Sponge Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to the Sponge Project! We’re glad you’re here and interested in Sponge. We have a few rules that apply to all of our various methods of communications, including (but not limited to):

The Sponge project adheres primarily to Wheaton’s Law: “Don’t be a dick.” That’s about the best summation we can give you for how the rules work- just don’t be one.

Read on for some more specific guidance, but please remember these rules are meant to be general and not a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts. Look, this is all common sense stuff.

  • Follow Support Guidelines (when they exist) for any issues you may have.

  • Don’t abuse the channel (IRC, forum, etc). This means don’t spam, multipost, crosspost, or flood it. Be nice and remember that we’re all sharing the same virtual space.

  • Try to keep the language at least PG-13. We’re not your mom and dad and we’re not going to give you grief over the odd curse word, but keep it within the bounds of reason and courtesy.

  • Racism, sexism, bigotry, or hateful language is right out. Don’t even try it. This is a strict rule- don’t break it.

  • Be nice to the operators and admins. They’re volunteers and their time is frequently limited. While they’re very often happy to talk with you, please don’t overdo private messages, pinging ops in IRC, and so forth.

  • Only private message ops/mods if something needs to be kept private, they are not your personal search engine.

  • Please avoid discussions of politics, religion and similar controversial topics. Not only is it not relevant to Sponge, it tends to create conflict where there doesn’t need to be any.

  • Don’t bash other projects, Mojang, or people associated with them.

  • Don’t ask when Sponge will be ready. It’ll be done when it’s done. When it’s done, don’t ask for updates. They come out when they come out. This is a general rule for all open source projects.

  • Don’t advertise in any form on any Sponge system. This includes but is not limited to advertising your favorite server hosting company, the server you play on, some piece of software you use for fun, another game, or whatever. Some exceptions are made in Off-Topic sections and are solely at the discretion of moderation staff.

  • Do not attempt to make a sale or sell anything on Sponge websites or systems. This includes but is not limited to plugins (mods or any variation of the term), art assets, services, or any work to be provided. If it comes to our attention that a plugin hosted by Sponge is being used as a promotion as a for-sale “lite” version, we reserve the right to remove the plugin listing. What constitutes as a for-sale “lite” version will be decided at the discretion of Sponge Staff.

  • We aim to comply entirely with the Mojang EULA, to that end any plugins, services, posts and/or links suspected of violating the EULA may be removed at the discretion of the Sponge Staff or at the request of Mojang AB.

  • Don’t spread rumors or falsehoods about the Sponge projects, staff members, affiliates or partners of Sponge, or any other defamatory statements that might harm the project.

  • The moderator, administrator or manager(s) of the various communication channels in use by the Sponge project have the last word.

Any of the above rules are subject to change at any time without warning. Any content found to be in violation of these rules whether the content was created before a rule was in place can be removed by moderator approval. These rules apply generally to all Sponge methods of communication but each individual sub method (Example: Sub-Reddit or Forum Category) may have its own set of additional rules and guidelines to add on top of these general rules. If this is the case, both sets of rules must be followed. Rules and guidelines evolve as the Sponge community evolves.

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