Post news RSS Auto Article Authorisation Now Live for IndieDB and ModDB!

As of the 19th July 2021, ModDB and IndieDB have received a new system for article authorisation that allows you to ship updates for your projects more reliably than ever before! Read on to learn how the system works, why we implemented it, and what you should keep in mind to make sure your articles are of great quality before being sent through the system.

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Articles that are authorised will be added straight to the home page, though there are limitations noted later in this article

Intro

Before we get into it, a brief preamble - the sites have been wanting to implement a system like this for a long time. It’s been a frequent concern brought up by developers in the community that it was sometimes difficult to coordinate releases alongside articles that provide context, installation instructions, and the like. The DBolical sites have strict codes of standards that our editing team hold all articles to, and previously, articles were edited prior to going live in order to ensure a consistent standard of quality across all authorised articles on the site. However, as ModDB and IndieDB have grown, this process can be slow and tedious (especially when we know you have hot news to share) so this enhancement will not only reduce the workload on our team, but will also make it easier for you, the developer, to get your articles out on schedule.

Solid article standards are part of what make IndieDB and ModDB great places to post your development updates

System

When it comes to micro-edits, you can see a lot more details by going into the source editor for an article, allowing you to adjust preview image sizes and more at a micro level

From now on, when you post your first article of the day, you will have the option to verify it immediately or schedule it's go-live date using this feature when posting:

schedule


This might result in a small increase in low-quality articles, but our content moderation team will still be manually checking and editing to ensure the quality remains consistent. If you want a better chance at your work being immediately well-received, here’s a quick run-down of the main edits that our team tends to perform even on good quality articles:

  • Text shouldn’t be centered, and instead should be the default left alignment or justified
  • Image previews should be 600px across or centered
  • Grammar should be correct and properly proof-read
  • Headings should be used to break up major sections of your article and avoid walls of text
  • If your article is announcing a release, use the handy download button widget in your article

Whilst sticking to these rules before would increase the speed at which your articles are verified, sticking to them will still result in your mod page looking more professional, and save our content moderation team time in editing your articles manually.

Usage

Following the regulations and content standards below will ensure you don’t get one of these on your article!

There are some limitations to this system, and a few things our content moderators will continue to enforce:

  • Previous rules regarding authorisation (minimum image limits, formatting, and so on) all apply
  • Articles shouldn’t be uploaded more than once every 48 hours and frequent article posters might have articles archived to give other profiles time on the front page
  • You must have been a member for thirty days and pass a few other backend spam checks
  • Terms of use continue to apply - no obscene or graphic content
  • Failing to meet all of these criteria may result in your article getting archived or deleted

This has been a long-requested change to the site’s news system and we hope the community gets a lot of good use out of it! Leave a comment down below on how you feel about this system and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Comments
Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

Perhaps include some check into the code for the images, will give you even less working, seeing as the article here for example passed: Moddb.com

Otherwise good news! I hope it will work out all fine.

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Good idea, I will implement this now.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

What exactly is now the difference between the old system and the new one except not having to wait in the authorization queue?

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Kralich/David Author
Kralich/David

That is in fact the primary difference, and due to the sheer volume of articles we have to verify, waiting time could sometimes be quick, and sometimes take hours. Now no waiting at all is necessary.

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Guest
Guest

Does it mean every addon will be checked manually by the mods? I'm still waiting to be authed. I thought I did something wrong and almost re-submitted the same addon.

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enixgamer
enixgamer

forgot to login

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Eärendil_Ardamírë
Eärendil_Ardamírë

It's only about the articles you write, not about your uploads.

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enixgamer
enixgamer

Now I'm confused. Why is there no new addons for Anomaly then? Is everyone waiting to be approved or is it just me? Should I re upload?

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Strogglet15
Strogglet15

Actually, the upload system changed too, in a very bad way.

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Strogglet15
Strogglet15

I believe the new "Upload" system is also related to this one so I'll go ahead and write my criticism:

From what I've seen, Anomaly modders have to wait a whole day, if not more, just for one addon to appear. Why? This is ridiculous, just let us upload the addon when we want to, like before.

I think the only reason this "new system" was made was by some bureaucratic faux-necessity, you want to save your behinds from any copyright strikes or the like, or to have less criticism about how Moddb Staff don't handle their mods properly.

You simply can't disagree that the new upload system is not favourable for authors, since, as I mentioned before, we have to wait a day or more just to have the mod verified. By that time, we could have had "early feedback" and update the mod before anymore download the accidentally bugged version.
If not return back to the much more author-friendly upload system, why not "automate" it then? Make it so the verification is made by a bot, who also checks to see if there are viruses. I believe Google Drive does it this way.

Also, I want to request to make it so the "Recently Updated" is the sort by default instead of "Recently Uploaded".

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enixgamer
enixgamer

I just saw an addon appear that dates 2 days back and one that is fresh from today. Mine is on hold since july 23th.. how does the priority works on this one?

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Strogglet15 and enixgamer there is 0 delay if you choose to auto authorize your content. So it should be showing up instantly provided you are picking the "auto authorize" option during submission

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Strogglet15
Strogglet15

"Auto Authorize"? And exactly how do I do that?

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

When you post news, you should see this field: Media.moddb.com

Select the appropiate option to go-live immediately.

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SamuelSousa
SamuelSousa

Great news! I noticed how fast it was on my latest entries.

I think I don't always follow as requested but I always tried to make nices posts.

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