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Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby SecondTalon » Fri May 30, 2008 2:50 pm UTC

1. Gay, Homosexual, Faggot, and other terms I'm neglecting to mention aren't appropriate descriptions. Such terms will be changed to whatever word happens to pop in my head at the time, regardless of how grammatically correct the new word is. Like aardvark, or phlegm. If I'm feeling nice. I may just delete the whole thing, regardless of any other content. For the record, Rape and it's variations are also going to fall under this with certain parameters : if you aren't actually discussing the act of rape in the context of some game, don't use it. Basically, English is a neat language in that we have lots of ways to describe one thing using different words. So if you can describe something with a word that will piss off a group while you have plenty of alternative words that can accurately describe the same situation - you're an asshole if you choose the one that pisses people off.

2. Watch the flamebaiting/Disguised Postcount +1. Don't just say "X Game is terrible" or "X Console is the best ever!". Elaborate. The only thing more annoying than a post saying "X sucks" in the middle of a giant thread discussing it's merits is a giant thread of nothing but "Oh me yarm I love it!" with no other content.

3. Always Always Always Search Before Making A Thread. Always assume the topic already exists. Always. If the game just came out, there's been a thread on it for the last six months. If a company just released news that they were making a sequel to a game, make sure there isn't already a "I hope they make TurboNinja Gardener 2!" thread. If the game's been out for five or six or.. ten or fifteen years... SEARCH! I'm tired of deleting Morrowind/Oblivion threads every three months. (That said, there's lots of games that are old that get mentioned an awful lot that.. don't have their own thread. XCom didn't get a thread until mid-November of 2010. Yet it's been mentioned and discussed at length here since 2007)

4. Spoiler Your Plot Elements. Unless the title of the thread has the word Spoilers in it, I fully expect you to use the spoiler tags to hide plot elements or solutions to game puzzles. Let's take Planescape: Torment for example. Talking about Nordrom is fine. Discussing what he is, how he talks, his attacks and so on.. perfectly fine. Spelling out how to get him in your party.. if you're describing the exact actions, you need a spoiler. If you just say "He's in the maze".. that's fine. Discussing anything that happens when you go to the Shadow Dimension needs to be in spoilers. Because.. that's basically the last stage of the game, and crazy crap happens there that might otherwise ruin one's enjoyment of the game.

On the outside chance you don't know how to spoil anything.. you type the word spoiler in between brackets [] followed by the text you want hidden, followed by /spoiler in brackets []

Code: Select all

[spoiler]This is a spoiler of something important[/spoiler]
becomes
Spoiler:
This is a spoiler of something important


If you see something that needs to be put in spoiler tags, report the post and, in the comments field, please tell me what needs to be spoiled. If I've never played the game, I may not understand the importance of a particular element being spoiled.

5. Provide Information! It boggles my mind that I have to make this a rule, but.. I do, because there's enough of you drunken monkeys who can't figure out that people know different levels of information. See, if you make a thread title the name of a game, then in the body of the message simply ask "Anyone else play? I'm on WestLocoIsle, usually, under the name RicoSuave2000" we still have no bloody clue what you're talking about. Yes, we could google it. Or you could throw in a link to the appropriate website, Wikipedia page, goddamn Geocities fanpage - something that tells us what the hell the game is if you're not going to.

Better yet.. you could also quickly describe the game - if it's a Real Time Strategy, a traditional MMO, a goddam fusion First Person Shooter Turn Based Squad Combat game, whatever... just describe the game or at least throw in a link. As it apparently wasn't clear before - This includes abbreviations of "common" terms. For example, if you're asking how to get more MegaBuck Dinero in JapaneseRPG#47, don't just type "Hey, anyone in JRPG47 know how to make quick MBD?" Define your terms!

And yes, this applies to links. Throw a link in to it. Seriously, throw a link in. I can't believe I have to say this, but I'm also sick and tired of seeing threads in which the first post doesn't have a link to the game's website, or even a wikipedia page about it. Something. Anything. Throw us a bone here.

6. Kickstarters go here. No exceptions. If it gets a lot of chatter, it'll be split to it's own thing. Don't try to save me time by posting something you know is going to generate a lot of talk. Post it in the thread.

7. PIRACY! Also, watch this.

A. No links to copyrighted materials. It's on the internet for free. We know. If we cared enough, we'd find it ourselves. Don't try and be clever or coy about it, just don't do it. Abandonware counts as Copyrighted materials. Freeware does not. If you don't know the difference, ask. If you don't know if a particular piece of software is freeware, ask before posting a link. And yes, it has to specifically be released as freeware to be freeware. A 25 year old game where everyone involved has died yet was never released as freeware, sadly, is not freeware. Yes, I know I've been guilty of this very offense in the past. Point being, it's stopping. And no, Abandonware is not freeware. I don't care if Company X isn't selling it anywhere and it's impossible to get a legal copy of it somewhere. Read this thread just to see why I don't want to go anywhere near that can of worms.

B - No asking for copyrighted materials to be posted or sent. This includes asking for invites to member-only file sharing sites. I don't want to see an invite-swapping thread here.

C - Emulation - The Less Said, The Better. Given my understanding of the laws here in the US, where the xkcd forum servers are located and the administration lives, emulation really isn't legal. It ranges from outright illegal to borderline grey-area-no-one's-quite-sure town. So let's just not talk about it. If you wish to discuss this, see this thread.

D - Modifications of Your Console/Handheld/Cellphone/Goddamn Tuba to play DVDs - Let's just not talk about it. That'd be awful swell. Really, it would. For an absolute number of reasons - you say modification to do something not intended yet perfectly innocent (like play YouTube vids on a PSP) and I click on your link and see "How to make your PSP a warez dreamstation!" So.. yeah, let's just not talk about it. If you do it, great. Feel free to mention that you were watching stuff on your hacked PSP, I don't care. Just don't discuss the nuts and bolts of it.

E - Don't Discuss The Nuts And Bolts Of It. No one here gives a fuck if you pirate shit. Seriously. Talk all you want about your pirate copy of the game. I sure as hell don't care. Actually, mention if you're playing a pirate copy before you bring up any bugs or irregularities, just so we're all on the same page. What we don't want going on is the discussion of how you did it, which websites you went to for tutorials, what you recommend, and so on. When in doubt, use this rule - If we, the citizens of the xkcd forums gave a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut about it, we'd research it ourselves.

8. Don't Be A Dick. High Culture is a pretty relaxed, free place. I like it like that. A certain amount of banter is to be expected and I'm fine with that. Calling a particular person an idiot... I'd really rather you didn't, and should someone call you an idiot, I'd prefer that you not respond in kind, but generally speaking if it's just a post or two, I'm going to let it slide. We're all relaxed, happy friends here, and I want it to stay that way.

That said, I will not tolerate insulting entire groups of people. I won't tolerate continued insults and belittlement. I won't tolerate constant jackassery...which is fairly ill-defined, I know. I suppose that if a thread is going along fine, someone enters the thread and says something, and an argument breaks out... well, okay. Heated posts for a little bit are one thing. Two pages of arguing are something else. There's a line in there somewhere and like pornography, I can't define it but I know it when I see it.

I have been given the tools to deal with this in a more effective manner, and as I'd much rather spend my moderating time merging like posts and deleting spam rather than being a playground chaperone, I plan on using this tool when I deem it necessary.

This tool doesn't remove you from Gaming, or Food, or Comics. It removes you from High Culture. So, yes, if you're being a jackass in Books it doesn't matter how much you've contributed to Movies - you're gone. I'm tired of dealing with it.

This is your warning.
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DDO now free

Postby Jack21222 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:48 pm UTC

ST wrote:Hey, can I be a passive-aggressive dick too? Actually, I prefer direct aggression. GooglyBoogly, shut the fuck up in threads and report that sort of shit. Jack, read the damn Gaming Rules Thread, particularly #4 and provide a link.

There. Now everyone shut the hell up about Blah blah give a link! Blah blah use google, so so help me I'll turn this whole damn forum around and we'll go home and just stare at the wall and watch paint dry!

..... See kids, That's aggression. Screw this passive crap, be direct!

...and just so we're all on the same page here, no, I'm not mad, angry, annoyed, or anything like that. It's just funnier this way. - ST


To be fair, Gaming Rules Thread Rule 4 stays to provide a link OR information about the game. I provided information about the game. See?

Or, better yet.. you could quickly describe the game - if it's a Real Time Strategy, a traditional MMO, a goddam fusion First Person Shooter Turn Based Squad Combat game, whatever... just describe the game


Don't use the "OR" operator when you meant "AND."
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Re: DDO now free

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:06 pm UTC

Jack21222 wrote:To be fair, Gaming Rules Thread Rule 4 stays to provide a link OR information about the game. I provided information about the game. See?
Or, better yet.. you could quickly describe the game - if it's a Real Time Strategy, a traditional MMO, a goddam fusion First Person Shooter Turn Based Squad Combat game, whatever... just describe the game
Don't use the "OR" operator when you meant "AND."
Noted!


.. and because it's so damn hard to find - The Go Thread.
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Re: Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby F117Landers » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:44 am UTC

I've been looking high and low across the forums and can't find it. Was the search function removed since I last logged on? (2014 I think)

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Re: Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:24 am UTC

Please read the other Global Announcement titled "Forum Migration"

There are problems. The problems are related to the search. I have no other information beyond that.
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Re: Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby F117Landers » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:46 am UTC

Thanks ST. Thought I was going crazy.

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Re: Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby The Snide Sniper » Wed May 16, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

What, if any, are the rules for self-promotion in this forum?
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Re: Gaming Rules - ALWAYS SEARCH! (7/10/10)[10/7/10]

Postby SecondTalon » Thu May 31, 2018 1:50 pm UTC

The Snide Sniper wrote:What, if any, are the rules for self-promotion in this forum?


From the forum-wide rules thread

3. You cannot post any links before you have reached five posts.

Please do not post any links or perform any form of self-promotion until you have a post count of at least five. We have our reasons. Not all spammers are bots, and it can be hard to tell the difference between somebody pointing out somebody else's cool webpage, somebody advertising out their cool webpage, or someone posting malicious links. Because of this, if you any links in your first post, the entire post will be deleted. Also, pushing your post count up to five with useless posts and then posting your link and vanishing will go over poorly.

“But my link was relevant to the conversation and I think by post was blocked without a moderator even reading it!”

Oh. Gosh. Whatever shall we do. A moderator didn’t read an entire post before blocking it. Gosh. If only there were rules explaining this that should have been read first. Gee golly. What a shame.

That said, there is a list of acceptable and unacceptable words or fragments that first time posters can and cannot use. www will be immediately flagged as spam, as will .com or http. This means that if you fail to hit space between a period and the word commence, it will be blocked as spam as it hits the ".com" flag. You will get a message stating "This message has been flagged as spam and has been blocked" if you attempt to do so. This will go away once you have a few posts under your belt. We do apologize for this inconvenience, but your momentary inconvenience is outweighed by our convenience of not having to block 500+ spam messages a day.

And no, the list of blocked words will not be made public.



The basic gist being - we don't want people showing up, posting a link to their whatever, then vanishing forever.

You, for example, you've been here a bit and engage in the forum in various ways (well over 4000 times), so there shouldn't* be any problem with you posting your whatever. Generally speaking, it'd go in Your Art & Links, but that's... really general and there's a lot of grey area.

Since you're posting here, I'm assuming you have a game you created you're wanting to share - that's fine, make a thread for it if you figure there's a good probability for discussion, or find the "Games you have programmed" thread and post it there if you're just wanting to share it but figure it won't cause much discussion or debate. Neither one is really a wrong choice there.

*Problems with you posting whatever - your game is something created specifically to generate conservative/liberal hate, and opposite "Well, that's free speach for you" statements, like Columbine Simulator OR is filled to the brim with overly sexual content (like The Tearoom[possibly nsfw link to news story, description of dickguns and I am not making that up]) because of the various rules we have about pornographic content being posted on the forum. I know, I know, American Morality where if you show a set of genitals it's horrible for the kids but if you show covered genitals being destroyed in a gruesome manner it's completely fine for kids and that's kinda the point of The Tearoom... but that's where we are.
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