Solutions Rules and Guidelines
Before you consider writing solutions for TrueAchievements please make sure you are familiar with the solution guidelines. Solutions SHOULD NOT
- Copy or appropriate. Copying work from others and passing it off as your own is unacceptable. If you wish to make use of content created by other people, or taken from an external source, you must ensure that you credit the author and cite the source clearly. Solutions consisting only of a link to another site's solution are not allowed - please produce your own content.
- Contain something other than a solution. Do not use a solution to ask questions (use the game’s Forum Board for this), request help for boosting, or even offer boosting help (both of which you should refer to the Gaming Sessions and Forums).
- Simply restate the achievement description. Only stating which level or chapter an achievement can be acquired, or that an achievement is story related, isn’t a solution (unless it states information not available by the achievement name or description). Secret achievements not yet updated by the site are an exception, although once the site has been updated with the secret information those solutions are no longer acceptable and should be updated to contain an actual solution. We recommend you write a full solution beforehand to avoid complications.
- Violate Microsoft’s Terms. We do not support any solutions that could result in an enforcement action on Microsoft’s behalf. Equally, anything which contravenes the Cheat Policy should not be posted. Please note, if the solution does not violate Microsoft's TOS but calls for boosting, cheating, or cheat applications that have been known to result in user bans by the developer, then a clearly bolded disclaimer must be included at the top of the solution, informing users of the possible developer or in-game ban that may occur from using that solution.
- Please be aware that editing or manipulating game files is considered cheating on-site. Achievement solutions should not include any methods of unlocking achievements that involve editing or moving game files unless the developer explicitly states to do so such as in the case of High Score in BioShock 2 (PC).
- Contain unnecessary spoilers. Spoilers are acceptable only if they directly relate to the achievement. Please use [ spoiler ] [ /spoiler ] tags to hide sensitive information.
- Violate site rules. Solutions should not abuse or antagonise other users. They should not be used to call out other users or complain about an achievement. Nor should they contain offensive, discriminatory or otherwise inappropriate language.
- Be correct. If you are informed of any errors, please make an effort to maintain your solution with correct and up to date information. This includes patches and changes to the availability of the achievement.
- Be relevant. Solutions must be a means to getting the achievement they are posted for. Avoid repeating information that is available from the achievement itself. Give all the information needed to unlock the achievement in question. If you're writing a solution for non-Xbox game (a tablet or Windows Phone), please state which device you've based it upon as not all solutions work for all devices.
- Give credit. Copying work from others and passing it off as your own is unacceptable. If you wish to make use of content created by another source, please credit the author and cite the source clearly. If the author of the linked content can easily be identified (such as in a youtube video), credit is deemed appropriately given. Nevertheless, we encourage our solution writers to adopt the good practice of giving explicit credit, even if credit is implied by the content.
- Include a timestamp where appropriate. If your solution links to a video that includes multiple achievement unlocks, you must provide the appropriate timestamp in the video that is relevant for that achievement.
Please note that these rules do not comprehensively dictate the actions of The Reported Content Team and are subject to change without notice. The Reported Content Team will use their discretion to resolve situations which require thinking outside of the box to deal with new situations.
Examples of Good Solutions
The solution states where to go, what to do, what to look out for and which methods work.
The solution doesn't repeat what to do (the achievement text already does that) but it does give hints towards unlocking the achievement.
The solution is very thorough in what you need to do and how to actually do it. It provides tips on how to approach the harder ones and how to make them available.
Information for Solution Reporters
You should be reporting solutions that break the rules and guidelines outlined above or if you see anything you do not like. Please also be on the lookout for duplicated solutions. These can occur a number of ways and it is best to try and keep these duplicates to a minimum. If you know or suspect that an author has a large number of solutions similar to the one you are reporting, please mention it in the box provided when you submit the report. We will investigate the rest of their solutions, so there is no need to submit lots of reports regarding the same author. Please do not report solutions because you feel they are similar. We do not investigate similarities, especially when lists are involved. However, if you feel someone’s work has been duplicated wholesale, without their consent , we strongly encourage you to report the solution. We allow for legacy content to remain when they're valid for offline modes or by removing the cache, but you may still ask the authors to update their solutions, and inform us so that we may instruct the author to add a disclaimer to the solution.
If you disagree with the decision of the Reported Content Team to edit or delete on your solution, you can file a complaint. This should always be done by first replying to the PM you received. If you still disagree, after getting an explanation, you can send a PM to the Reported Content Manager - Beanpotter