HWBot for hardware sharing are a little bit different than what you think they are .
E â€“ HARDWARE SHARING
This in a delicate subject as we have to trust on the honesty of those participating at the HWbot that they are indeed using their own hardware and not sharing a golden sample CPU or VGA card. Letâ€™s start with what is allowed to be shared: everything except:
VGA may not be shared for VGA benchmarks.
CPU may not be shared for CPU benchmarks.
Special cases, like what to do with joint bench sessions and manufacturer hardware is explained in the picture below.
While the rules are quite simple and straightforward, enforcing them isnâ€™t. If you are having a joint benchmark session, provide as much proof and information as possible when you submit a new HWBot score, which shows you were using your own hardware for the benchmark in question, a photo with a paper showing your nickname and the product serial number is good way to do this.
Since HWBOT does not tolerate the sale of benchmark scores, the act of both selling or buying benchmark scores and uploading them to this database is not allowed. In addition, we strongly believe that no overclocker who is involved in this kind of business should be allowed to be part of the community.
HWBOT is not perfect, neither are the result moderators, nor is any overclocker or benchmarker. Please accept that people can make mistakes and understand that human errors are solved easiest by friendly human interaction. If a certain score seems fishy, you can use the report function to inform the owner of the result and the result moderators. In most cases, thereâ€™s only a very minor mistake and the solution to the problem will only take one or two minutes. In some cases, however, thereâ€™s more to tell and discuss: thatâ€™s what the hwbot forums are for. In the forums youâ€™ll find a vast number of very active crew members trying to respond as quickly as possible (often within half a day) and/or other members who are willing to discuss the issue. As this is a public forum, we would like everyone to behave in a respectful way; flaming, forum wars, personal issues â€¦ all those can be discussed via mail or PM, but not in our forums.
If a score is reported or blocked and you donâ€™t understand why, please contact one of the result moderators or crew members for an answer. Itâ€™s very important to do this in a polite manner, not only because thatâ€™s the way human interaction goes most fluently, but also because scientific research has shown evidence that youâ€™re more likely to be helped quickly if you are polite to the person who youâ€™re asking a favor from. Itâ€™s in fact pretty simple to understand: if we receive a friendly email, we will be in a friendly mood even before we read the email. Note that we are always open for discussion regarding every aspect of HWBOT: a lot of new ideas and features come forward from a thread on the forums.
At HWBOT, we are all for sharing information such as tweaks, voltage modifications and many more. However, we do understand that certain tweaks are rather kept silent because it gives a small advantage over the competition, which can come in handy when competing for that special golden cup. If questions are raised about a certain score or a series of scores, we strongly suggest trying to clear the air as fast as possible; not because of HWBOT or any other member, but to prevent you from getting a bad name in the community (even if you donâ€™t deserve it!). From past experience, we know that when serious questions are raised regarding the legitimacy of a score or overclocker, itâ€™s always best to choose the honorable path by for instance explaining a few tricks or even removing the questioned score from HWBOT.
If you are uncertain about the validity of a tweak/cheat, you can always contact one of the crew members. The tweak/cheat will be tested and discussed and you will receive an answer categorized as legit/not legit. If you donâ€™t want the tweak to be leaked, no problem: we guarantee that the tweak will only be shared with those who took part in the evaluation.