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Deadly Stream Forum Rules

 

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General Forum Rules
 
The Deadlystream forum is a civil community, and the rules have been put in place to maintain this. Please be friendly when posting here.
 
1. Illegal material

Do not discuss or post links to sites that contain illegal material or discuss where to obtain illegal material (i.e. where to get illegal MP3s, warez, cracks, etc.). Do not post magazine scans and other copyrighted material. This is prohibited. Discussions about how to perform activities that are illegal in the US are also prohibited (i.e. torrents to acquire the games illegally, etc.)

Deadlystream may at times host files that circumvent DRM, these files are only to enable the normal and legal use of the games they are made for. In all instances you must own the content you are using, Deadlystream does not promote piracy. Discussion about piracy is strictly prohibited. 


2. Obscene material

You may not post obscene material. This includes text and/or images that are violent, disturbing, or pornographic.


3. Flaming

You cannot, in any way, insult (or "flame") someone else on the board. People may not be insulted just because their opinion differs from yours. Flaming includes calling people names, insulting them, or saying offensive things to them. This also includes harassment [the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands.]
 
Any flaming will result in one warning, after which your posting ability will become restricted and if necessary you will be banned. 


4. Inappropriate language

Refrain from using excessive profanity in your posts. Basically, let the censor do its job. Don't attempt to undermine it.

Avoid using leet/IM/chatspeak in your posts. This is a forum, not an instant messenger or a cell phone so please make an effort to use proper English to make your posts easier to read and understand.
(Example of chatspeak: "h0w r u m8" --> "How are you mate?")

We are aware that this is an international forum where not everyone speaks English as their native language. Everyone can make grammar and spelling mistakes and nobody should pick on you for that, but chatspeak is a deliberate choice of style and not a mistake. Members who continually post in this manner will be asked to change their posting habits or they may see their posts edited/deleted at moderators' discretion.


5. Spamming

Spamming is strictly prohibited. Your post needs to contribute to the discussion or the topic. Spam Details:

  • Do not post messages that are irrelevant to the topic or attempt to derail the conversation. Your posts should contribute to the thread in some manner.
  • Chatting is speaking in a light, familiar way and includes informal talk or one sentence posts like “I agree.” Chatting is considered spamming and will be dealt with accordingly on Deadly Stream.
  • You may not post threads about the amount of posts, post status, or rank that you or a fellow member has.
  • You should not be able to look up at your screen and see that the majority of topics or messages on a page were just created or posted by you.
  • Do not start topics meant for posting spam. Find some other forum to work out your inanity.

6. Bumping

Please do not make posts simply to move the topic back up to the top of the forum. This is called ‘bumping’ and is not allowed. If people have something relevant to post on that topic, they will. Please be patient when waiting for replies. Don't worry if you don't get a response right away. People around here are helpful and friendly, and if someone knows the answer to something, they'll let you know.


7. Advertisement

Do not advertise other websites. Please do not make posts or threads about other websites or forums in an effort to direct traffic to them. This generally is not acceptable on any of the forums here. You may include links in your signature but you may not advertise in your posts.

You may not spam the Private Message (PM) mailboxes of other members.

Commercial advertisement for companies or products or services you are trying to sell is strictly prohibited.


8. General posting habits

  • Threads and posts must be placed in their appropriate forums: check out the forum description before posting your message.
  • Before posting a new topic, do a search to see if there is already a recent thread on the subject. If there is already a thread similar to what you’d like to post, feel free to read it and post a reply in the existing thread. Note that sometimes the search function is disabled, so do your best without it.

    If you can find no suitable thread that has received new posts within the past few weeks you may post your own. Do not revive threads that have not had any activity for months or years this way unless you have something of substance to add to the topic. Making frivolous replies to dormant threads is considered thread necromancy and is generally frowned upon.
  • Be specific when you name your topic. This will aid in topic searches and help prevent someone from posting something you already have.
  • Please refrain from starting topics on your life experiences unless the scope is focused and narrow enough to foster good, mature discussion. This is not the place to write about what you did during the day, nor is it a place for you to rant about anything and everything of little interest to anyone but yourself. Please update your status for this sort of thing instead.
  • Try to stay on topic. Discussion is a good thing and is encouraged, but if what you have to say deviates a lot from the topic, do not post it in that thread. Consider starting your own thread instead. This is a matter of respect to the thread starter.
  • If you want to add something to a thread that you have recently posted in, and no one else have made any new posts in, edit your last post in the thread instead of creating a new one. If several days have passed where no one has posted anything and you have something substantial to add to the thread you may make a new post instead.
  • If you open a topic requesting help with a game or a specific modification, you must list all modifications that you currently have installed. Inaction or inability to list your installed modifications will result in the closing of your thread. Spamming or bumping of help topics may result in a  temporary ban. 

9. E-mail addresses

For your own privacy and security, do not post your e-mail address in the forums. If you want somebody to contact you personally, then please use the Private Messaging system built into the forums, or turn on the option allowing other users to send you e-mail via your profile.


10. Thread/post deletion

The thread deletion feature has been turned off due mainly to the fact that it allowed everyone to delete other people's posts made in the deleted thread. You can ask a moderator to close your thread. Moderators may or may not approve the closure request at their sole discretion.

While you can delete your own posts, do not delete them if a moderator or admin has edited your post for a disciplinary reason. Moderators will notice deleted posts.


11. Editing/deleting moderator warnings

If a moderator edits one of your posts, do not erase or re-edit that post unless you have the permission of the moderator. If you disagree with a warning or disciplinary measure, do not argue in the thread. Contact either that same moderator or another staff member via Private Messages to discuss the issue and express your concerns.

The exception to this is notices about signature limit violations. If you edit your signature to comply with the guidelines you may remove the moderator notice as well.


12. Reporting posts

If you witness someone breaking the rules, don't post about it in the thread. Instead, please use the 'report bad post' button to inform the moderating staff of the problem. Please use it only to report posts that are in violation of the forum rules.


13. User names

Do not duplicate anybody's nickname, avatar, and/or signatures. Make or find your own. You may not take the name of someone outside the community, such as names or nicknames of game developers, moderators of other communities, and so on. It is strictly prohibited to impersonate someone else.


14. Multiple accounts

Multiple accounts are not allowed. You must also use a valid email address when registering. If you do not like your current account name, please create a thread in the Helpdesk Forum and the staff will assist you in changing your name. 


15. Re-registration after a ban

You may not re-register after receiving a ban. If you re-register after you are temporarily banned, you will be banned permanently. If you keep re-registering, you will be IP-banned, preventing you from viewing the forums at all.


16. Liability

You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
 
 
17. Sale of Modifications
 
The sale of modifications is strictly prohibited on Deadlystream. All hosted modifications on Deadlystream are to be released for free; any deviation from this will result in an immediate and permanent ban.
 
Any attempt to sell a modification hosted at a third-party website, either through the Deadlystream PM system or Deadlystream forum system, will result in an immediate and permanent ban.
 
 
18. Modder accounts and Mod Sub-forums
 
If you would like a Modder account please create a topic in the Helpdesk Forum and a staff member will assist in upgrading your account. To qualify for a Modder Account you must upload at least one completed modification to Deadlystream.
 
If you would like to request a Deadlystream sub-forum for your modification please open a request in the Helpdesk Forum, your request will then be evaluated by an administrator. All sub-forums are approved on a case by case basis and are generally granted only to "major" modification projects. 
 
 
19. Uploads (including mods)
 
All content on Deadlystream must be uploaded by the original creator/owners of the content. Uploading content that is owned by someone else is strictly prohibited, unless explicit permission can be demonstrated by the uploader. If you are found to upload content that is owned by another person without explicit evidence of permission, the first offense will result in a warning via PM and removal of said content. Any additional infractions will result in a permanent ban. 
 
Deadlystream Staff will from time to time reach out to authors of content not currently hosted on Deadlystream to see if there is an interest in having their content uploaded to Deadlystream. This activity should only be performed by Deadlystream staff members. 
 
Uploading copyrighted content is prohibited; anyone uploading copyrighted content will have said content removed immediately and will be issued a warning via PM. Any additional instances of uploading copyrighted content will result in a permanent ban.  
 
 

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Guidelines for Re-uploading Abandonware Mods:

For the purposes of the KOTOR modding community, ABANDONWARE will be defined specifically as mods which are no longer publicly available, whose authors have been entirely inactive on all known accounts or other methods of contact for over two years, and whose content was uploaded and readme written under the presupposition that their content would always be available for download on the official venue(s) of their choosing. For the purposes of this community, at the time of writing this definition also entirely disregards all mods which have ever been uploaded to DeadlyStream by the author or an agent of the author.

 

When reuploading abandonware content, certain mandatory guidelines must be followed. If all the above is true and the readme for the mod in question (if present) contains no indication that reuploading the mod is against the wishes of the author, the following steps must be taken (and can only be taken by a DS admin):

 

1. Contact the modder on any platforms where extant accounts of theirs may still be present and informing them of the imminent content reupload, with instructions for requesting the content be removed if their stance on reuploading has changed from the stance taken at the point of writing their readme.

2. Create a DeadlyStream account with the name of said original modder.

3. Upload the modder’s mod under the new account, with all the original files and readme present, unaltered, and packaged in the original format.

4. Add a note to the bottom of the readme as displayed on deadlystream clarifying that the mod is an abandonware reupload of a mod created under the author’s name, and unequivocally stating that the mod will not be actively supported, nor is any user authorized to engage with the mod in any way which is impermissible by the mod’s readme.

 

In the eventuality that a mod matches the definition of abandonware but does include wording which indicates the author would not approve of their mod being reuploaded, the potential reuploader must first ascertain whether or not the mod was uploaded to a site which would cause the user to believe the mod would be available for download on this preferred method in perpetuity. If there is reason to believe that the mod author wrote their readme with the knowledge that their content might not be available after a certain date (ex: utilizing an upload service on some sort of timer or temporary basis which would see the mod lost after a certain date), then the only way to see the mod reuploaded is to gain contact with and permission from the author; if there is reason to believe the author was active and aware that their mod had become undownloadable at the point at which its last official download went down and did nothing to correct it or actively refused requests to have their mod reuploaded and has only become inactive since this date, then the only way to see the mod reuploaded is to gain contact with and permission from the author. Only in circumstances where the mod author is thought to have become absent or inactive within the community before their mod first became unavailable; that the mod author made no statement or other indication that they would specifically deny the right to reupload their mods even in the eventuality that they specifically became unavailable on all official venues; and that the mod author had every reason to believe that their mod would always be available to download on the official venue of their choosing (or that they would be present to reupload it themselves) at the point of their disappearance is it acceptable to violate the readme in this one, specific instance. The steps for reuploading mods of this variety are as follows:

 

1. All due diligence must be made to contact the modder on all known or potential avenues of communication to inform them about the status of their mod and request instructions, including requesting permission for a reupload. If a reupload is permitted, steps can proceed from step 2 above; if refusal, the matter of reuploading the mod is to be dropped in perpetuity. If, however, there is no communication for a period of over 1 month, an admin may move to step 2.

2. Send a second message to all known modder accounts made contact with in step 1 informing the original author of intent to reupload, and steps to confirm the move or request the mods removed.

3. Create a DeadlyStream account with the name of said original modder.

4. Upload the modder’s mod under the new account, with all the original files and readme present, unaltered, and packaged in the original format.

5. Add a note to the bottom of the readme as displayed on deadlystream clarifying that the mod is an abandonware reupload of a mod created under the author’s name, and unequivocally stating that the mod will not be actively supported, nor is any user authorized to engage with the mod in any way which is impermissible by the mod’s readme.


20. Appealing a restriction of privileges
 
If your posting, replying, uploading or downloading privileges are revoked for whatever reason, you may request a repeal of the restriction after 90 days of the restriction being implemented on your account. Any attempt to get around a revocation of privileges will result in an immediate ban. If your privileges are revoked you will be notified when and why via a PM. 
 
21. Other

The most important rule of all: Don't be stupid. Use common sense.

This is a wonderful rule that covers all the loopholes. These rules are not a code of laws set in stone. Moderators will use their discretion to determine how they are best applied for the good of the community here.

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