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Requirements for Uploads to the Download Centre

Discussion in 'Staff Announcements' started by Road-hog123, Jul 14, 2016.

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  1. Road-hog123

    Road-hog123 Moderator UKDT

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    In order to maintain a high quality of content in our download centre, together with changing our staff structure we've also changed how we approve files to be publicly available in the download centre. Previously we achieved a very fast turnaround on approving files by making little to no checks before approving a file. This caused problems as poor-quality products, files that didn't work, stolen content and other unwanted files were approved. We're setting down requirements clearly here to make sure that we can quickly check if a file meets the criteria, (hopefully) reducing the number of incoming files that don't meet the criteria and ensuring that we judge files fairly. We may update this later, in which case well ensure to notify users that there have been changes.

    Format of the download page:
    • A description of what the download is. This can include what it changes, any map(s) it may be aimed at, etc.;
    • Links to additional requirements that are not included in the file (e.g. the original bus for a repaint upload);
    • Credits for any content included in the download that was not made by the uploader (this content must be permitted to be included by the original author);
    • Information on how the file can be redistributed (if at all);
    • If the download will overwrite files from another addon or those that are default content, this must be made clear;
    • [Optional] How to install the files into the Omsi install;
    Screenshots included with the file:
    • Cannot be photos of a monitor;
    • Should clearly show the product:
      • For maps, the screenshots should give an impression of the feel of the whole map;
    • For non-map content, the screenshots should show the whole content of the download where possible;
    Format of the uploaded file:
    • A read-me file should be included clearly in the download file to inform the user of:
      • How to install the files into their Omsi install;
      • If the download will overwrite files from another addon or those that are default content, this must be made clear;
      • Any additional requirements that are not included in the file (with links);
      • Information on how the file can be redistributed (if at all);
      • Credits for any content included in the download that was not made by the uploader.
      • [Optional] A brief description of the file;
    • A folder structure that matches that that would be found in the Omsi directory itself (this means install can be a case of copying an Omsi 2 folder to an Omsi 2 folder, intuitive to the majority of computer users);
    • The files should not overwrite existing files unless it is required (overwriting previous versions of the addon is accepted as required. Where default or another addon's content is overwritten, a backup of the original file should be included to reverse changes);
    • We recommend using *.zip format as any Windows computer can open it without additional software.
    Other things that will cause us to reject a file:
    • Stealing others' content. We will check that permissions have been granted for an upload. Seek permissions before uploading a file and ensure you can prove you have been granted permissions. Stealing content is against the forum rules;
    • Files considered not to be of required quality (this is rather subjective we know, but detailing exactly what makes a good quality product would be better off in another forum post);
    • Content that is against the forum rules.
    • The forums permit uploading of files up to 2 GB in size and we do not expect uploads to need to be larger than that. Owing to the fact that some users may use slow or metered connections, we ask that you check that large files do need to be the size they are. You may find there is content you can remove (particularly unused scenery for maps) to reduce the download size. Files deemed to be unnecessarily too large will not be approved.
    A final note, these rules apply to all newly submitted content however, even after content is approved, it is possible for an approval to be reversed if a file is thought by Content Control to have been wrongly approved.

    If in doubt about whether a file will be approved, send a member of the content control team a PM, or simply upload the file and hope (unless the content is stolen, against the forum rules or you keep doing the same thing wrong in a spam manner, we won't count it against you in any way). We will endeavour to send PMs to users whose content is rejected to inform them of what about their file caused us to reject it and therefore what needs to be changed for a re-upload to be accepted. :)
     
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    Road-hog123 Moderator UKDT

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    Now that our downloads centre is (mostly) up and running, I've finished writing this. We'd appreciate it if you read this before uploading your B7L repaint. ;)
     
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    Road-hog123 Moderator UKDT

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    Updated. Added:
    • At time of writing (2016-07-25) the forums will not accept files larger than 128 MB for on-forum hosting. If the file you are wanting to upload is larger than that, we suggest you check that the content of the file cannot be reduced by removing unnecessary content. Owing to the fact that some users use slow or metered connections, files deemed to be unnecessarily too large will not be approved.
    To prevent against further gargantuan file submissions (some users still have slow or metered connections, so file size really does matter). And:
    • A final note, these rules apply to all newly submitted content however, even after content is approved, it is possible for an approval to be reversed if a file is thought to have been wrongly approved.
    In the event that files are accidentally approved, or for whatever reason we need to reverse an approval decision (which will not be common, but is not impossible).

    Happy submitting. :)
     
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    With the recent release of the London Citybus 400 Regional (C400R), we'd appreciate it if you read this before uploading your repaints. Thanks. :)
     
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