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leefish
27th Nov 2013, 8:44 AM
TS2 Game Mods

Guidelines (http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Game_Mods)

These are the rubrics that MTS staff use for evaluating TS2 Game Mods shared here.



The title above the post text controls the rubric's category, a number indicating its display order in the list, and its title, with no spaces between the word and the dividing | character: Category|Display Order|Title

Titles that begin with ** are rubric items that will not apply to every upload (a rabbithole does not need to be recolorable for example) and thus can be set to N/A by the moderator when evaluating an upload. Links below the title are provided to the creator along with the rubric reasons and are links to the appropriate section of the guidelines, relevant tutorials, etc.

In the post text, the numbers at the beginning of a line indicate the star rating for a particular rubric item, with a possible 1 to 5. Exactly how these numbers are used will vary based on the type of rubric item... Is it a "was it done right? yes or no?" type evaluation which would have only 1 or 5 as options? Or a matter of quality that will be more of a sliding scale including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5? Or something else?

A dividing | character can be given at the end of any one of the 1-5 star items to give a link that is relevant to that item.


Quality
1. Usefulness (http://wwwb.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288108&postcount=2)

Files
1. File Type (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288125&postcount=18)
50. (From common rubrics) Rar, zip, 7z (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273650&postcount=2)

Information
1. (From common rubrics) Title (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273660&postcount=3)
2. (From common rubrics) Description (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273664&postcount=4)
3. Mod Type (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288111&postcount=5)
4. Mod Function (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288112&postcount=6)
5 Conflicts (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288113&postcount=8)
6. **Special instructions (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288114&postcount=9)
7. Post presentation (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288115&postcount=10)
8. **Overrides - Overriden Resources (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288116&postcount=11)
9. **Expansion and Stuff Packs Required (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288117&postcount=12)
10. **Updates and Remixes - Credits (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288118&postcount=13)

Screenshots
1. Illustrative Image (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288122&postcount=17)
2. Show everything (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=5359670#post5359670)


Other
1. (From common rubrics) Pay or pirated content (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273889&postcount=14)
2. (From common rubrics) Adult content (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273896&postcount=15)
3. (From common rubrics) Content we do not allow (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273901&postcount=16)
4. (From common rubrics) Credits (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273902&postcount=17)

Special

Note: These are the only rubric items that can be rejected for on their own, with no other rubric items selected at all.

1. (From common rubrics) Uploader requested (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273919&postcount=18)
2. (From common rubrics) Stolen content (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273920&postcount=19)
3. (From common rubrics) Other (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4273923&postcount=20)
4. (From common rubrics) Duplicate (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4274541&postcount=21)
5. (From common rubrics) Uploads in Sets (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4288440&postcount=22)
6. (From common rubrics) Not Completed Requested Changes (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=4294597&postcount=23)


Note to moderators: This first post (the summary) must be maintained manually. If you delete or add a rubric item or reorder anything, please edit this first post. All edits to Common Rubrics (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=514801) requiring editing its summary must be manually updated on every single individual rubric thread. Please copy the # link to use in the summaries, not the post number, to view the individual post.

leefish
27th Nov 2013, 8:59 AM
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leefish
27th Nov 2013, 9:05 AM
1: This mod repeats functions available through game cheats - examples of existing game cheats are debug or motherlode
2: This mod already exists on MTS.
3: This mod is useful for players of a certain game style. Thank you.

4: This mod is useful to many players. Thank you.

5: This mod is extremely useful to many players. Thank you very much.

leefish
27th Nov 2013, 4:17 PM
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leefish
27th Nov 2013, 5:54 PM
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leefish
28th Nov 2013, 7:29 AM
1:It is not clear what kind of mod this is. Mods need to be identified (example: a resource override, recategorizer or hider, global mod or object mod). This is VERY important since it will affect what your mod may conflict with.

5:You have clearly stated the type of the mod you uploaded. Thanks!

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 7:35 AM
1: It is not clear from the description what the mod is for or what it does.

3: You have explained what your mod does, but it is a little unclear.

4: You have clearly explained what your mod does.

5: You have explained what your mod does, it's purpose, and in great detail as well. Thanks!

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 7:43 AM
1: The post text does not state any known conflicts, or what other types of mods may conflict.


5: You have listed known conflicts and stated with what kind of other mods your mod might conflict. Thank you.

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 8:28 AM
1: This mod requires special instruction to use or install. Please add an instruction on how to install/use the mod. This is especially important for .ini file mods.

2: There are install instructions for part of this mod but they appear incomplete.

3: You have added some instructions on how to install/use your mod, but it could be expanded upon and/or worded better.

5: Your mod either doesn't require special steps or you have added clear and concise instructions on how to use and install it. Thank you.

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 8:58 AM
1: Please format the post in a readable format. Lists, headings, and proper use of bold text where appropriate is much easier to read and follow than a dense block of text.

2: The post is formatted, but is still difficult to read. Use headings and bold only for emphasis of important points.

3: Your description is formatted so that it's fairly easy to read, but is still a little cluttered.

4: Your description is formatted well.

5: Your description has excellent formatting making it very easy to read and understand. Thank you.

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 9:37 AM
1: This mod is an override, so please list the type, name of the resource(s) it overrides, and where the resource(s) are found.

2: You have either only listed a partial resource or where you found the resource, we need to have full resource information as well as where the resource came from.

5: You have stated the name and type of the resource(s) your mod overrides as well as where to find the resource(s). Thanks!

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 9:40 AM
1:The post text does not state the required Expansion Pack(s)your mod was built with.

5:You have stated what Expansion Pack(s) your mod was built for. Thank you.

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 5:16 PM
1: Please add the creator's name, and a clickable link to the page where the original mod can be found, or (if the original page is down) the creator's profile or website.

2:The original creator is credited, but there is no link to the original mod. Please add a clickable link to the page where the original mod can be found, or (if the original page is down) the creator's profile or website.


5:Thank you for providing credits and a link to the original mod.

leefish
28th Nov 2013, 5:26 PM
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leefish
28th Nov 2013, 5:37 PM
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leefish
28th Nov 2013, 5:38 PM
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leefish
29th Nov 2013, 10:10 PM
1: There are no images attached to the post. We know it can be difficult to capture something useful in-game for many game mods, but we do require -some- sort of illustrative image for the mod to appear on the downloads pages.


3: The attached picture is appropriate for the downloads page, though some in game screenshots would be great too.

4: The attached picture is appropriate for the downloads page and there are in game screenshots as well. Thank you.

5: The thumbnail is appropriate for the downloads page and the picture(s) showing your mod in action is great. You can easily tell what the mod does from the picture(s) you've set up. Thank you.

leefish
29th Nov 2013, 11:36 PM
1:The files are not working .package files. All files uploaded to MTS must be in .package format, not xml files, or sims2packs containing a recategoriser or hider.

5: You've uploaded a .package file. Great!

Lyralei
12th Mar 2018, 3:39 PM
1:The screenshots do not show enough of what you have made. If you are using all the same textures in different colours, you can do one full-size picture of one colour, and smaller swatches of the rest. If you're using all different textures, you must show full-size pictures of everything.

5:Your screenshots are a good preview of everything you've made. Thanks! :)