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Special Guideline: Duplicate
At a glance
Uploads should not be identical to (or extremely similar to) things which have already been uploaded.
To avoid confusion for downloaders, moderators, and other uploaders, we do not allow people to upload items which are either exact duplicates of things already uploaded, or almost completely the same to things already uploaded.
Before uploading things like common careers and simple tuning mods, it's a good idea to search for similar downloads already available on MTS. Any uploads that largely duplicate the function of an already approved will likely be rejected.
In some circumstances, minor updates to something you uploaded which has already been approved should not go through the queue. See Updating Your Own Uploads for details.
After receiving a "changes required" message about an upload, please make the changes by editing the existing upload, rather than creating another new upload of the same thing. If duplicates are created, we'll just have to reject them, which is more work for staff, and can also negatively affect the uploader's statistics for getting on queue bypass. So it's no fun for anyone!
This upload is a duplicate of (or extremely similar to) an existing approved upload made by someone else. While we appreciate the effort put into the creation, it doesn't make much sense to host an item that is essentially identical to one we already have.
This upload is a duplicate of one you have uploaded that is currently in the queue. Instead of creating a new upload to address any changes required, please edit your original upload via the link in the Changes Required message.
This upload is either identical to another upload of yours which has already been approved, or is a minor update of one of your approved uploads.
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