants Forums.
Compliments Forum Edit
The Compliments forum has also been the subject of some criticism, even by members of Jagex staff. The reasons for this vary depending on the status of the user, but generally focus on posters rarely producing anything helpful for Jagex or the community. Some members of Jagex have also stated the content of this forum is distasteful for the same reason. It was removed in 2008 but it returned in 2009. Since then, the same problems have in many ways resurfaced, and many players are pushing for Compliments and Rants to be removed.
On 16 June 2011, it was announced that the Rants forum would be removed, and the Compliments forum would stay. This led to severe ranting and spamming of the Compliments forum.
Rants Forum Edit
A thread requested for the Rants forum to be merged with the Compliments forum to create a Game Feedback forum (the reason being that both the Compliments and Rants forums were for feedback, but both were filled with spam). This was achieved when Jagex finally removed the Rants and Compliments forum in 2008 and replaced it with the Game Feedback forum.
In 2009, Mod MMG announced the re-opening of the rants forum. Upon mass amounts of spam, Jagex converted the rants forum into a sticky-only forum where people would post their issues on already existing threads. This was once again reverted and the rants forum was returned to being a forum where players could create their own threads.
On 15 August 2010, Mod Mark H made a sticky in the Rants forum to try and stop spam and/or trolling, and later Mod Chrisso replaced it with another sticky which elaborated on the rules. Even though it hasn't completely stopped spam, trolling, or flaming, players believe that it has been somewhat effective.
On 16 June 2011, it was announced that the Rants forum would be removed within three days. This led to many upset players spamming the compliments forum, ending in many forum bans and/or mutes. The community of rants joined together in game, starting in Mudskipper Point, then Varrock, then finally Draynor Village, and rioted about Jagex's action.
On 3 November 2011, Mod Baker011 brought back the Rants forum as a "hidden" forum. This means that it is only viewable by people that are eligible to post on the forums (350 total level or membership) and is invisible to everyone else. This was done for many reasons, the most emphasised one being the fact that the Rants would not be cached or displayed by popular search engines, which might give a bad impression of the company when being researched by potential investors.
- ^ Forum status. RuneScape Forums. Jagex. “Due to some technical issues we have had to temporarily make the forums accessible to members only. We are working hard to get these issues resolved and will allow non-members access as soon as we can.”*
- ^ Code of Conduct. RuneScape Forums. Jagex. “The Jagex Forum Code of Conduct details exactly what is and is not acceptable behaviour within the Jagex Forums.”*