If you are interested in uploading premium files to the CU website, you are encouraged to read over this info first.
As part of our new expansion efforts, we have introduced a content platform element to CU. You can upload all sorts of content. Starting with Minecraft content, and expanding over time, it is set to allow users to easily share their content with the community. Additionally, especially talented users may submit their files as Premium. What this means is that their files can be made as paid resources, and share it with the community. There are some things you should know before you get going, and most relevant info can be found here. Additional questions should be directed at haloman30.
Uploading a Premium Resource
The process is incredibly simple and hands-off. You create your build/world/design/other premium content, and get it tuned up nicely. You may then upload your file to our Downloads system. Then, you will upload some screenshots. After that, you will enter some information about the file. Lastly, you may choose either Free or Paid. By clicking 'Paid', you mark the file as a Premium resource. You should ONLY upload Premium resources under the appropriate 'Premium' category. All free files should be under the normal categories. And that's it! When people buy your item, it will be linked to your account as Credit that can be withdrawn at your leisure. Alternatively, you may leave it on your account as a stockpile/savings. It's all up to you!
We rarely will remove content from the Premium listings. Horrible content that is being offered up as Premium, or content that may be decent but not worthy of payment will be downvoted by the community itself - and just won't make money. If content violates any community rules, or contains any extreme nudity or contains pornographic content, it will be made unavailable to the community. We love dirty jokes as much as you do, but we aren't a porn site. There are more than enough of those for you to enjoy elsewhere on the internet.
Withdrawing Your Earnings
When someone buys your Premium resource, the money goes into your Account Credit. You can withdraw the money to your PayPal account at any time. Withdrawals will need to be approved and as such you will not receive them immediately. This is simply for us to make sure the money exists for us to pay you. We don't want to deal with negative PayPal balances on our end - you understand. This usually shouldn't take too long, unless you attempt to withdraw in later hours where our Admins are not available. It will rarely take any more than a day, but the general rule is don't plan on having the money at the exact moment you press the button, just for safety.
Chaotic United will collect 15% of all Premium file revenue to go towards server costs, website feature upgrades, server upgrades, and so on. Additionally, a 0.60 USD (60 cents) transaction fee will be taken out. The rest of the money is yours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why can't I get 100% of the profits? You didn't make any of my content, I did! >:^( A: Correct. We did not develop your content. However, we do host the website that you have uploaded the file to, and that host isn't free. Besides, we are very generous with only taking 15% of the profits. Some sites demand 20% or even 30% - which is just absurd.
Q: What if I create a build of a super sexy lady but I don't show any nudity? A: This is fully permitted, but I don't know if anyone will be willing to buy it. Those kinds of builds are more of a screenshot piece. You're more than welcome to try, though.
Q: If I upload a file, do CU staff members get to download it for free? A: Managers, Administrators, and Owners can download your file without needing to pay. Moderators and below must pay, however.
Q: If I upload something such as a SkyWars or SurvivalGames arena, will CU use it? A: If we find interest in your build, we will generally inform you about it. We will never use your builds for free without your permission. You may allow us to use them free of charge, but otherwise you will receive a payment for the build before we use it.
Q: Why can't I get my withdrawal immediately? A: As we mentioned before, we want to ensure we can actually pay you first. If we can't pay you for whatever reason (ex: the money in CU's PayPal was used on server bills), then we will need to transfer money into it beforehand. Don't worry - you will never not have your account credit. If need be, CU will pay you out of pocket.
Q: What if my content is commentary on a sensitive topic, such as racism, sexism, etc? A: Commentary or not, if your content is deemed overly offensive, it will be removed. Otherwise, anyone could make racist content and just say "oh, its just commentary so its fine :D". Just because it's commentary, doesn't mean it can just bypass the rules. Ultimately, we are the judges in these cases.
Q: Can my content promote another community or website? A: You can ask us first, however in most cases it is not allowed. Exceptions would be any content relating to Nuclear District, Hurricane Craft, Elaztek Studios, United AlyCraft, and any other members or partners of the Chaotic United Network. You can find a list of those names here.
Chaotic United Community Merger Agreement
Last Updated: May 18, 2017
You must agree to the terms below in order to merge into the Chaotic United Network.
You will not gain any level of Ownership on Chaotic United. You will be granted a title that better fits your position, however you will not be granted the title of Owner. You may be granted a similar custom title, such as the acronym of your community suffixed by the term 'Owner'. Example: Nuclear District, ND Owner.
The Owners of Chaotic United do not become Owners of your community unless you grant them such a title. You will not be required to do so. You reserve full ownership of your community name unless you wish to do otherwise.
You agree that Haloman30 and Alycat are the Owners of Chaotic United and you will not do anything to try to demote either of them.
2. Services and Branding
If you host services on your community and you merge into CU, you must re-brand all of your services with proper CU branding. When merging, your community name may appear on a forums theme if applicable and may appear in a custom title (as seen in section 1). Aside from those instances, everything will be given CU branding to avoid name confusion.
3. Staff and Team Members
Staff members will be given equivalent ranks on CU as they had on your community. Administrative roles will need to be handled separately, however.
4. Access Levels and Permissions
If you host gameservers for CU, you must grant the Owners backend information if asked. You may not be asked, but if you are asked you must grant it. The Owners will not make changes or modifications to your files without your knowledge and/or permission.
Your permissions on the Forums and Minecraft server will be that of the standard rank you are assigned. If you are assigned a custom rank/title, permissions will be settled between you and the CU Owners.
5. Policy and Management
Chaotic United operates internally based on the ideals and vision of its Owners. Staff input is routinely requested and is given and factors into our vision, but the final decision is up to CU's Owners. If you manage your community differently, you will be expected to follow CU's system of management.
Attempting to change and rework CU's management methods will be unsuccessful and will not be tolerated.
6. Separation and Unmerging
Sometimes, merges simply don't work out. You reserve the right to unmerge at any time. By merging, you agree that you will not use this against CU and you will not try to bend any rules or change anything or anything of the sort. Threatening to unmerge will not be tolerated.
If a merge does not last, you will not cause any defamation to CU and CU will not cause defamation towards you, regardless of circumstances. If you defame CU, however, CU may choose to reveal any skeletons within your closet to the entire community.
These terms and conditions, while they may seem strict on the surface, they exist for good reason. From January 29, 2017 to April 23, 2017, a merge that went horribly wrong affected the enactment of these policies. The community that merged was able to temporarily get an owner demoted and over the duration of said merge the majority of CU's active user base was lost. The entire scenario was handled very poorly and thus this agreement and the Staff Guidelines document were created to prevent future repeats of those events.
Are you seeking a merge between your community and the Chaotic United Network? Awesome! We'd love to welcome you into the Network. But first, make sure you know what you're getting into. Read over this document - that way, there are no surprises and everything can go smoothly.
The general merging process is as follows:
You propose a merge between your community and CU
Our team visits your community and may check out the services you offer to see if they are of quality standards
If a merge is agreed upon:
Staff on your network are given appropriate ranks on CU, unless there are concerns of this within CU - then it will be further discussed
If you offer any services, such as a gameserver, it will be given Chaotic United branding
If you have a community forum, topic merging will be attempted if possible
Your website will shut down, or may be left as a read-only archive. New content will not be allowed to exist on it anymore
If a merge is not agreed upon
Both sides continue on their merry way
You may have noticed that your services will take on CU branding and that your website will need to close outright or be made read-only. This is one of the toughest pills you'll need to swallow potentially, or maybe it's a no-brainer. Your community will be essentially dissolved into CU. Your domain and community name will be listed on this page, and you may have a forum theme designed to mimic the look of your website at the time, but beyond that your community will become part of CU.
The reason for this is that we ultimately cannot have duplicate names. It was tried in the CU and ND merge, and while it didn't kill off CU, it felt very awkward and jumbled. Two websites existed, and one forum was used. CU's current forums were set to read-only during that time. CU continued its own independent homepage and main site, and its forums operated on the Nuclear District Forums. It all felt very hacky and thrown together. We can't have multiple flags being raised at once, as it just leads to confusion within users and takes away from the main focus - to build a single, strong, awesome community. You being willing to set your existing flags to the side and raise CU's flag is what allows that to happen.
Your existing website can either redirect to our website, or can remain online as a read-only archive. What this means is that the website is made visible, your topics can still be read if you have a forums, but new posts cannot be made, new members cannot register, etc. It is read-only, and may remain online as long as you wish as an archive. Alternatively, you may provide your website files and SQL databases to haloman30 and point your domain to our host's nameservers (or transfer it to him outright), and he will keep the archive online and you won't have to pay a dime. This is done as a courtesy to you and your community. You're welcome. ❤️
If this is no problem, then your other potential point of concern is your existing staff team.
If you have a relatively small team (5 or fewer people) then this is usually not much of an issue. We just want to get to know your team beforehand. Any staff members you have that are in administrative roles are the ones of real discussion. Moderators usually transfer over seamlessly. Any moderators you have on a gameserver will receive the Game Mod rank, anyone less than that will be given Game Helper. Admins on this gameserver will be given the rank 'Game Admin' and will have slightly elevated permissions above Forum Mod.
If your community is just that, a community, no gameservers or anything to go along with it, things get a bit trickier. We generally cannot give direct promotions to Manager or Administrator as these ranks contain virtually unrestricted control of the CU Forums and services. In these cases, usually you will receive the rank of 'Community Manager' and 'Community Admin'. These ranks, like Game Admin, are generally just a step or two up from Forum Mod. This may sound like a shortchange, but it is all done for the sake of security. It would be very easy for someone to try and merge with the intention of trying to destroy and deface our websites and services, perhaps causing permanent damage. This is why we generally are very cautious about these things. We can't give largely new members of CU into such strong positions so immediately, doing so puts us at risk. We understand that most who want to merge won't do this, and have good intentions, but all it takes is one bad apple to ruin everything and cause a really bad time for all involved.
Generally, every staff team of yours will receive a rank of some kind on CU. Larger teams may be required to start as mostly Helpers, save for higher-ups and community leaders which will be given the above treatment most likely. But your team will have some status on CU - that much is undeniable.
If these are no concern to you, then it should be smooth sailing from here on out (mostly). If you offer gameservers, you will be required to give haloman30 (and you may optionally grant other server managers access as well) access to your gameserver's hosting. Don't worry, we won't damage or break anything. Most times, we will just try to aid in rebranding the server to our liking and ensure it meets quality standards set by CU. In case things do go wrong, however, we do generally make backups before we change anything, and after the initial brand changing over, we won't touch anything without getting your approval first. We may never touch your host again after the fact, but generally the CU leaders are going to need such capability.
Behind the doors of the CU staff team, we have a very laid-back approach to things. There generally are no deadlines for anything, and we treat this as a fun hobby project. The only downside to this is that staff are not paid. Where we lack in that, we gain in everything else. Working on CU is fun for all members of the team - from Helpers to Owners. This isn't supposed to be a grueling job, or an intense corporation. Despite the overly professional nature of the Chaotic United Network, the team behind it and the overall management of it is very loose and relaxed. We like to have fun doing the management stuff. We don't like to work up a sweat dealing with absolute mayhem and intensity 24/7. Haloman30 started the CU revival project in 2014 as a fun hobby, and it has continued to be a fun hobby ever since (except for a particularly down period in early 2017, but that is partially why some of these documents even exist). Be prepared for naughty words and suggestive talk and everything in between - we are laid back, and we like to have fun. We just sit back, chill out, and develop an awesome community.
I want to merge! How do I get started?
Awesome! To get started, just send a message towards haloman30 with some basic information. Who you are, your community name, its website, etc. It is generally good if you've been with CU as a member for a while already as well, as we will know you a bit better that way. So good luck, and if your merge is declined, don't feel down! We still may like your work, we just may think you're better off without us. If we do take you up on your offer, well, you know the drill now - and you're plenty prepared for what is to come and this will all be as smooth as butter.
Basic information on legacy pages and websites, and contains links to many of them.
Here and there, Chaotic United will make legacy versions of websites readonly but viewable to the public. An example would be the Chaotic United forums before Nuclear District announced its closure, or the old United AlyCraft forums. Another example is the old Chaotic United website, seen here: http://chaoticunited.net/classic. Sometimes, we may have internal legacy websites that exist somewhere on the webserver but are never shown to the public. Very rarely is this the case, but when it is it is usually due to copyright or legal reasons, or in some cases, our of genuine respect for the creator's wishes. They are usually kept on hand for content reusability, for instance if an older website had a feature or page, or a page style or layout that we feel would blend well with the existing website layout. But sometimes even then, we just keep them online so we can relive some nostalgia. Which is the main reason you see any public legacy websites to begin with.
Legacy pages can mean a couple of things. It could refer to a page that is no longer updated, or a page that is no longer required, for instance if its functionality has been replicated elsewhere. These legacy pages will still work by all means, it's just that they are no longer updated. Sometimes, these pages can be skipped over or unchecked during site upgrades. While many times pages will work, sometimes things can cause specific legacy pages to either break visually or functionally, thus rendering them unusable. Some examples of these pages are the CU and ND staff pages, the CU page being replaced with the staff list in the About page, and the ND one being discontinued as Nuclear District is closing (though I wouldn't be surprised to see some return of those 3D skins in the future).
List of Legacy Pages
CU Staff ND Staff Rules (Deprecated in favor of Rules page on Forums)
Classic CU Website Chaotic District Forums (original host) Chaotic District Forums (backup copy, separate host)
Old Helpcenter (Deprecated in favor of new helpcenter within forums)
Here is how we handle old donations from the original CU
"Hey, I donated on the old Chaotic United! Can I get my rank back?"
"I had a rank on Hurricane Craft. Do I get anything?"
"I donated for a rank on Nuclear District's MC Server. Do I get a rank in return?"
"I was a former Staff Member of ND/CU/HC. Can I be reinstated?"
All of these questions are asked too often, and thus, this page is created. All of your questions will be answered here.
If you donated for a rank at any point in time, you cannot be refunded. Once you make the donation, that's it. Absolutely no refunds. Ever.
If you donated for a rank prior to the change of ownership you can request reinstatement if you have proof of your donation. The following are VALID forms of proof of donation:
PayPal Email Receipt - You are sent an email when you buy something via PayPal. Please take a screenshot of this email(s) contents and send it to haloman30 or alycat.
PayPal Transaction History - You can find a history of all your PayPal payments from your PayPal account. You can also take a screenshot of the donation payment(s) and send it to haloman30 or alycat.
The following are INVALID forms of proof of donation:
Screenshots - These, while previously accepted, are no longer accepted as of January 2016. Screenshots can be easily forged by setting up a local server and the right plugins and knowledge, and as such they are no longer accepted as valid proof of donation.
Word of Mouth ('Yeah he had that rank') - This also was formerly accepted as valid proof, but as of January 2016 it is not. This is because if a user contacts a friend outside of the community to say that they had a rank, they can easily obtain virtually any rank on the server.
Owner's/Staff Memory - Even if a staff member or Owner him/herself remembers you having a rank, this is still not enough to get reinstated. This is because a user can login with a cracked client and impersonate an old player who had a rank.
3. Staff Promotion
If you were a staff member on CU before the change of ownership, you are not eligible to be re-promoted without applying once more. No exceptions.
4. Veteran Rank
Since the Veteran Rank has different meaning across forums and the Minecraft server, it will be clarified here.
Forums - You must have been a member of the Chaotic United/Nuclear District community for at least one year.
Minecraft - You must have been a retired Moderator or above.
When you donate you agree to these terms. This is a more in-depth version of the short terms seen when purchasing
Donation Terms and Conditions:
Donations do not mean you are unbannable. You are expected to abide by the rules like everyone else
Your donation rank can be revoked from you temporarily if you are breaking the rules. If your rank is removed from you unjustly, notify a Manager/Owner immediately
Donations, while used generally for service upkeep, may be used for any personal want or need at an Owner's discretion
Once you donate, you CANNOT get a refund. No exceptions. Note: If you are a parent and your child has donated without your consent, please message haloman30 on the forums and we will work something out with you.
You agree that you are donating out of your kindness to support the community and the Owners who maintain it
These terms may be changed at any time without prior notice, and you agree to those as well.
The following are a series of guidelines that staff are expected to adhere to.
The following are a series of guidelines that staff are expected to adhere to.
You are expected and required to have an account on our Forums and on Discord
You are expected to advertise regularly. While we do not enforce the way of old Chaotic United that required helpers to make 50 comments daily, we still expect you to make an effort to try to grow the community and its gameservers
If you held any staff position prior to May 5, 2017 will not be required to do this. You will still be asked to do it but you will not lose your rank because of failure to do so. Please note that if you have resigned, retired, or otherwise lost your rank before you will be required to follow this rule.
3. Staff Gang-Ups
A terminology born out of events that transpired on United AlyCraft and eventually found their way into Chaotic United, this is when staff members actively conspire to get another staff member demoted for unwarranted reasons. Commonly, immaturity, stupidity, and other vague insults are used to defend their reasoning. While sometimes staff members can become corrupt and the rest of the team must work to get that person demoted, too many times have members been demoted for nonsense. If you are caught involved in a gang-up that does not have a genuine reason that can be backed up factually, you will be given a warning on your first offense, and demoted on your second offense. The best way to do things like this is to go directly to an Owner and inform them of the situation and ask them to take action if necessary.
Merges have done good and have done bad for Chaotic United. Instances like the merge with Nuclear District, while ND did close down, it was ultimately a successful merge. Other instances, like WindFrontier, were not as successful. As a result, we now have a clear-cut policy in place for how future merge opportunities should be handled.
There must not be any quarrels between the CU staff and the merging community's staff. If there are any quarrels, these must be resolved before the merge process proceeds.
The merging community must be willing to merge into CU. We will not merge into another community save for very extreme circumstances.
The merging community must have something to offer CU that will benefit the community as a whole.
The merging community must agree to the CU Merger Agreement.
5. The Owner's Word
As a staff member, you acknowledge and understand that the Owner's word is final. Criticism is welcomed and input in decisions is appreciated, but Owners reserve the right to make their final say on anything. This includes results from staff or community votes.