Marketplace Rules & Guidelines

Discussion in 'Products, Businesses, & Services' started by IcecreamCow, Apr 30, 2013.

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  1. Welcome to the Products, Businesses, and Services forums. Please follow the rules and guidelines on this thread to ensure that it remains clean and friendly for all EMC players to trade with each other.

    Basic rules for everyone to follow
    • Don't advertise on other peoples threads. Example: Don't reply to a thread selling beacons with "Come to res #### I sell them for cheaper."
    • Don't attack others or there goods or services. This includes false accusations, rude comments such as "this shop sucks." Follow the schoolyard principle, "if it's not nice, don't say it."
    • Don't spam with threads or posts. Instead of making multiple posts for multiple items, combine them into one post with a few items that you're selling included in the title.
    • Don't "bump" (posting to push your thread to the top) threads unnecessarily. Saying "price dropped" or "no longer selling this item" is fine, but consider following the same auction rules and only bump after 3 hours have passed since the last post by anyone.
    • Don't scam or falsely advertise. Scamming is completely against Empire Minecraft rules.
    • Don't beg. Asking subtly for donations is okay if you're starting a big project, but asking for donations just because you want more rupees or items is against the rules.
    • Remember to click that "Report" button below posts if things get out of hand.
    • Listen to the staff! They're here to protect and serve online, if they ask you to change something it's not so that they can hurt you, so obey!


    Formats to follow
    • Title - titles attract people to your thread more than anything so creating a clean, direct and understandable title is important.
    • Example: [SELLING] Beacons for 10k at /v #### SMP#
      • Tags - tags can be used to determine what you're looking to do regarding the title. Example: Adding "[Selling]" to "Beacons for 10k" will attract the correct audience to your thread. Not only this, but when people search for a specific post it will be more likely to show up. Keeping tags short is the way to go. These are a few examples, but feel free to use others:
        • [Buying]
        • [Selling]
        • [Service]
        • [Selling Exclusive Item]
      • If you feel that your price is somewhat expensive and you don't want to include it in the title, add it to the body (see below) of the post and explain why it's a good deal. Adding the price isn't always appropriate for [Service] threads.
      • Try and include: Tag, item/service, price, location of item or service
    • Body - the body of the post is used by your threads audience to determine why they should buy/sell your desired item or service.
    • Example: Hey guys, I'm currently selling beacons for 10k at /v #### on SMP#, just turn around at the spawn. These are a fantastic deal but hurry, they won't last long! I'm currently accepting offers too.
    • Try and include:
      • Further detail expanded from your title on the item (and price possibly)
      • Screenshots if necessarily or they can be used to lure the reader into what they could be buying
      • Directions to where the item is, ect. such as "behind the residence spawn"
      • If you're offering a service, go into a lot more detail regarding prices, deals, completion time, ect.
    • Response is important when you're offering/selling a particular service or item. Example: If someone asks "so what if I wanted ..." It is in your best interests to respond to this person politely and helpfully as it will build up a good reputation and possibly earn a sale for you.


    Tips to gain maximum attention for your posts

    It's really easy to gain a lot of more thread viewers than you currently are, just by following at least some of these tips:
    • Using correct grammar and punctuation makes the reader realize that you would be a mature and easy-going person to trade with.
    • Following the above guides and rules
    • Sometimes replacing words such as "good, fun, quick" with "incredibly good deal, extremely addictive and gripping, so efficient that you'll be asking for more!" can help your posts so much by giving the viewer more confidence in you but also something more exiting to read.
  2. Big thank you to AlexChance for creating this guide for us. :)
  3. I like the grammar suggestion:p
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  4. And big thanks to Jack for watching Alex make the guide and distracting him while doing so. ;)
  5. Isn't the schoolyard principle "Don't tattle on people"?
    But in all seriousness, this is quite the exemplary guide. Hopefully it will lubricate economic activity and make EMC a better place to trade. :)
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  6. Most likely... they can probably both be classroom or schoolyard :p
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  7. WHy is nobody commenting on this i mean its stuck... and great
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  8. is it alright to have an auction going on that forum and selling something on this forum (sorry if this is a ridicules question I'm only 2 or 3 weeks old [haven't been keeping track])
  9. If you only have one auction at a time that's perfectly fine :)
  10. alright thanks!
  11. I dislike this only because it's exaggeration in a way I guess. I prefer to tell them flat out what it is. If they dislike it, better for all. They don't waste time and money on the service/product and I don't get complained at because they took it the wrong way. Still a good idea for most people but I choose to avoid that. :) The grammar part is a good idea though. Only if that applied to in game as well... People get drowned out in the lawl #YOLOswagcakes messages.
  12. Our Principles Principle is : "Do your personal best, all of you are able to get at least a C, so do your personal best (Personal best is said 24 times each assemble, counted by yours truly)"
  13. can I make a thread that is for PRE-ordering things in 1.6, or is that against the rules
  14. I don't see that as a problem, although someone higher rank than me should probably ok it. With services, people don't pay to get it right away. They are ordering it to receive at a later date for a predetermined cost. As long as you didn't do this when 1.5 just came out, which you didn't I would say it is fine. The biggest problem being setting up the right price for the new items.
  15. I don't see an issue with this. :)
  16. Awesome guidelines. :p
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