General dat notes
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- Serials should be separated with a comma and no space
- HTTP response headers should be attached to the file as a unique attachment.
- anonomous dumper names like
!anon-YYYY-MM-DD-########can be used to uniquely identify an anonymous dumper, where YYYY-MM-DD is the GMT date the id was generated and ######## is a randomly generated lowercase alphanumeric 8-character string. The same id should be used across multiple dumps by the same anonymous person.
- If the ROM was dumped as trimmed (dumping tool guesses or checks when the "real" data ends), but then restored from the header field, you can add:
[Dumped as trimmed, restored from header]to the comment1 field
- If the dump date is from the http response header(s) date field, put
[Date from HTTP headers]in the comment2 field.
- If the file sizes are from the http response header(s) length field, put
[Sizes from HTTP headers]in the comment2 field.
|Special||Comma+space seperated values. Use "Aftermarket" if the game wasn't released within the console's lifespan.|
|Game ID||Generally, this shouldn't be used - use the source or file serial fields instead.|
|Session||Generally, this shouldn't be used.|
|Title on media||Generally, this shouldn't be used.|
|Origin||This should only be used if the origin is non-standard for that system. E.g. just leave it blank instead of putting "Retail cart".|
|Date||Generally, this shouldn't be used, as it is put into the datfile, and ROM managers may change the local file date to match this, which may be undesirable.|
|File version||This should only be used if an archive encompases multiple game versions (e.g. Nintendo CDN stuff).|
|Origin||This is a WIP alternative to making "Trusted Modification" sources, and shouldn't be used for now.|
Documentation for common "tags" that are used in comment fields.
|!pc-platform-[platform]||For IBM PC digital. Values: windows, mac, linux. e.g. !pc-platform-windows|
|[Original title: x]||Where x is the original title. To be used if the Media fields aren't enabled for that dat yet.|
|[Trimmed]||Used to mark something as trimmed without using the "Trimmed" ROM status, which sets the source as bad.|
|[Untrimmed]||For Trusted Modification sources.|
|[Modification of file: size-sha256]||For Trusted Modification sources. size = Size in bytes, sha256 = sha256 of file, all caps|
|[Dev cart]||Used when dump status is set to "other" to prevent dev cart from counting towards verified status.|
|[Internal checksum mismatch]||Internal checksum doesn't match data.|
|[Standalone fix]||For Satellaview Trusted Modification sources that contain fixed standalone ROMs for games in a Memory Pack.|
|[Marked as deleted]||For satellaview ROMs that were marked as deleted (blanked header)|
|[Asked dumper for more info]||To be used when the dumper hasn't provide pictures, etc, you've asked them for this extra info/data and are waiting.|