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 Post subject: Nda Clarification
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:34 pm 

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Dear MQO Beta Testers:

There has been some recent confusion among some of you regarding the scope of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) you signed. The confusion is understandable; this is a difficult area to measure, for both of us. But our hope is that, as the weeks and months have passed, we have all been learning from the challenges we've faced in this area, and can, from time to time, improve the situation. Therefore, we've come up with the following clarifications of the rules of NDA conduct. Hopefully, this will be a solid reference point that will keep everyone on the same page.

We begin with a set of NDA absolute rules that every single Beta Tester needs to adhere to. The consequence for breaking these rules will be banishment from the Beta servers.

NEVER let anyone know you are a Beta Tester. There may be times other players will accuse you of being a Beta Tester, but never admit that you are, even if another player claims he or she is also a Beta Tester.

NEVER write or talk about discrepancies you've seen between what you experience on the Beta Server and what you experience on the MQO Live Servers. Never talk about bugs or version differences from any of your Beta Server experiences. (Unless, of course, you are working with other Beta Testers to debug or test the game on the Beta Server.)

NEVER write or talk about any content you've seen on the Beta Server before it has been released on the MQO Live Servers.

NEVER release formal documentation you've created that pertains to any gameplay you've experienced on the Beta Server prior to one full week after the same experience has been made available on the MQO Live Servers. This would apply to any kinds of maps, instructions, walk-throughs, notes, etc., even if other non-Beta players have created and released exactly the same, very similar or completely wrong documentation on the same subjects.

There will probably always be situations outside of these absolute rules that will require you to interpret the NDA to your best ability. For those situations, we would ask that you keep the following in mind ("More what you'd call guidelines than actual rules..."):

IN-GAME: When playing on the MQO Live Servers, and you are asked a direct question about a game play experience you have knowledge of from the Beta Server, you can answer if you think it will not spoil the experience of the person asking, or anyone else who may be near enough to hear or see your answer, and provided it does not violate any of the absolute rules.
ON-LINE: Same thing when engaging in a MQO discussion on an online forum: If it will not spoil an experience for others, and does not violate any of the absolute rules, you can participate in the discussion.

We trust you will use your common sense and good judgment in dealing with situations like these while still holding strictly to the rules listed above. If you are ever in doubt, however, please err on the side of caution.

If you have questions, please ask, so that we can either answer them or improve the NDA policies even more.

Thank you for help!

Cyan Worlds

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