Gamefilter Guidelines

Welcome to Gamefilter, friend! Here are some guidelines for participation. Please take a couple of minutes to read them, love them, and subsequently live them.

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What makes a good post to Gamefilter?

A good post to Gamefilter is a link or set of links to something that is related to gaming, gamers, or gaming culture. The idea is that most people won’t have seen it before, that there is something interesting to most people about the content you’re linking to, and that whatever it is might warrant discussion from others.

If you haven’t posted to the site before, it’s a good idea to have a look at some earlier posts and discussions to get a feeling for what goes over well with the community.

It seems obvious, but make sure you’re linking to something on the web. Gamefilter is all about the links, and a post without a link to something interesting will be deleted. The first part of the site’s name is ‘Game’ but the second part is ‘-filter’ — collaboratively filtering out the firehose of repetitive gaming-related noise from the thousands of gaming sites out there to focus on The Good Stuff is our core mission.

Basically, though, if it’s gaming-related and it’s interesting and it hasn’t been posted before: you’re good to go.

What makes a bad post to Gamefilter?

If it’s something that’s on every gaming blog on the block this week, or a link to one of the 27 game trailers released since breakfast, it might not be a bad post, but: it’s probably not a great one. Linking to the site for a game that many people are playing in order to start a conversation about it is not a great post — a forum like MefightClub is a better choice for that.

Posting a link to something you or your friends have made and asking for feedback is very much not a good post. Self-promotion isn’t what this site is about. Self promotion can be “earned.” If you consistently post interesting and fun comments or links on the site, people will click on your name to know you better. You can put links to your sites and stuff on your profile, and people can check those out if they’re interested.

(It’s fine to link to your own things as comments in threads, if it adds to the discussion.)

Posting a press release for your company’s latest game launch or website makes for a bad post. We love games; we don’t love astroturfing.

A post that doesn’t follow the standard rules of grammar and spelling may not be a bad post, but it will probably be removed.

Posts that aren’t a good fit for Gamefilter will be deleted, without malice. Keeping the ‘filter’ aspect of Gamefilter is part of the core mission. If your post gets deleted, don’t feel bad — just try and find better links next time.

What makes a good comment thread on Gamefilter?

Gamefilter is a member of the Mefight Club Network of sites. Mefight Club is a worldwide group of adult gamers (of all ages), and we value kindness, reasoned discussion, friendliness and having fun. Also scotch. But we also do our best to use our words; we get enough LOL BUTTS KTHXBYE nearly everywhere else in the gaming world, so it’s something we haven’t got much patience for. Words are our friends, our spiky dubiously-loyal little friends.

We also have not a bit of patience for racism, sexism, homophobia or bigotry of any kind. So please — if you want to join us, leave that sort of stuff at the door.

Please keep comments focused on the topic at hand.

And, of course, don’t troll. Repeated trolling will earn you a one-way ticket to Bansville: Population, YUO.

Follow the golden rule, treat others’ opinions with the same respect that you would expect. Disagreements happen, but flame wars are never necessary.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your posts being deleted, your posting rights revoked, or your account banned. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the admin or the GFi mods.

WTF Is A Rotato?

Most of all, though, the Rule of Rotato is an easy one to follow: have fun, and try to have fun in such a way that it doesn’t ruin other people’s fun.

The spirit of this community is such that we encourage and expect all users to act as mature, considerate adults. To that end, our basic guidelines have been elaborated by Herr Doktor (‘Dok’) as follows:

  1. Be excellent to each other.
  2. If you can’t be excellent, be civil.
  3. If you can’t be civil, be offline.

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What Is Gamefilter?

Gamefilter is a community weblog based in spirit and intent on the great work of Matt Haughey and his staff at Metafilter. It's all about sharing links to interesting stuff on the web, but with a narrower focus on gaming-related links -- good stuff that other people might not have already seen -- and talking about them.

Anyone can join for the low low price of zero dollars, and once you're a member, you have the senses-shattering power to post new stuff right from the front end of the site, and talk about that stuff in the comment threads. You don't need an account to read GFi, but as well as giving you The Power To Post, membership also lets you

  • Thank and Favorite all the goodness
  • Build a profile page with all your stuff in one convenient place
  • Send private messages and friend/follow your favorite GFites and their unstoppable Gfiltering style
  • Feel the warm glow of satisfaction in helping grow the community
  • Do all sorts of other neat things, both now and coming in the future!

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