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Moderator Guidelines and Contributor Rules

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Hyperlist uses + sign:
"<game name="Blackjack+Poker+Acey-Deucy (USA)" index="" image="">
<description>Blackjack+Poker+Acey-Deucy (USA)</description>"

Should we stick to the same?

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4 hours ago, CriticalCid said:

To be honest, I find the updated point 5 very vague and confusing. Especially your example with the “+” symbol. Just take the opposite symbol “-“ which can be used as minus but also as hyphen that appears in nearly every entry with a subtitle in its name. Of course I completely understand what your point is but I don’t see any problems when symbols like +, &, -, etc. are getting used for the facing title.

Generally what breaks the LB scraper is when characters are used that are not part of the rom set naming convention. For example No-Intro, Redump, and probably almost every other group are only using Low ASCII characters minus the operating system specific ones like /, :, etc.

Personally I think we should orientate on that set of allowed characters as well for maximum compatibility with it. Here’s the documentation of the No-Intro naming convention and it’s a very good read of you want to understand a little bit more about the structure of this set.

The Official No-Intro Convention (20071030).pdf

The + was just an example, but I figured it'd apply. My reasoning was that I do notice a lot of sets not using symbols where they can. So instead of seeing a + in the title name, the words Plus are used. I'm not too concerned about the rom sets, but I do like what No-Intro does. I don't like the idea of blindly conforming to one of those sets, because there are times where I and others disagree. Knowing that, would it be hypocritical to want to create a set of proper names for our Database? We'd just be another in a long line, and I don't know how well it'd work from within LaunchBox, meaning it's usefulness drops. If LaunchBox did it automatically, without error, that'd be great. But I don't see it happening without error without a ton and a ton of work.

If a game has a character in it's title, then I don't think there's no reason to not use it. The beauty of the Alternate Titles, is that we can have both cases. In almost every case, the hyphen (-) will turn in to a colon on the Database side, so that should never really be an issue. When a file name should have a colon, it's almost always standard practice to use a hyphen. Should we create a standard conversion for other characters? For a slash, I can see the ampersand and + signs working. I think the ampersand looks cleanest.

I'm by no means perfect when it comes to figuring this stuff out, that rule has been there for a long time and just got changed up, so I am certainly not above editing things to make them better. Figuring out what to do, now that's the hard part.

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I have a question that's not covered in the guidelines.  Should developer and publisher be full names, like "MicroProse Software, Inc." or just "MicroProse"? I'm asking because sometimes the company or organization can change and be a completely different group, but only have changed "Inc.", "Ltd." or something similar.

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2 hours ago, Ranthalion75 said:

I have a question that's not covered in the guidelines.  Should developer and publisher be full names, like "MicroProse Software, Inc." or just "MicroProse"? I'm asking because sometimes the company or organization can change and be a completely different group, but only have changed "Inc.", "Ltd." or something similar.

developer list need merging and moderation, now it's a mess.

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4 hours ago, Freestate said:

developer list need merging and moderation, now it's a mess.

I absolutely agree! There are at least 3 different variations of a lot of devs and pubs.

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I don't waste time in this and dates. When we have some acurate ok, now it's only losing time. Another moderation sickness like the pokemon names change nonsense.

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Heya guys,

Aye, we're all a bit particular about how we like our games named. As a general rule, we want the game names to match the boxart, and everything else shoved into the alternate name fields.

 

As for developer/publisher/etc moderation, it's also on the list of things to do, but having a ticket open for it would make it feel more... important ;). *coughhintcough*

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On 20/7/2017 at 1:27 PM, Vlansix said:

Heya guys,

Aye, we're all a bit particular about how we like our games named. As a general rule, we want the game names to match the boxart, and everything else shoved into the alternate name fields.

 

As for developer/publisher/etc moderation, it's also on the list of things to do, but having a ticket open for it would make it feel more... important ;). *coughhintcough*

i open a ticket a long time agooooooo. https://bitbucket.org/jasondavidcarr/gamesdb.launchbox-app.com/issues/87/consolidate-company-names-merge-or

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