RP9 Data Submission Information
This document explains what information is sent via the Submit tab of the RP9 Editor, and how it is used
The aim of user submissions is to help recognize, describe and run content. We are grateful for every submission, as it helps improve the quality of the entire RP9 ecosystem.
RP9 configuration submissions are similar to what is commonly done with some music services, e.g. when a new CD is released and content is not yet recognized by players. Anyone can submit information like title, track listing, cover artwork, etc. After a while, the data becomes part of an improved content recognition system.
When the Submit Now button is pressed, an archive with the submission data is created and posted via HTTP. The submission archive includes at most three files: the RP9 XML manifest and zero, one or two screenshot files.
The following information is included in the XML manifest:
- The information listed in the tabs of the RP9 Editor
- The above may include the user email (only if indicated in the Submit tab)
- A UUID (random but pseudo-unique identifier)
- "Handprints" of media (except for built-in boot media)
The email address and the other fields in the Submit tab, if filled in, and the UUID, if present, are only for internal use (e.g. to contact you in case of questions). They are not intended for inclusion in RetroPlatform Library data.
The UUID is used for automatic quality recognition purposes, to aggregate multiple submissions from the same semi-anonymous user when no email address is provided. Submissions with the same UUID may share a similar "reputation", which in turn can help recognize quality when there are conflicting submissions.
The submission may further contain:
- One title and one in-game ("running") screenshot, if available
- Indirectly, the IP address is exposed, as is customary with internet connections
It is important to note that the submission does not contain the actual media itself, but only a "handprint" of the media, which is added to the XML manifest.
No other files are sent. In particular, the following information is not transmitted:
- System or user information (other than the data listed above)
- Software license information
- Actual media (disk images, tape images, software files, etc.)
- Other embedded files (other than title and running screenshots)
Submissions are governed by the terms of the software license (EULA). Please don't submit any data if you are under the age of 13.
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