Nintendo still coy about exactly what makes them delete a Super Mario Maker level

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As you may have heard, Nintendo has been deleting select Super Mario Maker stages lately, including a series of levels from popular streamers. The problem is, they don’t really explain why this is happening, and these bans can come without warning, citing broad strokes like “inappropriate content,” for levels that have nothing of the sort.

So Nintendo came up with some new guidelines (which you can read below) that either expand upon known points or add other tidbits in, and they’re still very vague. They’ll really have to take a good look at the community’s concerns and come up with something a bit more airtight to avoid more unrest.

Chalk this up to Nintendo’s inexperience with online communities and online services in general. They’re getting better, as evidenced by the new iteration of My Nintendo and the wonderful support for Splatoon, but they still have a ways to go.

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  • Low stars/plays
    • After a fixed period of time, courses with low stars/plays will be automatically deleted from the server.
  • Bugs
    • Courses that include bugs that were unintended by either the course creator or the developers will be deleted. It’s important that we remove levels with bugs quickly, because letting these levels remain in Course World can lead to negative outcomes for many players such as players experiencing levels in unfair ways that the original course creator did not intend, or re-writing “World Record” times.
  • Requesting stars from other users
    • Courses that are explicitly asking for stars from other players will be deleted. For example, users are unable to use words “Like”, “Yeah!”, and the “★” symbol in their course names. Please change the course name when saving a course that includes these words.
  • Inappropriate Content
    • Courses that contain something inappropriate, such as offensive language or phrases will be deleted.
  • Other behavior in violation of the Nintendo Network Code of Conduct. Please note that repeated violations can result in additional penalties.

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