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It seems like people think the following
-Games should never be removed (unless they expose IFDB to legal action, e.g. child pornography)
-games should not be mass-uploaded by bots
-there should be a way to flag games as broken and which can be factored into searches
Since there’s already one thread on theoretical IFDB policy, I thought I’d bring this one up.
I’ve always thought of IFDB as being a purely informational resource where anything can be listed.
Some authors have disliked their old works being listed on IFDB and have attempted to remove or censor that info. The consensus seems to have been that it’s important to preserve the older games.
On the other hand, someone wrote a bot for textadventures.co.uk a few years ago that automatically uploaded everything, including basic, unfinished tests and experiments. I think nobody really enjoyed having a constant flood of bad games mixed in with the good ones.
More recently, Zape has been adding tons of ChooseYourStory games, including some very good ones but also some ones that the CYS community themselves feel are extremely low quality. A few individuals have brought up the idea of deleting such low quality stories (such as games which are one or two pages with low-quality, troll-like writing).
When, if ever, do you think it’s acceptable to delete an IFDB entry? I lean more towards ‘if it’s on there, it’s on there forever’, except in cases of content that is widely illegal or which could be considered grossly offensive (I’m thinking of a game a few years back that tried to be as shocking as possible and which apparently contained pedophilia involving a young child. The entry was ‘wiped’ by the author by changing all the info to single characters, but the page still exists. There was also the game submitted to IFComp decades ago that contained the code for jailbreaking a DVD player, which was illegal to have posted online at the time and could have resulted in legal action against IFarchive at the time).
So, in your opinion, under what circumstances should deletion be possible?