Scott A. Reed
I've been doing some cleanup in the database regarding game descriptions an links. Here are some proposed guidelines I have for submitting new links to the database.
What to submit as a link
-Independent reviews -- lots of game groups write their own reviews for games, so others' opinions are great.
-Rules (foreign or domestic) -- It is problematic under the copyright and the BGG Creative Commons license to upload rule sets to BGG, but if the publisher or designer of a game has posted them on their page (or if an independent outfit has published them with permission) then there should be no problem for us to link to them.
-Additional information from the publisher, print-and-play components, variants, and additional content.
What not to submit as a link
- Cross links to other related games : Since we've implemented the Wiki system, these cross-links are unnecessary. Now any user can add a link to a game's description to reference other games. Especially linear links within the game description (e.g. "this game is a lot like Die Macher"). Same goes for expansions or base-games.
- Links to designer/publisher webpages : Since we've implemented Designer and Publisher pages, each game designed by a designer or printed by a publisher does not need a link to that designer or publisher webpage. E.g. all games printed by Rio Grande do not need a link to http://www.riograndegames.com. Additionally, links to the publisher's product page should be used with discretion, as some merely re-hash the information that is present on BGG.
-Retail links : Since the advent of BGG, several new retailers have come onto the scene, and with exception to marketing partnerships with retailers, we shouldn't promote any one retailer over another.
- PBEM links, Online play links : I'd like to see these in the game descriptions (e.g. Play online at [ link ], [ link ], and [ link ]. Part of the reason that I think this would work better is that all users can edit descriptions under the Wiki system, but only admins can remove links. This way, online-play places that have changed addresses, gone dark, or no longer offer a game can be edited out by the user who finds the problem.
-Home pages for games : This is another one that I think would work well within the game description, since in my experience of working through the database, these pages have a tendency to go dark or have their links switched a couple of years after the game's release. Once again, users could kill or edit dead links.
- Last edited Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:10 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:19 pm