Neoseeker.com Forum Thread: The Definitive Guide to Contributing - page 1

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Author:   Wolfwood
Date:   May 15, 02 at 3:20am (PST)
Subject:   The Definitive Guide to Contributing
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Introduction
Recently Neo has been benefiting greatly from the contributions from its members with regards to product information and resources. As a result of this, this guide has been written to offer pointers for the kinds of resource submissions that could use some clarification. It was not written to have contributors read through the whole guide at once, but more as a reference tool for you to look at when you are submitting a certain type of contributing. Included in the guide is most, but not all, of the items that make up the plethora of contributions Neoseeker allows you to submit.


How to Contribute
To submit to Neoseeker you must have an account. This is so we know who is submitting what information and allows us to link contribution points to users. For this reason you will be prompted to log in before contributing if you are not already. To register for a free account, click here. Neoseeker uses a single account for all forum and site features.

Contributing is a very easy process. Simply go to the game of your choice and hit one of the contribution links in the top right of the page:



Then it's just a case of selecting the type of contribution you wish to submit!


Neoseeker Contribution Points (NeoPoints)
For every contribution you make you will get at least one contribution point. You can see all contributors with over five submissions in the Top Contributors Listing. Although not yet fully implemented yet, members will be able to make use of their NeoPoints in a system related to the site. More details will be given when available. You can view all of Neoseeker's contributions, and the points you get for contributing to them, in this wiki page.

Reviewing Contributions
After you have submitted your contribution to a profile, it will be sent into a queue for it to be double checked for accuracy and remove of errors. This system has been implemented due to the potential of site abuse by users intent on ruining Neoseeker's reputation. The team that reviews submitted contributions is known as the Contribution Review System team (or CRS for short). It is made up of dedicated site members who volunteer time to review contributions after prooving themselves to the site administration. If you ever have a problem or question with one of your submissions and need a CRS member to enquire for you, don't hesitate to ask them for help. The current active CRS members are listed here.

On With the Guide!
Understanding the guide is a matter of keeping in mind what you can and cannot when contributing. So the stuff under the DO section is good, while the stuff under the DON'T sections is bad for you and will most likely result in your submission not being accepted.

Please note that purpose of this guide is NOT to force every Neoseeker member to start contributing these types of resources for us. This has been written to assist people who might be interested in helping us improve product profiles that aren't very robust, or are incomplete. It would be very silly indeed if we suddenly got a whole motherload of product profile descriptions for products that already have fairly competent descriptions, for example!

On behalf of the entire community, CRS team and administration - thank you for contributing to Neoseeker

Jeevan (ex. Super Moderator)
Wolfwood (Neoseeker Staff)
Q22 (Site Contributor's Forum Moderator)


[color=#666666]This message was edited by Intoxication(160370) on 2011-08-06T05:00:51-07:00.




Author:   Jeevan
Date:   Dec 07, 03 at 7:00pm (PST)
Subject:   Profile Information
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Profile Information
Profile information makes up a large portion what you can contribute to Neoseeker. It consists of adding details to a game's unique "profile". It includes a variety of items to submit, from descriptions of a game to the themed genre it falls under. The amount of contribution points you will earn for each submission varies depending on what you contribute. Many of the items in this category submit cross-platform (if a game is out on several systems) to save you time from submitting information separately.
For more information regarding profile information please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query.



Cheats & Tips
Neoseeker has a huge cheat and tip database that attracts many visitors. They can be submitted by both guests and members and are added to the site's database after being reviewed under strict and clear regulations. Therefore it may possibly take some days before any submissions are approved.
For more information regarding the submission of website links please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query.

Gameshark, Action Replay, and Codebreaker Codes
Gameshark, Action Replay, and Codebreaker codes are all code submission in which you must have the corresponding cheating device in order to use. There are two main types of codes used in these devices, the Mastercode and regular codes. The Mastercode is the code you must initially use in order for the rest of the regular codes to work. Each Gameshark, Action Replay, and Codebreaker code submission is worth 2 contribution point.



Screenshots
Screenshots showcase images of a product's gameplay. It gives visitors an insight as to how the game plays and the quality of the graphics. Each screenshot image is worth 1 contribution point.
For more information regarding the submission of screenshots please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. For more information on graphic programs capable of aiding with screenshot capture and resizing, you can use Neoseeker's Graphics and Animation forum as a reference.



Concept Art
Concept Artworks are drawings, renders or any other type of hand drawn or computer generated images that have been created by respective Developers / Publishers for use as propaganda. Concept Artworks may showcase high quality images of characters, vehicles, landscapes and weaponry etc. present in games.

Concept Artworks carry typical traits; they are high quality and can be very large in dimension, brush strokes etc. may be visible in hand drawn Artworks and Character, Weapon and Vehicle renders often have no backgrounds.

Each Concept Artwork is worth 1 contribution point.



For more information regarding the submission of Concept Artworks please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. For more information on graphic programs capable of aiding with resizing etc., you can use Neoseeker's Graphics and Animation forum as a reference.




Box Shots
You can also submit front covers, back covers and media shots (for example, the DVD, disc or cartridge the game comes on) to game profiles. These are displayed on the main profile page. Each box shot image is worth 1 contribution point.
For more information regarding the submission of box shots please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. You may also find the following thread useful: Box Shots Sumbmission Tips.



Game FAQs
A FAQ (or Frequently Asked Questions) is a document that offers help to readers, either by means of an entire walkthrough/guide of a game or more detailed information. Each FAQ submission is worth 10 whole contribution points!
For more information on game FAQs, check out the FAQ/VFAQ Authors and Feedback forum.



Series



Similar Products
A similar product is a user recommended game/movie/book that is very similar to another game/movie/book, whether it is the plot, style, etc. Each similar product submission is worth 1 contribution point.



Videos
Videos are one of the newest types of contributions (announcement of them can be found here). Basically they are videos related to the profile they are attached to. NeoVideos should support all file types, but if you have one that isn't, send a PM to huntyr listing the file type. Each video submission is worth 1 contribution point.



Websites
Neoseeker accepts links to fansites to display in a game's profile. Each website link is worth 2 contribution points.
For more information regarding the submission of website links please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. If you want to know more about how to create your own website, take a look in Neoseeker's Web Scripting forum.



Published Articles
Professionally published articles can also be listed within Neoseeker's index. These will show up in their respective section within a game's profile (for example, if a published review is submitted, it will show up under the "Professional Reviews" section of a game profile). Each article link is worth 1 contribution point. Published reviews make up the "Net Top Rated Games", and part of the "All Time Favorite Games" statistics, on the main Game pages for each system.
For more information regarding the submission of article links please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query.



Complete Game Submission
Know of a game that Neoseeker does not have a game profile for? Then you can get it added with a reward of 7 contribution points.

For more information regarding the submission of entire game profiles read the New Games Forums/Profile Page Requests thread within the ReQuests, Feedback and Suggestions forum.



Author:   Q22
Date:   May 23, 06 at 7:08am (PST)
Subject:   re: The Definitive Guide to Contributing
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Profile Information
    Background
    Background submissions are designed to give a brief yet thorough overview of the story. They should be clear and informative and make up one of the several key information points on a movie profile page.
      DO: Include thorough details on what the film is about and what situation the main lead(s) finds himself/herself that starts the film.
      DO: Use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and paragraphs to make the information clear and easy to read.
      DO: Copy official synopsis information from official film sites if the movie product is yet to be released and little is known.
      DO: Read through your submission more than once to check it makes sense.
      DO: Include basic information on a characters role and attitude. For example, in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the background description describes Mr Willy Wonka as gracious but unconventional.

      DON'T: Enter information over the cast and minor characters to "buff" up your submission. Although we prefer detailed and thorough submissions, we frown upon submissions that have been blatantly buffed up with irrelevant or long winded descriptions to appear substantial.
      DON'T: Reveal important information over plot developments or any information over a particular scene.
      DON'T: Include your own opinion and bias to the submission. We don't want to know if you believe the film is rubbish. Discussion over the film can take place within the forum.

    Cast
    Cast submissions is where you enter who played what role in the film. They have no limit on the number of actors that can be entered but should be reserved for characters with significant or large roles.
      DO: Cross reference your information with reputable movie sites to make sure it's correct.
      DO: Double check all spellings to make sure you don't enter a different actor or false name.
      DO: Use your own judgement when deciding if a character role is significant or large enough to be entered into the cast section.
      DO: Double check your submissions is in the right format (with names beign seperated by a comma).
      DO: If you have trouble with Anime's and animated movies where you type in "cast list" as a keyword in Google, try using "voice actors" "voice talent" "voice overs" "character voices" and other "voice" related keywords because technically the cast is really just a group of people providing voices for the characters.

      DON'T: Include any other information about the character. This submission is purely for informative purposes over who plays who in the movie.
      DON'T: Just rely on one site too cross reference your submission. They might have also made a mistake, check at least two sites to make sure your information is correct, before submitting it.

    DVD Features
    DVD Features are to reveal information about special extras the DVD has to offer. Such as commentary, behind the scenes documentary, interviews etc.
      DO: Include interviews, documentaries, commentary, behind the scenes and making off ... features.
      DO: Use bullet points ( <li type="square"> feature here) to make it easier to read and understand.
      DO: Specifiy which feature belongs to which disk (if applicable to the DVD). So for example: "Extra trailer footage (Disk 2)".

      DON'T: Include hidden features that aren't openly selectable from a menu, they should be submitted under the Easter Eggs contribution form.

    Easter Eggs
    Easter Eggs is the term used for hidden items or extras on a DVD, which aren't accessible via conventional methods. They range from waiting on a menu screen for 2 minutes to entering a certain number sequence.
      DO: Include hidden features that aren't openly selectable from a menu
      DO: Make sure you know exactly how you discovered the easter egg. So you avoid entering false information that you believe is necessary for the easter egg, but isn't.
      DO: Verify it with other forum members that own the DVD on neoseeker, or other internet sites. Make sure you ask reliable people who will give you a honest answer.

      DON'T: Include features such as extra footage, interviews, commentary (etc.) if it's openly selectable from the disk menu. They should be submitted under the DVD Features contribution form.

    Themes
      DO: Submit a theme if it's constant throughout the movie. Not if it's briefly touched upon in a a few small scenes.
      DO: Help change faulty information by submitting a new submission containing a more refined or adequate list pertaining to the movie if you feel the current themes listed are not 100% accurate.

      DON'T: Submit more than three themes (maximum, preferably two should be the logical limit for 99% of movies produced.
      DON'T: Be leniant with selecting themes. Be strict in deciding.

    Profile Minipics
      DO: Make sure the images meet the 68 x 63 (width x height) pixel size requirements.
      DO: Make sure the profile shot is something that you can instantly associate with the film.
      DO: Submit images that show the movie's logo.
      DO: Replace current images if you feel they need to be changed.

      DON'T: Exceed 7.5 KB of filesize. This is to ensure that visitors on slower connections (namely dial-up users) do not have too large page sizes to download.
      DON'T: Submit images that show the DVD/VHS cover.
      DON'T: Submit images that do not fit within the aspect ratio of the image, resulting in stretched content.
      DON'T: Submit indistinct images.
      DON'T: Add minipics that are animated images.
      DON'T: Replace minipics that are already adequate.

    Rating
    Ratings are the certificate a film receives to indicate how suitable it is for people of certain ages. These ratings vary between global locations. The four that are currently selectable as options on Neoseeker are Australia, UK, North America and Japan.
      DO: Double check you selected the right rating, to avoid any errors that occur as member rush to submit the information.
      DO: Do a quick online search if you obtained the information from someone else to confirm the information is correct, especially if the movie is considerably old.

    Release Date
    Members have the ability to submit the Theatrical or DVD release date for multiple regions.
      DO: Submit release dates from official websites.
      DO: Submit release dates from trusted sources (eg. major gaming websites or national game retailers).
      DO: Submit approximate dates announced in gaming shows by the developers (such as the E3 Exposition).
      DO: Submit quarterly dates slated by developers if no other information is available.

      DON'T: Submit release dates with no real evidence behind them.
      DON'T: Contribute release dates for regions not recieving the game.
      DON'T: Forget to include the website address and issue number of the magazine you got the information from (if you found the information in a magazine).
      DON'T: Take any information listed on other sites where it is labelled only as "Release Date". On some sites this may mean the Theatrical release date and on others the DVD release date, so only use it to submit the informtin if it labels what release date it is.


    Movie Length/Aspect Ratio
    Movie Length is the running time of the movie, simply how long it is. The movies' Aspect Ratio is how the picture is the dimensions of how the picture is displayed on the screen.
      DO: When submitting Movie Lengths, put the number of minutes, and then "min" after it. Ex: 85 min
      DO: Submit Aspect Ratios with the following format: 1.78:1
      DO: If multiple aspect ratios are given, place a comma inbetween each of them.

      DON'T: Submit movie lengths with hours. Only submit them in minutes form.
      DON'T: Submit aspect ratios with extra spaces in between the numbers.
      DON'T: Use a source that has user-based information that doesn't go through any type of approval process to be added to the site.


    Movie Media
    Movie Media is the formats the movie can come on. Theatrical is when it first aired on television if it was never in theaters, but if it was, theatrical is when it opened in theaters. VHS is a VHS tape format, which is common for older movies. DVD Widescreen, Full Screen, and Wide and Full screens is how the movie is displayed on the screen. Each Movie Media submission is worth 1 contribution point.
      DO: Hold CTRL or Shift to select multiple medias
      DO: Submit as many movie medias that apply to each profile.
      DO: If a source doesn't specifically say the DVD is Widescreen, Full Screen, or both, look at the aspect ratio to find out. Examples of Widescreen include 1.78:1 and 2.35:1, while Full Screen can be aspect ratios such as 1.33:1

      DON'T: Submit a DVD media linking to W&F, Wide, or Full, if you are unsure. Look at the aspect ratio to find it out.
      DON'T: Submit movie medias one by one, instead submit all medias that apply as one submission
      DON'T: Use a source that has user-based information that doesn't go through any type of approval process to be added to the site.


    Director/Producer
    Director's are the people that direct a film/movie production. Similar to Director's, Producers oversee the film/movie production, but they also control a number of other things such as hiring the personnel, as well as the finances and budget for it. Director and Producer submissions are each worth 1 contribution point.
      DO: Use accents to correctly spell director's names.
      DO: Submit movie producing companies such as LionsGate, or LucasFilm as the Producer.
      DO: Submit new data to correct the current data in the profile.

      DON'T: Submit multiple directors. Only submit the main director of the film/movie.
      DON'T: Submit multiple producers. Only submit the main producing company/person.
      DON'T: Use a source that has user-based information that doesn't go through any type of approval process to be added to the site.



Concept Art
Concept Artworks are drawings, renders or any other type of hand drawn or computer generated images that have been created by respective Developers / Publishers for use as propaganda. Concept Artworks may showcase high quality images of characters, vehicles, landscapes and weaponry etc. present in games.

Concept Artworks carry typical traits; they are high quality and can be very large in dimension, brush strokes etc. may be visible in hand drawn Artworks and Character, Weapon and Vehicle renders often have no backgrounds.

Each Concept Artwork is worth 1 contribution point.

    Concept Art Requirements
    Dimensions of Concept Artworks must be at least 250 x 250 pixels and can not exceed 1600 [width] x 1280 [height] pixels.


    Concept Art Submission Guidelines
    In order to make sure all of Neoseeker's images are up to standard, please make sure you have read and taken into consideration the following points.

      DO: Submit Concept Artworks from the official game site.
      DO: Submit Concept Artworks from respective developer, publisher and manufacturer press/sites.
      DO: Utilise Neoseeker's multiple Concept Artwork submission form to submit several images simultaneously.
      DO: Feel free to add extra information i.e. a Caption, Description or Artist.

      DON'T: Submit Concept Artworks from other game sites (this is very important!) - especially if they have a "watermark" on them (ie. an icon showing that the Concept Artwork came from that site).
      DON'T: Edit out the watermark from another site!
      DON'T: Submit Concept Artworks where proportions are not consistent with those of the original Concept Artwork i.e. When re-sizing images keep the width and height ratios the same e.g. If you decrease Height by 50%, Width must also be decreased by 50%.
      DON'T: Increase the size of images; this creates pixelation which decreases the quality of images, lowering the chance of approval to nil.
      DON'T: Fill in the Artist field with the name of a Developer or Publisher. We are looking for the name of the actual Artist - If you do not have this information than leave the field blank.
      DON'T: Make your own personal alterations to Concept Artworks, however, re-sizing is permitted
      DON'T: Submit Fan Artworks in place of Concept Artworks.
      DON'T: Submit Screenshots [example] or any other type of game related media in place of Concept Artworks [example].


For more information regarding the submission of Concept Artworks please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. For more information on graphic programs capable of aiding with resizing etc., you can use Neoseeker's Graphics and Animation forum as a reference.





Box Shots
You can also submit front covers, back covers and media shots to movie profiles. These are displayed on the main profile page.
    Box Shot Requirements
    Front cover, back cover and media shots must be at least 145 pixels wide. Cover scans must be applicable to the platform you are submitting it to.

    Box Shot Submission Guidelines
    In order to make sure all of Neoseeker's images follow consistency, please make sure you have read and taken into consideration the following points.
      DO: Submit the largest cover size you can find (within reason). The system will resize the cover down for you, therefore retaining as much quality as possible. In the future the fullsize shots will also be viewable.
      DO: Submit high-quality covers you have scanned in yourself.
      DO: Send front and back box shots as a pair if possible. This helps manage server load.
      DO: Look for covers on official sites related to the game (including the publisher and developer sites).
      DO: Look for covers on online retailers of games. A good starting point would be at Amazon or Electronics Boutique.

      DON'T: Submit box shots from other game sites, especially where a watermark is present.
      DON'T: Submit unclear images of general poor quality.
      DON'T: Pair up separate front and back covers from different regions. If you do not have a back cover for an American release, but do have one for a European release, contribute them separately.
      DON'T: Submit box shots that have white or invisible borders around them. Anything that is not related to the cover itself needs to be cropped out where possible. This is to avoid box shots such as this appearing on profile pages.
    Region Specific Special Edition Covers
    Neoseeker allows you to submit covers and media shots for North American, European, Japanese and Australian releases. You can choose the cover's origin from the dropdown box on the submission screen. If you are unsure of where it originated from, leave the dropdown box selected to North America and make a note of this in the "Notes" text box (our approval team will then change the region for you if needed). Special edition covers (for example, "Game of the Year Edition" or "Limited Edition") are submitted in the same fashion you would for normal covers, however you do need to make note that it is a special cover in the "Notes" section of the submission screen.

For more information regarding the submission of box shots please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. You may also find the following thread useful: Box Shots Submission Tips.



Screenshots
Screenshots showcase images of a product's gameplay. It gives visitors an insight as to how the game plays and the quality of the graphics. Each screenshot image is worth 1 contribution point.
    Screenshot Requirements
    Dimensions of screenshots must be at least 300 x 200 pixels. Thumbnails must be 150 x 200 pixels large. The maximum size for a thumbnail is 15 KB, and the maxmimum size for a fullsize image is 200 KB.

    Screenshot Submission Guidelines
    In order to make sure all of Neoseeker's images follow consistency, please make sure you have read and taken into consideration the following points.
      DO: Submit screenshots that you've taken yourself, through any means.
      DO: Submit screenshots from the official movie site.
      DO: Submit screenshots from any other sites officially related (movie producer site etc.)
      DO: Utilise Neoseeker's multiple screenshot submission form to send in more than one image at a time.
      DO: Feel free to add a relatively brief comment that pertains to the image.

      DON'T: Submit screenshots from other movie sites (this is very important!) - especially if they have a "watermark" on them (ie. an icon showing that the screenshot came from that site).
      DON'T: Edit out the watermark from another site!
      DON'T: Submit screenshots where the thumbnail and large image pairs don't match. The point of the thumbnail image is to act as a smaller "preview" of the larger image.
      DON'T: Submit screenshots where the image looks out of whack because you didn't resize the image properly. This often happens when you try to resize images that aren't the same proportion as 150 x 200 pixels (for example, 500 x 200). In this case, try to edit the image canvas to make it so the proportions are the same as 150 x 200 before resizing it to them (for the fullsize image you may find 512 x 384 as a good size ratio to work with).
      DON'T: Make smaller images larger when resizing your images. You always want to shrink images when resizing, so the loss of quality is not as noticable. In other words, don't expand images.

For more information regarding the submission of screenshots please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. For more information on graphic programs capable of aiding with screenshot capture and resizing, you can use Neoseeker's Graphics and Animation forum as a reference.

Series
    Complete SeriesComplete Series submissions create series profiles so that members can later submit Fanart and Series Info to. Each Complete Series submission is worth 3 contribution points.
      DO: Include EVERY profile on Neo that you find that needs to be in the series.
      DO: Write up a small summary on the series, including details such as what the games are about, the characters involved in the series, etc.

      DON'T: Attach profiles that aren't in the series.
      DON'T: Leave the series description blank. Try to submit the best one you can based on your knowledge of the series.
      DON'T: Submit a series with less than two different unique movie profiles attached to it.

    Series Info
    Series Info can be submitted in three different forms of contributions: Profiles, Licensees, and Descriptions. Profiles is when you attach a profile to a series that it doesn't already belong to. Licensees is used to show that a character or concept from one series was used in another. Descriptions are new series descriptions. Each series info submission is worth 1 contribution point.
      DO: Attach new profiles to the correct series.
      DO: Attach a profile to as many series as it belongs to.
      DO: Add a licensee to show viewers that a concept or character(s) was used in a series from another game/series.
      DO: Update the description if it is incorrect or inadequate.

      DON'T: Attach profiles to an incorrect series.
      DON'T: Add a licensee that is false.
      DON'T: Submit a new description if the current one is adequate to show viewers what the series is about.

    FanArt
    Fanart is user created imagery that belongs to a game or series. You can view Neoseeker's Fanart Submission Rules and Guidelines here




Similar Products
A similar product is a user recommended game/movie/book that is very similar to another game/movie/book, whether it is the plot, style, etc. Each similar product submission is worth 1 contribution point.
    DO: Write up a good description showing why the products are similar.
    DO: Submit products that are very similar, such as Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Matt Hoffman's Pro BMX

    DON'T: Submit similar products of profiles that belong to the same series
    DON'T: Submit a whole series as a similar product, such as submitting all of the Need for Speed profiles to a Burnout profile
    DON'T: Submit a description that doesn't show why the two products are similar.




Videos
Videos are one of the newest types of contributions (announcement of them can be found here). Basically they are videos related to the profile they are attached to. NeoVideos should support all file types, but if you have one that isn't, send a PM to huntyr listing the file type. Each video submission is worth 1 contribution point.
    DO: Submit your own videos you've made
    DO: Submit Trailers and Teasers made by the developers
    DO: Submit videos of good quality
    DO: If it contains unsuitable (such as the manhunt video) material, put a warning in the description.
    DO: Include a good title and description of your video.
    DO: Submit videos with a file size up to 200 MB.

    DON'T: Submit copyrighted videos
    DON'T: Submit videos with inappropriate content such as porn.




Published Articles
Professionally published articles can also be listed within Neoseeker's index. These will show up in their respective section within a movie's profile (for example, if a published review is submitted, it will show up under the "Professional Reviews" section of a game profile). Each article link is worth 1 contribution point.
    Published Article Types
    You can submit professional reviews, previews, roundups, interviews and guides. For movie profiles, it's not common for roundups, interviews or guides to be submitted yet they can sometimes be applicable.

    Article Submission Guidelines
    Please ensure you have read through the following guidelines before submitting a published article.
      DO: Submit links to online movie review sites.
      DO: Submit links to your own dedicated site, providing it's been reliable and updated constantly over a period of three months.
      DO: Send in links for other online resources that provide coverage for the movie.

      DON'T: Submit links to other article indexing sites that serves the same purpose that Neoseeker does. It can becoming irritating for the visitor to be constantly redirected to different sites with more links on.
      DON'T: Submit sites with content that could be deemed inappropriate.

For more information regarding the submission of article links please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query.



Websites
Neoseeker accepts links to fansites to display in a movie's profile. Each website link is worth 2 contribution points.
    Wesite Requirements
    Website submissions must meet the following requirements in order to be accepted.
      DO: Submit links to dedicated fansites.
      DO: Submit links to your own dedicated fansite.
      DO: Send in links for other online resources that provide coverage for the game.

      DON'T: Submit links to other review sites. If you want to submit a professional review for a product, do so under the "Articles" contribution section. You can find out more information about submitting articles in this contribution guide.
      DON'T: Submit the link to movies's official product page (for example, http://http://spiderman.sonypictures.com/) as a "Website"-type contribution. Submit product pages under the "Profile Information" section instead.
      DON'T: Submit sites with inappropriate content.

For more information regarding the submission of website links please read posts within the Site Contributor's forum or alternatively create a new thread with your query. If you want to know more about how to create your own website, take a look in Neoseeker's Web Scripting forum.



Complete Movie Submission
Know of a movie that Neoseeker does not have a game profile for? Then you can get it added with a reward of 7 contribution points.
    Movie Profile Submission Queue
    Once you've established that the movie is not already in Neoseeker's database (by searching the site) the next port of call is the Movie Profile Submission Queue. Check through this list to make sure the movie you want to add has not already been submitted by someone else.

    A tip to quickly search this list is to press CTRL+F (or the equivalent for your operating system and internet browser software) to open the "Find" dialog in your browser. If the game is not already there, then you can proceed to the next step.

    Submitting Movie Profiles
    To start submitting you need to launch the Movie Profile Submission Form. After reading the guidelines on the page you are set to start submitting a new profile. As a final checking procedure when you tpye in the name of the movie you wish to add, Neoseeker will do a quick search of the database to find any similar worded movies. If the movie you wish to add is not in the search results then you can proceed to filling in the form.

    Post-Submission
    Once it has been submitted it will be placed in the queue and you can check the status of it whenever you wish. If in an unreviewed status it will show "Pending". If it meets all of the requirements it will be moved to an "Accepted" state and the movie will be added. However, if it is "Rejected", you'll find that if your submission is will have "Editor's Notes" attached to it. This will explain why it was not added (be it whether more information is needed or if the game exists under a different name in the database). You will be notified of changes to a pending submission you submitted via NeoPM (Neoseeker's private messaging tool).

For more information regarding the submission of entire movie profiles read the New Games Forums/Profile Page Requests thread within the ReQuests, Feedback and Suggestions forum.


[color=#666666]This message was edited by Intoxication(160370) on 2011-12-16T02:08:47-08:00.




Author:   Chad
Date:   Jan 08, 09 at 11:11pm (PST)
Subject:   re: The Definitive Guide to Contributing
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Profile Information
    Background
    Background submissions are designed to give a brief yet thorough overview of the story. They should be clear and informative and make up one of the several key information points on a book profile page.
      DO: Include thorough details on what the book is about and what situation the protagonists finds himself/herself that starts the book.
      DO: Use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and paragraphs to make the information clear and easy to read.
      DO: Copy official synopsis information from official book sites if the book is yet to be released and little is known.
      DO: Read through your submission more than once to check it makes sense.
      DO: Include basic information on a characters role and attitude.

      DON'T: Reveal important information over plot developments or any information over a particular chapter.
      DON'T: Include your own opinion and bias to the submission. We don't want to know if you believe the book is rubbish. Discussion over the book can take place within the forum.

    Author
      DO: Submit the main author of the book. If there is more than one, submit the first one listed only.
      DO: Submit new Authors if the current information is wrong or there isn't any current Author.
      DO: Spell the name of the Author correctly. Just in case, if the Author you submit isn't currently in the database, it will reload the page possibly listing any Authors in the database that are closely related to the one you submitted.

      DON'T: Submit multiple Authors. Currently, Book Profiles can only have one Author, so just submit the first one listed.
      DON'T: Submit an Author from an unreliable source or one that the user submits the information and it doesn't undergo any screening process before being added.



    Publisher
      DO: Submit a Publisher if the current information is wrong or if there currently isn't one.
      DO: Make sure you get the whole Publisher's name right. If it isn't currently in the database it will reload the page telling you and possibly giving you related Publishers just in case you spelled anything wrong.

      DON'T: Submit Publisher contributions if the current info is correct.
      DON'T: Submit the Publisher from an unreliable source or one that the user submits the information and it doesn't undergo any screening process before being added.

    ISBN
      DO: Submit the ISBN if there currently isn't one or the current one is correct.

      DON'T: Submit the ISBN 10 and ISBN 13. Only the 10, and if it isn't available, submit the 13.
      DON'T: Submit the ISBN from an unreliable source or one that the user submits the information and it doesn't undergo any screening process before being added.



    Release Dates
      DO: Submit release dates from as many different regions as possible.
      DO: Submit release dates to as much Media that you have the information available to.

      DON'T: Submit a hardcover release date for a paperback release date and vise versa and the same goes for region specific release dates.
      DON'T: Submit a Release Date from an unreliable source or one that the user submits the information and it doesn't undergo any screening process before being added.



    Book Media
      DO: Submit new media if the profile doesn't currently have it.
      DO: Hold down the Shift/CTRL key when selecting the media if it is for both Hardcover and Paperback.

      DON'T: Submit duplicate media. If the current media is fine then don't resubmit it.
      DON'T: Submit media from any source that the information is user submitted that doesn't have to go through any screening process.

    Profile Mini-Pics
      DO: Make sure the images meet the 68 x 63 (width x height) pixel size requirements.
      DO: Make sure the profile shot is something that you can instantly associate with the film.
      DO: Submit images that show the book's logo.
      DO: Replace current images if you feel they need to be changed.

      DON'T: Exceed 7.5 KB of filesize. This is to ensure that visitors on slower connections (namely dial-up users) do not have too large page sizes to download.
      DON'T: Submit images that show the Book's cover.
      DON'T: Submit images that do not fit within the aspect ratio of the image, resulting in stretched content.
      DON'T: Submit indistinct images.
      DON'T: Add minipics that are animated images.
      DON'T: Replace minipics that are already adequate.



    Themes
      DO: Submit a theme if it's constant throughout the book. Not if it's briefly touched upon in a few small scenes.
      DO: Help change faulty information by submitting a new submission containing a more refined or adequate list pertaining to the book if you feel the current themes listed are not 100% accurate.

      DON'T: Submit more than three themes (maximum, preferably two should be the logical limit for 99% of books produced.)
      DON'T: Be leniant with selecting themes. Be strict in deciding.
      DON'T: Submit a theme to a profile that is already under a genre that is the theme.




Boxshots
Boxshots are pictures of the Book's front and back covers, for both Paperback and Hardcover.
    DO: Submit the largest cover size you can find (within reason). The system will resize the cover down for you, therefore retaining as much quality as possible.
    DO: Submit high-quality covers you have scanned in yourself.
    DO: Send front and back box shots as a pair if possible. This helps manage server load.
    DO: Look for covers on official sites related to the book (including the publisher and author sites).
    DO: Look for covers on online retailers of games. A good starting point would be at Amazon.

    DON'T: Submit box shots from other book sites, especially where a watermark is present.
    DON'T: Submit unclear images of general poor quality.
    DON'T: Pair up seperate front and back covers from different regions. If you do not have a back cover for an American release, but do have one for a European release, contribute them separately.
    DON'T: Submit box shots that have white or invisible borders around them. Anything that is not related to the cover itself needs to be cropped out where possible.




Screenshots
Screenshots are pictures of the book's pages. For the book's cover, see "Boxshots".
    DO: Submit screenshots that you've taken yourself, through any means.
    DO: Submit screenshots from the official book site.
    DO: Submit screenshots from the publisher's and author's sites.
    DO: Utilise Neoseeker's multiple screenshot submission form to send in more than one image at a time.
    DO: Feel free to add a relatively brief comment that pertains to the image.

    DON'T: Submit screenshots from other book sites (this is very important!) - especially if they have a "watermark" on them (ie. an icon showing that the screenshot came from that site).
    DON'T: Edit out the watermark from another site!
    DON'T: Make smaller images larger when resizing your images. You always want to shrink images when resizing, so the loss of quality is not as noticable. In other words, don't expand images.



Series
    Complete Series
    Complete Series submissions create series profiles so that members can later submit Fanart and Series Info to. Each Complete Series submission is worth 3 contribution points.
      DO: Include EVERY profile on Neo that you find that needs to be in the series.
      DO: Write up a small summary on the series, including details such as what the games are about, the characters involved in the series, etc.

      DON'T: Attach profiles that aren't in the series.
      DON'T: Leave the series description blank. Try to submit the best one you can based on your knowledge of the series.
      DON'T: Submit a series with less than two different unique book profiles attached to it.

    Series Info
    Series Info can be submitted in three different forms of contributions: Profiles, Licensees, and Descriptions. Profiles is when you attach a profile to a series that it doesn't already belong to. Licensees is used to show that a character or concept from one series was used in another. Descriptions are new series descriptions. Each series info submission is worth 1 contribution point.
      DO: Attach new profiles to the correct series.
      DO: Attach a profile to as many series as it belongs to.
      DO: Add a licensee to show viewers that a concept or character(s) was used in a series from another game/series.
      DO: Update the description if it is incorrect or inadequate.

      DON'T: Attach profiles to an incorrect series.
      DON'T: Add a licensee that is false.
      DON'T: Submit a new description if the current one is adequate to show viewers what the series is about.

    FanArt
    Fanart is user created imagery that belongs to a game or series. You can view Neoseeker's Fanart Submission Rules and Guidelines here




Similar Products
A similar product is a user recommended game/movie/book that is very similar to another game/movie/book, whether it is the plot, style, etc. Each similar product submission is worth 1 contribution point.
    DO: Write up a good description showing why the products are similar.
    DO: Submit products that are very similar, such as Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Matt Hoffman's Pro BMX

    DON'T: Submit similar products of profiles that belong to the same series
    DON'T: Submit a whole series as a similar product, such as submitting all of the Need for Speed profiles to a Burnout profile
    DON'T: Submit a description that doesn't show why the two products are similar.




Videos
Videos are one of the newest types of contributions (announcement of them can be found here). Basically they are videos related to the profile they are attached to. NeoVideos should support all file types, but if you have one that isn't, send a PM to huntyr listing the file type. Each video submission is worth 1 contribution point.
    DO: Submit your own videos you've made
    DO: Submit Trailers and Teasers made by the developers
    DO: Submit videos of good quality
    DO: If it contains unsuitable (such as the manhunt video) material, put a warning in the description.
    DO: Include a good title and description of your video.
    DO: Submit videos with a file size up to 200 MB.

    DON'T: Submit copyrighted videos
    DON'T: Submit videos with inappropriate content such as porn.



Published Articles
    DO: Submit links to online book review sites.
    DO: Submit links to your own dedicated site featuring an article.
    DO: Send in links for other online resources that provide coverage for the book.

    DON'T: Submit links to other article indexing sites that serves the same purpose that Neoseeker does. It can becoming irritating for the visitor to be constantly redirected to different sites with more links on.
    DON'T: Submit sites with content that could be deemed inappropriate.




Websites
    DO: Submit links to dedicated fansites.
    DO: Submit links to your own dedicated fansite.
    DO: Send in links for other online resources that provide coverage for the book.

    DON'T: Submit links to other review sites. If you want to submit a professional review for a product, do so under the "Articles" contribution section. You can find out more information about submitting articles in this contribution guide.
    DON'T: Submit the link to a publisher's or developer's official product page (for example, www.vicecity.com) as a "Website"-type contribution. Submit product pages under the "Profile Information" section instead.
    DON'T: Submit sites with inappropriate content.



Complete Book Submission
Know of a book that Neoseeker does not have a book profile for? Then you can get it added with a reward of 7 contribution points.

    Book Profile Submission Queue
    Once you've established that the book is not already in Neoseeker's database (by searching the site), the next port of call is the Book Profile Submission Queue. Check through this list to make sure the book you want to add has not already been submitted by someone else.

    A tip to quickly search this list is to press CTRL+F (or the equivalent for your operating system and internet browser software) to open the "Find" dialog in your browser. If the book is not already there, then you can proceed to the next step.


    Submitting Book Profiles
    To start submitting you need to launch the Book Profile Submission Form. After reading the guidelines on the page you are set to start submitting a new profile. As a final checking procedure when you type in the name of the book you wish to add, Neoseeker will do a quick search of the database to find any similar worded books. If the book you wish to add is not in the search results then you can proceed to filling in the form.


    Post-Submission
    Once it has been submitted it will be placed in the queue and you can check the status of it whenever you wish. If in an unreviewed status it will show "Pending". If it meets all of the requirements it will be moved to an "Accepted" state and the book will be added. However, if it is "Rejected", you'll find that if your submission is will have "Editor's Notes" attached to it. This will explain why it was not added (be it whether more information is needed or if the book exists under a different name in the database). You will be notified of changes to a pending submission you submitted via NeoPM (Neoseeker's private messaging tool).


For more information regarding the submission of entire book profiles read the New Books Forums/Profile Page Requests thread within the ReQuests, Feedback and Suggestions forum.


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