Read before posting – Forum Etiquette – Helping you create a good topic

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28 on January 19, 2015

Hello coders, designers and other gaming enthousiasts!

This is a guide to help you get more answers and reactions in your topics.
If you follow these guidelines your question should be resolved more quickly, I can give no guarantee though.

So let’s go ahead:

1. Be specific. We can’t help if you say something like ‘I want to create this game, so how do I do that?’. Instead ask us something like ‘Would it be better to use a rigidbody or custom scripting for playermovement?’.

2. We are here to help, not as your script take-away. If you want a specific script, go ahead and make it. If you need help, you know where to find us.

3. Use google first. There’s a great chance that you’re not the first to encounter your problem and someone might have asked about it before. If you can’t find anything or you’re still not sure on how to tackle your problem, go ahead and open a topic.

4. If you have a problem with coding, be sure you follow the following lines:
4.1 Be sure to include the code where the problem arrises. Not the entire script, just the important code.
4.2 Use code tags for your code, which are located on the right side of the bar with the Bold, Italic, underline, etc. buttons on it. It looks like: ‘< >’.
4.3 Tell us what the error message(s) is, if any.
4.4 Say what language you’re using. Most experienced coders can see what it is, but for novice programmers it’s good to know.

5. If you want to show your game, then actually show something. Provide screenshots, the storyline or even a demo! Make us want to play your game.

6. We expect you to put effort in your own problem. Tell us what you’ve tried yourself and what you think the problem might be.

7. Don’t bump your topic within 24 hours, you won’t reach anything with it and it’s just generally annoying. After a day has passed, it’s fine to bump.

8. Show a picture with visual problems. It’s good to describe a visual glitch/bug/ploblem, but it’s even better to show it! You can show an image by clicking the image button in the text editor. Don’t worry, it’s not disabled. Just paste the link in the box at the righthand side. (The link has to end with .jpg/.png/.gif/etc..)

These are just guide-lines, not actual rules. They cannot be enforced, but you should use them for your own good. If you feel like someone needs some help with his topic, just link this page so he can improve it with these tips.
If you have any suggestions, comments or critique, just reply. I would love some of your feedback.

Thanks for reading, and happy coding!
Dion Dokter

[Edit 21-Jan-2015]
Improved spelling and grammar.
[Edit 06-Mar-2016]
Typo
[Edit 03-Jul-2016]
Added point 8

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3 on January 19, 2015

Nice work :) I really hope people take the time to read this.

Master
on January 20, 2015

I think this should be at the top of the page like the “Welcome”-post. There are a lot of “bad” posts going on. Sometimes it feels like the well written questions from people who have tried hard before asking dont get seen because of all the “Fix this for me” or “Give me script for that”-posts. What do you guys think? maybe Im just getting old and grumpy 😛

Guru
on January 20, 2015

That’s why I wrote this. It would be very nice if this would be pinned to the top.

Guru
on January 22, 2015

Hi, this is necessary, so I’m thinking of a way that all the users can see it before they make a thread. :) Thanks Dion for taking the time to write this. ^^
For now let’s link the users who make a bad thread to here, but soon we should have a nice Rules section. :)!

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0 on March 18, 2015

I’ve added a Guidelines page to the forum, that way we can show the rules in a better way!.
Thanks Dion for your collaboration and Kalaskryss! ^^

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0 on February 19, 2016

Bumping this thread to get a bit more attention to the Guidelines since I have since people bumping their thread withing 24 hours and not using the search bar of the forum :)

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0 on February 19, 2016

Yea the point of Use Google first is important !!

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0 on February 20, 2016

This does a great job at summarizing the majority of problems I’ve seen across the forums.
Great job in explaining this, hopefully this will have a positive impact on the quality of posting. :smile:

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0 on February 20, 2016

Thanks for making this sticky! Much appreciated – great advice.

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2 on February 21, 2016

Dion the real question is how do I make a game?…. just kidding but good points.

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on February 22, 2016

Taste my bad humor. 😉

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2 on February 22, 2016

In the case of a question changing slightly (but roughly still about the same topic) is it better etiquette to update it and bump, or create a separate topic focusing on this new question? 

Guru
on February 22, 2016

It’s better to ask a new question in a seperate thread.

on February 22, 2016

ok noted.

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Noticing a spelling error at rule no. 6. “Efford”, haha.

Guru
on March 6, 2016

Whoops! Fixed it :)

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Glad I could help. :)

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1 on May 20, 2016

Thanks I am new just joined today, I guess this will be helpful ;).

Thx Pixl

Master
on May 20, 2016

Welcome to the forum, I hope you’ll love it :)

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