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#1 Edited by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

Introduction

Remember, before using the boards be sure to read the forum rules, and above all else don’t be a jerk. We hope you enjoy your use of the Giant Bomb forums.

Guidelines

Wiki Specific Boards

In addition to the main forum boards Giant Bomb also has a separate board for each page within its Wiki database. When you create a forum topic for a particular game and just that particular game your topic should be attached to the Wiki Board for that game. These boards are often referred to as "Wiki Boards" and we ask users try to post topics about information contained in the database into its specific Wiki Board.

  • This can be done by going into the "Newest Topics" board and clicking on create a new topic.
  • Then click on the "(Want to attach this to a specific page instead?)" to the right of the "Select a Forum" bar.
  • Type up and enter the name of the game your topic is about.
  • For blogs you simply go to the bottom of your blog and type the name of the game in the bottom bar. Blogs can be attached to as many Wiki Boards as possible but please only attach your blog to appropriate Wiki Boards. Remember, if a blog is mainly about one game, platform, or company, it must be published to that specific forum. Blogs that belong in a specific forum and published to General Discussion or any other board instead will be moved. Please see this tutorial for instructions on getting your blogs posted to the correct place.

If you see anything offensive or breaking any of the forum rules, report the post by clicking the "Flag" button on that user's post next to the reply button.

How the System Works:

  • Karma points are hidden from all users except for the staff and moderators.
  • Every user starts with 0 karma points.
  • If you flag an item, you gain a karma point and the author of the content you flagged also gains a karma point.
  • Once you get 5 karma points or higher, you can no longer flag any content.
  • Once you get 10 karma points or higher, you can no longer post to the site.
  • Everybody gains -1 point back at the end of every day.
  • Moderators can manually adjust karma, so if you find yourself unable to flag send us a PM and we'll sort it out for you.

Workflow:

  • Once an item is flagged, it goes to a moderation queue.
  • Forum moderators will monitor this queue to determine if flagged content is OK or if it needs to be removed from the site.
  • If a moderator deems content as OK, he will mark it thusly and the author of that content will lose 1 karma point. (The reporting user will still have gained their karma point for flagging the content that was unnecessary.)
  • If a moderator deems content as inappropriate, the moderator will remove it and the karma points stay for the user that flags the post and the user that got his post flagged.

If you'd like to have a question answered and feel it's going to be asked many times, feel free to leave a comment here with the question.

  • What do I do if I need to get in contact with a member of staff or a moderator?
  • If you have an issue that you need to discuss with the mods here on Giant Bomb you can find them under the Users > Mods link on your navigation bar.
  • If the problem is urgent then you can use this link here to PM all mods: PM Mods
  • Need to contact a member of staff about community/tools/forums? Send a PM to Rorie.
  • Found some hot gossip? Email Us News Tips.
  • It says that I can't flag any more posts, what's wrong?

Don't panic, nothing is wrong! In theory your karma will reset one point per day. Sometimes it gets stuck and needs a little nudge. When this happens, or in the event that you find a slew of spam or inappropriate forum posts and have exhausted your flags, immediately contact a moderator so that your karma can be reset manually.

  • I'm a new user and I can't post on Giant Bomb any more! What's wrong?

Until new users reach 25 posts, users are limited to five-posts per day. This is in place to deal with and limit the spam-bots that tend to invade Giant Bomb every now and then. Once you hit 25 posts, feel free to post as much as you want, as long as it follows the rules and stipulations highlighted in this FAQ.

  • How can I support Giant Bomb?

The simplest way you can help Giant Bomb is to sign up for a membership, monthly or yearly. Whiskey Media has its own store for members who want to go even further where you can purchase merchandise themed to all of the various Whiskey Media sites. Short on cash? Tell your friends about this site and work to make this a clean and enjoyable website that everyone can enjoy.

  • What do all the colored names mean?

The colored names indicate the platform 'Alignment' the user has selected in their profile.

  • Can we have signatures?

There are no plans to implement a signature feature as the Staff feel the only purpose they serve is to clog up the forums. However you can still put signature related information into your mini bio by editing the "About Me" section on your profile page if you wish to show anyone who is interested in seeing information about you.

  • How to hide certain boards from showing on the forums?

If you want to stop seeing topics from certain boards appearing in the "Newest Topics" list they can be turned off by clicking the "Preferences" option which has a rainbow icon beside it on the toolbar located above the list of newest topics. Once clicked a box should appear listing the boards that can be turned off. Opposite the list of boards are two columns titled "Show" and "Hide". Click the box under the "Hide" column that is opposite the board you wish to hide and then click save. You can change these settings at anytime.

  • How should I decide which forum to put my thread in?

Since we have a forum for every single video game, company, gaming concepts, people, etc as well as all the consoles, it would be ideal to put a thread about that certain game/company/concept/person in their specific forum. For example a thread about Halo 3 is recommended to go in the Halo 3 forum, and NOT in the 360 forum. If you're making a thread about 2 different games, you have to option of putting it in one of those game's forum, the 360/PS3/Wii forum if it deals with that specific console, or in General Discussions.

  • How do I change my profile icon?

There are many ways to change your profile icon that shows up on the forums, but the easiest way to do this is by clicking the large avatar in the top-left corner of your profile. Note: You cannot have an animated .gif as your avatar on Giant Bomb and no Whiskey Media sites have no plans to make this a possibility.

  • How do I embed images/videos/gamercards?

Whenever you want to embed anything, get the embed code, and look for the "insert" icon on the reply box tool editors. After selecting the "insert" icon choose what you wish to embed onto your forum post. Note that for videos on YouTube or other video web hosts you can simply paste the url of the video to embed it on a forum post.

  • How to add a poll to a topic?

Adding polls to topics on Giant Bomb is very simple. Just begin to create a new topic and beside the "submit" button there is an option asking to create a poll. Click this and fill out a question and some options for users to vote for then submit the topic. You will notice that when the topic submits it is just a poll that is submitted, no text in the original post. Should you decide to not want to make a poll after clicking to make one, you can always click the option beside submit and revert back to creating a regular topic again.

  • Why did my blog get locked?

Blogs that are posted on the forums are treated as a regular thread. Therefore, if a thread with the same topic was created before your blog post, it will be locked and redirected. If you do not want to post your blog on the forums, after submitting your blog, just ignore the "Attach my blog to the forums." The blog will still be there on your blog section and will not appear on the forums.

  • What is considered a 'spam' topic?

Two of the most important things to keep in mind when creating any topic or blog on Giant Bombs' forum are these.

  • Any topic or blog posted should have productive discussion value to inspire a positive and good natured debate amongst the community.

Below is a brief explanation of what we consider to be 'spam' topics on our forum.

  • Topics advertising, promoting, soliciting and offering goods or services for commercial purposes and financial gain.
  1. Example - A topic created to advertise MMO gold sellers.
  • Topics that consist of random 'thoughts of the day', immature or inane content and purpose.
  1. Example #1 - A topic explaining what your latest fart smelt like. The Giant Bomb forums are not Facebook.
  2. Example #2 - Creating an empty forum topic with no discussion material that simply exists to accomplish a quest.
  • Topics linking to websites, images, videos or other material without any original commentary from the topic creator.
  1. Example #1 - A topic linking to a news article with the majority of the article pasted into the original post without any direct opinion, input or commentary from the topic creator themselves.
  2. Example #2 - YouTube Spam - Posting random non-gaming related videos without any discussion material and probably don't have any discussion material to them in the first place are considered spam

Ultimately if you create a topic on our forum we expect you to put effort into inspiring productive discussion value when you create the topic. Posting topics regarding every random though that comes into your head, random YouTube video you find and so forth will be considered spam. Unless of course you provide adequate discussion value to the content of the topic. Here is an example of how not to post a youtube video. And here is an example of that exact same video posted in a way that promotes lots of constructive discussion.

Useful links

Here are some links to other useful threads on using the forums:

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#2 Edited by JJWeatherman (14553 posts) -

Hey, cool banners!

Sorry, I'm a sucker for nice banners. Of course lots of good and helpful content as well. Nice job.

#3 Posted by Hoffafiles (285 posts) -

Sweet!

#4 Edited by Sparklykiss (1935 posts) -

Those banners look so kooky with the white theme. o.o

But, hey, updated stuff! Nice!

EDIT: Oh god, retina pain when you switch to black. OH GOD.

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#5 Posted by SMTDante89 (2541 posts) -

Thank goodness for this.  It's a shame so many people will ignore it though.

#6 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4307 posts) -

thanks for posting this!  it will be a great resource for some of the new users on the side (if theyre able to catch it)

#7 Posted by IBurningStar (2160 posts) -

Yes. Yes! Great to have something like this.

#8 Posted by Zippedbinders (983 posts) -

Useful, but I've been wondering, is there any way to stop forum threads from showing up on the main page? I get that I can filter forum things under preferences, but turning them all to Hide doesn't stop them from showing up on the main Giant Bomb page.

I am done looking at random forums when all I want is news and content.

#9 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1865 posts) -

nice. the no cursing rule is a sight for sore eyes.

#10 Posted by Mento (2415 posts) -

I like how the karma system also hurts those who flag posts. Giant Bomb does seem like a place where snitches get stitches.

We're allowed to be sarcastic right? Please say we're still allowed to be sarcastic. Otherwise I'll have nothing to contribute.

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#11 Posted by JJOR64 (18887 posts) -

Looks sexy!

#12 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (1443 posts) -

Should be required reading for people before they're allowed to post. Fantastic job as usual Mr Pie of Zombies!

#13 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

That pretty much covers all the bases. I haven't had a thread locked in while. Hope I'm not due. Good job.

#14 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

Good guide here....about time a comprehensive, solid forum guide was made up.

#15 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2450 posts) -

Really nice job!

#16 Posted by Marokai (2787 posts) -

There is a bit of a discrepancy between the no profanities mention here, versus the link that the rules reference here that they're coming from. The link that sends you to the list of rules specifically says no profanity in blog and thread titles, or when directed at other users in an abusive way. Here, it's implied that profanity in general is prohibited, even though the actual rule list is more specific. So it'd be great if that could be lined up with one another to be more clear which it is.

#17 Edited by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -
@Marokai:  You can sayany sort of swear word you wish as long as it isn't used in a forum/blog title or used to belittle another user. This FAQ makes certain amendments and revisions to the old rules and includes new policies not yet published. 

EDIT: AH! I see what I did there. I forgot to put in "title" in that sentence. I apologize for the confusion.
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#18 Posted by Marokai (2787 posts) -

No problem! Thanks for the fix.

#19 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -
@Mento said:
" I like how the karma system also hurts those who flag posts. Giant Bomb does seem like a place where snitches get stitches.

We're allowed to be sarcastic right? Please say we're still allowed to be sarcastic. Otherwise I'll have nothing to contribute. "
The addition to your Karma when you flag a post is put in place to prevent spamming/abuse of the system.

If we're not allowed to be sarcastic, then I and the rest of the mod crew are screwed.  Just don't be sarcastic in a belittling way towards other users.
#20 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5373 posts) -

The Whiskey Media Store link doesn't do anything for me.  :O

#21 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -

Sweet looking banners.

#22 Posted by Mento (2415 posts) -
@CitizenKane:  I figured. Especially since the only thing that happens if you do nothing but flag things is to have your flag taken away from you. It's odd that there are flag spammers, but I guess it takes all kinds.

Also I was being sarcastic about having nothing to contribute except sarcasm. Hey, wait..
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#23 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -

Always good to read up on the rules every now and again. Reminds of how far into the darkside you may have fallen. Now I'm off to post some topics about drugs, sex and my store that sells awesome clothes and sneakers at great discount prices. 

#24 Posted by Belonpopo (1823 posts) -

Who reads all this?

#25 Posted by ajamafalous (11809 posts) -

I'm confused about the discussion of piracy rule. How far in is the line drawn? Obviously piracy is a relevant topic of discussion on a video game forum. Is the line drawn when you yourself start talking about ways to pirate things or sharing links to sites that do?


Like, if someone were to say "Well, piracy on the PS3 could become a problem in the future because it doesn't require any hardware mods to do, just a custom firmware" in a piracy discussion thread, would that be considered against the rules when it's something Jeff has specifically stated multiple times on the Bombcast?

#26 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

NO material of a pornographic, overtly sexual or macabre nature

A naked back = not this.
#27 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" The Whiskey Media Store link doesn't do anything for me.  :O "
Should be fixed now.
#28 Posted by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

Hentai and explicit fan art now are defined as pornography and are banned on Giant Bomb as per Rule #1.

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#29 Posted by KarlPilkington (2677 posts) -
@ZombiePie: Guess I'll delete my explicit photoshop of you now. =(
#30 Edited by shenstra (163 posts) -

Not getting your karma lowered when a flagging was deemed appropriate by a moderator makes no sense. If you abuse the system by flagging innocent stuff, your karma isn't lowered and can no longer flag. If you flag spam and/or offensive posts (which you're supposed to do), there's no reason to limit the number of such posts you can flag. After all, the flags result in moderations of bad content, which is a Good Thing(tm). All this system achieves is that people will be less inclined to flag offensive posts because apparently they build up bad karma by doing so...

#31 Posted by Sweep (8790 posts) -
@JJWeatherman: Thanks, though I updated them just now so they are completely different.

@Vito_Raliffe: Should be fixed now? Works for me, at least...
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#32 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Great work guys :)

#33 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

over 10 thousand posts and i've never bothered reading any of those boring FAQs !


i'm nice by nature see.
#34 Posted by MB (11891 posts) -
@ajamafalous said:
" I'm confused about the discussion of piracy rule. How far in is the line drawn? Obviously piracy is a relevant topic of discussion on a video game forum. Is the line drawn when you yourself start talking about ways to pirate things or sharing links to sites that do?Like, if someone were to say "Well, piracy on the PS3 could become a problem in the future because it doesn't require any hardware mods to do, just a custom firmware" in a piracy discussion thread, would that be considered against the rules when it's something Jeff has specifically stated multiple times on the Bombcast? "

The intent of the rule is to prevent users from instructing others on how to pirate copyrighted material. This includes linking to or discussing sites that promote piracy or host illegal content. It's also against the rules to discuss how much you love pirating games, how big of a pirate you are, how many gigs of 360 games you downloaded and burned last week, and stuff like that. Clearly, discussion of piracy in general (as in how it affects the industry, cases where games are leaked early and pirated thousands of times before release date, etc) is fine.

As with any other rule on Giant Bomb, just use a little common sense and you'll be fine. 
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#35 Posted by siblers (41 posts) -

Hey, I've tried looking around doing searches and whatnot, just wondering is there like an official weekly TNT thread to find out what games are gonna be played (I realise Dirt 3 is this week but for future reference) also are there threads made prior to when Giantbomb is about to go live? I know people can get updates through twitter but do the Giantbomb staff/mods update in the forums too? If so, where do I go to find these updates? Thanks!

#36 Posted by Magma_Pear (59 posts) -

Where do you go if you're having a technical problem with the site?
#37 Posted by B0nd07 (1697 posts) -

@Magma_Pear said:

Where do you go if you're having a technical problem with the site?

I think it depends on what the problem is. Check the Bug Reporting forum and see if your problem has been reported already, or, if it hasn't, report the problem there. Alternatively, you can send an email to support@whiskeymedia.com.

#38 Posted by beckley205 (310 posts) -

Whats the font for the headlines on this thread ex. Flagging and karma

#39 Posted by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

FAQs have been edited. Rule #6 has formally been added to the FAQs even though it has always been a well known rule on the site.

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#40 Posted by dudeglove (7684 posts) -

the banners.... so purty.

#41 Posted by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

Added an addendum to the first rule of Giant Bomb that I didn't think I would have to specify but with users gaining the ability to change their usernames....Come on guys have usernames that aren't obscene.

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#42 Posted by rpgfanboy (47 posts) -

This FAQ is outstanding! It's like I'm the leader of my own club. So CitizenKane, if you reach 25 posts, does it have anything to do with blogs too?

#43 Posted by psx2514 (15 posts) -

How about the mods give the OP of a topic a chance to answer any misconceptions of what s/he said before they lock the thread?

#44 Posted by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

@psx2514 said:

How about the mods give the OP of a topic a chance to answer any misconceptions of what s/he said before they lock the thread?

Burden of proof is in the hands of the original thread creator to have a topic with well articulated point that avoids getting derailed. Anyways your new thread is fine.

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#45 Posted by alres3 (10 posts) -

yes. :)

#46 Posted by effervescentia (1 posts) -

So I went to the help page and to my surprise the youtube video has up and vanished! this should be rectified immediately :P

#47 Posted by ZombiePie (5561 posts) -

@effervescentia said:

So I went to the help page and to my surprise the youtube video has up and vanished! this should be rectified immediately :P

The video was outdated seeing how it provided advice on how to edit the Giant Bomb database before the various site re-hauls. The issue is that the staff haven't had the time to record a new updated video on how to edit the database.

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#48 Posted by Fobwashed (1887 posts) -

I haven't seen this page in a while. It looks much prettier than when I first saw it. Bravo.

#49 Posted by Iju (4 posts) -

im kinda comfused..what is a "wiki board"?

#50 Posted by Video_Game_King (35826 posts) -

@Iju:

A board attached to a wiki page, like everything in the popular boards section.