Hello there, everyone! This thread that you’re seeing right here is known as The Official Community Rules and Guidelines, and the title says it all. We’ll be going over appropriate behavior in the Community, as well as clearing up a few things. So, without further adieu, pack your bags, buckle in your seatbelt! Please save your questions for the end of the ride, and please follow all the [soon-to-be] aforementioned rules. That’s how we keep this Community metaphorically clean, after all!
The Moderating Team First off, you have to know the Moderating team! If these guys state you're creating an issue, it's best you decide to listen to that judgement! Cooperate with these mods and you'll be fine, they’ve all proven to do their jobs well!
Directory As you can see, the community is divided into 7 categories:
- The Personal section includes your personal messages, sent and received. Don't pester a user and don't attack them either! Nobody appreciates that!
- The News section includes news by the developer, Adrian Marceau! You can also see threads here on how various contributors make their work. This is where you need to go if you want to catch up on recent events.
- The General section includes everything else, just user created threads for fun and enjoyment. Yes, you can put threads in this section, all by yourself. This section is for anything not relating to the other threads, and mostly everything here is for fun. Don't spam threads for silly purposes or no purpose, don't ask everyone what they're doing, don't announce your return here unless it's in Official Player Introductions or Goodbye/I'm back and don't be a jerk period. Also, don't make a thread on how do you do something in-game because the Strategies section is for that.
- The Fanart and Fanfic Section section is specifically for user content regarding Prototype, from the likes of writing to showing off your artistic chops.
- Play as your favorite robot masters (and maybe yourself) in the Roleplay section! Create your own threads for roleplay use or join one other's.
- If you need a bit of help beating the game, or want to give advice to random users, check out the Strategies section of the community. This is where you go if you need help with the game.
- The Mechanics section includes updates on mechanics of the game, though not many updates are made here. This is where you go if you don't understand a certain mechanic. If it's a mechanic, it's probably there.
- The Development section is used for user ideas for the game. Suggest your ideas here and who knows? Perhaps your idea could be in-game. The Prototype depends very heavily on fan interaction and ideas, so if you're able to help make it grow, then by all means help.
- Finally, the Bugs section includes bug reports. Please keep your general posts out of this one, no need to give Adrian false alarms. If you see something weird that shouldn't be there, put your reports here. Pictures and detailed explanations are very welcome here. Small bug reports should be posted here
-While it's not technically a section of the community, the chat section has you on a live chat with other players. Meetings are held there every Sunday night (more details here), unless there's a hiatus in progress. =====================================================================
Community Rules Next up, we have the Community rules! After all, how are you going to follow the rules if you don’t know ‘em, eh? It’s very simple, and if you’ve ever been on some sort of previous Community before, you’ll most likely know what to do. Heck, if you have a moral sense of right and wrong, you should’ve figured it out here, but might as well have our rules in paper, right?
#1: Please do not spam in the Community You should know the difference between spamming and posting. Posting has a reason to be posted, and isn’t just general conversation. General conversation goes in the Chat, by the way. Second off, posting repeatedly in the same thread or posting the same thing in multiple threads is not the way to go. Please review your posts before you post them, and ask yourself if you’re spamming or not. Nobody likes spam, OK?
#2: Please keep proper posting etiquette in the Community Everyone has a different sense of etiquette, but we’d like to ask you follow these specific things. Please, no disrespecting other users, that’s incredibly rude. No attacking of other users as well, that’s also rude. If your post is generally going to offend users in a way, you’d better rephrase your saying. Slight cursing can be excused, but we’d like to ask you to refrain from that if possible. Any heavy cursing isn’t allowed in the Community, and if you're going to take the effort to censor it, then rephrase it instead. Also, correct grammar is always appreciated around here! While we're not asking you to be an English major, don't speak in broken tongues. Also keep in note this is a primarily English-based Community, so please keep that in mind!
#3: No Multi-posting in the Community Leave at least 24 hours between two consecutive posts in the same thread. If you need to add something, just edit your original comment. Otherwise, don’t double-post. Don’t get surprised if your comment is altered in some way by mods, as double-posting's really obnoxious.
#4: No pointless bumping on a thread in Community If a thread has been inactive for some time, please don’t bring it back “just because” you felt like it. If you do, it’s either because you want to refrain from making the same thread about a topic, or you have a significant update or contribution for it. Otherwise, please don’t necropost.
#5: Speaking of, no pointless threads in the Community Before you decide to make a new thread, think about if it’s necessary or not. If someone else is covering the same topic, post your thoughts in that thread. If it’s just a thread because you wanted to make one, you could either post it in another thread, or talk about it in the Chat. Pointless threads can flood the Community and cover other, bigger topics, so please think about the necessity of your thread before you post it.
#6: No flaming other users in the Community --Relates to keeping proper Community etiquette-- Debates are completely fine in the Community, as long as it’s kept civilized. However, if it’s resorted to swearing, name-calling, or just downright insulting other people, it’s gone too far. It really just falls into demonstrating the type of person you are, and while you don't have to be a saint don't be a downright jerk.
#7: Please respect and listen to the Mods/Admins These guys were put up as mods for a reason, so respect the guys, won't you? They try their hardest each day to make the Community a fun place for YOU, so make their job a little easier, too. These guys know what they’re doing, ok?
#8: Please keep religious/political/sexual discussions out of the Community These things just scream flame wars, so please don’t try to start a conversation about these things. Posts and/or threads that focus on these three topics can be expected to be deleted for the safety of everyone on the Community. That shouldn't need explaining.
#9: No inappropriate links/images No posting of inappropriate links or images in a Community post. This is fairly obvious, so please use common sense when dealing with this rule. No links that conflict with #8 either. ROMS and Emulator links aren’t allowed in the Community either. These things just SCREAM legal trouble, and that’s something we want to avoid.
Disclaimer!: If you happen to need to post a link that contains cursing, please put a disclaimer or "NSFW" before.
Some Miscellaneous tips on navigating the Community Here are some misc tips on the Community! Please keep this in mind as you go along the Community!
>First things first, you'll need 5,000 battle points to post and 10,000 battle points to create a thread. You can get that much in about 5 minutes, so don't panic! >If you want details on how to use somefancytexttechniques, then click here to read an article on how to use these amazing formatting techniques. >If you want the people of Community to meet you, introduce yourself on this thread! This is also the place you post in if you’ve come back from a long break. Please do not post a thread for any of this! - Suggestions (put them here for game-related stuff and here for website-related stuff) - HELP ME! stuff (put them here or here) - Spam - Bugs ( Quick! Put them here) - and finally, Chat stuff (you can chat here) and rules you can look through here. =====================================================================
Well, this is the Community Rules thread! Took us long enough, yes, but this is all common sense! This thread is mostly for the people who are new to the online community lifestyle, so if you’re already an experienced user on here, chances are you already know most of this! As always, this thread is subject to change and new rules as time passes and changes, so please keep that in mind! If you feel we missed anything, please post below! If that’s it, I’ll be heading off! See ya next time!
[Special thanks to Retro Pikachu, TheDoc, and of course Adrian]
Official Community Rules and Guidelines Posted by MegaBossMan on April 28th, 2015 at 6:24pm Viewed 613 Times
Posted on April 29th, 2015 at 10:33am#2( Edited : 2015/04/29 at 10:44am )
This is awesome! Thanks Boss, Doc, and Retro. :D
Regarding the locked threads and community sections... I have two ideas.
For the locked threads... why are they locked anyway? To prevent people from posting? I'm not sure that's necessary. I think it might be a better idea to edit and update the relevant threads with recent changes (just in case the update isn't complete for another 6 months) and then re-open them so users can ask questions and comment. When this update is eventually released and everything changes, THEN we'll lock these ones and create new threads. Until then it just feels weird to have everything locked.
Either update them or put a notice at the bottom saying "information in this thread may be out of date and requires updating, if you have questions please see [insert link here]". Does that sound reasonable? You, TheDoc, Rhythm or any other mod can edit my posts, and we should only lock the truly irrelevant threads. I know lots of those mechanics are still completely valid in-game. If you guys have any questions or need clarification, just let me know.
I'm both open and anxious to create new categories in the community so we can filter things better. Please, please let me know if you or anyone else has ideas for new sections I can create that would apply to several or many existing threads so we can move them. I feel the General category has become an anything-goes section with way too many threads so I'd like to organize it a bit better.
My first idea for a new section would be titled "Help" and appear right at the end after bugs. This would be completely different from the Strategies section, of course, and relate more to community guidelines, rules, events, and that kind of stuff. We could move this thread and all others like it to that category, un-sticky the ones that do not need it, and clean out the other categories a bit. I also considered calling this new section "Rules" but that felt too restrictive... Do you guys have any other ideas for a name? Or maybe a different section all-together? Let us know.
I'm also open to more rooms in the chat, by the way, so let us know if that's a thing you guys want to see added. :)
EDIT: Oh! What about a community section for fanart and fanfic and that kind of stuff? We could move the sprite showcases and stuff to the new section. Maybe call it "Media"? No, that sounds too official... "Creations"? Any ideas for a better name? This would be different from Roleplay, of course, with individual users to showing off their creations in their own threads, rather than collaborators making play-by-post stories. It might be fun.
Posted on April 29th, 2015 at 12:37pm#3( Edited : 2015/04/29 at 12:53pm )
@Adrian Marceau : Aw, thanks! Took long enough, but we got the job done, we did!
Regarding Locked Threads-Completely understood, and I'm going to start on it right after this post. No disagreements here.
Regarding Community Categories-I was going to suggest a "Rules" category on the Ideas Sunday Night Chat, but I might as well address it here! I think Help is a bit too misleading, and I was going to suggest rules, but if you feel it's too restrictive....Perhaps Guidelines? It still gives off the rules vibe, but it has much more of a positive connotation, as if we're guiding the user in the right direction. Does this seem right to you? After all, many of our "rules" threads have guidelines in the name. As for possible threads we can move to "Guidelines", this thread, the Chat guideline thread, Formatting Help and Comment Guideline.....Maybe the Offical Question and Answers thread? Or do you think it would stay here, in General? Or perhaps even in Strategies....If we're pushing it, maybe the Website Suggestions? Ah, I digress. That way, there's much more room in the General Section for people to create threads, which makes sense because it's General and it belongs to the users.
Now, as of placing, I think perhaps below the Bugs thread is the wrong place. Rules are something that a new user would most likely like to see first in the Community, but it wouldn't make sense for it to be above News, so perhaps below it? Or maybe where the Mechanics section would be, since that's being replaced and moved, right? I wouldn't want to go lower than that, though. Sound like a nice compromise?
Extra Chat Channels-I think while it'll be needed for the future, not as of now. Roleplay doesn't get too many visitors anyway, so adding another channel might separate the Chat more and create a channel that doesn't get too many visitors in the first place. I'm sure there are other users who'd argue with me here, but I don't think the Chat needs anymore channels as of now.
Fanfic section-Doing this will create 1 more section in the Community, making our count from 9 to 10. That wouldn't be a problem, but I think it could be morphed with the Roleplay section. Just call it a new section, like "User-created Media" or "User-created Creations". After all, I consider Roleplay to also be user-created material, and we already have a few fan-fics down there. Does this sound like a good compromise to you? Feel free to let me know.
Posted on April 29th, 2015 at 4:46pm#4( Edited : 2015/04/29 at 5:06pm )
I meant to post here sooner, but oh well.
Locked threads It depends on the thread, although I haven't looked through any of the locked topics yet, and I'm assuming that most (if not all) of them would be okay to unlock. The Mechanics section you could potentially unlock strictly so that people can ask questions for the individual issues they may be having.
Community Categories I disagree they there should be more categories as opposed to a bigger hierarchy of categories. For example, have a category that says, say, "Fanfic". Then when you go into that, there would be two more sub-categories: Roleplay and Creations. This way you can have a more organized forum without crowding the Community menu bar with categories. In addition, you could also clean up the current categories; Bugs would go under Development, Mechanics and a new category called Guidelines could go under Help, etc. Adding more categories currently wouldn't be too bad, but if it's something you would want to continue to do in the future (which it probably is), you'll want to create different levels of categories.
As for the Chat, currently I think the number of channels is fine as is. The only reason RP and Development channels exist is that they won't interfere with one another. Those are necessities imo. I'd be much more keen adding categories to the forum as opposed to the Chat.
Posted on April 29th, 2015 at 5:08pm#5( Edited : 2015/04/29 at 5:25pm )
@TheDoc A bigger hierarchy of categories, eh? Not a half-bad idea, only that it might overdo it a bit. One thing I have pride about within this Community is it's simplicity; tons of other Communities out there are pretty much completely impossible to find topics. Also, it'd look a bit confusing when on the main Community page, as people might get lost trying to find Roleplay when it was hidden with some other thing.
Also, how would we be able to post in one of these categories? Would a mod have to manually put the thread in it's proper sub-category, or does the user have the option to choose which sub-section it goes in? In that case, what about the "Create a New Thread" on the main Community page? What would you do in that case? It's going to provide to be a lot of work, and not something I think Adrian can get done by the Update. However, in the far future, it'd be something that I could see. Also, I disagree with calling the Roleplay/Creations's main section "Fanfics." If we were to go with subcategories, Roleplay AND fanfics can be "Written User Material" and things like sprite showcasing and other being "Sprite/Other User Material"? I dunno, it's just a name thing, don't take that into mind. Combining Bugs with Development could be a bit...Impressionable, I guess? They're similiar, but bugs are much more negative in nature and it might be a bit strange to categorize it with Development. However, I see where you're going with that, and just a small detail. Last time I checked though, Mechanics are being moved to a completely different page, I'll have to find the image for it, so you couldn't categorize it with anything :(
Either way, I like the idea, and I do want to see something like that implemented in the future. It just brings up a lot of questions that I think should be discussed in detail, you know?
Posted on April 29th, 2015 at 7:02pm#6( Edited : 2015/04/29 at 7:20pm )
@MegaBossMan : I do understand a lot of the points that you brought up (moving a thread definitely would become more complicated if this happened), but I feel like it's going to get complicated anyways. You say you like the simplicity of the MMRPG Community setup, and the way it is now I agree. However, can you really call it simple and convenient if the menu bar is lined to the teeth with categories? If I'm a new member viewing a line of 14 categories, it'll get confusing as to which category to check for my thread even without the hierarchy system. The hierarchy (my goodness, can I call it the subthread system? My brain is getting tired of saying hierarchy.) subthread system also allows for easier classification in this thread. Notice how you had to describe the contents of each category. Similar to what you were saying with merging fanfics with Roleplay, it's easier to put similar categories under one banner so that viewers don't have to read through each and every category description and you don't have to go through the trouble of writing it in the first place. I do agree there are definitely some conflicts between this concept and the current features of the MMRPG forum. Some things would need to be discussed and changed.
On a smaller note, Bugs are a main aspect of Development; even if the topic itself may seem "negative", you can't deny the listing and squashing of these bugs is a vital component of improving MMRPG, which is the essence of the Development thread. It's really more of an opinion thing, though. :P