Last updated January 05 2018 - in case of problems or suggestions, please
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CSDb release standards for cracks
For some time CSDb worked as a first release site, thus had rules and standards for sorting out worthy releases to be added into the database. The cracker groups still active have since moved to the remaining first release boards. If you want to release a first release you can read the rules in Vandalism News (online here), Propaganda and Game Corner, and upload your crack to the three counted first release boards available through Telnet: Antidote, The Hidden and Reflections. This is a good thing, as CSDb is supposed to be an archive with the main purpose to gather information about the scene, mirroring as much as possible. CSDb should not take part in scene politics.
Said that, we would still like to point out the importance of quality when it comes to cracking these days. Make sure you read the rules in the disk magazines mentioned above, and don't be sloppy. Your mistakes and sloppiness will be mirrored here and elsewhere for eternity.
Every version of a crack should have its own entry at CSDb (even bugged ones! They are also part of history).
There are three options when uploading new cracks:
(1) upload and let the file stay (normal procedure)
(2) upload and make the file visible for logged in users only, or
(3) upload the file and then delete it (making it only visible for moderators and trusted users. Moderators and trusted users are not allowed to spread the link in any way - if that happens, please contact the moderators and the leak will be dealt with).
The last option is the one to pick if you release cracks of new commercial games. Not uploading a file is not an option. CSDb's interest is in archiving everything C64 scene related, but we also want to help the game developing scene thrive, thus not help spreading cracks of new commercial game releases, potentially hurting the sales. (The file will be hidden from the public, and for logged in users, for one (1) year after the release date of the crack. After that the file will be available publically or, if the entry creator so wishes, for logged in users only. Only rightful copyrightholders may ask for a prolonged timeframe by contacting the CSDb moderators directly, and we will take it from there.) This way we ensure the integrity and completeness of the database. If a new entry is created without any proof that the file exists it will be deleted. The only exception is old vapor-releases where there are no file available; that means, and sends a signal, that we are looking for that particular lost file to complete the database.
We want to motivate people to upload more old cracks to the database. Go through your turbotapes and disks - add missing stuff.
Cracks without tags or intros should only be added if a tagged crack of the game in question is not available on CSDb. Cracks that should be excluded are simple freeze-cracks without any tag