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Developer's Code of Conduct

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meleu
Posted: 08 Sep, 2018 15:45
Last Edit: 08 Sep, 2018 15:45
After days of intense (and heated) discussions we finally reached a point where the Developer's Code of Conduct is good enough to be officially announced and applied.

Some of our active developers already follow the "best practices" recommended on that doc, but we realized that it should be written on a doc to be followed by every dev. Then here it is:
https://docs.retroachievements.org/Developers-Code-of-Conduct/

Here is a TL;DR version, highlighting the most important points:
- State your intention to work on games in the forum.
- As soon as you have a plan for your set, post it on the forum.
- Keep your set free from unwelcome concepts. (we clearly define this on the doc)
- Use protective code preventing potential cheating and exploits.
- For set revisions, follow the revision policy.
- Resolve tickets, and leave notes each time you do.
- Once you publish you set you are giving it over to the community to be reviewed and reworked over time.

While on discussions for that doc we also collected enough information to create the How to Become an Achievement Developer doc, describing all the steps that any aspiring achievement developer must follow before getting Developer status:
http://docs.retroachievements.org/How-to-Become-an-Achievement-Developer/

Please guys, be aware of those docs.
Any feedback is welcome. When in doubt, ask a @mod in Discord or send a message to .

And keep rocking!

Protoblubb
Posted: 12 Sep, 2018 10:57
What is if death has no bad consequences and triggers an easter egg? Can it be added then as achievement? For example, if one would die at the very beginning of Secret of Mana before reaching Potos Village, you'd be resurrected by the sword (it makes sense in context), something you won't see ever afterwards.

Personally I believe that would add to the experience, as not many people know that easter egg/secret, as it is too easy to not die. The first boss in the village offers a different resurrection experience which is very famous.

I think rules should be taken as guidelines, but there may be circumstances where the rules might not apply, such as this. What do you think?

BenGhazi
Posted: 12 Sep, 2018 12:16
Last Edit: 12 Sep, 2018 12:22
The rule only prohibits dying without any purpose, but if you're dying to view a special scene then that should be alright.

Here's an example of it being done right: and here's it being done poorly .

Protoblubb
Posted: 12 Sep, 2018 14:37
Sorry, I have misunderstood then, thank you for clarification!

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