Up to this point many users weren't sure what could exactly be entered to the site and in what manner to do so. Well, we've created a document that well hopefully answer most of your questions. The MobyGames Standards are the policies we are going by now. This is a living document so things will change and be updated from time to time. Later on we'll be enhancing it more with pictures to show examples.
The Standards page can be accessed from the site FAQ page.
Thanks to all the approvers that helped in creating this long-awaited document.
"Filenames of a game: doom.exe - can be added as trivia."
Does this mean that we can start posting entries to trivia section like:
This game's executable file is named "somename.exe"
...and i mean massive amount of entries like BPjM trivia.
Oh, you noticed that too? I'm having conflicts with my higher ego of "quality of quantity" with my lower ego of "I'm in it for the points".
But I think I'll be socially sanctioned by the other approvers if I suddenly contribute 300 trivia items of *.exe files. Better not :)
Great. Just one little thing.... Under Trivia it says: "Should not repeat what is stated elsewhere, especially in reviews or descriptions." I can see why you wouldn't want something as a trivia entry that's already covered in the description, but if a piece of trivia is mentioned in the description it is often better to remove it from there and enter it in the trivia section.
And if something is already mentioned in a review it should still be acceptable as trivia entry. Some people might get a few cheap points by simply copying information from reviews, but if I want to look up trivia I check the trivia section, not the reviews. Reviews will often contain duplicate information, but that doesn't mean it should be removed main game sheet.
"Platform independent games."
I am not sure what you mean by this. If a game is created, it has to run on a certain platform unless it is converted. How can it be platform independent?
"Homebrew games that can be played on the original hardware."
So if there is a homebrew Atari 2600 game that was placed on a cartridge (so it runs on an Atari 2600 console), we can submit that, right?
You're probably right about that, but what we mean is games that run on multiple systems, for example Flash games that can run on both Windows, Mac, Linux etc.
Ah, I see. It has a platform (Java, Flash, Shockwave) but not a console/computer specific platform. OK, that's makes much more sense.
"So if there is a homebrew Atari 2600 game that was placed on a cartridge (so it runs on an Atari 2600 console), we can submit that, right?"
-- Yes; a few of these have even been added already.