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Donation Guidelines

Discussion in 'General' started by RedPhoenix, Nov 25, 2014.

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  1. RedPhoenix

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    Donations are a vital part of modding, not because the modders see it as payment, as they have to somehow cover the extra expenses like electricity costs, bandwidth or new computer parts when creating free content available for everyone. If you use ad routing services like adf.ly, please make sure you have an optional mirror without such services as well. This way you don't enforce people use the ad service link.

    But, if you are asking for donations, you should try to comply with the following rules:
    1. Donation Buttons
    We are happy with any form of donations, but if you set up a button linking to your donation system, please do not include those in your signature. Many people complaint about misclicking on them. You can include your button in every single mod topic you have or open, but in first post only please.

    2. Reasons for Donations
    Mods have to be free of charge and available for everyone. Donations are only here to pay your extra expenses; they are not seen as a payment for a modder to create mods or as a fee to let other people use your mods.
    If you pay a modder for a model, texture, sound or whatever, please name it “payment”, and not donations, as it is delusive for everyone else.

    3. Content Licensing
    To protect your work, please use an appropriate license. Creative Commons is mostly the best way to license your work and to determine the guidelines you want your mods to be used by. You can check out the licenses here https://creativecommons.org/licenses/?lang=en and here https://creativecommons.org/choose/?lang=en you can choose a license fitting to your purpose.
    The reason why you should use a license is that per se all your mods are free to use, to edit and to redistribute without your notice. Creative Commons calls content like that “Public Domain”. This could end up in a nasty fight between the original content creator and the redistributor. To avoid this grey zone, please license your work to make clear how your work can be used.

    Happy modding!
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