I don't know how many are aware, but /v/gaming recently lost one of its long time moderators and a positive contributor to this great community. I'm speaking of course of Reacher, the senior member of the mod team and someone who worked hard to make sure the community was always in charge of its own community rules and that anything put in place is transparent, well-defined, and predictable. Reacher did a lot for the community, especially early in its life, and I miss him as well as appreciate all that he's done.
Unfortunately, although the community got to weigh in on every rule change, since the rule posts were made on his user account, they went away when he deleted his account. I want to thank the unknown individual who had the foresight to archive the main rules page, and I'm reposting it here so that we have something clearly-defined to reference in the sidebar, as well as give the community another opportunity to weigh in on your community rules. I don't have an archive of the content creator guidelines, so I appreciate extra feedback on those as I try to rewrite them from memory.
The /v/gaming modteam has been pretty easygoing in enforcing rules in recent months, and with community feedback I've been writing out friendly rule reminders and saving post removals for spam. I know not everyone reads the sidebar, and most people are more than willing to observe your community rules if the modteam treats them fairly and with understanding the first time.
I'd also like to thank everyone who contributes to /v/gaming, whether that's in posts, comments, or just spending time in the community. You've made this place great from day one, and although my time is more limited this year than it was last year, /v/gaming is my favorite community on the web.
1. Submissions must be related to gaming.
I've removed directly from here as we often get threads that are related enough to gaming to still be allowed (for example windows 10 discussion threads).
It still stands that threads must be relevant towards gamers or gaming in general.
2. Titles must be clear and reflect content of the submission. Include game titles where necessary.
3. No Memes or DAE posts
Meme, defined here is: ''An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.''
Memes are generally 'low-effort' posts (as subjective as that is) that often don't evoke room for discussion.
DAE = ''Does anybody else'')
discussion: should /v/gaming consider dropping this rule or better defining it to be more clear and lenient? Should /v/gaming drop the DAE portion of this rule since it only impacts discussion posts?
4. No clickbait
This can be related to rule two in that if the title is unclear and 'low-effort' with the intention of getting people to visit just to see what the content is, it will be removed.
Discussion: can clickbait be more objectively defined to minimize room for interpretation? Should /v/gaming drop this rule since it's difficult to define objectively and often overlaps with the much more objective rule 2?
5. No links to illegal torrents or other illegal downloads/content.
This was changed to add the word illegal. This means no cracked games or copyrighted material unfairly distributed.
You can however link to torrents in cases where developers may be distributing their games via this medium (or other software etc)
Links to other content such as abandonware and non-console emulators (such as Apple II or Commodore 64 emulation and roms) are allowed.
discussion: mods should not jump the gun without clear evidence of illegality. should /v/gaming consider dropping this rule as a duplicate of Voat's site-wide rules against unlawful content?
6. No links to merchandise and/or unrelated products
This means don't post links to sites that sell gaming related products. e.g. clothing with gaming characters on them
Anything that's used for gaming, e.g. gaming systems, gaming peripherals and attachments, games themselves
7. Mark all spoilers with:
(#s "Text goes here")
Discussion: should this be enforced as a suggestion instead of a rule?
8. Mark all NSFW posts appropriately.
Unchanged. Common sense dictates.
9. Submissions reposted within 6 months will be removed.
I added a specific period here to remove ambiguity. I deemed 6 months to be a fair time, as it allows clearing of repeated news threads, but allows discussion threads to crop up again within a fair period.
Remember to read our content creator guidelines before posting your own work as well as the FAQ regarding sites you are affiliated with.
Content Creator Guidelines
These guidelines are aimed at content creators, usually people who share their own YouTube channels, run their own gaming sites, or write their own articles. It's okay to share your own gaming related content, but please remember that /v/gaming is a community and not just advertising space. In return for providing a place to share your own content, we ask that you participate in the community in other ways, by commenting on other voaters' posts, sharing other content, or creating discussion threads. /v/gaming as a community has a lot to offer, so don't be afraid to jump right in.