Lately there have been a number of issues where people are posting on the forum in a way that does not directly contribute to the community. It begs the question that updates are needed to the rules and guidelines for the forum but before those changes are made I thought I would make it open for discussion some elements that I am struggling to moderate.
In general the forum has a policy that you cannot create a user account that sole purpose is to promote for-sale products, games, projects, crowd funding campaigns, etc. If you are an existing community member and have discussed with me first you are welcome to post these as long as it is agreed to be in the best interest of the brand and the community. This policy needs to be more clearly explained.
This policy would also allow you to “legally” use the Arduboy name in your product or project as it is covered by trademark. The fair use is established by meeting guidelines that need to be more clearly explained and will be coming soon.
So to the feedback portion:
Have you in the past, or do you now have any issue with the “advertising policy” on the community?
- Seems reasonable, this site seems to fairly balance being an open community and a promotion / marketing tool for the Arduboy Brand.
- It’s too much, the site occasionally suffers from heavy handed moderation.
- It’s not enough, it’s like the wild west here we need more rules.
Furthermore, without naming names, there have been instances where users are entering some kind of gray area of this policy by posting content that is either closed source or advertising for an unreleased game that has yet to be announced for sale or some combination of the two. In general, we encourage everyone to post their games in open source format as it benefits the community the most.
If you want to publish your game as closed source or with a restrictive license, that is your decision. You’re welcome to post your games here on the community forum so long as the game is available to play freely.
If you want to sell your game, you’ll either need to make prior agreements with me and/or run the campaign independent of the Arduboy community. This also includes a disclaimer that the Arduboy name is covered by Trademark and if it does not fall within the fair use guidelines (being available for free) you must seek prior approval to use the name in the game and/or advertising materials.
I’d also like to open this policy up to a vote:
To not be considered advertising, games should be freely available to be played, or source code should be provided. No “teasers” for closed source games.
- Fair, this is a good balance between open source and allowing developers to protect their work
- Too far, let people post whatever they want
- Not enough, all games should be open source
Let me know your feedback in comments below! Keep it friendly! This is an effort to try and keep the Arduboy community and even and level playing field so that when games are posted, the community knows what to expect.