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Guidelines/Rubrics Changes - posted on 16th Jun 2017 at 5:09 PM
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#1 Old 12th Feb 2017 at 4:06 PM Last edited by PharaohHound : 25th May 2017 at 9:53 PM.
Default Resource Credits Guidelines
Resource Credits
Many downloads on MTS are created using some resources made by other people. Examples of this include textures, images, and meshes which have been made free to use by their original creators, and which Sim creators incorporate into their custom content. These sorts of resources are an essential part of creating for many Sims creators, and we ask for the creators of these resources to be credited for a few reasons:
  • It's nice! People who make all of these awesome resources are giving away great stuff for free. Providing them with a proper name credit and link is just the polite thing to do.
  • It helps other Sim creators find resources to use in their own creations
  • It helps MTS moderators double check that the resource creators are okay with their stuff being shared and remixed

What sort of things require credits?
Any creative resource you incorporate into your final CC which was not originally made by you. This most commonly includes images like textures, patterns, wallpapers, logos, and photographs. Any image that you use that wasn't made by you originally. This can also include meshes which you have used, and anything else that fits under the category of "made by someone else".

How do I format credits?
Proper credits need to include three things:
  • The original creator's name
  • The name of the resource(s) you've used, or a description if no name is provided
  • A clickable link to the post or page which contains the resource. Try to link directly to the resource, rather than to the creator's profile or main website.

A few things to be aware of
  • Make sure that the Terms of Use of the source website does not prohibit reuse and modification of the resources
  • Search engine results like google images and aggregate sites like Pinterest are not acceptable sources. They rarely include correct info on the resource creators or the creator's Terms of Use.
  • If the creator's website does not allow you to link to the individual page of that resource, give us a description of how to find that resource on the website
  • Avoid hotlinking directly to download servers like mediafire.
  • For blog and Tumblr links, make sure that you're linking directly to the post with the resources, rather than the creator's blog or tags (see below for more about Tumblr links)

Credit examples

Some correctly formatted credits

Some incorrectly formatted credits:

Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4
Example 5
Help! I can't credit something correctly!
Can't find the source for that awesome texture you downloaded three years ago and stuck in a nameless folder on your desktop? Struggling to get Tumblr links right? Let's see if we can fix that.

Google Image Search
Google Image Search can be a life-saver. You can upload an image from your computer and google will search the internet for pictures that match. It's not flawless, but it can be a great place to start. If you have not renamed the files you downloaded, you can also try copying the filename into a google text search.

Tumblr links
Since Tumblr links can be tricky for people to use correctly, a quick mini-tutorial! When crediting a resource that was originally posted on Tumblr, make sure to use a link that permanently leads to the actual post. Pointing your links at tags, or people's main blogs is not ideal because when people post more things the item you want to link to can be lost pretty quickly. However, because many Tumblr blogs have one of numerous custom themes, it can be difficult to find the correct link sometimes. The easiest way to find the permanent link to a Tumblr post on someone's blog is to find the post's date and click on that. Depending on the user's blog theme the date may be formatted as numbers (13/06/2016), a "relative" time (5 months ago) or a normal date (June 13, 2016). You may need to mouse-over the post to make the date come up. Alternately, if you see text which says "permalink" next to the post you want, that should also work.

The correct URL will be formatted in the following manner: "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com/post/14757141951/texture-download". Notice that the blog's name forms the first part of the URL, and that "/post/" followed by a string of numbers makes up the next part. That is what all permanent Tumblr links look like. If the link uses a different format than that, it is not a correct permanent link. Some common examples of incorrect links include things like "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com" or "examplesimsblog.tumblr.com/tagged/textures", both of which are not permanent. If you have a correct permanent link you should be able to see a full list of "notes" (likes and reblogs by other Tumblr users) after the end of the post.

Okay I've tried all of that but I still can't find the credits for this resource
If you have exhausted all ways you can think of to look for a resource and come up with nothing, we allow a certain amount of resources in each upload to be credited as "unknown". We still strongly recommend that you try to find credits for all resources used, but if you have tried everything and still can't find a credit, the formula is as follows:
  • 1-2 credits in total - No "unknown" credits allowed
  • 3-5 credits in total - 1 "unknown" credit allowed
  • 6 + credits in total - A maximum of 25% of the total credits may be listed as "unknown". If this doesn't work out to a whole number, round down. For example, if you had 9 total credits you could list 2 as "unknown".
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#2 Old 22nd Feb 2017 at 6:09 PM Last edited by PharaohHound : 22nd Feb 2017 at 8:07 PM.
Default Free resource sources
Since we here at MTS want to help all creators find wonderful, free-to-use resources, we have a small list of sites which offer great stuff. Obviously there's a lot more stuff out there on the internet, but these sites can be a great starting place. Unless otherwise noted, these websites offer all free content which should be usable in any MTS upload with a proper credit.

Fonts
Name and linkKind of resourceSpecial notes
Font SquirrelLarge collectionCollects links to free fonts. Does not create the fonts
The League of Moveable Type
Font SpringLarge collectionRequires registration. Some fonts are pay, some free
DaFontLarge collectionMost but not all are free to use


Photographs, Artwork, Illustration
Name and linkKind of resourceSpecial notes
Wikimedia CommonsDiverse collection
Flickr CommonsDiverse collection
US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs CatalogueDiverse collectionMost if not all are free to use
Library and Archives CanadaDiverse collectionMost if not all are free to use
Internet Archive Images LibraryDiverse collection
Nasa Image and Video LibrarySpace, aeronautics, technology focus
Google Arts & CultureFocus on art works, illustration, textilesSome images are copyrighted
Mayang's Free Texture LibraryPhotographs of buildings
PixabayPhotographs, some vector illustrations



Patterns and Textures
Name and linkKind of resourceSpecial notes
WebtreatsSeamless digital patterns and textures
Mayang's Free Texture LibraryPhotographs of real life materials, textures
TexturemateTexture photographs, seamless patterns, Photoshop brushes
Subtle PatternsDigital patterns, textures
The Fat StrawberryTextures, patterns, Photoshop brushes
The Pattern LibrarySeamless digital patterns, textures
DinPatternSeamless digital patterns
Lost and TakenTexture photographsRegistration required
TextureGenTexture photographs


Pattern and Texture Generators
Name and linkKind of resourceSpecial notes
Pattern CoolerCustomizable patterns, diverse collection
Colour LoversColour palettes, customizable patterns
PatternninjaHighly customizable patterns including lots of fun shapes
PatternicoHighly customizable, lots of shapes
PatternizerStripes and plaids
Background Image GeneratorTextures and patterns with customizable colours
Tartan MakerTartans
GR Sites Texture MakerGradients, digital patterns, stripes, text patterns
Wood WorkshopGenerates seamless, custom wood grain patternsSoftware requires download
Hero PatternsCustomizable colours
GeoPatternGenerates super interesting patterns based on whatever text you enter


Important notes
While we have done our best to ensure that the sites listed offer free content, we cannot guarantee that everything on each website is free to use. We strongly encourage you to check each site's terms of use for yourself. If items from these sites are found to have restrictive terms of use, they may not be allowed in MTS uploads.
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