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Old August 17th, 2005 (11:28 AM). Edited August 28th, 2015 by Christos.
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Hacks Studio Forum Rules

The Hacks Studio forum is for the outstanding hacks at the PokeCommunity who have a significant amount of progress made in terms of the Hacks development. This forum is open to all members to submit threads for hacks but it'll need to meet certain criteria before your it is approved. Here you'll be able to ask questions about, provide encouragement for and play through your favourite hacks!

Hacks Studio Posting

This forum is bound to rules that are set by the global PokéCommunity rules.
By posting in this forum, you agree that your posts meet rules set in the PokéCommunity global rules as well as the rules set from here on. There are no exemptions made for this forum. However, there are special infractions that apply to this forum listed in the "Forum-specific infractions scheme" section of this thread.

This forum is not used for discussion threads that do not showcase a hack.
The Hacks Showcase forum is only for displaying hacks. It is not for gathering hack teams or other general discussion. There are specific forums for these purposes.

There cannot be more than one thread representing a hack at the same time.

Rules for posting Hack Threads

A Hack Thread must contain at least 12 screenshots
These twelve screenshots cannot be battle screens, Pokédex entries or stat screens. The screenshots also cannot depict areas that have not been significantly edited. If at least twelve screenshots meet this requirement, then you may post any other kinds of screenshots. These first twelve screenshots cannot be map area shots.

Hacks must have a playable version or show significant progress
You must include a playable version (alpha/beta/demo) or show enough progress in terms of screenshots, videos or development of the story. The playable version must be of decent length, say up to the seventh gym or equivalent. The final decision on approval of hack threads will be at the moderators discretion.

Hacks must include an introduction or a story
Optional parts include the game your hack is based off (Pokémon Red, Gold, or Ruby, for instance), a list of features, frequently asked questions, your hack’s achievements (such as Hack of the Year!), a list of bugs, the team involved with the hack, etc.

If you are using other people’s hacks or code bases, you must have permission
You are required to state whether your hack is yours or not – you cannot post any hack in the Hacks Studio forum unless it is yours, unless you obtain permission from the hack’s author to post it (and/or modify it for your own purposes). Hacks that we believe are based off the code base of another hack will not be approved.

Fake hacks or theft will not be tolerated
The hacks you post must not contain any fake information. The images must be screenshots taken in an emulator of your choice, and should not be edited in any form.

Please give credit to any items in your hack where it is due, be it sprites, tile sets or scripts. You are bound to the agreements made by the original poster – for instance, if you cannot give your sprite to others, don’t. If your hack is based off another hack’s code base and the original poster has asked you not to give the code base to others, don’t.

Consecutive posting (double posts) about new features is permitted…
… if you're the thread owner. You may make up to three long posts in a row detailing any information in your game. You cannot make three short (for example, 2 lines only) posts in a row. Any other cases are subject to standard double-posting rules.

Thread Approval
Hacks threads that do not meet the rules set above will simply be ignored and unapproved. A thread will not appear if you do not meet these requirements. Please be patient about your thread being approved – it is not an immediate process. You may have to wait at least 48 hours before your hack thread is approved. If your hack thread isn’t approved, you slipped up somewhere. You may PM a moderator for information on why your thread may not have been approved.

Rules for replying to a Hack Thread

If a reply does not meet the rules set here, it may be deleted. Repeated offenses may lead to forum warnings.

Before posting, you must refer to information shown in the first post of, or subsequent replies in the thread. You must also refer to information stuck at the top of the forum’s thread lists.
We don’t want your post to repeat what another person has said! We do mind if you ask a question that’s already been answered in the first post!

Ask threads relevant to the hack
If you have questions for the hack author which don’t really contribute to the thread, such as “Also I need help with a script can you help me out?” it is requested that you send a private message to the hack author.

Do not comment offensively when criticising a hack
Don’t show signs of brutality when criticising a hack – no sarcastic comments, flaming, or any other snide comments that may offensive or may lower their self-esteem. Try to be neutral in your commenting.

If you are the hack owner, don’t react harshly to the comments of others – don’t expect constant praise. The criticisms that you receive should be to point out where you need to improve!

No thread revival limit
As the Hacks Studio homes the brightest and best hacks on PokéCommunity they will have at least one 7-gym release. Because they have releases they will be exempt from the 1 month thread revival rule. This is to allow the hacks to always be open for questions/help/feedback from the players of the game.

Forum-specific infractions scheme

Fake hacks and hack theft, or theft of any materials from a hack, will see members infracted with 4 infraction points (red cards) immediately if caught and proven. These points, when awarded, will not expire..

Unacceptable comments (be them short, unnecessary comments, or pure non-constructive criticism) will leave you with a yellow card on your profile record. Repeating will leave 3 infraction points on your record. These will not expire for three months.

Further information

If you have any questions about the rules set above, or you need assistance in setting up your thread, feel free to send a PM to the moderators or correspondents of this forum.

Moderators and correspondents

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Please keep in mind that these rules are subject to change, and while we will attempt to notify users of these changes, we advise that you check the rules whenever you can for any changes made.

Original rules by Hiroshi Sotomura and Christos with modifications and updates from hashtag

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