That's just common sense and common courtesy, IMO.
You're right. Just like it's common sense and common courtesy that you don't modify someone's map without their permission. Unfortunately that hasn't been enough to keep it from happening. In fact, this issue with Bikerdude taking liberties with other people’s work has been going on for so long now that we could pretty much just have this this whole conversation by quoting what has already been said in previous threads:
demagogue, on 20 Jul 2018 - 05:13 AM, said:
We have a generally laid back and collegial culture that's great and all, but it's good to push some clear rules in the sharing of maps learned by long experience
Judith, on 20 Jul 2018 - 04:45 AM, said:
Obviously, the community wouldn't tolerate maps being stolen. The real problem is people leaving the mod without making all the things they could have made, or stuff they had in progress.
Bikerdude, on 13 Jun 2017 - 4:10 PM, said:
The end result was both SirTaff and SteveL pretty much stopped posting in the forums, so as a result of me not learning from my mistakes the community lost a mapper and coder.
Springheel, on 17 Jul 2018 - 7:29 PM, said:
Multiple people have spoken directly to Bikerdude for years now, both in private and in public, trying to communicate a simple message--don't change other people's work without their permission--yet it continues to happen. Each time it happens again the frustration grows. What happens next time?
Amadeus, on 30 Nov 2018 - 9:11 PM, said:
I found that I had walked into a shitstorm of drama. Melan was pissed, and rightfully so of course, and he spoke his piece. But I felt fucking awful, I felt like an accessory to a crime because I had unknowingly volunteered to beta test corrupted fruit.
Goldwell, on 01 Dec 2018 - 10:38 AM, said:
It's quite interesting having spent some time away from the forums (due to his bullshit) and coming back seeing the same situation.
STiFU, on 02 Dec 2018 - 6:55 PM, said:
I have become almost inactive around here, because everytime I log in, it's the same $%!§.
brethren, on 03 Dec 2018 - 02:23 AM, said:
I do believe his intentions were good, and I think sometimes he just doesn't think of the ramifications of what he's doing
Bikerdude, on 04 May 2018 - 1:30 PM, said:
this is the third time I have fucked up and it not fair on the rest of the team to say " he only meant well".
And here we are again. I'm sick of hearing about people going inactive over these occurrences. Since "common sense and common courtesy" aren't doing the job, let's establish some rules. Does anyone disagree with either of these, for starters?
1. No one shall make modifications to someone's released map unless one of the following conditions are met:
1.1 The original author grants permission for the modifications.
1.2 The mission readme specifically grants permission for the type of modifications
1.3 The TDM team, in lieu of an author who cannot be reached, grants permission for modifications that are required to keep the map working as originally intended.
2. No one shall copy and paste someone's released map unless one of the following conditions are met. In all cases, credit should be given to the original author in the mission Notes section.
2.1 The original author grants permission for the copy/paste.
2.2 The mission readme specifically grants permission for copying/pasting
2.3 The copy/pasted section is modified to the point that it does not resemble the original--this can be judged by before and after screenshots posted during beta-testing.
2.4 The section is too small to be recognized, such as a single archway, a patch, or a collection of crates.
2.5 The action is for learning purposes only, and not to be released publicly.