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Posted In: Duplicate Rules

This thread should provide some clarity on duplicate rules at Alpha Coders. Duplicate rules vary site-by-site.

Duplicates on Wallpaper Abyss:

  • Wallpaper Abyss has our most strict duplicate rules.
  • We want to always present the user with the best version of an image available. Other versions are moved or removed.
  • A blurrier, or lower quality image will always be considered an inferior version, even if it is larger.
  • If two images are of the same, or a very similar image quality and size, the image that has been on Alpha Coders longer will be kept.
  • In most cases, if your wallpaper is chosen as the inferior version, it will be moved to Image Abyss. In the case that you submitted BOTH of the images being compared, the inferior version will be deleted.
  • We try to be lenient when it comes to multiple versions of an image. However, excessive versions that are merely color shifts or hue shifts will mean that some get moved as duplicates. We are more lenient if it is author content.
  • Mirrored images are considered duplicates.
  • Website watermarks, and other marks that detract from the original image can make an image the inferior version
    • Please note that this is only for watermarks not associated with the author. If the original author put their own watermark on the piece, that is considered the original and best version.

Duplicates on other Alpha Coders sites:

  • Please do not submit exact copies of the same image multiple times

 

David West
Alpha Coders

 

By DavidWest 8 months ago ago

Alpha Coders wants to keep artistic expression alive and free. To this end, we have a place for content that isn't family friendly, but serves an artistic purpose.

This place is Image Abyss!

If you are submitting content that does not meet the criteria of being family friendly, please submit it to Image Abyss.

The key thing to remember, is that this feature is for artistic expression.

There are still some rules for nudity on Image Abyss:

  • Images cannot be porn
  • Images cannot be based on, or derived from porn
  • Images should be art. For the time being, we aren't accepting artistic nude photography
  • Images should have artistic merit, and the artistic merit should outweigh the explicit merit
  • If the image intent is clearly explicit, it may not be OK even if there is no outright nudity
  • Never submit anything that remotely sexualizes underage people/characters/etc.

When considering whether a submission would be OK under our artistic nudity rules, determine if the image has artistic merit, and if that artistic merit is clear and/or exceeds the explicit merit.

  • The more graphic an image is, the more artistic merit it would need. This general stipulation helps us keep away from porn.

 

Explicitness guidelines:

  • Boobs are moderately explicit. Any genitalia is very explicit
  • We consider actual photographs of real people to be more explicit than equivalent content that is drawn/generated, and at this time aren't allowing nude photography
  • Image intent can make content more explicit

 

Artistic Merit guidelines

  • Theme adds artistic merit ( fantasy, sci fi, etc )
  • Image intent can add artistic merit
  • Having an author/artist adds artistic merit
  FAQ:

What does 'Images cannot be based on, or derived from porn' mean?:

This means that an image cannot be from a porn site, or part of a pornographic photoshoot or video. Even if the image is a headshot, any association with a pornographic site or photo/video set would be considered derived from porn. For Alpha Coders, we consider a site to be in the 'porn site' category if the main focus of the site is nudity or explicit imagery.

 

Some examples:

A nude photograph:
Not OK for the time being. We are sticking with art, sculptures, and things with historical significance.

Nude statues, artwork with historical value - things like these are always ok.

Nude drawing of a woman/man:
Generally OK as long as the image intent isn't obviously explicit

A bunch of naked anime women/men in a bed together:
Generally, the image intent would be considered explicit in cases like these, and the content would not be OK.

 

This is a newer feature at Alpha Coders, so please check back once in a while to see if we have added any rules about artistic nudity.

 

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 8 months ago ago

In this post I want to be more clear about the family friendly rules at Alpha Coders, and what kinds of things make content not family friendly.

 

Please be aware that in this post there will be NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY examples for the purpose of being instructional

 

If an Alpha Coders site says it allows only family friendly content, it means it does not allow content that could be considered provocative. This includes things like posing, or anything that is suggestive. Below are some example.

I want to also explain why our family friendly rules are the way they are. Most people won't agree with our exact definition of family friendly; and that's ok! But it's important that we all understand what 'Alpha Coders family friendly' means.

Alpha Coders can stay alive because we have advertising on most of the content submitted here. People generally don't want to pay to download a wallpaper, so we need ads. However, we want good ads. Ads that don't give users malware. So that means a high quality ad network. That means that we have to be very careful to only show advertising on family friendly content.

 

Things that are never considered family friendly:

  1. Panties
  2. Nudity
  3. Lingerie
  4. Butts

 

Examples of things that are not family friendly that may confuse some users:

 

Any female presenting nipple, exposed or not. Example:

 

Breasts that are mostly largely exposed. Example:

 

Upskirt shots, even if the panties aren't visible. Example:

 

FAQ:

 

Q: I want to submit content that is not family friendly. What options do I have?

A: We allow artistic non-family friendly content on Image Abyss.

Q: I don't agree that my content was marked not family friendly

A: This is pretty common. The moderator that made the decision will be happy to further explain if you PM them. In all likelyhood, the moderator probably shares your opinion, but understands the site rules, and works with them.

 

Please respond to this thread if you have additional questions.

David West
Alpha Coders

 

By DavidWest 8 months ago ago

There were some nice indie updates/releases this month for me, and I'm catching up on one of the original titles released on the Nintendo Switch.

  • Stardew Valley
  • Kingom Two Crowns
  • Fast RMX

What's everyone else playing this December? Has anything been surprising, either in how much you liked it, or how much you don't?

By DavidWest 8 months ago ago

Kingdom Two Crowns was recently released, and it continues to be one of my favorite indie game series. The basic gameplay loop is really simple. Get coins, build up defenses, and hope they survive the night. The whole game is built up around that, and the simplicity is part of the beauty.

When I first saw the Greed ( The bad guys ), there was an immediate Spirited Away influence that could be seen. Spirited Away is one of my favorite movies, so the association doesn't hurt.

Looking at the roadmap for the game, it looks like it's going to be a solid indie purchase.

By DavidWest 8 months ago ago

I'm copying this over from the forum post so that people won't miss it.

Hey everyone!

Today we are launching a caption system for wallpapers!

Have you ever noticed that a lot of the titles for wallpapers is pretty generic?

For example the title for this wallpaper https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=975986 at the time I'm posting this is: 'Original 4k Ultra HD Wallpaper'. Ok that's fine - but it really doesn't tell you a ton about the image if you're clicking a link to it.

It's much better if a wallpaper has a nice descriptive name - but a wallpaper can only have one name at a time. It's no fun to think of a cool name for a wallpaper, and have it disappear.

Which is why we have expanded names to a caption system! Captions can be voted as either funny or accurate, and give users a lot more flexibly when it comes to helping describe images. The most accurate caption will be used as the name of the wallpaper (authors and creators will still control the final name)

If you are used to adding names for wallpapers, the new way to go about it is to add a caption!

I've posted the rules for captions at Community Abyss: https://communities.alphacoders.com/topics/view/6765

Let me know if you have questions!

By DavidWest 9 months ago ago

Posted In: Retiring the forums

Hey everyone!

There is a lot of overlap in the functionality between Community Abyss and our forums, and I wanted to correct that. Moving forward, bug reports, feature requests, and other posts about Alpha Coders will happen on Community Abyss. Subscribe to the Alpha Coders community to get PMs whenever posts are made in the Alpha Coders community.

I will also be posting rule and FAQ threads relating to things like captions, tagging, and more. The goal is to have a better system for creating and keeping FAQs up-to-date.

Our old chat hasn't been too active as of late, so I am going to try something new: a Discord based chat. It's linked to on the homepage of Community Abyss.

Right now just the homepage of the old forums are redirecting to Community Abyss. You can get into the forums via the newest posts page https://forum.alphacoders.com/posts/newest

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 9 months ago ago

Posted In: Tag Rules

Tags are a great way to make content more discoverable.

  1. When submitting tags, we use the comma , as the divider. We do not use the hash tag sign #
  2. Tags should be relevant to the content
  3. Tags should be of main features of the content. Small, barely visible parts of the image should not be tagged
  4. Tags that are generic should use () to make them more specific.
    1. For example, the tag Isaac would be considered too generic. There are many Issacs.
    2. Isaac (The Orville) would be a better tag.
  5. Generally speaking, tags at Alpha Coders are singular, not pluralized
    1. flower not flowers
    2. cat not cats
    3. building not buildings
  6. We avoid duplicating the category and the tag. So if the content is into the Video Game category, please do not use the Video Game tag as well - it's just a bit overly redundant.
  7. Tagging all of the fictional characters in a collage is OK
  8. Tagging all the parts of the body on a tiger, or every piece of clothing on a character, is not OK.
  9. Tags should be in English

 

By DavidWest 9 months ago ago

Posted In: Caption Rules

Captions are one of the ways you can interact and have fun with content at Alpha Coders!

  1. Captions should describe the image.
  2. Captions should be in English.
  3. Captions should generally be more than one word, and add more value than a single tag could
  4. Captions should not be identical to the subcategory of the content, this adds no value.
  5. Captions can be voted as either accurate or funny. You can vote for one or the other on each caption.
  6. Captions with fewer words that do a good job of describing an image are better than long winded generic descriptions
  7. The most accurate voted caption will be used as the name of the content.
  8. Funny captions are great, but won't be used as the final name.
  9. If you submitted author or creator content, you have 100% control over the name - none of the captions submitted will overwrite your given name for your work.

By DavidWest 9 months ago ago

Daily Tasks:

  1. Check emails on admin@alphacoders.com. Repond to any that need responding to, forward ones you are unsure of to davidwest@alphacoders.com
    1. Always make sure to be nice/positive.
    2. Most ad network emails don't need a response. However, if we currently work with an ad network, emails from them would be considered important. The companies are: Google, Amazon, Exponential, TotalMediaSolutions
  2. Make sure no content has been waiting in the moderator hub for too long. Clear anything that has been waiting for 20 hours or more.

By DavidWest 9 months ago ago

After playing through Super Mario Odyssey - I think it's a great game

I don't think Nintendo knocked it out of the park quite as significantly as they did with Breath of the Wild - but I still think it's a wonderful game to have in the Mario universe.

By DavidWest 11 months ago ago

Posted In: Post A Song!

Simple thread - post a song!

Artist: Starcadian
Song: Interspace
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csYjk5m4_PY
Spotify Link: spotify:track:4sZ3hUbwzxGo2ERNoekmzI

By DavidWest 1 year ago ago

Posted In: Best anime

So I finally was able to watch Made in Abyss. I liked it - but I really hope season 2 ends up being better

By DavidWest 1 year ago ago

I actually just started playing it It takes a while for the days to get short and the rain to start falling here in California

I'll update my opinion once I have some more time in the game. I played a bit of Persona 3 but that was quite a bit after it was released. I'm really enjoying the style - and the pacing is fine so far for me.

By DavidWest 1 year ago ago

Posted In: One of my favorites

I've played No Man's Sky starting at the 1.2 path, and now onto the latest (1.31 I believe). At this point it's one of my favorite games. I think if you are interested in the theme, and were initially disappointed, it's worth your time to give it another shot.

It's still a collect-a-thon and inventory management is less than ideal - but they've made a ton of improvements. I'm starting to look forward to what Hello Games does next.

By DavidWest 1 year ago ago