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Video Submission Guide

Video Submission Guidelines

The same video rules and guidelines apply to BGG, RPGG and VGG.

The first thing you should know about the video submission rules is that there are no video rules. That's right, none at all!

I am sure you are wondering why this is. Images, reviews, forum posts and so on are submitted or uploaded directly to the Geek websites and are hosted here. Therefore we can and should control this content. Videos are hosted on a third party website (such as YouTube or Vimeo) and are "embedded" here via their video ID number. As stated in our terms of service, we will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third party site. The best we can do is let our community decide through GeekMod what videos they deem relevant to BGG, RPGG or VGG.

What is Accepted? mb

What videos are deemed "acceptable" is completely up to you. Ideally the video should be relevant in some way to the game entry it was submitted to. What someone thinks is or isn't "relevant" will of course vary from person to person.

Common Video Submissions Include:

  • Walkthroughs, Guides, and Let's Plays.
  • Unboxing
  • Miniature painting or map making.
  • Conventions
  • Cosplay
  • Soundtracks
  • Game controversies, news, speculation, and general discussion.
  • Trailers
  • Developer Diaries, Making ofs, and Behind-the-Scenes.
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Fan material and parody

What is NOT Accepted? mb

Again this is completely up to you, but keep in mind:

  • What is considered offensive can vary greatly from person to person and from one country or culture to another.
  • Some games feature heavy use of violence, nudity, profanity or other adult content that makes it impossible to discuss/display the game without mentioning or showing these aspects of the game.
  • The level of nudity, profanity or derogatory content contained within a video is not subject to our rules or guidelines; they are subject to the rules and guidelines of whichever video hosting website they were uploaded too, such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  • We do not and can not censor videos. Once our community has deemed a video fit for BGG, RPGG and VGG via GeekMod it is never removed, except under extreme circumstances. Therefore it is VITAL that you watch the videos in GeekMod and vote to decline the ones you find distasteful.

Video GeekMod

During GeekMod you can choose from the following decline reasons:

  • Corrupt: Sometimes videos are removed, set to private or hit with a copyright take-down notice preventing them from being played.
  • Duplicate: The same video is already on the site.
  • Irrelevant: Not related to the game in any way. Essentially video SPAM.
  • Offensive: Inappropriate content; something you personally find to be in poor taste.
  • Other: Enter a reason in the field provided.
  • Wrong Item: A video submitted to the wrong game entry.[1]

[1] Videos in the wrong place can be moved by Admins to the correct entry.

How to Submit Videos

The Videos Module

1.) On a game page go down to where the 'Videos Module' is located.

2.) Click the "Add Video" option. On the "create video page" provide a title, where the video is located (YouTube or Vimeo), the video ID, the language, and a catagory. A description is not mandatory.

The Add Video Page

How Do I Find The Video ID?

In the video URL you will see a bunch of upper and lower case letters and numbers. This is what you put in the Video ID field.

Example URL

Complaints & Reporting Videos

Offensive Content

Complaint Example: Complaints about Videos

Occasionally you may come across videos with content you feel is not suited for BGG, RPGG or VGG, and should be removed from the site. Before reporting the video to the admins, there are a few things you should consider:

1.) What is considered offensive or inappropriate varies greatly from person to person and from one country or culture to another. We use GeekMod as a way to let our community decide what is and is not fit for our site. If the video passed GeekMod we are not going to remove it because one person, or even a small group of individuals dislike it.

2.) The goal of the database is, in essence, to say "this exists" without judgment about whether or not it should exist. Recognizing that something exists is not the same as condoning its existence. The video section was added with the intention of being a repository for all videos related to the game - the good and the bad. Filtering by most thumbed is how the best get separated from the rest.

3.) Contrary to popular belief BGG, RPGG and VGG are NOT family friendly sites. There IS adult content featured on all three domains; we do not censor game titles, images or videos. You view BGG, RPGG and VGG at your own risk; especially if you choose to do so at work or around your family. This is stated very clearly in our FAQ.

4.) Videos are not "hosted" on our website, they are just "embedded" here. Because the video is "hosted" on another website, such as YouTube or Vimeo, we have no control over them and they are not subject to many of our rules. It is not our job to police the content of other websites. If you find a video offensive either don't watch it, or complain to the website hosting the video - usually YouTube or Vimeo.

5.) Videos embedded on BGG, RPGG or VGG may or may not have been submitted by the video's creator. We cannot hold the submitter responsible or punish them for content someone else produced; content that has not been uploaded to our site and is not subject to our rules and guidelines. The community also watched the video and collectively deemed it fit for inclusion on the site via passing GeekMod. That doesn't mean you have to like it, but you can choose not to watch it. You always have the option to hide content you dislike by clicking the red 'X' button. This will not remove the video, but it will hide it from your view.

Generally, once a video passes GeekMod it will never be removed, unless it is clear that the only purpose of the content was to cause a disturbance on the site. If you still feel as though a video should be removed you may contact the community manager, Octavian. NEVER instigate a public argument or debate over a video's worthiness to be on the site! It will end poorly for all parties involved.

Video No Longer Available

Videos are occasionally removed from their hosting website (YouTube or Vimeo) and will no longer be viewable to the public. Other times they become corrupted or are set to "private". This is entirely on the video hosting website's end, not ours. Send any admin a GeekMail with a link to the video and we will remove it from the site. No point keeping videos around that no one can watch.

Someone Submitted Your Video

We ask submitters to give a video's creator at least two weeks to submit their own video. This is merely a courtesy however and not a rule we can enforce. Anyone can submit any video they want to the site, whenever they want. Because videos are "embedded" here it doesn't violate any copyright. Additionally YouTube's Terms of Service states that the contributing user (the one who created the video) automatically grants permission to others to embed their videos if embedding is enabled. However, there are a few actions you can take:

  • Submit your own videos to the site before someone else does.
  • If you do not want to allow others to embed your videos, there is a way to Disable Embed.

The first time it happens you may contact a BGG, RPGG or VGG Admin and we will manually transfer the video to your username. This will be a one time deal! Most of our admins are unpaid volunteers and the free time they have to dedicate to the site is very limited. If you do not submit your own videos to the site, we will not transfer them to your account every time it happens.

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