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Trade Forum Guidelines


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Posting and Forum Guidelines

All of these rules are are in addition to our Rules of Conduct.

The moderators check this forum daily and if you violate the rules you will be PM'd. If you have any questions about the rules or allowed items, please PM one of the moderators and ask. The moderators for this forum are:
<center>Ryna McBegg</center>

<center>UO Trade Forum Guidelines</center>

<ul> [*]A. Replying to Posts - Our intentions with the rules about bumping is to keep the forum clear of spam and to give everyone an equal chance to have their post seen and read. We ask that you please follow the rules and don't be offended if we find it necessary to step in and ask you to stop bumping, etc.

Please note 'bumping' of posts is allowed, but in very limited amounts. If you bump excessively, your post may be locked or removed. For the purposes of this forum 'bumping' is replying to your thread with the sole purpose of making your post stay visible. An acceptable time to bump a post would be when you have edited your post and it is no longer on the first page.

If you have a question for a poster regarding an item they are advertising on the forum, please contact them via the contact method they have provided or via PM.

If they are selling something that costs too much, replying with something like, "LolZ N3wB, Dat Costz 2Much!!11" doesn't accomplish anything. Chances are if their price is too high, than it won't sell. If you are interested in the item, contact them privately and see if they are flexible on their price and willing to negotiate.

If someone is selling an illegal/unallowed item or an item you feel is being misrepresented as a rare, please use the notify moderator feature. You can find the icon at the bottom of every post.

[*]B. Updating Your Post - If you need to update your post please use the edit feature. The edit button appears when you view your own post, next to the "Reply" button. Also, note that editing your post will not bump it, so feel free to edit as often as you need. Some of the reasons could be having sold one of the items, bought one of the items you needed or wanting to update current bids on auction items. If too much time has passed and you are no longer able to update your post, you may repost an updated version if needed.

[*]C. Scammer Accusations - When you get scammed, often your first reaction is to warn others so that it doesn't happen to them too. Although you have good intentions, we ask that you do not post anything about who scammed you as these accusations are really just one posters word against another. UO allows for many chars on the same shard to have the same name, so you could inadvertently spoil an honest persons reputation. Or someone could post that someone they disliked was a scammer and ruin their reputation when it is not true.

[*]D. Unallowed/Illegal Items - Please do <u>not</u> sell any of the following items on our forums:
<center><ul>[*]Duped Items (past or present)[*]Items from any Current Exploit[*]Any item listed currently on this article on uo.com</center>[/list]
If you have any questions regarding the legality of an item or whether it is accepted on our forums, please inquire on the UO Trader's Hall Forum

[*]E. Linking to Other Trade Forums - Please do not create posts strictly for the purpose of linking or advertising any other trading websites or forums. The exception to this is auction themed websites such as ebay, uo-auction, etc.

[*]Cross-Shard Posting - When applicable, please post your cross shard items on UO Trade - Cross-Shard Trading. However, if you are asking your buyer to x-shard it themselves, please only post the item on the shard it is physically on.

[*]Information on Bugs/Exploiting - Please do not post and describe, hint, give clues, suggest or in any way aid in information on creating items from bugs, exploits or other illegal methods. If you are concerned about a current exploit, please email to EA at [email protected]
Please include the following details in your email:

<ul>[*]Server Name
[*]Detailed Bug Description (step-by-step, tell us what you did and what happened)
[*]Date/Time of Occurrence
[*]Location (Sextant coordinates, facet, and city location)[/list]

If someone is selling an illegal/unallowed item or an item you feel is being misrepresented as a rare, please use the notify moderator feature. You can find the icon at the bottom of every post.

If you have any questions regarding the legality of an item or whether it is accepted on our forums, please inquire on the UO Trader's Hall Forum

[*]Advertising Malls, In-Game Auctions or Merchant Events - Events hosted by a mall, auction or that are crafter-related may be posted on the trade forums. All other events should be posted on the respective shard forums. I encourage all event coordinators to contact the associated shard news reporters to have their events posted publically as well as the shard calendar.

[*]Price Checks and Discussion Posts - Please post these on the UOSS Trader's Hall, or your home shard's trade board. [/list]

<center>Tips to help your sell/trade your item</center>

<ul>[*]Make sure you include valid contact information such as ICQ, MSN, Etc so that other users may contact you in regards to your post.

[*]Don't forget to include images! If the item is one that is prized for its unique appearance or is not well known, including an image can increase its chance of selling dramatically. If you are selling a home or advertising a mall, auction house, etc make sure to include a map that has at least one well known landmark such as a city, moongate, dungeon, etc to help players in finding the location. Some free websites for hosting these pictures include:
<ul>[*]Photo Bucket
[*]The Image Hosting
[*]File Xoom[/list]

[*]Make sure to double check your spelling, especially on artifacts and items. Many users will use the search feature to scan the entire shard trade forum and having proper spelling on your post will give your post the best chance at being seen by as many searching users as possible.

[*]Make sure you include all attributes of a weapon or piece of armor. Although an attribute might not be worth a lot to you, to the right player it could mean the difference in buying and selling.

[*]Share the forum with friends and guildmates. The more people checking and using the trade forums, the more chance you have to sell your item or find what you are looking for.[/list]

<center>Commonly Asked Questions about Trading</center>
[*]Q: What is an exploit?
A: An exploit is any item obtained in a method not intended through normal game mechanics.
EA has made the statement:<blockquote><hr>

It is hard to describe every incident which might be considered an exploit. Because the game changes, and systems change, new exploits appear as old ones go away. Basically, an exploit is the ability to do anything in the game which you should not normally be able to do. For instance, if you aren't able to walk into a house with your character, but you discover a way for an animal to break in for you, you are obviously taking advantage of an exploit. It is obvious that thieving animals are not part of the game. It is obvious you should not be able to get into houses which have the door locked. If you find a loop hole which allows you to duplicate items or create more gold, this is also considered an exploit. Are you able to kill someone in a town who is not in a warring guild? This is an exploit as well. In each instance, the rules have obviously been broken and unusual gains have been made. Knowing what is an exploit is really a matter of knowing how the game works. Ignorance that you were using an exploit will not prevent removal from the game for committing such an exploit.

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Also EA has made a statement here, regarding the legality of items:


In the long history of Ultima Online, there have been certain items that have entered the game due to bugs or exploits. We have been hesitant to post a list of such items, for some unscrupulous players might see such a list and attempt to recreate such illegal items. However, to help players discern the differences between these illegal exploit/bug items and legal rare items, we now feel that there are certain exploit-based items that can be listed publicly.

The illegal items listed below were created or obtained through the use of an exploit or bug, and are not able to be obtained or acquired through any legitimate means. Players who are found to have, use, trade, or sell them may have action taken against their account.

These listed items continue to exist in the world even though they are not re-creatable, but please do not consider them the only items that are unacceptable within UO. Just because an item may not be on this list does not necessarily mean it is legal. We reserve the right to change &amp; update this list at any time.

<ul>[*]Portable forges
[*]Belt pouches
[*]Metal ranger armor (ranger armor should be leather-based, not metal)
[*]Water tiles
[*]Silver steeds (except for Siege Perilous, Mugen, and Baekdu)
[*]Tame ancient wyrms [/list]

It is critical for all players to understand the following information about this list of exploit-created items:

There may be exploit-created items within the world that are not on this list-but just because items are not on this list, does not necessarily mean they are legal.
We reserve the right to change this list at any time.

This list will only note items that were created with bugs or exploit that can no longer be created.

Please also note that we continue to look extremely unfavorably against any player who attempts to use a bug or exploit in order to create an item that should not normally exist within the game, and players who violate the rules of UO at any time may have action taken against their UO game accounts.

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[*]Q: How do I know what is rare and what isn't?

A: The best way to find out is to ask. Ask in the UOSS Rares Collector Forum or the UOSS UO Trader's Hall.

If someone tries to pressure you to buying without some information, than it could be a scam.

<center>Glossary of Trade Terminology
Aof - an abbreviation for the Armor of Fortune artifact
Arties or Artys - a slang term for artifacts
BoD - an abbreviation for Bulk Order Deeds
CBD - an abbreviation for Clothing Bless Deeds
Ethy - an abbreviation for an Ethereal Mount
Eval - an abbreviation for the skill Evaluating Intelligence
Fel - an abbreviation for the Felucca facet
HotM - an abbreviation for the Hat of the Magi artifact
K - Denotes 1000's of gold. 400k = 400,000 gold pieces
Mil or M - an abbreviation for millions (in gold)
Martie - a slang term for minor artifact
Medi - an abbreviation for the skill Meditation
Orny - an abbreviation for the Ornament of the Magician artifact
PS - an abbreviation for a powerscroll
Reg - an abbreviation for Reagent
S-Bod or SBods - an abbreviation for Smithing Bulk Order Deeds
SPS - an abbreviation for a stat powerscroll
T-Bod or TBods - an abbreviation for Tailoring Bulk Order Deeds
Tok - an abbreviation for Tokuno
Tram - an abbreviation for the Trammel facet
Vet - veteran, usually in regards to veteran rewards
WTB - an abbreviation for "Want to Buy"
WTS - an abbreviation for "Want to Sell"
XFER - an abbreviation for Transfer
X-Shard - a slang term for cross-sharding

<center>Magical Properties Abbreviations</center>

1/1, 1/2, ?/? - Usually represents the fast casting/faster cast recovery attribute
DMG or DI - Damage Increase
DCI - Defense Chance Increase
EHP - Enhance Potions
FC - Fast Cast
FCR - Fast Cast Recovery
HCI - Hit Chance Increase
HLD -Hit Lower Defence
HPR - Hit Point Regeneration
LMC - Lower Mana Cost
LRC - Lower Reagent Cost
MR - Mana Regeneration
No - or No Neg - Stands for no negative fast cast, usually advertised with spell channeling
PP - stands for pre-patch, usually with different mods than a current spawning version.
Regen - Reneration, usually preceded by M (Mana), S(Stamina) or HP (Hit Points)
SC - Spell Channeling
SDI - Spell Damage Increase
SR - Stamina Regeneration
SSI - Swing Speed Increase
UBWS - Use Best Weapon Skill