Releases Rules and F.A.Q – Releases

We’ve seen some misconceptions regarding the ‘rules’ for the #development:releases category. With this post we want to list the common rules that all users must follow. Please note that these are not the only rules on the forum and you must still follow the rules mentioned on the FAQ page and any other rules that apply.

Advertising

Any advertisement is not tolerated. This includes any mentions of support through third-party services like Discord and websites. If you would like to contact a user do so via Direct Messages or find their contact details via their profile description. Advertising includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any Discord link/user (this includes extra support)
  • “Early Access” or extra features
  • “Go to my site to download”
  • Mentions to your FiveM server community
  • External ‘donation’/‘buy me a coffee’ links or other monetization

Credits & Copyright/DMCA

Sharing content that is not yours is allowed as long as you credit the original author and don’t violate their terms/license. Try to contact the author via their contact information found on their profile, leaving a comment/reply, or by creating an issue (if it’s a repository). After allowing the original author time to reply (~1 week) and you’ve not received a reply, you may use their content under the terms that you credit them and share your contact attempt (i.e. with a screenshot).

If you are caught lying about content being yours, you risk your account being suspended.

See a violation? Flag the topic or email [email protected]. Do not start an argument. Flag it and let staff take care of it. For more information, check out the F.A.Q. at the bottom of this post.

TLDR: Credit original authors, don’t plagiarize, and ask the original authors for permission to release their creation.

Topic

Make sure your release topic is formatted nicely and has information about the resource and how to use it. We encourage users to post screenshots/videos if applicable.

For paid releases you must include the following template in your topic:

|                       |          |
|-----------------------|----------|
| Code is accessible    | Yes/No   |
| Subscription-based    | Yes/No   |
| Lines (approximately) | Number of lines |
| Requirements          | Requirements |
| Support               | Yes/No   |

For example

Code accessible No
Subscription based No
Lines (approximately) 130
Requirements es_extended, notify
Support Yes

For releases without code the not applicable fields can be written as N/A

Files & Download

Whenever possible, make use of the file upload feature on the forum. Sharing a GitHub repository link is allowed as long as the content on the repository is not compressed. If you are using the ‘paid’ tag, you may link directly to a Tebex shop package instead.

A release over the file size limit of any of the two aforementioned upload methods may be shared via a third-party upload service as long as it’s not a money generating or URL shortened link (i.e. adf.ly, bit.ly). Examples of trusted third-party upload services: MEGA, Google Drive, Tebex.

To protect your content, use the official Asset Escrow system. If you’re using the Asset Escrow system, you must mention this in your release topic so users know what they are receiving. Don’t roll your own obfuscation or licensing:

  • No obfuscation. Source code may not be obfuscated or minified. At all times must your release include source code. You may include compiled files (i.e. for a C# script) as long as source code is provided.
  • No remote code. We take security very seriously. At no point in your resource is the loading of remote code permitted, in any way or form. Loading remote code is extremely dangerous, regardless of the situation it’s used for.
  • No external downloads. Any resource, free or paid, must be immediately available. For resources provided on Tebex, this means that you must provide a direct download link after purchase. Requiring the user to join a Discord server, enter license tokens, register accounts, or similar to acquire and/or run a resource is not permitted.
  • Licensing note: The use of IP lockers or other forms of license authentication is prohibited as the no obfuscation and no remote code rules make this impractical.
  • Free releases: Releases that are released for free must contain a direct download and may not be Escrow protected, you may include a Tebex link but it may not be the only download.

If a download link is not working, or you believe a resource is in violation of the above rules, flag the topic and let staff investigate. Do not discuss the matter in the topic to avoid arguments.

Quality

We want to encourage everyone to create scripts and release them for others to use and learn from. However, we do expect you to follow some quality guidelines.

Remember that the quality of your release impacts your image in the FiveM community. Take your time when releasing a resource.

User interaction and behavior

It’s important that you interact with users on your topic, however, make sure to follow the forum rules (see the FAQ page for our community guidelines). Posting hate comments is not allowed. If you see a problem, FLAG it, do not reply to the comment yourself. This only makes things worse.

We encourage positive and constructive criticism. Any replies/arguments without constructive feedback are not tolerated. If you believe the resource is doing something against the FiveM terms of service, or something malicious in any other way, flag the topic and provide sufficient information for our staff members to investigate.

Topic Management

The moderation team has the right to close, unlist, and edit a release at any time. If you do not agree with a decision on your own topic, flag it using a custom flag for clarification and/or to start a discussion. Do not encourage others to mass flag the topic.


F.A.Q

I want to release something, but I cannot create a release topic?

Being able to post a topic in the #development:releases category requires the minimum trust level 2. Be active in the community by helping others, answer questions and generally offer an active stance in the community to gain trust levels. For more information about trust levels, see Understanding Discourse Trust Levels.

If you feel that your resource adds a lot of value to the FiveM community, you may post it in #development:scripts and a trusted user will move it for you. For easier moderation, you may also flag the topic and ask for a moderator to move it to #development:releases.

My/Someones content is being shared without my/their permission. What can I do?

Email [email protected] or flag the topic with a takedown request that includes proof that the content is yours/theirs (i.e. screenshots of the original files, links to the original files, diff’s of the original and released files). Staff will look into it as soon as possible.

Please do not encourage others to mass flag the topic and don’t start an argument in the topic.

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