about the rom requests

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by dice, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Former Staff
    Oct 26, 2002
    I know this has been asked many times before but why not put a stop to this once and for all. I have a good idea.

    Let's be honest here, about 90%+ of all noobs will most likely not read the rules posted in the forums, they'll just see pics of the latest roms and go "where can I download this?". I'm sure most of us have have done this or replied telling others to read the rules but it's not going to have an affect on many people, the topic will get closed and dissapear into the thousands of other topics never to be seen. (for a noob anyway)
    Yes we do supply people with links to sites with roms but come on now how many people would know that gba roms would be in the "gba scene links" section? I actually asked a few people what they thought would be in a link with that title and only 1 of them were able to actually say that it may contain rom links.
    The first thing I suggest is to rename the page to something much simpler like "gba links page".
    Another idea would be to put an information bar (see below) with some helpful information such as where to find the roms, info on gbatemp2 (like, "make sure to check out *gbatemp2 our backup board*") and where to get the latest emulators etc... The bar could show different information each time you visit the page.

  2. skarthebloodchild

    skarthebloodchild Keep It Old School

    Jan 13, 2004
    nice idea dice
  3. djgarf

    djgarf I Am A Raver

    Former Staff
    Oct 24, 2002
    England U.K.
    i still say the links page should go
    rom sites have a tough enough time as it is staying alive without people making nice lists of them which help nintendo no end when it comes to shutting them down

    plus the simple fact is u could have a huge banner that flashes saying get the latest releases here and people would still request roms
  4. Darkforce

    Darkforce DERP!

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2002
    Hehe I agree with garf... the scene links are horribly outdated and anyone with an sort of intelligence should be able to find GBA roms easily enough. I mean we have a zero tolerance on roms/isos for other formats so I think it's strange that GBA rom links are allowed...

    Not only that but it is a risk to GBATemp. Think about it like this... gba-nfo are very strict on the no rom request policy (instant ban if you ask even once) and don't have any sort of "scene links", but even their site is down at the moment and is being investigated for possible copyright violations (and will be down for around a month apparently).

    And yes like garf said you could have a huge flashing banner and some people would still ask where to get roms from...

  5. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

    May 12, 2004
    United States
    I tried all the scene links, and none of them was good so I just used mIRC and waited for about an hour to download a ROM.
  6. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Former Staff
    Oct 26, 2002
    Lets get rid of it then, I also think that all the links being posted there are all full of crap.
    Hahaha make me wonder why we even bother telling them to go there in the first place...
  7. Regal_Warrior

    Regal_Warrior Oh my god. Its the lord of pie.

    Oct 29, 2002
    ***vortex has one of the best IRC I've seen, I had absolutely no wait for anything I wanted, so I'd recommend going there.

    Anyways, I think that if it's going to be there they should find a way to make it available only to those with over 100 or so posts, so that not just any one can get there. Plus posting rom releases on the homepage is pretty much asking for that horrible question. Maybe they should find another way to handle rom releases, I'm not sure what they should do, but I'm sure they can find something. Though honestly it's all up to them, I guess they might not be sick enough of the requests for rom locations, or they would have done something about it already.

    Maybe instead of gba scene links we should put up an IRC forum, kind of like the Complete Release list where only one person can go in a update/post at all. And it should be called NOOBS READ ME!!!!. It will tell them how to use IRC, and give them a few channels, of course it would only list the ones that are always flooded anyways, don't list anyone's favorite ones, such as ***vortex's IRC, right now they're fast, but when they start becoming more known people will go there more often so give the noobs some places that are already to well known, so they can suffer while download roms, that's what they deserve since they only come here to get roms and then leave.
  8. jumpman17

    jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Former Staff
    Apr 11, 2003
    United States
    I'm all for the eradication of the ROM links.
  9. janer

    janer Newbie

    if anyone want serious roms they will find them.. so u can get rid of the links on this board...
  10. ZeminkoX

    ZeminkoX GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 10, 2004
    United Kingdom
    I agree with removing the scene links altogther. It's a risk to GBAtemp and to the rom sites themselves. If you really want a Game Boy Advance rom, Google is your friend. [​IMG]
  11. Puck The Joker

    Puck The Joker Puck, The Arrogant Phuck

    Nov 3, 2002
    Just get rid of the Scene Links, half of them aren't even up to date or working anymore. Also, incorporate an auto-ban on anyone who uses their first post asking for roms.
  12. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    putting a link to Kivan's mIRC FAQ instead would be better, imho
  13. Xanthious

    Xanthious Scratch & Sniff

    Sep 19, 2003
    United States
    Go Notre Dame !!
    I agree w/ Costello. Do away w/ the scene links as they are a liability to GBATemp and put A link up to the mIRC FAQ instead
  14. assassinz

    assassinz Visoly 512 Flash Advance Linker Xtreme Master!

    Mar 17, 2003
    United States
    The Internet
    Yeah, it makes the gbatemp site seem like a hypocrite when they tell people not to post rom links, but gbatemp does it themselves.
  15. X-Gamer

    X-Gamer GBATemp RPG Master

    Former Staff
    Feb 8, 2003
    Prévost, Québec
    I agree, there's not much point in keeping those rom links. We can just keep the other links (those without the roms) in the GBA Scene Links page instead.

    Beside, they're nothing but trouble as far as I'm concerned.
  16. Bart Lemming

    Bart Lemming Gēmu Bōi mikuro

    Feb 25, 2004
    United Kingdom
    Mute City
    Why don't you have a 'Welcome' page for the first time people log on telling them not to request links and if they do they'll just get banned! I also think the Scene Links section should be cleared of the ROM sites for they're protection and ours [​IMG]
  17. Takeshi

    Takeshi GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 1, 2004
    i agree with removing the rom-pages links too (not that my agreement counts or anything [​IMG] ). but the admins should think of another point for the protection of this site.

    some of you read this?

    does that mean, the easybuy-ad could actually cause trouble too?? [​IMG]
  18. The Teej

    The Teej Also known as The Tjalian

    Former Staff
    Jun 27, 2004
    Meh.. just get rid of them. But if you really really want them.. just add them to ur faves now lol.

    But yeah... just get rid of them. Its a threat to GBATemp.net we dont need. I dont wanna leave this forum!!
  19. PhaTdrU

    PhaTdrU GBAtemp's Phattest Member (o_O)

    Oct 28, 2002
    i agree with pedro... we should have a welcome/disclaimer note on the url saying that there are no roms here...
  20. |Wolf|

    |Wolf| Lord of the Wolves

    Apr 4, 2004
    Under each releases with the info about the roms you juts add a link DOWNLOAD HERE.

    This page will display a message: "Any roms can downloaded here etc try IRC od else". So when the n00b will click on it they will not have any other choice to read the disclaimer who advise there is any roms here and to do not ask in the forum. If they ask in the forum just ban because there is any reason who prevent them to read the disclaimer.

    The only thing they can do is to scream they're innocent because they don't understand alot English...This community have mostly at least 1 member who can speak/write 1 of the language form used on Earth.

    Donwload here > who point to a page with the name of the languages > who point to the disclairer in their language. That way GBAtemp is protecting itself against copyrighted stuff and nobody can accuse GBAtemp to distribute the Roms.