The Rules of Engagement for Content Creators

These rules are for the Sit Here Slap This in-world group that this blog is attached to.

Group Joiner: secondlife:///app/group/6373b8ff-a9ef-f89d-1ff4-b34e00ae9e07/about

Designers, Builders, Vendors, Creators, Artists, and anyone else who makes stuff and *owns* or *works for the person who owns the boards / luckies / whatever in any capacity*, the following rules apply to you.

First of all, welcome.  We are glad that you are here and love that you are willing to give a little away to increase the traffic and sales in your shop.  Smart cookies know that drawing a  discerning crowd is the key to marketing.  We, my friends, are a discerning crowd.  Thank you in advance for the cool shit you are about to bestow upon the masses of SHST.  If you haven't already sent me a notecard with all your details, please take a minute to do so.  You can drop it in my mailbox if I am offline.  It looks like a well.  Just drop the notecard in it.
 
The majority of the vendors will be calling MM boards.  Lucky chair calling rules will remain the same for vendors and members at large.

Just to clarify (because we've had some people get all worked up about this part), we are a freebies group.  That means that you can not post a MM board that is restricted to use by your own group unless that group is FREE to join.  The fact is that the majority of groups like ours ban the calling of group only boards unless they are restricted to the group being called in.  We are probably the most flexible group on the grid.  Well, the most flexible that isn't just a bunch of bots screaming and throwing pixel curly cues at each other.

Owners will need to identify themselves as such in the posts.  Owners may call their own lucky chairs freely in accordance with the standard rules.  Midnight Madness boards may only be called by the owner once per hour and the format for calling must be strictly adhered to.  This is an interactive group, not your personal advertising venue.  Spam is nasty and will not be tolerated. For our purposes, a store employee who calls the boards is considered to be acting as the owner and will also be restricted to once per hour.

Tell us about sales and freebies and hunts and special events!  We want to know.  Don't spam your sale here.  Ask an owner or officer to send out a notice.  If we choose not to send the notice, please understand that we do not exist to promote any particular store. If you are a member of our "Heavy Hitters" list, you will be permitted to send notices related to giveaways (i.e. Hunts, MM, Lucky chairs, group gifts, etc.).  If you are having a sale, you should let us know about that too.  Those of you on this list can send notices about your own shop once a week.  You can send notices about other freeness that you might run across daily.  You should know that I love to send out notices that say "ABC shop is giving away a free XYZ today, hurry over and get it".  It makes me feel all gooey inside.

MM board postings should look like this:
(Owner) MM 15/175 PixelDolls Gift Card $175 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dubya%20City/5/221/26 Mature

That is a fairly standard format for most MM groups.  Note that it is referred to as a MM board...the store name is in the post...the item description...slurl...and the land maturity rating are all included.  You are also identifying yourself as the owner of the board.  There are a number of reasons that we want you to do this.  One major reason is to encourage our members to actually say "Thank you" to the people who give away stuff.  And, of course, if there is some problem that you may not be aware of it makes it significantly easier to bring it to your attention.

Additionally, IF THE ITEM IN THE BOARD HAS NOT CHANGED IN 3 DAYS, STOP CALLING IT HERE.  We want new and different.  The exception to that rule would be a re-release that has not been in the boards for over 30 days.  And, if it isn't new that day, do NOT call it new.  We will call you on this stuff.


PRO SPAMMERS AND BOTS WILL BE SHOT ON SIGHT!

Don't sign your bots up for my group. It will severely piss me off and I will encourage the members to seek goods from any store but yours.

Things that make my teeth itch:

ALL CAPS  (we can actually read it better if you *don't* yell at us like a used car salesman)

◊ ❣ ❤ ❥ Extraneous ☤ ☥ ☪ ☫ ☬ ☭ characters ***** that ☼ ☽ ☾ ☀ ☁ ☂ are meant to get my attention but really just irritate me.

Line
Breaks
That
take
up
The
whole screen
so that
your post is all
we see on our
screens
See why that is annoying?

Lastly, if your only participation in the group will be to spam your boards, it will make me sad and cranky.  There are plenty of spamtastic MM groups that you can post to.  This group is a community and I expect everyone here to treat it as such.  Do not post and leave chat.  That's just rude.  Stick around and get to know the people who will become your customers and friends.

If you have questions, comments, need help with anything related to the group, or just wanna shoot the shit, please IM an owner or an officer.  If an officer asked you to follow a rule here or tries to remind you of them, please don't be rude to them and get your panties in a twist.  I consider that worse than being rude to me.  I will eject you for it, regardless of how awesome your freeness might be.

Owners:
Victoria Bazylinski
Trantryss Muircastle

And, again, thanks for being here.  <33 p="p">VB