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Universe Sandbox ˛ => Universe Sandbox ˛ | Discussion => Topic started by: Dan Dixon on August 23, 2014, 02:22:04 PM

Title: Forum Rules
Post by: Dan Dixon on August 23, 2014, 02:22:04 PM
Rule #1
Be nice to one another

Rule #2
Don't do or talk about these things:
- How to pirate software
- Inappropriate sexual adult content
- Gore or violence
- Insulting, threatening, slanderous, hateful comments... or just being rude
- Vulgarity or profanity
- Racist, sexist, or homophobic comments

Rule #3
Forum etiquette:
- Don't double post, edit your previous post instead
- No single word or bump posts
- No backseat moderation... if someone is breaking the rules, use the "Report to moderator" link
- No reaction images (image only responses that aren't screenshots or otherwise relevant)
- Don't quote entire posts without editing for relevance, only quote portions of posts that are relevant
- Don't make unreferenced claims about Universe Sandbox (like release dates, pricing, or project direction) without adding "I think..."
- Put actual topic information in subject line, rather than something like "I have a question", so a post can read "at a glance" as well.
- Please attempt to use proper grammar, spelling, and capitalization; do not use textspeak (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Textspeak), chatspeak, or all-caps as examples.
- You're welcome to post in other languages, but only if you also provide a translated version of what you wrote in English (if only via Google Translate)
- Only one account per person. Do not create multiple accounts.

If you break these rules...
- Your message or thread will be deleted without warning
- Additional offenses can lead to temporary or permanent ban at our discretion

In addition...
- We reserve the right to change these rules at any time... and use our own judgement as to what is and isn't breaking the spirit of the rules
- Rules 1 and 2 apply to the Everything Else board as well, but it is less strictly moderated
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: smjjames on August 23, 2014, 02:34:55 PM
Might want to sticky this *just saying, not trying to prod you or anything*

Double post would be okay in certain situations like if you have more than four images to post since the attachment limit is 4. And of course, the screenshot thread.

Also, if you accidentially double post, there IS a delete post button in the top right, so just copy the text, delete that extra post, and paste the stuff into the previous.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: gabriel.dac on August 23, 2014, 02:38:00 PM
Good. Rules. This forum has been kinda messy.

There should be rules for threads too. There are too many being created.

edit: The rule about reaction images surprised me. First because I don't see it getting posted often, and second because they can be fun. haha
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: smjjames on August 23, 2014, 02:40:06 PM
Having a single big bug report/issues thread would help with some of the clutter and there was an attempt or two to make one but it never caught on for some reason.

edit: The rule about reaction images surprised me. First because I don't see it getting posted often, and second because they can be fun. haha

I thought that was in reference to <someone> posting those meme images like the 'oh you don't say' one, which got really annoying. Besides, stuff like that really isn't appropriate for the Alpha testing section
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Dan Dixon on August 23, 2014, 04:28:18 PM
Having a single big bug report/issues thread would help with some of the clutter...

A single thread would be a mess.

How about a new board instead...
http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/board,12.0.html
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: smjjames on August 23, 2014, 04:33:49 PM
Yeah you're probably right, given that the bugs change from version to version.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: gabriel.dac on August 23, 2014, 05:34:50 PM
Having a single big bug report/issues thread would help with some of the clutter...

A single thread would be a mess.

How about a new board instead...
http://universesandbox.com/forum/index.php/board,12.0.html

you're awesome
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on August 24, 2014, 12:05:12 AM
Having a single big bug report/issues thread would help with some of the clutter and there was an attempt or two to make one but it never caught on for some reason.

edit: The rule about reaction images surprised me. First because I don't see it getting posted often, and second because they can be fun. haha

I thought that was in reference to <someone> posting those meme images like the 'oh you don't say' one, which got really annoying. Besides, stuff like that really isn't appropriate for the Alpha testing section
But are reaction images plus the message okay? Or just no reaction images at all?

Anyway, not to be a backseat mod, but shouldn’t this be in Everything Else or something? 

Making that reference would be contradicting the rules. Especially for a dev. Anyway, I was an asshat back then. No need to remind me. And Dan, you didn’t have to remove my name. I was a jerk in the past, and people should know that.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Bla on August 24, 2014, 05:36:41 AM
But are reaction images plus the message okay? Or just no reaction images at all?
I think it depends on the situation. If the reaction images truly contribute something to the thread that's relevant, they might be ok, but I don't think they do that usually. Reaction images like the "you don't say" ones that used to be posted don't really contribute, but seem more to just mock the comments they respond to.
Anyway that's just what I think of the rules.

I don't think the rules are meant to be taken too strictly, bumping can also be legit sometimes.

Anyway, not to be a backseat mod, but shouldn’t this be in Everything Else or something?
The alpha boards are the ones that are the most in need of more order currently and not so much Everything Else, plus more people go to the alpha boards, so I think this is the best place to have them. :P
But it may be a good idea to duplicate them to the old rule thread that's stickied in Everything Else or at least link to it there.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: gabriel.dac on August 24, 2014, 05:51:40 AM
After having two of my posts deleted in this same thread, I think I'm starting to get into the so-called spirit of the rules
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: WitheHole18 on August 29, 2014, 06:38:18 AM
Rule #1
Be nice to one another

Rule #2
Don't do or talk about these things:
- How to pirate software
- Inappropriate sexual adult content
- Gore or violence
- Insulting or threatening or slanderous comments... or just being rude
- Vulgarity or profanity
- Racist, sexist, or homophobic comments

Rule #3
Forum etiquette:
- Don't double post, edit your previous post instead
- No single word or bump posts
- No backseat moderation... if someone is breaking the rules, use the "Report to moderator" link
- No reaction images (image only responses that aren't screenshots or otherwise relevant)
- Don't quote entire posts without editing for relevance, only quote portions of posts that are relevant
- Don't make claims about Universe Sandbox (like release dates, pricing, or project direction) without adding "I think..."
- You're welcome to post in other languages, but only if you also provide a translated version of what you wrote in English (if only via Google Translate)

If you break these rules...
- Your message or thread will be deleted without warning
- Additional offenses can lead to temporary or permanent ban at our discretion

In addition...
- We reserve the right to change these rules at any time... and use our own judgement as to what is and isn't breaking the spirit of the rules
- Rules 1 and 2 apply to the Everything Else board as well, but it is less strictly moderated
good rule
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on September 23, 2014, 09:14:19 AM
Seems like Bla edited "The Rule" in Everything Else, giving a link to this thread. Might not be a good idea. Why not just copy-paste these rules into "The Rule"?
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Bla on September 23, 2014, 10:08:45 AM
Seems like Bla edited "The Rule" in Everything Else, giving a link to this thread. Might not be a good idea. Why not just copy-paste these rules into "The Rule"?
If the rules are edited in here they become outdated in EE. By linking to this we only have to update in one place and we make sure they don't conflict if we don't remember to update them in all the places we would copy the rules to.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on October 14, 2014, 08:01:20 AM
Smart one =P 

Shouldn't "Don't quote if you are responding to the post above you" be a rule? I mean, some people do this with really long posts, and it just makes for unnecessary long sessions of scrolling.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Bla on October 14, 2014, 05:07:39 PM
- Don't quote entire posts without editing for relevance, only quote portions of posts that are relevant
I think this covers it. Quotes are useful for if people delete their posts. If they aren't quoted the posts lose context.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on October 14, 2014, 11:21:11 PM
Makes sense.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on October 25, 2014, 01:20:16 PM
I think the rule about no gore is a bit too restricting. Why can't we have links to it [with warnings], but no direct posting of gory of violent images?
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Dan Dixon on October 25, 2014, 02:39:14 PM
I think the rule about no gore is a bit too restricting. Why can't we have links to it [with warnings], but no direct posting of gory of violent images?

Because there are plenty of other places on the internet to share and discuss gore.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Xriqxa on October 26, 2014, 08:37:28 AM
There are also other places to talk about Civ V, Universalis, etc.
Title: Rule Ignoring, Broke the 666 Barrier
Post by: Gordon Freeman on November 05, 2014, 07:28:37 AM
Why are these rules being broken almost constantly

Rule #1
Be nice to one another

Rule #3
Forum etiquette:
- Don't double post
- No single word or bump posts
- Don't quote entire posts without editing for relevance, only quote portions of posts that are relevant
- Please attempt to use proper grammar and spelling; do not use textspeak (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Textspeak) or chatspeak as examples.


Title: Re: Rule Ignoring, Broke the 666 Barrier
Post by: The Ventifact on November 05, 2014, 08:06:35 AM
What's Gordon Freeman doing out of Half-Life anyway?

Jokes aside, I don't see those rules being broken that often, and I come on here a lot. I consider the rules to be more like guidelines, they're not set in stone completely (though you should follow as much as possible). If someone were constantly being rude and not following the forum rules, then they're liable for the consequences.

If you have good manners on the forums, then you're fine.   
Title: Re: Rule Ignoring, Broke the 666 Barrier
Post by: gabriel.dac on November 05, 2014, 08:41:02 AM
This forum isn't about following the rules. It is about helping to develop a software. It actually saddens me that we need a thread for the rules.
Title: Re: Rule Ignoring, Broke the 666 Barrier
Post by: smjjames on November 05, 2014, 08:45:12 AM
They're more like general guideline rules than 'YOU MUST OBEY' rules.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Gordon Freeman on December 02, 2014, 06:30:20 AM
"-Don't post links to piracies when reporting them publicly, PM it to a dev" rule? IMO this is becoming a common issue ~:c
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Jorster on December 11, 2014, 11:24:29 AM
Can we add a "No images purely for shock value" rule? I think that images like that add no conversation, and potentially brings down the quality of the boards.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Gordon Freeman on May 25, 2015, 06:22:30 AM
How about a rule against constantly asking when the next Alpha of US2 will be released? I think that falls under spam.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Dan Dixon on May 28, 2015, 05:16:21 PM
Spam  = "irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients" (like random ads)

A question about the release date of Universe Sandbox ˛ is not irrelevant or inappropriate... especially given the significant delay of Alpha 15. That said... asking isn't going to make it happen faster, but there's no need for a rule against it.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Gordon Freeman on November 25, 2015, 01:06:01 PM
And yet there are multiple posts in the Versions History Board and just about all of the Alpha 15 update threads asking when Alpha 15 will be released. Personally I think it's very cluttering and not very much adding to any discussion, seeing as the answer is always "Soon."

A question about the release date of Universe Sandbox ˛ is not irrelevant or inappropriate

Why not? It's not like the starters of such threads even refer to anything other than themselves. There's almost never any "How's the work going on Alpha x?" or "What new features can we expect in Alpha x?" or "Good luck, bois!" threads.

It's nearly always, "yo guys i'm really bored of there not being a new update for like two whole weeks so hurry it up a little because i don't feel like hyping up another project so that i'm not bored"
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Dan Dixon on November 28, 2015, 05:42:43 PM
I agree it doesn't add much to the discussion, but it is not 'spam' as we define it. I think of spam as random ads or automated posts, not something posted by an actual user of Universe Sandbox.

And while you may find the repeated question annoying... it's not irrelevant or inappropriate.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: fredetuc on April 26, 2016, 12:15:36 PM
great guide lines.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Gordon Freeman on April 27, 2016, 06:23:47 AM
Is that why you've made both abrasive posts and PMs?
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: iZenAtomic on November 08, 2016, 06:52:37 PM
Seems like Bla edited "The Rule" in Everything Else, giving a link to this thread. Might not be a good idea. Why not just copy-paste these rules into "The Rule"?
If the rules are edited in here they become outdated in EE. By linking to this we only have to update in one place and we make sure they don't conflict if we don't remember to update them in all the places we would copy the rules to.
EE?
Edit: I'm such an idiot, it means Everything Else
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Darvince on November 17, 2016, 03:52:01 AM
why has the website been 403 forbidden twice for several hours recently (I know this is completely off-topic but I don't know of anywhere else it would get any attention by dan)
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Angel Armageddon on November 18, 2016, 08:15:57 AM
And yet there are multiple posts in the Versions History Board and just about all of the Alpha 15 update threads asking when Alpha 15 will be released. Personally I think it's very cluttering and not very much adding to any discussion, seeing as the answer is always "Soon."

A question about the release date of Universe Sandbox ˛ is not irrelevant or inappropriate

Why not? It's not like the starters of such threads even refer to anything other than themselves. There's almost never any "How's the work going on Alpha x?" or "What new features can we expect in Alpha x?" or "Good luck, bois!" threads.

It's nearly always, "yo guys i'm really bored of there not being a new update for like two whole weeks so hurry it up a little because i don't feel like hyping up another project so that i'm not bored"

I hear you. I'm a bit tired of seeing how ungrateful, and impatient , some people are.  :(

The devs. work their butts off only to be ranted on by people whom are ignorant of how technology works and how time consuming coding a gravity simulator can be.
Title: Re: Forum Rules
Post by: Darvince on July 09, 2017, 04:59:11 AM
Rule #1
Be nice to one another

Rule #2
- Vulgarity or profanity
remember when