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TheDrone7 (1936)

Rules

Welcome!

The Replit community is a place for users to share code, ask questions, and discuss coding-related subjects. We're committed to making it a fun and cool space for both aspiring and experienced programmers. To that end, we need to lay down some ground rules.

  • General Rules
  • Share Section
  • Ask Section
  • Tutorial Section
  • Templates Sections
  • Extra Information

General Rules

Don't plagiarize

Don't pretend you made something you didn't make. When people find out, they'll lose respect for your work. Instead, if you forked someone's repl or based your code off an existing project, then give credit to the original author.

Here's the section from Replit's ToS on plagiarism:

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is our policy to respond to any claim that User Content posted on the Service infringes on the copyright or other intellectual property rights ("Infringement") of any person or entity.

This means at the very least we'll take down plagiarized posts and repls, and if this persists we will take action against the user.

You can learn more about plagiarism here.

Replit ToS

You are required to follow all of Replit's Terms of Service. This includes promoting no illegal activity, even unintentionally. We also disallow sharing proxies and similar stuff for the same reason.

Be friendly

Be kind to your fellow replers. Never insult people or their work. We have zero-tolerance towards bullying.

Keep it SFW

Keep it clean, or SFW (safe for work). If you wouldn't show it to a 10-year-old or your grandma, don't post it. This includes swearing.

Zero tolerance for hate speech

Any abusive or threatening writing that expresses prejudice against a particular group, especially based on race, religion, or sexual orientation, will result in an immediate ban.

No controversial posts

We have people from all around the world with their own different opinions on different subjects. Therefore, we ask you to not discuss anything that can give rise to heated arguments such as politics or religion.

Don't advertise

Don't make posts or comments advertising non-programming creations or sites.

Don't farm cycles

Do not make alternate accounts to upvote your own posts or comments. Do not ask people to upvote your comments or posts or ask people to mark your answer as the right one. Replit ensures all this is clearly visible and even people who are new to the platform know it right away. If you do so, you are only annoying the other person so don't do it.

Don't mass upvote people's posts or comments

Do not upvote every comment or post on a person's profile for the sole purpose of giving them more cycles.

Other languages

We have recently decided to allow people to post in all languages starting now, you can create a post in any language you prefer. We currently do not have moderators for all languages, therefore, if we receive a report about your post for some other reason, you will be definitely warned or even banned right away.

Age

If you are found to be underage, you will be banned. However, if you show some sort of parental consent to [email protected] or [email protected], you can be unbanned.

Therefore, if someone is under 13, they can still continue to use the services with parental consent and supervision.

Common sense

Common sense applies to all these rules. There are no "bending the rules". Don't try to find a flaw in the wording and use it to your advantage.


Share Section

An awesome feature of Replit is sharing your code with the community!

However, posts have to meet a certain standard, otherwise, they will be unlisted.

Posts are judged by moderators on a case to case basis, but there are some general guidelines:

  1. Have a proper description - tell us what your repl is about, why you made it, how we should interact with it, etc.

  2. Show a decent amount of quality - Low-quality repls will be unlisted. Since this is subjective, posts will be judged on a case-to-case basis.

  3. Be creative - don't post homework assignments, we want to see your creativity!

Trying to go through some of the hot/top posts of Replit to get a sense of what's accepted and what's not.


Ask Section

When asking a question, make sure to be descriptive, but also concise about your problem. Tell us where the error is, and also how you expect your repl to run. Linking your repl also helps a lot.

Make sure to also have a specific problem. Vague questions or questions that ask others to write code for them will be unlisted.

Example of a bad question:

My C++ code isn't working. When I run it, it shows an error. Please help.

Example of a good question:

My C++ code is producing an error in file lib.hpp and function parse(). When I run it, the exception invalid_argument is thrown. After some debugging, I think it has to do with me using stoi on line 47, but I'm not sure why. How can I fix this?

It is also important to be open to constructive criticism. If you're asking for help with your code, you should expect some level of critique.

This also goes for answering questions. Try to fully answer their problem or give critiques about their code, while also being respectful at the same time.

If the question author has forgotten to select your comment as the answer after acknowledging that it was the correct solution, you may remind them to press the checkmark. In any other situation, it is not acceptable to ask for your comment to be selected as the answer.


Tutorial Section

Want to help people learn? Here's the place for you! In this section, you can post tutorials on anything programming-related for the community to learn from!

However, make sure your tutorial covers a specific topic and is fairly descriptive in a readable and concise manner.

Providing code snippets along the way, or linking a repl can be extremely helpful as well. Images and screenshots can also work towards helping readers.

Try to think from the reader's point of view: What might be confusing or what questions might they have?

And be ready to provide support. Readers might ask questions or give you feedback. Engaging with your users is a great way to become a better writer.

Tutorials that are messy and do not present themselves in a proper format will be unlisted.

Here is an example of a good tutorial.


Templates section

Have some interesting code that you think other people might use? Made a useful function for interfacing with Replit's DB, or logging an object's state? The template section is for you!

Also note if it is good enough, we may also add it to our official templates which you can check out for what qualifies as a good template.

It is important to make sure that your template is actually a template. If you made a game, post it on share.

It also helps to provide a detailed description of your template, and how to customize it or use it.


Extra Information

If you've found a bug on the website, submit it using the "Get help" button on the sidebar. If you have some feedback for the website, submit it here.

If you want to report a user, or you believe you were unfairly warned/banned, submit an appeal at https://contact.moderation.repl.co/ If you feel like the mods are still being unfair, feel free to E-Mail [email protected]

These rules are ever-evolving, and the last update to them was on May 11th, 2021.

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Bookie0 (6373)

Yay new rules!

A few things I'd add as I see them very often:

  • For tutorials (or anytime you include code), if you include code blocks, please add syntax highlighting by adding the language name after the 3 backticks (`):

print("Hello World!")
# syntax highlighting is pog!

(Python: py, C++: cpp, Javascript: js, HTML: html, CSS: CSS, etc.)


  • When you post a quesiton in the ask board, please include a repl, don't just paste all your code on the post

Also, I've seen many posts asking where the .env files are, I'm just putting it here so hopefully they can see it:

You can't make .env files anymore, you'll have to use this new GUI by clicking the lock icon in the sidebar (near where the files are kept). Then you just enter the name of a key and its value. And in the repl, you do import os, and my_secret = os.environ['name of your key here']. Good luck! :)

  • Finally, useful links that people never seem to find on their own:

Bugs:

In sidebar on left, press Get help:

Click Report a bug and fill in the form.

Feedback

https://replit.canny.io/general-feedback

Introduce yourself

https://repl.it/talk/announcements/Introduce-yourself/16061

CLI to change username, recover deleted repls, change fav langs, view warns, etc.

https://replit.com/~/cli

Replit discord server

https://discord.com/invite/5gcPC6B

Well that's about all! :)

TheDrone7 (1936)

@Bookie0 these are rules not FAQ lol.

Bookie0 (6373)

@TheDrone7 Yeah I know, I'm just adding it as many people will (hopefully) check the post out, and they will be able to take notice of this, and then then the replit world shall be a better place! :)

whislist1 (2)

@Bookie0 hi, the discord invite is expired. where i can find the active or valid one? thx you

TheDrone7 (1936)

@whislist1 it may have been temporarily disabled. You'll still be able to join replit discord via https://replit.com/discord when there is a valid invite.

whislist1 (2)

@TheDrone7 thx, already got it yesterday(my time)

BIue (68)

how to become a moderator...?

Th3Coder (136)

Hello, I'd like to ask a question:

Age

You are not allowed to use Replit if you're under the age of 13. If you are found to be underage, you will be banned. However, if you show some sort of parental consent to [email protected] or [email protected], you can be unbanned.

Wait, so people under the age of 13 can't even use Replit for coding? I thought they simply can't use Replit Talk... is this just a mistake or have the rules been updated?

Thanks!

ch1ck3n (2364)

@Th3Coder I think it applies to only talk

TheDrone7 (1936)

@Th3Coder it's only applicable to talk and they can use talk too if they have parental consent. If they don't have parental consent, they get an education account that lets them go through the posts but not create or comment on posts.

NotMrMan (119)

@Th3Coder It is mainly implemented because of the law by COPPA stating that it is illegal to track people under the age of 13

TimeDragon (4)

@NotMrMan Replit Talk does not track people I think.

TheDrone7 (1936)

@ChaosEmerald repl talk and apps does. The ide doesn't.

TimeDragon (4)

@TheDrone7 talk/apps and IDE don't track you.

TheDrone7 (1936)

@ChaosEmerald dude I literally work for replit I'm telling you talk/apps tracks you that's why student apps have those things disabled so we don't track students. Ide doesn't track you so students can still freely code.

Th3Coder (136)

@TheDrone7 sorry for asking another question, but do you mean Replit Talk and Apps tracks users besides the purpose of keeping users logged in?

If yes, then why does Replit track users?

Thanks again!

TheDrone7 (1936)

@Th3Coder it's not necessarily "tracking" but while using these services, some user data is collected in case they do something illegal or against the ToS on the platform, we can take the necessary steps.

Th3Coder (136)

@TheDrone7 ohh, that makes sense! Thanks (again) and have a nice day!

kannibalistic (104)

@Th3Coder yeah I think it is because there IS some un----- language in replit talk, so they might of seen that and made some new rules.

QuickV (113)

Should I ping a mod if I find someone swearing 🤔.

ch1ck3n (2364)

@QuickV just use the report button

and I already did on the post you're talking about

IGamer123 (80)

Question: Can you use repl if you are underage(below 13) and just not post or share your codes

TheDrone7 (1936)

@IGamer123 if you're under 13, then you can go to https://replit.com/account and under the "Roles" section, just check the "Student" checkbox and it will limit all the 13+ sections of the website.

IGamer123 (80)

Ok thanks but I'm actually 14 so no need but my sister could use the student role @TheDrone7

IGamer123 (80)

Also the only role on my account is explorer @TheDrone7

TheDrone7 (1936)

@IGamer123 well, if your sister registers with a school email, the student role will be added automatically.

adityavengata (18)

@TheDrone7 Is this allowed?
I need to send cryptomining scripts to a laptop that runs Alpine Linux CLI, so I was thinking I could do it via CURL. (Not trying to cryptomine on replit, but rather just send scripts) I created a html/css/js static repl, and uploaded my scripts. But every time I uploaded the py file, it crashed the repl, even if I was not running the script. Am I doing something wrong, or is this mining detection that I triggered on accident? Also it does the same thing somehow even if I just uploaded the scripts in a .TXT format.

TheDrone7 (1936)

@adityavengata it would be better to ask any ToS related questions at [email protected]om

This post is more for the community side of things.

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What should I do if I find an underage person on repl talk?

TheDrone7 (1936)

@poetaetoes I'd recommend letting it be. More often than not, they do have parental consent and supervision. And when they don't, they're usually breaking some other rule as well.

StringentDev (234)

@TheDrone7 Some details of the TOS are a bit vague:

[DO NOT ] Use the Service to "mine" bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies;

if you:

  • create your own crypto currency
  • create a miner for it
  • make it use little resources
    But you also:
  • Redirect users to set up their miner on a hosting platform like Vercel or locally
  • Only use repl.it for the project when it is at a small scale like testing and education
  • Give a cut to any repl.it mods and employees (because why not?)

Would it be allowed to create the cryptocurrency?

PS I already asked @CodingCactus but he redirected me to the tos which was not helpful in the slightest (sorry CodingCactus but I do read the tos)

A perfectionist walked into a bar...

  • apparently, the bar wasn’t set high enough.
PatrickAtReplit (41)

@StringentDev Patrick from Replit here. Feel free to do cryto-related projects on Replit, but do not use Replit for mining. We pay attention to high resource consumption repls and if they're being used to mine crypto, we'll limit your resources or remove you from the site (after giving a warning).

StringentDev (234)

@PatrickAtReplit ok thanks. My idea was to get users to try not to use replit, like compiling the repl for local system use (on thier own computer) or on a different platform if it allows it.

StringentDev (234)

@PatrickAtReplit im currently trying to 1) reduce resource footprints and 2) add a smart way to set up a minter (purposeful misspelling as the cypto im making is called Mint.) I am trying to take precautions as much as possible as ik blockchaining is a process intensive task, meaning im currently researching ways to limit CPU usage. Sadly i cannot monitor the the CPU usage to i had to install via install-pkg HTOP.

StringentDev (234)

@PatrickAtReplit Ok, Good news, i have managed to CPU limit the script (minter.js) to only 15% max by using the cpulimit npm module

PatrickAtReplit (41)

@StringentDev Appreciate you taking that precaution, but even at reduced CPU usage, mining is still against the ToS. If you're just learning/hacking around, keep everything on Replit. Once you (or others) start doing actual mining, please use another service for that portion of the project. Someone could always easily fork your miner and remove the CPU limit.

StringentDev (234)

@PatrickAtReplit thats exactly my point. Plus, if someone does edit it, then it is not really my problem as it is a SEP (somebody else's problem). All i can say is forking from github; users still take responsibility for forking it as it is still thier action. I cannot control that factor due to Github not allowing me to get the Education Pack because I moved my Github account and the email (I only have one school email.) This means I cannot set my repls to private.

Once you (or others) start doing actual mining, please use another service for that portion of the project.

I have basically stated the same thing for the actions i will take:

[...] compiling the repl for local system use (on thier own computer) or on a different platform if it allows it.

I do not intend to mine on replit as I only use it for 2 things, developing applications and hosting webpages as replit is my only IDE and does a good job at what it is supposed to do. I'd also have more luck on a Pentium D.

I am only testing in short, spursed intervals for bug checking.

In short, I am only using replit for testing and developing this project, not mining or hosting a miner in any shape or form.

DungeonMaster00 (189)

@StringentDev use your own machine for cryptomining. however, good luck finding an rtx 3090 to mine it. and also, do some gaming as well so you are not a huge problem for people who want to build the gaming pc of their dreams.