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The Unwritten (and now written) Guidelines of the DN

March 19th 2010, 06:40 AM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
1) Angering other members is a good way to make the community in general dislike you (especially if you go out of your way to piss off a Mod). We have a fair number of people here with strong opinions, so occasional disputes are expected. If you can get through them without taking them personally, you'll do just fine. Actually, this rule is true with Internet as a whole.

2) When reviewing files, there are some important things to remember:
-Readability, if we can't understand it, we won't approve it.
-Keep spoilers to an absolute minimum (I know I've seen other staff members let this slide, but it is something that will make sure you're not approved with me).
-Each staff member uses their own judgment when approving reviews, so they may not decisions and reasons may not always be totally consistent, but we all know that we're all trying to be fair and keep some kind of small standard in quality in what's accepted.
-For especially low or high ratings, please do your best to justify why you the file deserves such an outstanding score.

3) When submitting dev files, please make them your own work and not just something you ripped from a game. I know we've let things slide in the past, but we're trying to really cut down this.

4) Submitting poor quality work and attacking other members when it is not well received will generally earn the ire of staff and the community. It is better to dust yourself off, figure out what you did wrong, learn from that mistake and try again.

5) Giving someone else's work a bad score because they gave your work a bad score is technically not allowed. I know we can't really tell a person's intentions when they do this, but if it really looks like you did this, we will call you on it and not accept the review. Thankfully, I can think of two times in the history of the Network where we've had to do this. We'd like to think that everyone here tries to do their best to make objective reviews and stunts like that just makes things suck. Same would go for a positive review in turn for a positive review.

6) Posting off-topic or general discussion threads that go unanswered or are met with tepid or negative responses usually means the community is either uninterested or annoyed. Don't take it personally, this may just not be the community for you (it happens). This does *not* apply to asking questions on d-mod making in the development threads or troubleshooting questions. The staff and community really does our best to try and answer these. If it's about Dink or d-mods, don't worry about it.

7) Links to porn or "software of highly questionable legal status" (ie warez) in any of the forums is prohibited. Same goes for flaming (personal attacks) that are deemed excessive or in bad taste by one of the staff. Don't do that crap. Links to sites that host malware or viruses or anything blatantly illegal will result in muting and/or outright banning.

8) Our swear filter is a joke, but you look even more absurd when you try get around it.

9) Don't create alt accounts for yourself. It's dumb and you're usually found out eventually. If you really want to change your name ask redink1 or me (so I can try getting redink1's attention for you). Generally, we will okay it.

10) If you think you're being singled out by staff and/or the community at large for harsher treatment... you're probably right. Occam's razor also suggests that you likely did something to deserve this. We generally let a lot of stuff slide... but too much and we will start cracking down on you much more than other members. So, yes, if you feel this way, odds really are we don't like you and we have very good reasons for it.

EDIT: This is basically just another way of saying the stuff that was on the RULES PAGE from way back, I just forgot about it.
March 19th 2010, 07:00 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Nice job.
March 20th 2010, 09:06 AM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Female Australia steam
discord.gg/Ukugfbh 
this rule is true with Internet as a whole

Ha ha ha, oh wow.
March 20th 2010, 09:24 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Ha ha ha, oh wow.

Hahahahaha... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

HAHAHAHAHAAAA!! HAHAHA!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! *GROAN* HHAHAHA!!
March 20th 2010, 10:02 AM
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enchilado
Peasant Male Australia
Quack. 
Oh, what!? You mean I'm not allowed to post links to porn any more?
March 20th 2010, 07:34 PM
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EvilEarl
Peasant Male United States
In memory of Skull. 
Why do I have the strange feeling that the DN is never gonna be the same again? (It's gonna be like one of those series when people group together to fight a problem (Skorn) and find out that disbanding is impossible as new problems continue to arise (internet-neutrality, a.k.a. no more freedom of speech) and new foes (Tal's doppleganger) and some of the unimportant people slowly die off (or get killed off) until you have a small few who either create a new era of awesomeness or fall into oblivion fighting for whatever cause. And I'm sure there will be defectees who will go to the other side (I will if it has cookies) and fight us.)

That's why I will make myself a big presence while making sure Striker has more power than me as the most important person and the side characters always die at some point.
March 21st 2010, 01:20 AM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Nah, you haven't been around long enough. Trolls and n00bs come and go, but the DN always remains. Skorn isn't even the worst, really. What I've stated is stuff that has been around forever and I figured it would be good to give the newbies something to look at so that maybe *some* future incidents can be avoided.
March 21st 2010, 01:55 AM
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DinkDude95
Peasant Male Australia steam
The guy with the cute D-Mod. 
Rules, I like.

How about creating a page to replace this and redirecting it here, or something?
March 22nd 2010, 01:32 AM
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chaoticnight
Peasant Female United States steam
Dinking around since 2009..... 
Good idea DinkDude95. Though an easier way to get to that page would be helpful. I only found it by doing a search (when I originally read it) Maybe I'm blind but I couldn't find a link on the homepage or anything.
August 9th 2010, 12:14 AM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
Ehhh....we already have a rules page. I'm sure we don't need a second one.

Yes, it took me this long to find this thread.
August 9th 2010, 01:56 AM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
#1: That's from the old Dink Network.
#2: These are the rules as they are at current. Shush now.
#3: It took you how long to find a sticky?
August 9th 2010, 03:38 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
#1: Old TDN ruled
#2: ...
#3: About 5 months
#4: FOUR!!
#5: FIVE!!
#6: SIX!!
#8: SEVEN!!
#7: Did you notice that seven wasn't there?
#0: Oh wait there it is, but what happened to nine?

Sorry, just had to do that.
August 9th 2010, 08:06 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Absolution has finally started looking for the rules because he's reporting me to Redink for abusing my AWESOME MOD POWERS. I don't deserve to be a staff member, apparently.

*Sigh*
August 9th 2010, 08:15 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
Does that mean your goose is cooked then oh mighty fish person? ohh noooeessssss *votes for reinstatement* of all powa and requests a side order of chips (just incase)
August 9th 2010, 04:50 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
Um...Yeah, Sabre. You are abusing your powers. You told me that the forum is for discussion not reviews, which is total crap. Neither rules thread that this thread has mentioned has ever said that. Stop abusing it, or you will be demoted. redink1 is watching...
August 9th 2010, 05:16 PM
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I think that's common sense actually.

We have a forum, and we have a review system. Oh no, abuse of power to say that reviews belong in the review place!
August 9th 2010, 10:11 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
And then deleting a post for a bullsh!t reason!? Oh noez!! Power Abusal!
August 10th 2010, 12:45 AM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
Now what on earth are you talking about? Not a single post by you (except maybe the Bad Troll) has been deleted in this thread.

Rules for Dink Network Mods/Staff
#1: All cookies must be regularly donated to Robj to ensure that not all of them go missing.
#2: Tal is supreme.
#3: There are no rules other than #1 and #2 for staff members. "Bard" level staff however must do their jobs as they were assigned to do in the re-organisation thread.

August 10th 2010, 03:36 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
"You told me that the forum is for discussion not reviews, which is total crap."

No, it's not. As Sparrowhawk said, it's common sense.

Look, I locked the thread because I felt it was totally unnecessary and the topic warranted no discussion whatsoever. Whether you want to take this on the chin and accept my decision or cry like an abandoned kitten that fell down a well is up to you. It's not going to change anything - Nor will e-mailing the Red Man.

Have a nice day.
August 10th 2010, 04:00 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
Aww... poor, neglected little fuzzy. =(

Nah, I don't think Skorn is cute enough.
August 10th 2010, 04:25 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
No posts by Skorn are deleted for bullshoot reasons. I think this thread altogether should have been closed before single post was made into it... except the first one obviously.
August 10th 2010, 10:21 AM
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hell7fire1
Peasant Male Botswana
It's like that. 
skorn is being skorn

EDIT:
staff member
please delete this post it is not worthy to be in a thread in-which redink has posted
August 10th 2010, 10:29 AM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
R-r-rules?

Do they apply to members of staff too!?
August 10th 2010, 11:23 AM
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Well staff members should set a good example
August 10th 2010, 11:44 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Giving someone else's work a bad score because they gave your work a bad score is technically not allowed. I know we can't really tell a person's intentions when they do this, but if it really looks like you did this, we will call you on it and not accept the review. Thankfully, I can think of two times in the history of the Network where we've had to do this. We'd like to think that everyone here tries to do their best to make objective reviews and stunts like that just makes things suck. Same would go for a positive review in turn for a positive review.

So does that mean we can finally delete this?
August 12th 2010, 09:30 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
Wow, Skull. Deal with my opinion or look like a dick. Your choice.

EDIT: That is also very stupid Skull. It's not like SimonK reviewed my files!
August 13th 2010, 03:51 AM
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schnapper
Peasant Male Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands
Let us save our effort and just lie down and die. 
DinkDude said: "How about creating a page to replace this and redirecting it here, or something?"

Dude, that shoot is Heritage Listed!!
August 13th 2010, 05:14 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Well, your review wasn't a revenge for single user, but it was a revenge for the whole TDN. So it's even worse.
August 13th 2010, 01:16 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
What!? No it wasn't! Stop trying to start a flame war here.
June 20th 2012, 05:30 PM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Sticky necromancy? Well, it's on the first page, but it's old enough to be considered necro... Whatever.

I was thinking that new rules could be added, like no racist remarks, no bashing other people's religions, and that if any topics that come up with religion or ethnicity as the focus, that they must be friendly and people must accept that other people have their own beliefs or ethnicity, and that nothing you can do will change or belittle them.
(Thus, if it devolves into a flame war, it just means that those engaging in it are easily offended and/or itching for a fight.)
Also, another rule on that line would be that comments that are explicitly racist or against a person's religion with the intent to cause a flame war would be immediately deleted.
June 21st 2012, 06:37 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
I don't really think a rule is needed in that area. Any thread that turns particularly sour will get locked/deleted.

If people insist on posting such nonsense, ignore them and let their threads die.
December 8th 2012, 06:49 PM
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DackFight
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
Go to TalPorn.com

Ha I broke one the rules in a way
February 9th 2013, 08:21 AM
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Androrc
Peasant Male Austria
 
Was rule 3) really necessary?
February 9th 2013, 08:24 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
To a point it is, but I sincerely doubt we are on anybody's radar xD
February 10th 2013, 10:17 AM
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Androrc
Peasant Male Austria
 
I don't think a general ban on ripped items make sense, when one of this site's very founders created a D-Mod based on Warcraft II graphics.

Maybe it would be better to, rather, change the phrasing of 3) to simply ask people to not go overboard with ripping, because that will not be allowed.
February 19th 2013, 03:00 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
That has pretty much been the idea... Files like the ninja dude graphics will doubtlessly be approved in the future too, since that stuff at least requires some trouble converting to Dink on the releaser's part, rather than just taking something and reposting it here.
April 6th 2013, 10:34 AM
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jenyth
Peasant United Kingdom
Skull's DMODs rock 
I really hope I haven't broken any of the rules. So sorry if I have
September 3rd 2013, 04:08 PM
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DackFight
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
Quick question, what kind of porn isn't allowed?

I was looking at "Know Your Meme" and I found "Food Porn".
January 15th 2014, 09:02 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
Heh, as far as I know, just the sexual kind. You know, porn porn.