As you may already know, we moderate the comments on this blog. It should go without saying, given other related sites such as Wiibrew, its forums, or the #wiidev EFNet IRC channel, but there are rules here.
Comments containing any of the following will be deleted:
- Any questions regarding warez launchers, or implications that you use said software.
- Any questions regarding pirated VC or WiiWare titles, or implications that you use those. This includes any mention of WADs unless you specify which legal WADs you’re talking about.
- Flamebait regarding piracy and how we suck because we don’t condone or endorse it.
- Flamebait about such topics as “homebrew is illegal”. We don’t need yet another pointless discussion on the legality of homebrew in various places and its comparison with warez or warez tools.
- Comments in other languages. Pido perdón a los lectores hispanoparlantes; este blog está en inglés.
- “Backups”. It’s a wildcard for piracy. Sorry if you have legit backups of games; this isn’t the place to discuss them due the piracy discussion that all too often hides under the “but it’s just backups” excuse.
- Comments that are just plain wrong and likely to mislead, horribly bad or dangerous advice, and which contradict the very post that they are on (debate or properly identified contradiction is okay; I’m talking about answering a newbie question with a bad answer or the opposite of what the post says without properly explaining yourself)
If your comment is otherwise valid or insightful, but violates one of the above rules, it gets deleted. Too bad. Sorry, I can’t go editing comments to remove the bad bits, and some people would see that as even worse than removing them outright. Get rid of the objectionable parts and post it again – we don’t ban commenters (unless they spam).
I’m also not stupid. If I can draw a line from your comment to “I’m almost certainly pirating”, I probably will. If you’re pirating, you should probably avoid commenting here. If you need help with anything to further your pirating, you really should not post a comment about it, because there’s a good chance I’ll notice what your intentions are, even if it’s not explicit. And if you honestly are not doing anything questionable but you think it might be interpreted as such, make sure you provide an explanation. Stupid implausible exuses from pirates need not apply.
In addition, random blog entries aren’t the place for off-topic messages directed personally to me or bushing. I’ve got an e-mail address. I do read comments that contain personal messages and may act upon them, but I won’t approve them (they clutter the already long comment lists), and I won’t reply to them. If you have a message that you need to get to me personally, use e-mail. If you have a general inquiry and/or need help on something off-topic, go to the Wiibrew Forums or the #wiihelp IRC channel on EFNet.
Finally, I’ve been known to get cranky at times and delete comments that just plain bore me or annoy me. Like asking something already answered in the blog post. Or talking about off-topic and unsupported/dangerous stuff that we don’t particularly care about or consider a good idea. Like those silly system menu skins or mods, or random custom channels that you really could do without. It depends on my mood and how silly the comment is.
If your comment mysteriously didn’t appear, think twice about what you said. If you don’t see anything wrong, we may have made a mistake, or maybe your comment got caught in the automated Akismet spam filter. Just try posting the comment again, or maybe change it up a bit if you think the spam filter might have been the issue.
If you feel this is censorship, go voice your problems, concerns, or opinions elsewhere. The Internet is pretty large; I’m sure you’ll find a place where you can post your issues.
As a reminder, proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation goes a long way towards getting better answers from other people. It also tips the balance your way if I’m unsure whether to delete your comment or not. This goes particularly for English natives who just feel like being lazy or doing it on purpose. I understand that non-natives might not know English that well; just do your best, and try to explain yourself in detail if you think that people might have trouble understanding you.
I’m leaving comments open for this entry – this is your chance to talk about this, because you won’t get to do it on other posts. The rest of the rules still apply here, so no warez or flamewars about homebrew or piracy.