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Discussion board

1. Introduction

VNDB has a nicely integrated discussion board which can be used for, well, discussions. As we're not using any popular or freely available forum software and have instead written something by ourselves, this discussion board has a few slight differences with the popular boards you're used to.

2. Rules

  1. Don't be an ass.
    1a. Don't voice your opinion in threads for which you are obviously not the target audience.
    1b. Respect other people's opinions, even if you disagree with them. In particular, this means that you should accept that people hold their own opinions and that you're unlikely to succeed in convincing them otherwise. Know when to give up an argument.
    1c. Hate speech, racism, discrimination and anti-LGBTQ sentiments are unwelcome here. Of course, considering the nature of this database, it's fine to discuss these topics in the context of visual novels, but VNDB is not the place to relate these topics to the real world. Don't use visual novels as a proxy to voice your opinions about reality.
  2. Stick to the topic.
    2a. All discussions must be related to visual novels or to VNDB.
    2b. Don't ask for visual novel recommendations, unless you're looking for something specific that the database can't be used for. See d6#6.
    2c. Try not to shitpost, bait, troll or meme too much.
  3. Don't share links to piracy sites and don't ask for free downloads of commercial visual novels.
  4. Only revive old threads if you have something new to add to the conversation.
  5. Moderators are always right. The above rules are incomplete, (intentionally) subjective and may not be enforced with perfect consistency. This may seem unfair at times, but such is life.

3. Boards

To make sure interested people can find your post, all threads have relations to one or more 'boards' that define what the discussion is about. This is similar to boards on other forums, but here every item in the DB has its own board, and it's possible to link a thread to more than one board. Multiple boards can be specified by separating the boards with a space. The following boards can be used:

db
VNDB Discussions. This board is for discussions about the database and the site.
ge
General discussions. This is a general board for threads that do not fit in any of the other boards.
v#
For discussions about a particular visual novel. The board v17, for example, is used for all threads related to v17.
p#
Same as v#, but for producers.
u#
The u# board can be used to notify a user on this site about something he/she must see or to discuss about an edit he/she has made. This is similar to the 'private message' feature of most sites, except it's not 'private'...
an
Used for site announcements. Limited to moderators.

4. Formatting

The following codes can be used to format your message:

X# or X#.#
A 'VNDBID', as we call them. These are numbers starting with a character (c, d, p, r, s, u or v), and are optionally followed by a period and a second number. VNDBIDs will automatically be converted into links to the page on the website. For example, typing 'v4.4' will result in 'v4.4'.
URL
Any bare URL will be converted into a link, similar to the VNDBIDs. Example: 'http://vndb.org/' will be formatted as 'link'.
[b]
[b]Bold[/b] makes text bold.
[i]
[i]Italic[/i] makes text italic.
[u]
[u]Underlined[/u] makes text underlined.
[s]
[s]Strike[/s] will strike through text.
[url]
Create a link, can only be used in the form of [url=link]link title[/url].
E.g. '[url=/v]List of visual novels[/url] and [url=http://blicky.net/]some external website[/url]' will be displayed as 'List of visual novels and some external website'
[spoiler]
The [spoiler]-tag should be used to hide information that could spoil the enjoyment of playing the visual novel for people who haven't done so yet.
[quote]
When quoting other people, put the quoted message inside a [quote] .. [/quote] block. Please note that the popular [quote=source]-syntax doesn't work on VNDB. (yet)
[raw]
Show off your formatting code skills by putting anything you don't want to have formatted in a [raw] tag. Any of the formatting codes mentioned above are ignored within a [raw] .. [/raw] block.
[code]
Similar to [raw], except that the text within the [code] .. [/code] block is formatted in a fixed width font and surrounded by a nice box to keep it separate from the rest of your post.

There is no [img]-tag and there won't likely ever be one, if you want to include screenshots or other images, please upload them to an external hosting service (e.g. Blicky.net) and link to them in your post.