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Trade Forum Policies and Information

Captn Norrington

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In addition to the Stratics Rules of Conduct, posts on the trade forums are subject to the following rules to ensure that all users have a fair, competitive opportunity to present in-game items for sale.

It is strongly preferred for the best interest of potential buyers and for future public reference purposes that prices and bids for items listed on Stratics be made publicly in the sales thread.

It is also strongly preferred that posts for not be 'blanked', with the body and subject of the posts left visible for future reference. There is a "Sold" tag which you can use to properly list that an item has been sold.

Sales and auction threads must primarily consist of items consistent with the forum topic.

Sellers and auctioneers may not 'bump' a thread more than 1 time every 24 hours.
  • For this context, a 'bump' is defined as a post devoid of any content or meaning other than to raise a post to the top of the forum.
  • Deleted bumps can be seen by the moderators, and still count towards the 1-per-24 hour limit.
  • Posts announcing the addition or removal of items will also be considered a 'bump', and are subject to the same 1-per-24 hour limit.
  • Posts that add content or contribute meaningfully to the sale or auction are permitted and encouraged, but a pattern of posting such content in a way that intentionally and systematically circumvents the bump rule may be treated as excessive bumping.
  • There is no restriction on the amount of updates within the last hour of an auction.
A single poster may have no more than 5 active auctions and/or sales (in any combination) threads in any one section of the trade forums at any given time.
  • An "active" sale is one that was posted or bumped by the seller within the past 2 weeks and which has not been marked "sold".
  • An auction is "active" until its end date.
  • Posts listed as "auctions" must meet these criteria:
    • An auction is defined as a sale in which goods are sold to the highest bidder, in which the reserve and buyout price are not the same, and where a specific end time and date is given.
    • All auctions must begin at the time of posting, and end no later than 30 days after the date of the first post in the auction thread.
Conducting any of the following commercial activities on Stratics is prohibited without permission of the Senior Leadership Team:
  • RMT or selling virtual goods for any real world currency.
  • Contracting to or hiring other users for out of game activities paid with in-game currency or items.
  • Contracting to or hiring other users for in-game activities paid for with any real world currency.
  • Sale or trade of game time or other game codes.
  • Sale or trade of game accounts for any game.
  • Sale or trade of items known to be illegal to own in game.
All transactions are made at the user's own risk. Stratics can not enforce the completion of any trade offer and makes no guarantees in regards to items traded.
  • Stratics staff can not and will not arbitrate or mediate any trade disputes.
  • As trade disputes can not be mediated or resolved on the forums, they should be kept to private channels. Please see the Rules of Conduct section under Trolling, Personal Attacks, and Harassment for further clarification of accusations and airing public grievances.

Effective date: 5/20/2016
 

Longtooths

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  • Posts listed as "auctions" must meet these criteria:
    • An auction is defined as a sale in which goods are sold to the highest bidder, in which the reserve and buyout price are not the same, and where a specific end time and date is given.
    • All auctions must begin at the time of posting, and end no later than 30 days after the date of the first post in the auction thread.

Why would Stratics need to define what an auction is? Specifically that the reserve and buyout price cannot be the same or that they must start at the time of posting? Is there a reason for these concise criteria?

In the first case, reserve and buyout price cannot be the same, couldn't the seller simply say there is only a reserve and make it their buyout price without actually mentioning "buyout." Is there something detrimental if someone does make their reserve and buyout the same that I am missing?
 

Captn Norrington

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Why would Stratics need to define what an auction is? Specifically that the reserve and buyout price cannot be the same or that they must start at the time of posting? Is there a reason for these concise criteria?

In the first case, reserve and buyout price cannot be the same, couldn't the seller simply say there is only a reserve and make it their buyout price without actually mentioning "buyout." Is there something detrimental if someone does make their reserve and buyout the same that I am missing?
I'm not the one who created these rules, so I don't know why the rule was written that way. I was just asked to copy/paste the rules from the main help page and make a thread with them here. Hopefully one of the people tagged below can explain the reasoning behind it.

@Riyana @Giggles @Nexus
 

Riyana

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Ahh, sorry, I meant to reply to this. Here goes:

An "auction" with the same reserve and buyout price isn't really an auction--it's a straight sale. If someone makes an auction with a reserve that isn't met and refuses to sell it due to a secret buyout price, they are doing their potential buyers a disservice and wasting their time. Instances like this, when brought to the moderators, leave them with no clear course of action and frustrated posters.

We put in more concise language because the previous wording left open huge loopholes to the detriment of many posters--as evidenced by the complaints and reports we have received over time. We want it to be crystal clear exactly what is being discussed in our own rules and in any private communications with individual posters, and eliminate ambiguity for everyone involved.

The idea isn't to put all trades in a tiny box--it's to keep the Stratics part of trades above board and and as fair as possible to everyone. I realize this may not be popular or welcome by some people, but all of the changes we have been making have come directly from community feedback in some form or fashion, as well as our own observations dealing with reports and complaints.

We are always open to suggestions to improve. We can't please everyone, but we hope the intent at least is clear.
 

Longtooths

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Ahh, sorry, I meant to reply to this. Here goes:

An "auction" with the same reserve and buyout price isn't really an auction--it's a straight sale.If someone makes an auction with a reserve that isn't met and refuses to sell it due to a secret buyout price, they are doing their potential buyers a disservice and wasting their time. Instances like this, when brought to the moderators, leave them with no clear course of action and frustrated posters.

We put in more concise language because the previous wording left open huge loopholes to the detriment of many posters--as evidenced by the complaints and reports we have received over time. We want it to be crystal clear exactly what is being discussed in our own rules and in any private communications with individual posters, and eliminate ambiguity for everyone involved.

The idea isn't to put all trades in a tiny box--it's to keep the Stratics part of trades above board and and as fair as possible to everyone. I realize this may not be popular or welcome by some people, but all of the changes we have been making have come directly from community feedback in some form or fashion, as well as our own observations dealing with reports and complaints.

We are always open to suggestions to improve. We can't please everyone, but we hope the intent at least is clear.

Let me preface by saying I am not arguing the rule, I am trying to understand it's reason. I had to go back and read it a few more times, but now I think I have the gist. Thanks for the reply.
 

Vixell

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In addition to the Stratics Rules of Conduct, posts on the trade forums are subject to the following rules to ensure that all users have a fair, competitive opportunity to present in-game items for sale.

It is strongly preferred for the best interest of potential buyers and for future public reference purposes that prices and bids for items listed on Stratics be made publicly in the sales thread.

It is also strongly preferred that posts for not be 'blanked', with the body and subject of the posts left visible for future reference. There is a "Sold" tag which you can use to properly list that an item has been sold.

Sales and auction threads must primarily consist of items consistent with the forum topic.

Sellers and auctioneers may not 'bump' a thread more than 1 time every 24 hours.
  • For this context, a 'bump' is defined as a post devoid of any content or meaning other than to raise a post to the top of the forum.
  • Deleted bumps can be seen by the moderators, and still count towards the 1-per-24 hour limit.
  • Posts announcing the addition or removal of items will also be considered a 'bump', and are subject to the same 1-per-24 hour limit.
  • Posts that add content or contribute meaningfully to the sale or auction are permitted and encouraged, but a pattern of posting such content in a way that intentionally and systematically circumvents the bump rule may be treated as excessive bumping.
  • There is no restriction on the amount of updates within the last hour of an auction.
A single poster may have no more than 5 active auctions and/or sales (in any combination) threads in any one section of the trade forums at any given time.
  • An "active" sale is one that was posted or bumped by the seller within the past 2 weeks and which has not been marked "sold".
  • An auction is "active" until its end date.
  • Posts listed as "auctions" must meet these criteria:
    • An auction is defined as a sale in which goods are sold to the highest bidder, in which the reserve and buyout price are not the same, and where a specific end time and date is given.
    • All auctions must begin at the time of posting, and end no later than 30 days after the date of the first post in the auction thread.
Conducting any of the following commercial activities on Stratics is prohibited without permission of the Senior Leadership Team:
  • RMT or selling virtual goods for any real world currency.
  • Contracting to or hiring other users for out of game activities paid with in-game currency or items.
  • Contracting to or hiring other users for in-game activities paid for with any real world currency.
  • Sale or trade of game time or other game codes.
  • Sale or trade of game accounts for any game.
  • Sale or trade of items known to be illegal to own in game.
All transactions are made at the user's own risk. Stratics can not enforce the completion of any trade offer and makes no guarantees in regards to items traded.
  • Stratics staff can not and will not arbitrate or mediate any trade disputes.
  • As trade disputes can not be mediated or resolved on the forums, they should be kept to private channels. Please see the Rules of Conduct section under Trolling, Personal Attacks, and Harassment for further clarification of accusations and airing public grievances.

Effective date: 5/20/2016
 

Vixell

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Captain Norrington: How can I edit the title of my post about selling two housing plots? Thanks for any response...
 

Captn Norrington

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Captain Norrington: How can I edit the title of my post about selling two housing plots? Thanks for any response...
Hiya, like Longtooths said there is a tools dropdowm box when you click edit post where you can change the title. If it still doesn't work you can PM me and I can do it for you too.
 
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