in discussion / SC / SC Map DB » Do we ask for permission for each map? How do we know if okay to post?
hi keen. most of these questions should be answered throughout the site, however i will try to summarize some relevant points below.
- the goal is to have all maps, inline with a few minor guidelines.*
- permission is definitely not needed to upload someone else's publicly available map. the only time we would discourage is uploading a map you obtained from a closed-beta, private playtesting, or through some kind of leak. basically if the mapper made it public on the internet or on a public server, it's fair game to upload here to be preserved far into the future.
- the focus should be on actual playable maps. WIP maps are encouraged, but if there is no release or updates after a year or so they will either fall into the abandoned category or be deleted if there was no map download released. there is a bare minimum quality threshold. a fullbright cube with a bunch of respawning enemies, or someone's "my first map" with 10fps and leaks all over is not wanted and will be deleted.
- we need to comply with wikidot's terms of service, so technically anything violating those could be removed if there was a complaint. i also recommend that we follow the same content guidelines as the svencoop.com forums. that said, i think we are all aware of a certain gray space of acceptability. a map with a couple of textures borrowed from another game probably wouldn't cause an issue. a map that contained a small amount of adult content would probably also go unnoticed. these are edge cases in which openness and accessibility takes precedence as an exception. there are a number of maps meeting such criteria. maps that put heavy emphasis on inappropriate or illegal content however would not be allowed. we are a small enough operation where i think sensible judgment can be used rather than making blanket black and white or definitive statements.
we are a community powered resource so I am open to hearing any thoughts from anyone, particularly the other moderators here or longstanding community members.