Note: Fan made alternate language community sites are not controlled, or associated with SpongePowered the organization, any staff who participate on said sites are doing so in a personal capacity.
There hasn’t been any official stance by staff, but from common sense and knowing fellow moderators opinions on things, if there was I would suspect it would be something along the following.
We expect fan made sites to
- Respect Intellectual Property rights of authors, including plugin authors, mod authors, and Mojang/Microsoft.
- Preferably not rehost plugins themselves, but if they are going to, should have the authors permission (whether this be license, or personal permission), and under no circumstances should be charging money, or containing malware / backdoors.
- Not use our art assets in a manner outside those listed here: https://docs.spongepowered.org/stable/en/about/assets.html
- Treat it’s members with respect, Treat Mojang with respect, and loosely follow similar rules https://docs.spongepowered.org/stable/en/about/rules.html.
Forum Moderators have been largely ignoring links to other communities, on the assumption (and random checks) that fan community sites are ‘playing fair’ There has also been discussions about possibilities of sub-forums for alternate languages, potential partnering with some sites, but no consensus.
I do not think things will change any time soon, unless the community demands it to.
And if it does, then we have the issue of how best to choose moderation staff that we don’t necessarily have a strong connection with already.