Pirate Code

Welcome to the Dirty Skull

Here on the Dirty Skull, we aim to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental and non-confrontational space, for every pirate out there, traversing the seas of Twitch.tv, to enjoy. To this effect, we ask that all pirates embody our Pirate Code, allowing for a friendly and positive experience for all to enjoy.

In addition to the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines provided and enforced by Twitch, we personally, provide a set of regulations (our Pirate Code) that are enforced and adhered to within the confines of the channel, twitch.tv/burkeblack.

Be advised: Some of these regulations overlap with those already set and enforced by Twitch, and as such, can result in a harsher punishment if disregarded.

PG-16 Chat

A PG16 chat is best described as a relaxed family-friendly chat.

Such things as racial slurs, homophobic remarks and F-bombs are considered to fall outside of our relaxed family-friendly scope and, are therefore, inappropriate for our chat.

Learn more with our blacklisted words list.

Software/Game Piracy

"Software Piracy is the unauthorized use, copying or distribution of copyrighted software – this is the equivalent of theft and is, therefore, a crime.” – 'Piracy FAQ', PTC, 2019.

We are of the firm belief that software developers deserve to be supported for the hard work they do, and while talk of such things is not illegal, it is PROHIBITED within our chat.

Personal Issues, Conflicts or Complaints

Personal issues, conflicts or complaints about particular persons or things, should be resolved within your own personal messages, private chat rooms or whispers, NOT the public chat of Twitch.tv.

Respecting The Moderators

“Moderators (Mods) ensure that chat is up to the standards of the Broadcaster by removing offensive posts and spam that detracts from conversations.” – ‘Guide to Building a Moderation Team’, Twitch.tv Help.

Respecting and adhering to the words of our moderator team is expected of any pirate that boards the Dirty Skull. They have proven their merit, and embody everything we aim for the Dirty Skull to be.

Respecting their authority includes allowing them to wield their swords without interference. This allows for newer members of the crew to get better acquainted with the running of the ship, and avoid any confusion.

We appreciate your attempts to help, but please allow those equipped and trusted to deal with any riff raff, to do so uninterrupted.

If your want to help is too great to contain, we encourage you to apply to become apart of our moderator team, and look forward to welcoming you to slavery our team.

Apply today!

Spoilers and Backseat Gaming

“A description of an important plot development in a television show, film, game or book, which if previously known may reduce surprise or suspense for first-time viewers or readers.” – Oxford Dictionary of English.

Posting any kind of spoiler (true, false or joke) is PROHIBITED.

This applies to game hints, such as locations of items or answers to puzzles, unless the Captain requests otherwise.

Religion and Politics

With the varying religious views and political values of the Dirty Skull crew, there is a high chance that disagreements will occur.

In order to avoid this, and stick to our aim of a friendly and welcoming space, talk of such things will NOT be tolerated in chat.

Preferred Language

We ask that ALL chat be kept to the English language, as the Captain and crew are primarily English speakers, and we will be unable to understand or help you if necessary.

We apologize if this makes you feel excluded from chat, but thank-you for understanding all the same.

Spam Messages

Spamming large amounts of repetitive, unwanted messages is disruptive to chat and is therefore PROHIBITED.

This includes the exclusive use of capitals in a single message.

As this falls under the scope of Twitch.tv’s ‘Spam, Scams, and Other Malicious Conduct’ guideline, if the messages are considered excessive or harmful, any pirate associated with such conduct will be reported to Twitch, and dealt with accordingly.

Posting Links

Posting any links within the chat is PROHIBITED. If you wish to post a link, a moderator MUST give permission.

There are few exceptions to this rule:

1. Subscribers have the ability to post links without the need for a moderator’s permission. This is a sign of trust and any misuse of such permissions will NOT be tolerated.

2. Direct links to clips are accepted from any user. Any other links to clips will NOT be accepted.

Example: The following https://clips.twitch.tv/RamshacklePrettiestTeaPastaThat would be allowed, while https://www.twitch.tv/burkeblack/clip/RamshacklePrettiestTeaPastaThat would not.

Any links posted MUST still comply with our Pirate Code, in addition to Twitch’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.

Respect Everyone

“Hateful conduct is any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, physical characteristics, or veteran status...” – Twitch.tv: Community Guidelines, 2017.

On the Dirty Skull, we have ZERO-TOLERANCE for any hateful conduct or harassment of fellow pirates/users of Twitch.tv, as we aim to respect those from all walks of life, regardless of sex, race or gender.

As this falls under the scope of Twitch.tv’s ‘Hateful Conduct and Harassment’ guideline, any pirate associated with such conduct will be reported to Twitch, and dealt with accordingly.


All giveaways promoted on the channel are donated by the Captain, the crew or associated sponsors/partners.

These can include but are not limited to, twitch subscriptions, games or early access keys.

As these items are donated by choice, begging or asking for these items freely, is considered in poor taste, and therefore PROHIBITED.


Coinciding with our prohibition of freely posting links, advertising is also PROHIBITED unless given direct permission to do so.

This can include but is not limited to, Twitch.tv channels, websites or YouTube channels.

As this falls under the scope of Twitch.tv’s ‘Spam, Scams, and Other Malicious Conduct’ guideline, any pirate associated with such conduct will be reported to Twitch, and dealt with accordingly.


"Metagaming is the use of out-of-character (OOC) knowledge someone would have no in-character (IC) knowledge of.”

Posting any kind of Metagaming information (true, false or joke) is PROHIBITED.

Queries or Concerns

If you feel you have been banned unfairly or have an issue with someone/something in chat, please contact a moderator and they will handle it personally. Please include your Twitch username and explain your issue.

If you have an issue with a moderator, please send a private message to BurkeBlack* or our head moderator, Jstubbles. Please include your Twitch username, the Twitch username of the moderator and your issue with said moderator.

All decisions are final. Thank-you for understanding!

* Please note: A reply from BurkeBlack may take anywhere, from two weeks to two years. Kappa

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