How to communicate
This is an unofficial specification of the rules, taboos and guide lines when using Minetest.
The forum is the central place for "permanent" communication: https://forum.minetest.net
Please use IRC for temporary communication or chatter. Remember, the IRC channel is logged.
- Manners don't cost anything.
- Remember that developers (core or modders) are all volunteers, and have no commitments. Don't fret if they take a while producing stuff.
- Be appropriate. You never know the age of people on the channel.
- Watch your language.
Chat flooding is when you post large amounts of text in a little amount of time.
- Use a pastebin like the Ubuntu pastebin to paste text that is more than a few lines long (error logs, code snippets...).
- Stay on topic as much as possible.
Do not abuse the bots
- Do not use the bots for stuff you can do easily yourself (e.g. Google searching), unless it is for collaborative reasons.
- Do not overuse the bots (chat flooding).
- Do not post links to innapropriate or malware-distribution sites.
- Do not post links to gruesome or otherwise disturbing images.
Working together and collaboration
Collaboration is encouraged. To let this happen:
- Have a non-restrictive license ("no commercial use" or "no derivative work" clauses should be avoided).
- Use GitHub or a similar site.
"Rip-offs" or identical mods
If you want to make a mod that has already been made (or make a copy of it), then make sure that it:
- has a new style/method of using.
- is quicker running, or has better code architecture.
- is not worth using or extending the old one because it is too slow, jumbled, bad code.
- just changes textures (create a texture pack instead)
- just copies the code and rebrands it.
Contributing to Minetest
- Use feature branches. Modify history to make things cleaner.
- Make only a single feature per branch/patch (if you cram many together, you will need to separate them anyway before they can be included).