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Hi Everyone,

 

We heard that some of you have concerns after the announcement of the Community Discord becoming the Official Discord. So we are providing a short FAQ to address those concerns:

 

What if a Discord admin suddenly goes rogue and does something horrible on the Discord (such as deleting it and/or leaving?)

 

While very little has changed on how the Discord is run, there has, however, been one important change: the ownership has been transferred to Novaquark staff. As we can’t have multiple accounts owning a Discord, the owner is now NQ-Nomad. As a Novaquark employee, he has the complete trust of the rest of the team. You can check this here.

 

Having Community Members as moderators is a problem. What if some start abusing their power with their role?

 

Discord is something running 24h/24 7d/7. Moderators being proactive community members is far from being something new. A lot of Discords (even official ones) and forums have community members as Moderators. Current moderators have our trust. As far as we know, no abuse of power has yet occurred. However, nobody is perfect and in the case of a conflict arising (due to misunderstanding or personal grudge), there’s still the possibility to contact Novaquark staff (through the forum or customer support) to address the situation and find a solution to the problem. However, before contacting Novaquark staff for such issue, please check the 2 following things:

  • You have tried your best to solve the issue with the moderators first.
  • You are sure the problem is real (bring facts and evidence, not hypotheses, assumptions or rumors).

 

I won’t come on a Discord where I am obliged to use an Authentication Bot made by a Community Member. What if this Community Member does shady things with the authentication Bot, like gathering personal data from users for himself?

 

We trust Yamamushi, as in two years, he has given us no reason to doubt his integrity. However, if this can reassure you: before making the Discord Official, the script has been reviewed by a member of our team, NQ-Illustra. Moreover, the script is open source and its content can be found publicly here (so it would become difficult to make shady things without being noticed).  However, as Novaquark is now responsible to what happens on the Discord, it makes sense that as a general rule, any addition/modification made by any Community Member (and you’re welcome to contribute) to the current script will need a validation from the Novaquark’s team before being implemented.

 

Regarding potential issues about data gathering and GDPR infraction: 

The data gathered is exclusively public: the Bot is only able to collect data that you decided to display on the forum, so no information you’re unwilling to share is gathered. That’s also why you can’t be recognized as a backer on Discord as long as your backer status is hidden. As this system is not perfect, we plan in the future to change the way it works, with an API that will simplify the connection and authentication between your Dual Universe account and your Discord account to get access to channels under NDA. Basically, the Authentication Bot will just ask the API if a DU account has already access to the game or not, without trying to get any more information.

 

Why an Authentication Bot is the right way to do it:

The community will grow and giving the access manually to NDA channels on Discord for each player is just simply not a reasonable long-term solution. When Alpha launches, we will have something along the lines of 6000 new backers having access to the game. Moreover, if the process is automated, it will guarantee impartiality and no human error possible.

 

We hope these answers will alleviate the concerns you may have.

If you want to give your feedback or if you have some remaining concerns, please discuss it in this forum thread.

 

Best Regards,
The Novaquark team.
 

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Hi everyone,
 

We want to thank those who gave their feedback regarding the transitory phase post official merging of the Community Discord. Today, we want to reply to some questions/concerns about the Discord Guidelines, the Authentication Bot, related API, and the community groups revamp on the Discord sidebar.

 

  • The Discord Guidelines have been updated two weeks ago.
    We heard several concerns about the Discord’s social atmosphere becoming less casual and more strict, to the point of mirroring the official forum. Don’t worry, we have no intention to make the Discord as strict as the official forum! The Dual Universe Discord has been created by gamers for gamers. At Novaquark, we also use various Discords on our own time when playing games outside of work. So we do understand your concern and know why it’s important to keep it friendly. We want the DU Discord to remain just as it was before becoming official. The guideline changes were motivated by two points: 
    - To clarify grey areas regarding behaviors considered not acceptable due to their potential to deteriorate the friendly atmosphere we wish to maintain.
    - To abide by the European laws in terms of accountability and legality.

     
  • A new Authentication Bot will be deployed soon on Discord. 
    The current Discord bot cannot decipher the difference between Kickstarter Founders and Post-Kickstarter Founders, thus losing an important element of its functionality. For this reason, a newly dedicated authentication bot will be introduced and operated by Novaquark. The bot currently in charge of authentication on the Discord will cease to have this role and all related code will be removed. Because of its other useful features such as feeding announcement channels with up-to-date Dual Universe news, it will remain on the Discord for alternative purposes. We want to thank Yamamushi for all of the hard work and help he has volunteered on this project.

     
  • The planned API will be very basic and extremely limited in terms of data sharing.
    As we value the privacy of our community members, all data shared through the API will be limited to the minimum amount of information necessary to authenticate a player on the Discord. It will share:
    - An ID number.
    - Whether the account is a backer.
    - Whether the account has access to the Alpha.
    - Whether an account is part of the ATV.
    This list might be updated in the future. However, if we add any additional data to the list, we will announce it beforehand to the community and ensure we’re following the correct policies. There will be no worrying about community members gaining access to personal or valuable data illegally. 

     
  • Revamp of community member titles (Discord sidebar):
    While “NQ-Admin”, “NQ-Staff”, and “Discord Staff” groups will not change, community members will be now categorized by roles related to the length of time since joining the Discord instead of backer roles. Note: you will still able to display your backer status in your role list.

 

We hope this clarify a few points about the changes made or going to be made :)
 

Best Regards,
The Novaquark team.

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