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Community regulations & guidelines

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In addition to the existing "Report community resources here" topic, this thread will list up the community guidelines outlining how the community should be used. Whilst these regulations cover a few popular situations, it is not to a strict rulebook—that is to say, the overarching rule is for you to be a good standing community member.

Here are some criteria you should follow when sharing resources:

  • Do not upload simple resources. These are:
    • Vehicle/skin/weapon mods that primarily consist of DFF/TXD replacements. There are other places to share San Andreas mods. There are some exceptions, rare type of mods that do not work off the bat with MTA from GTA sources are allowed, such as tyre/wheel mods (aslong it's a pack), map and building, interior mods
    • Resources solely based on code examples from the wiki
    • "Useless resources": extremely simple scripts, especially one-liners
  • Do not upload resources that do not do as advertised (this includes resources that are horribly broken)
  • You are not allowed to upload resources that act solely as a publicity mirror (such as uploads with links to external websites to download the actual resource)
  • You should not try to monetize your resources by using pay links (such as adf.ly). This can get you banned.
  • Do not upload resources containing code you do not have the rights to (i.e, stolen code). Read the notes below for more information.
  • The comments section is not a place to argue about resource stealing. Instead you should report said resources.

Improving or fixing existing resources

Although uploaded resources are made, by their author, for public download; the general rule is that you do not copy existing resources that you do not have the rights to. Then again, it may benefit the entire community if an old and abandoned resource is given new updates, which for that reason we, staff/moderators, may regularly do for some popular resources (as a form of Q&A, often for the reason of containing game-breaking bugs or being of low quality). If you want to help out like this yourself, see the question ''What do I do if I find a resource that has been abandoned?''

What do I do if I have a fix for a resource with a bug?

Making small adjustments to resources and reuploading them as your own is not allowed. You need to contact the resource author so they can apply the fix and update the resource, or eventually grant you permission to do so. In some circumstances we the moderating team can patch resources if the author does not seem receptive to messages, where problems potentially affect large amounts of players/servers, or a (much downloaded) resource is of a quality detrimental to community.

What do I do if I find a resource that has been abandoned?

Please visit this thread if you would like to adopt a resource. If you find "fixed" resources that were not uploaded by the original author and to which the below exceptions details do not apply, then please report them (in this case, please only report newly uploaded resources after this policy's introduction date, so that old resources by inactive members are not removed).

Exceptions: Re-uploading resources customized to target another gamemode/main purpose and/or using the original resource to base your edition off

It can sometimes be allowed to upload modified resources if they change targetting overwhelmingly. If your re-upload is of a version (rather ''edition'') that cannot be unified with the original resource, because it has a different purpose or the changes made are converting it to a different target gamemode (for example, you use an existing adminpanel and change the buttons/functionality into a DayZ-gamemode panel). While you are not strictly required (by us) to see if the original author is inactive or will reply to you/permit it (unless included licenses say so), you will have to remove the material incase they explicitly request you to do so later on, as your resource will still be partially based off their work. Also if any original license forbids it or sets terms, you'll have to respect it and/or not do so. This exception is only valid for reasons such as the last mentioned, if due to that being the case both resources must have a different community listing. You are however required to mention and link to the original resource, and credit its authors in order to fall under this exception. Translated resources are also eligible if the same circumstances have been met.

Other questions?

What happens if I break the rules? (by discretion of the moderator)

Depending on the situation, your content may be removed, or suspended. In addition, you may receive (temporary, in many cases) a community and/or forum ban. The regular rules about ban evading apply.

All of this seems very obvious, yes, but extremely abusive behaviour on the community may result in a global ban from MTA.

We are actively monitoring the community, and we apply common sense to all cases. As mentioned earlier, the absence of a rule does not mean the behaviour is allowed.

How can I help?

Make sure your email address on the forum and community are up to date, and if possible, establish a relationship between both your community profile and your forum profile. We will usually explain the reason for your resource being suspended in the resource log or comment section, and/or possibly over forum PM if your username is clear or we manage to link you.

This helps make it easier to get in touch, and will prevent the situation where you simply re-upload the resource because you notice your resource has disappeared.

We also encourage anyone who notices a resource in violation of these guidelines to click the newly added "Report" button below the description of all resources.

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The button will direct you to the below topic;

If you want your own resource(s) deleted, or have something changed or corrected to it, you can make a post ("report" your own uploads) in the same fashion as written above, link your upload and describe your request on what needs to be done. Please note that all removal requests are subject to staff discretion, for example it's unlikely that we will delete popular resources (high download count, thus valuable to the broader community) even if the original author asks us to. Unless your license (if any, on the version you request removed) specifically states you got this power, you made a conscious decision to add your materials to the public domain by sharing it initially, and it would be near egoistic to take it away from others who are clearly finding it useful to this day.

 

Note: 

Most of these regulations do also apply to Resources section release topics that use alternate download mirrors other than community.mtasa.com (but will only be applied at moderator/staff discretion as not all of them can apply for those). As we do not control external hosting mirrors, the only thing we can do in such cases is take actions against the Resources section release topic and forbid placement of it.

Legal disclaimer: (open spoiler by clicking ''Reveal hidden contents'')

Spoiler

These regulations do only relate to our moderation of community uploads on our own initiative, and to standarise enforcement of rules intended to keep the community page clean and manageable. Not any regulation or instruction here is intended nor sets a new standard in (lawful) use of materials, or override any license/generalize it/permit illegitimate use or create an (facilitated) environment in which this is considered accepted, so advises and instructions are not binding in a legal context to neither the user who (re)distributes materials or any (alleged) original author or copyright holder, and we urge these parties to understand we only use these regulations & protocols as our own tool (we, the moderator/staff team) to cope with management of community content. This means that may anything listed here is taken as/understood to permit a certain practise on community.mtasa.com or the Resources forum section, or anywhere these regulations apply to according to us, it does not justify any practise or action by standarising our enforcement to permit that, nor intend to (mis)inform anyone about legal contexts or any rights, therefore making it any party or person involved their own responsibility to inform themselves properly about any (copy)right or the legitimaticy/consequences/legal proceedings resulting of their actions or practises initiated through (re)distributing materials on our community or Resources subsection forum. That is because while we believe legitimate use is mainly made of the community site, abuse is possible. So while these regulations prescribes our staff/moderators how to cope with and moderate community/forum resource listings and thus are a working tool and besides that to inform users who in good faith, want to upload materials (resources) and check if they follow our guidelines, we do also accept removal requests of content (uploads/resources) if you believe to be a rights owner and that the upload violates any of (your) rights or any party you legally represent. Expect our willingness to cooperate with such a request if you can show a (copy)rights violation to be the case, so for that reason we got a low-entry method to report violating resources using this page: https://forum.mtasa.com/topic/97313-report-community-resources-here/ and we believe efficient and swift/integer moderation responses on that page will reasonably avoid us becoming a part of any legal proceedings or formal writings/requests, so if you were considering such we ask for you to try our suggested path first in a bid to resolve your (copy)rights or license issues swiftly, while thus showing our willingness to cooperate without legal proceedings if we happen to unknowingly/unwittingly be the facilitator (hoster) of materials violating in any way, which we never do intend because we're just a gaming community. We put in all effort needed to prevent and surpress violating content/materials once you notice us by the previously described informal means, leading to swift resolution. Please note about the method to report us violating resources, that we are just acting as intermediary in order to revoke the situation that we are a facilitator/bearer/medium of redistribution as hoster of violating content, as we view that as undesired situation that we will look to resolve by removing content that was reported after it was determined to indeed (co-)consist of violating material(s). Therefore we are also no party in changing license/(copy)rights compliance of the opposite (violating) party/individual, or any (legal) proceedings between you and the violating parties/material uploader, we will just guarantee we won't continue to host materials that are determined through law or our policies to be in violation, after we noticed it as such, achieved through deletion after we take notice of its existence on our community/forum pages, mostly after being notified about it through the described page to report it. That report method/page is most commonly used when you as (copy)right/license holder have already contacted the uploader/sharer of violating material(s) but they ignore it or refuse to comply with your instructions/requests to remove it or cease the violations/practises or actions leading to unlawful or violating/license breaching use, after which we will force these violations to longer exist by means of the earlier mentioned handling of such reports.

 

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