Hello, i spend a lot of time on the database.
The other day i notice something curious.
A person registered, never posted anything and submitted a patch and never logged back again.
I checked the hash of this hack because it didn't do what it said.
And i realized it matched the hash of another existing hack (which he claimed his was based on).
When in reality it wasn't just based on, it was the same file, an exact copy.
So i flagged it as non-compliant.
And to my surprise i was rejected. "This is not a valid reason to remove something". I'm told.
Well, if this is not a valid reason then there are no valid reasons i'm afraid.
I'm pretty sure, if people or bots wanted could fill the database with similar entries. What is our protection to this?
"You can remove the file and write a note in the description saying the patch is missing"
It seemed very little so i did that the bare minimum allowed by the mod.
Which leads to my second surprise: They allowed the note, but reinstated the file.
Well then, that's not optimal you see. People keeps downloading a "fake" patch believing it is something it's not. The author is MIA. And the rules won't let me do anything about it.
I know my opinion is worth absolutely 0 or less. But heck this is such a turn off, it makes you want to not report anything at all.
Could someone from higher up maybe think about this? here's the link https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5898/