Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised May 8 2021]

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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby wildweasel » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:15 am

TheOxingey wrote:i dont know how to post posts, please help me :cry: :cry: :cry:

You seem to have figured it out already. :shrug:
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Lagi » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:38 pm

Don't "bump," "revive," or "necro" old topics. The rule of thumb is about 30 days, or 1 month. Uselessly bumping old topics will get you yelled at, especially if it's a very old Projects thread. If you're going to post in an old thread, you should have a very good reason for doing so, for example asking questions about how an old mod works. We do have a couple of useful threads to stop pointless bumping; ask here if a download link is broken, or read this thread if a mod doesn't seem to run correctly. If your bump consists solely of "So, any updates?", there will be hell to pay.


So I cannot post with my opinions about mod i like because no-one reply to it for more than month?
like Winter fury?
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Rachael » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:03 pm

As long as the post is useful in some way, i.e. asks important questions that are actually helpful for other folks, or gives constructive (and well-worded) feedback, you're fine.
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby wildweasel » Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:27 pm

Rachael wrote:As long as the post is useful in some way, i.e. asks important questions that are actually helpful for other folks, or gives constructive (and well-worded) feedback, you're fine.

I wish to expand on this with a handy "What Is A Not-Useless Bump?" guide.

If your post:
  • Reports a bug with the mod itself
  • Gives detailed feedback
  • Is asking a specific question about the mod or how to use it
  • Offers a minor patch or fix to the mod that isn't worth creating its own project thread for
This is a useful bump.

So a post like this:
Hey, thanks for making Super This Is Totally A Mod 3.0, it really improves my Dooming experience and I especially like how you made the Shotguns fire small packets of potato chips that explode into shaving cream, I felt that was a really nice touch.


Is preferable to a post like this:
hey this is p. cool
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Lagi » Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:37 pm

thanks,
oh boy, i feel pressure now
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby wildweasel » Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:44 pm

Lagi wrote:thanks,
oh boy, i feel pressure now

I mean it's not like anybody ever gets warned for a Useless Bump. :shrug:
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Messiah » Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:22 pm

I posted a thread yesterday that stated it needed moderator approval.

It is still not visible.
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby wildweasel » Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:48 pm

Messiah wrote:I posted a thread yesterday that stated it needed moderator approval.

It is still not visible.

There's nothing else by you in the moderator queue besides this post, and I can't find any disapproved posts on the logs that say they were by you.
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Blue Shadow » Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:57 pm

It's this.
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised Aug 25 2018]

Postby Graf Zahl » Sat May 08, 2021 1:34 am

Can we please add a rule to not spam the developers with private messages about help with their projects? Most of the PMs I get are of that kind and I made it a strict policy to ignore them completely.

In clear English: If I get a PM about questions better suited for open discussion, I'll just delete them and if said user continues sending me PM's I'll just delete them on sight without ever reading. I am saying this because recently there have been some people who think this is SOP for getting help. But in the end it only creates work that doesn't help the wider community.

I had to put a few users on my 'Foe' list recently because they just wouldn't stop sending me PMs.
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Re: Official ZDoom Community Rules [revised May 8 2021]

Postby Rachael » Sat May 08, 2021 1:51 am

Yes, you are right about that, no one should be PM'ing devs asking for help with projects except in very specific circumstances.

  • If you need help with a project, ask in open chat. Do not pester developers for help. Knowledge benefits all, and the developers tend to be pretty busy anyway. There may be valid reasons to contact a dev privately, but if it really is needed please do this as rarely as possible.
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