Forum Rules & Etiquette: Read Please

Forum Rules & Etiquette: Read Please

Various things about Spring that do not fit in any of the other forums listed below, including forum rules.

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Forum Rules & Etiquette: Read Please

Post by aegis » 10 Jun 2006, 03:17

Please follow the Forum Etiquette!

See Felony offenses for how it is handled.
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NEW FORUM RULES: READ PLEASE

Post by SwiftSpear » 23 Aug 2006, 03:49

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Things have been getting insane here recently, the fact of the matter is that the community has been growing faster then we really expected and our old forum rules, which basically consisted of "no flaming"┬Ø and "respect all other community members"┬Ø just aren't working any more. We have too many people from too many places and mindsets posting too many times a day and the moderators here no longer have the time to deal with rule infractions as intimately as we were in the past. That being said it's high time we gave some structure to our rules and put aside the confusion of how things are being moderated and what is an isn't appropriate. Therefore his is our new official forum rules.

Felony offenses:

1. No flaming or insulting of other users, respect for all other users is mandatory and assumed regardless of postcount, amount contributed, or time active.

2. Comments about content others have produced must be constructive. This is not to say that you must pretend you like every piece of content made by other community members, this is to say that comments like "it sucks"┬Ø or "wow, that's a shitty whatever"┬Ø are inappropriate and will be considered as flaming.

3. Spamming is not allowed. This includes a single user intentionally posting multiple threads on the same topic, intentionally posting nonsensical garbage of poor humor in a thread, or commercial or paid advertising.

4. Back seat moderation will not be allowed to bring threads off topic. Comments like "why isn't this thread locked yet?"┬Ø or "we don't allow your type in this community"┬Ø are not acceptable, they slime the thread creator and undermine forum moderation. Discussions about moderation, moderators actions, or rules and policies are allowed provided they do not throw threads off topic or are done with excessive rudeness. We want to know how we can improve the way we moderate or things that we have missed, we don't want to be flamed any more then anyone else.

5. No posting of excessively mature content. These forums should be appropriate enough that community members 13 and older are not offended by our content and appropriate enough that they are safe for people viewing in workplace environments. This includes posting of sexually explicit material, excessive or crude usage of foul language, posting gore or shock humor images or websites of any type, or intimate discussions of a sexual or violent nature. Exceptions will be made only for creative writers who PROPERLY PRECEDE their works with appropriate warnings of content.

6. Disrespect of moderators decisions or forum rules will not be allowed. Disagreeing with the actions or opinions of a moderator in a moderation case is fine, but any sign of disrespect will be looked upon with grave seriousness. Ultimately we are here to keep order and keep community content appropriate, impeding these goals is unacceptable.

7. Dodging or ignoring moderators actions is unacceptable and will result in an immediate long term ban in most cases. This includes creating a new account to avoid a temp ban or restoring a moderator edited or moderator deleted post to it's original content without permission.

8. Posting hacks or illegal/malicious files for download.

9. Racism or prejudice of any kind will not be supported here.

10. Our policy is "Report, don't retaliate"┬Ø. Offenses committed in retaliation will not be seen any less serious then offenses committed without reason. Our moderators are not omnipresent and will miss some things, such times, or in cases of harassment the only way we can regard your case effectively is if you report it to us first and don't take matters into your own hands. To make a report collect any posts you see as good examples of your case as evidence and email to any moderator preferably with links to the originals so they can see it in forum format.

"felony offenses"┬Ø are looked upon by forum moderation with extreme seriousness. It will take very few of them to result in a temp ban, and only slightly more will result in long term or permanent bans. Forum moderators reserve the right to ban you with no warning in extreme cases; however, in most cases we will be sure to contact you first however.

Misdemeanor Offenses:

1. Off topic posting is in most cases allowable, although special conditions will be made that if a thread's original author or the bulk of a threads posters request the topic to be kept clean then moderators will comply. If you are clearly posting with the destructive intent to derail a thread moderators may discipline you.

2. Topics should be named in some accordance with their intended content.

3. Be careful with comments made with humorous intent. Irrelevant of how many emotes or /sarcasm tags you use to denote your sarcastic intent sooner or later there will be someone who misses the boat or misunderstands the gesture. "it was just a joke"┬Ø is not an acceptable reason for a moderator to not delete something that looks like a flame or another piece of inappropriate content.

4. Being inconsiderate of another members opinions or feelings is discouraged. Extreme cases will be treated as flames.

5. Unintentionally breaking any of the rules in felony offenses as per moderator discretion. Moderators are expected to evaluate the actions of any community member and attempt to discern their intentions, in a case where a moderator feels that there were clearly no ill intentions in the mistaken rule infraction a felony offense may be downgraded to a misdemeanor offense. "I didn't know it was a rule" however is never an acceptable excuse, community members are expected to know and abide by our rules at all times.

6. Avatars are not a privilege we allow you so that you may annoy other users with them. Do not use flashing or excessively busy animated avatars. Removal of an avatar by moderation coupled with a warning issued should be regarded as a message to change your avatar to something less obnoxious.

"misdemeanor offenses"┬Ø are considered less serious and will most often result in only moderator edits or deletions and in extreme cases will result in warnings and disciplinary action. It's plausible to get banned permanently for repeated misdemeanor offenses so don't think you are invincible to ignore these.

Argumentative Discussion:
While arguments and headed discussions are not discouraged certain common assumptions and behaviors just cause them to spiral downward into flame wars. The proceeding is a set of guidelines, serious infractions of which will be considered misdemeanor offenses.

1. "If you don't like it don't play it"┬Ø is not a valid argument. While you can't please everyone have a valid reason why their suggestions or opinions aren't workable for the purposes of the project in question.

2. Your E-Resume does not make you right, neither does being part of the majority. How many other people agree with you or how expert you are on the topic in question is not a valid reason to dismiss another person's argument or accept an argument. If a topic is worth arguing about then it's worth having solid evidence to support your opinion.

3. Down casting an opponents e-resume or questioning the amount of popular support they have is also not a valid argument to why they are wrong. Once again, if something is worth arguing it is worth having solid evidence.

4. Respect and consider the opinions of others. It's very rare to be objectively right or blatantly wrong, Don't assume your opponents are stupid or haven't thought things through properly unless you can prove otherwise.

Forum rules are subject to change at any time, moderator enforcement of these rules is applicable from the date of change forward. To a certain degree the seriousness of an offense and the disciplinary action as such is up to moderator discretion dependent on their understanding and opinion on the intents of the offender in question. We believe that everyone is innately capable of maintaining themselves as a constructive member of this community and it's simply a matter of desire and work ethic. It's entirely acceptable for moderators to deal with two similar cases in different manners based on the history of the cases in question and the results of private communication. Our moderator's greatest goal is the maintenance and rightness of this community as a safe and inclusive place. Thank you for reading.
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Post by NOiZE » 23 Aug 2006, 16:28

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I Removed some of the explanations to make it a bit easier to read for people with little time:


Felony offenses:

1. No flaming or insulting of other users
2. Comments about content others have produced must be constructive.
3. Spamming is not allowed.
4. Back seat moderation will not be allowed in threads not discussing moderation.
5. No posting of excessively mature content.
6. Disrespect of moderators decisions or forum rules will not be allowed.
7. Dodging or ignoring moderators actions is unacceptable and will result in an immediate long term ban in most cases.
8. Posting hacks or illegal/malicious files for download.
9. Racism or prejudice of any kind will not be supported here.
10. Our policy is "Report, don't retaliate┬Ø."

"felony offenses"┬Ø are looked upon by forum moderation with extreme seriousness. It will take very few of them to result in a temp ban, and only slightly more will result in long term or permanent bans. Forum moderators reserve the right to ban you with no warning in extreme cases; however, in most cases we will be sure to contact you first however.

Misdemeanor Offenses:

1. Off topic posting is in most cases allowable, although special conditions will be made that if a thread's original author or the bulk of a threads posters request the topic to be kept clean then moderators will comply.
2. Topics should be named in some accordance with their intended content.
3. Be careful with comments made with humorous intent.
4. Being inconsiderate of another members opinions or feelings is discouraged.
5. Unintentionally breaking any of the rules in felony offenses as per moderator discretion.
6. Do not use flashing or excessively busy animated avatars.

"misdemeanor offenses"┬Ø are considered less serious and will most often result in only moderator edits or deletions and in extreme cases will result in warnings and disciplinary action. It's plausible to get banned permanently for repeated misdemeanor offenses so don't think you are invincible to ignore these.

Argumentative Discussion:

1. "If you don't like it don't play it" is not a valid argument.
2. Your E-Resume does not make you right, neither does being part of the majority.
3. Down casting an opponents e-resume or questioning the amount of popular support they have is also not a valid argument to why they are wrong.
4. Respect and consider the opinions of others.


Thank you for your time!
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Post by Tobi » 14 May 2007, 13:50

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Additional rules, which should be common sense; they apply since today:[list][*]Don't use colored text excessively. A highlight or two is fine but (multi) colored posts are out of order.
[*]Large font size doesn't make you right. Use it sparingly.[/list]In general, use formatting to make things clearer or don't use it at all. Do not use it to obfuscate your posts, and remember, you don't win an argument by using a larger font or a brighter color then your opponent.
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Community Content creation support policies

Post by SwiftSpear » 26 Mar 2009, 10:09

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Your rights as a Content developer for Spring

Code Development: As per our policy as a developmental group, the spring code base is GPL. Any code submitted for inclusion in the engine must be GPL compliant, and thus the source must be made available.

Code dynamically linking to the spring engine must also be released under GPL, once again, if the end result is made public the source for the code must also be released. This includes the majority of LUA for spring mods, and COB/BOS.

Scripts that do not link to the spring engine in any way may be kept private. Keep in mind you cannot copyright lists of numbers, so unit stats are not licenceable... but there are other examples of scripts spring uses that might fall under a third party license, so don't use other people's code without knowing it's status first.

Recommended licenses for GPL compliance are Public domain, GPL, or LGPL. PD items do not require any crediting of the original author, and do not require licensing compliance of any part of a work that uses or expands upon them (derivative works). GPL requires that any derivative work also be released under a GPL compliant license, and may require crediting of the original author. LGPL still requires redistribution and GLP/LGPL licensing for derivative works, but adds exceptions for non derivative works that simply use chunks of the LGPL code. (See also: BSD License, MPL License, MIT License)

Failure to comply with licensing conditions may cause you to be legally pursued by the creator of the content you are in violation of, and WILL cause you to be exiled from Spring run communities until you can show that you have rectified the problem to the best of your abilities. This may mean your violating content will be banned from use, and users of that content may be banned from our forums/game lobby if they are caught in knowing violation of our policies. Repeated attempts to distribute violating content will result in the distributor of that content being banned as well. While we don't have control over what the many content distribution services spring uses choose to handle, we will make official requests from those services to remove content we know is in violation.

Art Content:
All pieces of art content used in spring are considered separate works from any other individual entity. As such, art content IS UNDER SEPARATE LICENSE FROM ANY MOD OR CONTENT DISTRIBUTION IT IS RELEASED WITH. If you intend to use art content from another project, you are responsible with ensuring that you are in compliance with the license that the content is released with.

By default, art content is under closed copyright, so you MUST ask the author of that content for permission, and meet any terms of usage they may require if you are going to be clear to use that content. Being given permission to use content DOES NOT give you permission to alter the licence, and DOES NOT give you permission to redistribute that content under the same terms of usage that author may have given you.

However, if an artist has released a specific piece of art content under a less restrictive public license in the past, they may not, at a later date, rescind that license and enforce a more strict license for that specific piece of content. If you believe art you are using to be under an nonrestrictive license, yet you are being accused of violation of that license, it is your responsibility to prove the terms of that license were released as such in the past.

It isn't recommended art be released under GPL, as the legal ramifications of such are difficult to predict. As per spring policy art in spring projects is considered independent "works" and thus have no licensed bearing on other artworks, and spring will not pursue users who seem to be in violation of that clause... that being said, ultimately we prefer art not to be released under GPL licensing, so if you do intend to pursue an issue regarding GPL'd art, you are responsible for taking that to whatever legal body you will be appealing to. It's not our responsibility.

Recommended art licences would include virtually any version of creative commons, public domain, or even copyright (all rights reserved, I'm not a fan, but it's your prerogative). We may not enforce in cases where specific requests may or may not have included abstract clauses (you can use my unit, but it always needs to have more than 200 maximum hitpoints), unless the accusing party can prove that clause was in the original permission in writing. Likewise, if you claim someone has given you permission to use copyright content, you will be responsible to provide proof of permission in writing if they claim you are in violation of that copyright at a future date.

Failure to comply with licensing conditions may cause you to be legally pursued by the creator of the content you are in violation of, and WILL cause you to be exiled from Spring run communities until you can show that you have rectified the problem to the best of your abilities. This may mean your violating content will be banned from use, and users of that content may be banned from our forums/game lobby if they are caught in knowing violation of our policies. Repeated attempts to distribute violating content will result in the distributor of that content being banned as well. While we don't have control over what the many content distribution services spring uses choose to handle, we will make official requests from those services to remove content we know is in violation.

Finally:
Ultimately you are all still bound by Spring community rules should you choose to contribute and post here. Finding someone in violation of your copyright absolutely gives you the right to request action from us within the bounds of what protection we have promised to give. It absolutely gives you the right to pursue whatever legal action against that violator copyright law allows you. It does NOT however give you the right to flame that user on our forums, or harass that user. We will provide people the chance to rectify wrong doings, and we expect you to accommodate that period of grace. Should you ignore this warning you will be disciplined as to the full extent of the community rules, just as any other violator would.
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