The Rules for Merchants

Why have rules? Because without them, we have headaches. That’s the collective “we” again (hunters, merchants, admins) – everyone’s life is easier if the merchants know what to do, and the hunters know what to expect. Trust us, we’ve been through this. 😉 And with that said – here we go.

  1. You may not rename your hunt box. [peekaboo name=”rule1″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule1″]
    Yeah, we know some people cheat and use finder huds, and if they know the name then they can find your item without having to hunt. We’re going to let them. Let them come and go, and think of them as jackass cousin Bob who comes to your family reunion, eats all the potato salad and leaves again, to the tune of ‘good riddance’. Most people hunt – and keeping the hunt boxes properly named helps them keep their inventory intact and lets them keep track of where they are on the hunt that way. No point in punishing the whole fam because cousin Bob is wanker.There is ONE exception to this rule. If you have multiple prizes and want to add (X of X) at the end to both alert hunters there is more than one and tell them which one they’ve gotten, this is just fine — but it MUST go at the very end, AFTER your store name.
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  2. If you’re going to include a LM to your own store, it needs to be IN the box with your items. [peekaboo name=”rule2″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule2″]
    The only LM a hunter should see inside the folder they get from you is the one to the next store. It may sound like a small thing, but these poor people are suffering some massive lag. The easier we can make it for them to keep moving, the less likely they are to be a cranky SoB on the hunt. And no worries. They already have your LM – they got it from the store ahead of you. 😉
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  3. You must sell the CONTENTS of the hunt box for L$0. [peekaboo name=”rule3″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule3″]
    This seems to be a tough one for people. Some want to charge L$1. Some want to sell a copy rather than contents. Some want to use a scripted ‘give’ instead of selling. Some want to use a ‘give only once’ script. No, no, no, and no. More and bigger problems are caused by this than we can describe. If you sell a copy and not contents – then they have to find somewhere to rez to get the next LM. (And seriously, not everyone knows you can wear the box and pull the LM out.) And using a scripted ‘give’ is nightmarish for hunters. Scripts are also some of the first things to start failing when the lag begins – and you end up with a pile up of frustrated hunters in your store being cranky, and no one has any fun. So – selling, contents, L$0.
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  4. You need to box up your hunt gift, and put YOUR box inside the ‘hunt box’. [peekaboo name=”rule4″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule4″]
    Here’s what the inside of your hunt box should look like: the LM to the next location, and a box containing your items. If you have male and female gifts, you might have two boxes and the LM to the next store. The point is – don’t just toss the LM in there with your stuff and make people sift. No, it’s not that hard – when you’re not lagged out because there’s a hunt going on. But when you’re waiting for inventory to load and suffering little freezes (which is just life on a hunt), it can make a big difference if you don’t have to hunt for the next LM too.
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  5. You can’t resize, retexture, recolor, remove the rotate script, or otherwise change the external appearance of the box. [peekaboo name=”rule5″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule5″]
    People need to know exactly what they’re looking for when they get there. Trust me – even if you think it’s easy, they don’t know your store like you do. So they need to understand the kinds of places it might fit (size) and what they’re looking at when they’re looking at the box (texture, color). Otherwise, the hunt is just no fun for them.
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  6. You must place the hunt box within 30 meters of the place hunters land. [peekaboo name=”rule6″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule6″]
    Note the language here: whether its because it’s the LM you gave us or because you have teleport routing forced to a certain point, the MAIN GIFT box must stay within 30 meters of that landing point. Let’s face it – 30m to the left, 30m to the right, back, forward, up, down – that’s a whole lot of space to search for something so small (and our hunt boxes are SMALL). If they had to search a whole sim for something that small, they’d cry, tear their hair out, and give up – or complain until none of us could stand it. We know some of you love torturing the hunters a little – and you’ll still have plenty of room to do that in 30m any direction. So – keep it within 30 meters for the main gift. If you have additional gifts they’re not required to be within 30 meters.  NOTE: Last time around, some merchants didn’t stay inside the 30m rule. Others started out obeying the rule, but as prize locations became compromised, the box got moved out of the 30m range. We’re really not kidding about this rule — and while we wish we had time to chase you to get you to move your box back in range, we just plain don’t. So – if you move your hunt prize farther than 30m from where hunters land, we’ll send you a note about it, then start giving out the exact location (SLurl) of your hunt prize until you move it back in range. We’d rather people were able to hunt for your gift, and we’re sure you would too — but too much confusion is created for hunters when it’s not within the range we told them it would be, and too much time is spent by the Twisted Assistants and Organizers trying to clear up that confusion.
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  7.  STORES IN SKYBOXES (Addendum rule):[peekaboo name=”rule7″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule7″]
    If you have a store in a skybox, with nothing under it you can not hide the box 30m directly under the landing point with no way to visually see it could be down there and  nothing around it. We made two merchants move it last time for this because frankly it’s far to difficult and luck of chance that you might actually get your camera on a box located this way. without totally cheating and using area search.   Don’t make us hurt you.
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  8. If you’re going to hide the hunt box, you must hide it fairly.[peekaboo name=”rule8″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule8″]
    You don’t HAVE to hide your hunt box, and some prefer not to (which is just fine). But if you do hide it – you need to hide it in such a way that a reasonable hunter can find it. So no stashing it in the wall completely, or with only a tiny corner showing. No sinking it into the ground, or totally concealing it in another prim. We can appreciate if people have to cam for it – but total concealment is out.
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  9. You are limited to a total of eleven (11) visible hunt boxes at your location.  [peekaboo name=”rule9″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule9″]
    At no point, for any reason, should there be more than 11 visible hunt boxes at your location. Whether you have one prize and ten decoys, three prizes and eight decoys, or eleven prizes — eleven visible boxes should be the maximum. There is nothing fun or challenging for hunters about just endlessly clicking on boxes that have no prize in them – it’s just tedium, and hunters (rightfully) feel like it’s just a waste of their time. While we encourage every merchant to make their prize challenging to find, and making them look for a needle in a haystack is just fine – we require more creativity than just making hunters find a particular piece of hay in a haystack. Of note, VISIBLE – is an important word here. You are welcome to sink 100 boxes in your floor to foil scanners, or into your walls to foil wireframers – but regular old hunters, using their eyeballs, should never see more than 11 boxes.
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  10. You may not break up your main prize into many pieces in order to make hunters find more boxes. [peekaboo name=”rule10″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule10″]
    If you have a male and a female gift, it is perfectly reasonable to have (male) and (female) boxes, hidden separately. If you made more than one prize, it is perfectly acceptable to have more than one prize box hidden. Even if you made an additional prize that complements your main prize, it is just fine to have this hidden in a separate prize box hunters must find.However — you may not break your main prize down into ten pieces and make hunters find every piece individually. For example, if your main prize is a pair of boots — you cannot put the left foot in one box, the right foot in another, the left leg in yet another, etc. It’s just not cool.
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  11. You may not create a gift that violates someone else’s Intellectual Property Rights. [peekaboo name=”rule11″]
    [peekaboo_content name=”rule11″]

    • NOTHING THAT INFRINGES IP COPYRIGHTS WILL BE TOLERATED.

     

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    IP Infringment, TOS Policies and You (You really need to read this.)

    **************************************************************************

    – The short and not so nice way of explaining it: If you are selling IP infringing items we’re going to punt you so hard out of Twisted and all future hunts and events your long since buried relatives are going to feel the boot print.

    – The long, thoroughly explained, and LL explanation of IP Policies and You. (We repeat – you need to read this when you accept the rules of the hunt on the application. Failure to read and understand this will be in no fault of our own but yours. Sorry but it has to be done.)

    What is the policy regarding infringing/ripped content?

    The policy for all forthcoming events will be held to a new standard with the constant changes, and problems that exist in user content. If you rip stuff, be it art, textures, models, whathaveyou – we will punt you out so hard and so fast they will see you fly across the grid. We won’t hesitate either if it can be confirmed.

    SOME SPECIAL NOTES:

    ***IF YOU HAVE AN ART GALLERY***

    If you, personally, did not create the artwork or photos in that gallery YOURSELF, do not bring them to Twisted Hunt and/or our other annual events. We will remove you. If you grabbed it from the net, google, whatever, and messed with it in Photoshop – do not bring them to this event. We will remove you.

    It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the hunt/Krissmuss/etc” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s artwork. We will not keep you in the listings. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

    ***IF YOU HAVE A TEXTURE STORE***

    If you, personally, did not create the textures in that gallery YOURSELF, by your own hand/photo work, do not bring them to the events. We will remove you from it when we find out it’s happened. It’s the age of the internet, someone *somewhere* will have seen something from somewhere, and it better be legit.

    It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the event” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s texture. We will remove you. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

    ***IF YOU HAVE A STORE THAT SELLS ANY ARTWORK/TEXTURES AT _ALL_***

    Also, please read the above. This rule applies to you also.

    ***IF YOU SELL MESH CONTENT***

    You had to go through the same IP quiz that everyone else did to upload meshes at all. If we find out you’re selling ripped content or if we find out you’re selling INFRINGING content – which doesn’t have to be ripped, just be ripping off someone else’s IP – we will pull you out of Twisted events so fast it will make your head spin. It is not fair to everyone else who busts ass to make their own stuff from scratch. There is no way for us to know the legitimacy of every item in every store location, but you can bet that with that many eyes on items, SOMEONE will know, recognize, and prove where it came from. Don’t do it. We will find out and we will remove you from the event.

    Still confused as to why? Read through LL’s terms of Infringing Policies at:

    https://secondlife.com/corporate/tos.php?lang=en-US#tos7

    Still lost? Twisted Hunt (and Krissmuss often) is listed in the Destination Guide as an attraction event for the SL community. As such – we have to abide by the general rules of the posting requirements.

    ♦  ♦  Suggested venues must comply with all of the following

    ♦  ♦  Community Standards

    ♦  ♦  Trademark Guidelines

    ♦  ♦  Terms of Service

    ♦  ♦  DMCA policy

    Snapshot and machinima Policy

    ♦  ♦  ♦  Warning: Do not suggest content that is copyrighted or otherwise subject to another party’s proprietary rights (including privacy, publicity, trademark, and trade secret rights) unless you own the rights or have the owner’s permission. Content determined to infringe upon intellectual property rights is removed from our website and services.  ♦  ♦  ♦

    Further Information is found here:

    http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/About-the-Second-Life-Destination-Guide/ta-p/700059#Submission_guidelines

    There will be *NO EXCEPTIONS* to this policy. Read. Understand. We’re not being assholes, we have to follow rules – so do you.

So them’s the rules. If you apply/register, you’re agreeing to them. And we’ll hold you to them. You should know up front we’re going to make every SLurl of every participating store, in order, available to hunters from day 1. If you frustrate them – they’ll have the ability to move on to the next location without your gift. And that may seem just fine – but really, it’s better if they get it – because they might love your stuff and want to shop with you. But they’ll never find that out if they get so frustrated hunting for your prize that they give up and skip you.

Some Words of Friendly Warning

Every hunt, we inevitably get at least one merchant who thinks they have a good explanation why one or more of the above rules should not apply to them — so we want to be very up front and say this:

We will never agree with you.

These rules exist for very good reasons, and no merchant or sponsor is exempt from them — no matter how good a reason they think they have. If you break the rules, you will only be creating work and frustration for others — as the Twisted Assistants WILL hound you until you are back in compliance or we are forced to remove you from the hunt. For every broken rule, at least two man hours of work is created for a person who volunteers their time. It’s not fair to the hunters, it’s not fair to the assistants who must spend time making you keep your word, and it’s not fair to the other merchants who keep to the rules. We record the names of our problem children — and they may very well find themselves not invited back to the hunt again.

**************************************************************************
IP Infringment, TOS Policies and You (You really need to read this.)

**************************************************************************

– The short and not so nice way of explaining it: If you are selling IP infringing items we’re going to punt you so hard out of Twisted and all future hunts and events your long since buried relatives are going to feel the boot print.

– The long, thoroughly explained, and LL explanation of IP Policies and You. (We repeat – you need to read this when you accept the rules of the hunt on the application. Failure to read and understand this will be in no fault of our own but yours. Sorry but it has to be done.)

What is the policy regarding infringing/ripped content?

The policy for all forthcoming events will be held to a new standard with the constant changes, and problems that exist in user content. If you rip stuff, be it art, textures, models, whathaveyou – we will punt you out so hard and so fast they will see you fly across the grid. We won’t hesitate either if it can be confirmed.

SOME SPECIAL NOTES:

***IF YOU HAVE AN ART GALLERY***

If you, personally, did not create the artwork or photos in that gallery YOURSELF, do not bring them to Twisted Hunt and/or our other annual events. We will remove you. If you grabbed it from the net, google, whatever, and messed with it in Photoshop – do not bring them to this event. We will remove you.

It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the hunt/Krissmuss/etc” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s artwork. We will not keep you in the listings. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

***IF YOU HAVE A TEXTURE STORE***

If you, personally, did not create the textures in that gallery YOURSELF, by your own hand/photo work, do not bring them to the events. We will remove you from it when we find out it’s happened. It’s the age of the internet, someone *somewhere* will have seen something from somewhere, and it better be legit.

It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the event” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s texture. We will remove you. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

***IF YOU HAVE A STORE THAT SELLS ANY ARTWORK/TEXTURES AT _ALL_***

Also, please read the above. This rule applies to you also.

***IF YOU SELL MESH CONTENT***

You had to go through the same IP quiz that everyone else did to upload meshes at all. If we find out you’re selling ripped content or if we find out you’re selling INFRINGING content – which doesn’t have to be ripped, just be ripping off someone else’s IP – we will pull you out of Twisted events so fast it will make your head spin. It is not fair to everyone else who busts ass to make their own stuff from scratch. There is no way for us to know the legitimacy of every item in every store location, but you can bet that with that many eyes on items, SOMEONE will know, recognize, and prove where it came from. Don’t do it. We will find out and we will remove you from the event.

Still confused as to why? Read through LL’s terms of Infringing Policies at:

https://secondlife.com/corporate/tos.php?lang=en-US#tos7

Still lost? Twisted Hunt (and Krissmuss often) is listed in the Destination Guide as an attraction event for the SL community. As such – we have to abide by the general rules of the posting requirements.

♦  ♦  Suggested venues must comply with all of the following
♦  ♦  Community Standards
♦  ♦  Trademark Guidelines
♦  ♦  Terms of Service
♦  ♦  DMCA policy
Snapshot and machinima Policy

♦  ♦  ♦  Warning: Do not suggest content that is copyrighted or otherwise subject to another party’s proprietary rights (including privacy, publicity, trademark, and trade secret rights) unless you own the rights or have the owner’s permission. Content determined to infringe upon intellectual property rights is removed from our website and services.  ♦  ♦  ♦

Further Information is found here:

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/About-the-Second-Life-Destination-Guide/ta-p/700059#Submission_guidelines

There will be *NO EXCEPTIONS* to this policy. Read. Understand. We’re not being assholes, we have to follow rules – so do you.

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And if you’ve made it this far, might as well roll on to the suggestions!

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