Last update: 2015.08.08
GameDevTips.com is a place where anyone can share game development tips and learn from other people's tips.
Following this motto, we aim to keep GameDevTips.com a nice, helpful and shared place for everybody. To accomplish this and avoid complete chaos, we think that there has to be some rules to be followed by each one of us.
You are not a troll nor a spammer and you will post gamedev tips in English.
You won't post offensive, abusive or any stuff that violates people's privacy and rights, including porn and unauthorized use of copyrighted and/or trademarked work. You will give credit where credit is due and you won't make shameless promotions.
You agree with our rules below (so please read them) and acknowledge what may happen if you break them. You may also help us by reporting gamedev tips that break the rules.
Things You Should Not Do
Writing in a language other than English
We want every gamedev tip to reach as many people as possible so every gamedev tip must be written in English, since [it seems that] it's the main language used by game developers around the globe (side note: the native language of GameDevTips.com creator is Brazilian Portuguese).
Bullying, Harassment, Hate Speech, Threats of Violence and similars
We don't recall the last time we heard or read about improving our skills, be it on personal or professional level, that included bullying, hate or any of the things cited in this topic. Maybe because there is no such thing?
Anyway, don't do these things. We know about internet trolls and bad events involving games, gamers and game developers and how destructive they can be. Let's be polite and learn to live with our differences.
We know that you know where to find porn. Just don't bring it here, please.
It is all over the internet. Just like porn, don't bring it here.
Personal, private and/or sensitive data
There are reasons why private data is private. Don't share confidential information or information that could expose someone's life (such as documents and addresses). Did you sign that NDA? Don't break it. In other words, don't violate others' privacy.
Copyright and Trademark Infringement
Don't use copyrighted or trademarked work that you are not authorized to use.
Claiming and writing other people's tips as yours
This can be something like a chicken and egg situation, but be true to yourself and to others. Did you learn that awesome gamedev tip from a colleague? Read it in a book? Found it on Twitter? If so, mention the original author.
Self-promotion, promotion of games, apps and services, marketing
There are better places to do that. When using GameDevTips.com focus on game development tips. You can mention your game/service in a tip but trying to market or sell it should not be your goal.
Take postmortems for example: even though the developers mention their companies, games and teams, the main objective of a postmortem is to share what went right, what went wrong and lessons learned with the experience.
If You Break The Rules
We hope it doesn't happen, but in case you break GameDevTips.com rules, we may suspend or block your account and/or remove your gamedev tips.
We reserve the right to enforce, or not enforce, these policies at our sole discretion. These policies don’t create a duty or contractual obligation for us to act in any particular manner.
Use the 'Report' feature
If you notice that one or more gamedev tip violates our rules, please report them using the 'Report' feature (the flag icon at the right bottom of a tip).
With your help we can keep GameDevTips.com a nice, helpful and shared place for everybody. Your help and cooperation are much appreciated!
Changes to these rules
We reserve the right to change these rules at any time without notice or liability. We will display a notification message in our main page in case we change our rules.
We would love to hear your feedback. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback about our rules, please contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.