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Now that I've got your attention...

Every once in a while, a new beta version of some famous Japanese hack turns up. Oftentimes, this hack was uploaded to a Japanese website database where it was intended to be shared among a small group of like-minded people. It's really actually very similar to what we all do here, just on a much smaller scale.

So, imagine you've made something - it's not finished yet, but you've uploaded it somewhere for your best friends online to play it and give you good feedback.

Now, imagine someone from a foreign country stumbles across your uploading site, grabs the beta version, reuploads it somewhere else, makes Youtube videos of it and makes a thread about it on a DIFFERENT website, of which you aren't a member.

Now imagine that your project is being played and talked about by 1,000 times more people than you had ever intended. Because they weren't a part of your original community, none of these people have any idea about your intentions for the project, the storyline, how complete it is, known glitches, what still needs work, what needs to be finished, etc. In addition, your project was in an unfinished state, but it's being judged as though it's a real demo.

Here's a good analogy. Imagine you upload a beta test version of your hack to the File Bin and only tell a few people. Now imagine some other user finds it, plays it, takes screenshots, uploads it to the main hacks section and makes a thread announcing it to the site.

How would you feel? If you're like me, you probably wouldn't be very happy.

This is why we don't allow content to be uploaded or hosted here without permission. In fact, this is why most of the Japanese hacking websites have a disclaimed that says, "DON'T REDISTRIBUTE WITHOUT PERMISSION!"

In a similar way, this is also why we don't need a bunch of threads talking about hacks when the authors aren't members of our community. If you really want to talk about a new Japanese hack, it would be best to email the author, talk on their boards, etc. Talking here about an off-site hack does not help the hack author in any way and only serves to continue the problems I described above.

Some might argue, "If they didn't want anyone to be able to download it, they shouldn't have uploaded it in a public place." That's a valid point. However, there is also a certain amount of courtesy you should give anyone who has created something.

In short, if Japanese hackers wanted their projects to be shared here,
they would be members here already. Most aren't, so be courteous and go to them on their terms. Don't upload content that you find elsewhere - if the person wanted it uploaded it here, it would be already. If you are lucky enough to find it, though, it is usually free for you to use as you wish, provided that you give credit and don't claim it as your own work. That being said, the best thing to always do is to be polite and ask the author.


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