Sassy Romano

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  1. A valid URL for ANS?

    You could try a dynamic DNS provider or it may be the port that's upsetting it or that you're not specifying a page to process it. It has been too long since I did it last.
  2. The buyer is always right?

    If you want to disallow a review that says "I do not like it" 1 star, then by the same logic, reviews that give 5 stars "I love it!" should also be removed. Neither follow the essence or guidelines of the review system. Would you be wanting to have the second example removed?
  3. Based on my RL experience, there seems to be a trend where the definition of "Rude" is being taken as any opposition to their desired expectation or level of entitlement, e.g. "Can I have? Can I do? I need..." "NO" "That's rude!" This is particularly evident amongst a certain age group. Given that the above represents a typical vocal exchange, one can see just how easy it is to also take from that their understanding that unhelpfulness also occurred at the same time.
  4. LL Shopping Events - How exactly do they pick merchants?

    At least it wasn't a single vendor promotion of breedable bunnies, nobody would be so daft as to promote a single merchant. Oh wait...
  5. Copy/Mod/Trans Permissions, Oh My!

    No reason why not, same principles apply - additional rotating demo prim etc. Although you'd need to make the demo no mod, don't forget that part!
  6. Big Store using alts for 5 star reviews

    In defence of this, that doesn't actually surprise me and shouldn't be taken as clear evidence unless they're clearly writing information which cannot be substantiated. I released a product for the first time in probably a couple of years. Several of my long standing loyal customers immediately left reviews. None since. I have rarely received reviews sometimes gaps of years between reviews and the number of reviews compared to the number of purchases is massively one sided. What would be a better indicator would be to be able to view the other reviews of a purchaser. We could do that once, before Linden Lab bought Xstreet, you could see what else someone had reviewed. It would be fairly obvious if someone used an alt to pimp their own products and only their own products. Yes they could still game the system by purchasing other items and writing reviews but then that's effort. Not everyone can be bothered.
  7. Big Store using alts for 5 star reviews

    Hold on, let me grab my popcorn. You have to wait a little longer sometimes for the fun contentious threads to kick off.
  8. Millennials & Land Costs?

    The common mistake that some people make is that they say "I can get web hosting for $xxx (which is a server in a rack) so why does a sim (which is a server in a rack) cost so much more?" Second Life is a product, software with a development lifecycle. It's not just about hosting a bit of existing standard software on a server like a web server. You should expect the fee to go towards software development and all that entails as well as the hosting, oh and they'll want some profit too for future ventures as Second Life won't go on forever.
  9. Further clarity IS required because Dakota has since stated the only definition of the flagging option:- There are no other terms, no new terms, that's the only definition that has ever been written in the terms. Offering the same price inworld or on other e-commerce sites than on MP is subject to flagging for the disallowed listing practice of inflated listing price. Never has there been anything in the terms about unfairness to other merchants or it's ok if it's a sale but not advertised on MP. NEVER. If these are acceptable, i'm merely asking to see them in the terms and then it's clear for all. Just document what's acceptable and what's not, be complete, clear, concise, transparent. If it requires LL legal to re-write the terms then they should do so, if not, then ambiguity reigns and that's when merchants do their own thing and unfairness creeps in. I have a product that has been de-listed because people think it's just too expensive. That, only that reason. LL staff have incorrectly de-listed it and i've had to file tickets more than once. I've had an apology from Dakota over this item, I know full well what the flagging option is for and if LL staff don't even seem to be in agreement as to what it means, what chance do us mere merchants have when everyone seems to have their own take on it?
  10. Yes, that has been my whole point, it has never had anything to do with fairness towards other merchants but always about a merchant selling the same items inworld for a lower price than on Marketplace, exactly the flag option that i've referenced in the thread earlier. So, back to the question then as to how a merchant holds a sale inworld when the price will be lower inworld price than on Marketplace without falling foul of this disallowed practice?! The price will be lower inworld than on MP irrespective of whether the listing advertises it to be cheaper inworld or not. As I have pointed out, such additional terms have never been referenced in the MP terms.
  11. That phrase is not referenced in the MP terms. What has always been defined is the disallowed practice of "inflated listing price against inworld or other e-commerce sites" but with no reference to fairness with other merchants or disallowed advertising of inworld sales. I'm suggesting a re-write of the MP terms to provide suitable clarity as there now seem to be new terms and their definitions, that would be by far the simplest and clearest mop up.
  12. It shouldn't matter whether the merchants have presence only on MP or inworld or both, per the ToS, any issue between residents and thus by definition, their pricing should be between residents, it's not an LL matter. Not fair to whom? Why is this an LL concern? It's a resident to resident issue, buyer, sellers. LL has no factor in this. Come now Dakota, you know me well enough to know that my post is not intended to cause offence and you shouldn't take it but what you've stated is contrary to all the previous information that has ever been given about the MP terms statements and the reason for the phrase "anti-competitive against inworld and other e-commerce sites". I suggest that the MP ToS is more clearly defined such that the phrase "but not limited to" is removed and all conditions are explicitly stated, then there can be no need for confusion and no offence taken!
  13. My point was that an inworld store is a cost of doing business, the 5% MP commission is a cost of doing business. In both cases, the merchant can chose whether they use one or the other or both, they're not forced down any particular route and I remember the dialog with Pink Linden that it was considered a fair amount for running the platform. Pink Linden was ex Ebay, Ebay doesn't host listings for free, it makes no sense! You're not the only one to point out LL's own goal about MP taking away inworld store sales. When other merchants were suffering huge swings to MP, mine was quite resilient with something like 95% sales still inworld so MP made little difference to me. A few months ago I closed inworld and now list just a few items on MP only (much of this was my own lack of effort but the trend eventually caught up to MP sales being significant), so yes, another inworld sim user gone. There are many things that have been requested with regard to MP integration but they don't happen. People have asked for the ability to do sales, like reduce the price across the whole store by a percentage (even on MP only) for a short time but that didn't happen, it's just too impractical to edit listings one by one. When people have had sales in the past, it has also introduced problems since if you discounted an item and someone put it in their cart but didn't purchase but then the price reverted, the item in the cart would still be charged at the price it was when it was put in the cart. Opinions will vary as to whether this is the right or wrong approach but I don't know if that has ever changed. I've never done a sale. An integrated system where you could reduce across both MP and inworld if you wished, an inworld sales system that wasn't a scripted vendor but still coupled to MP billing... all quite possible but there's no appetite from LL which is a shame. We've all had great ideas and given input but... *crickets*
  14. With respect Dakota, I believe you're on exceptionally shaky ground with that statement! The 5% thing was always quite clearly explained by Pink Linden and with regard to the above, that holds no correlation where merchant A who purchases say a mesh template, sticks a floral texture on it and offers it on MP for L$500 and merchant B who purchases the same template, also slaps on a floral texture and offers it for L$10 inworld. Second Life operates entirely on caveat emptor and if a buyer cannot find the cheaper, similar quality item, that's their failure, it has NEVER been a role of Linden Lab to police fairness in pricing between merchants either in-world, on Marketplace or between the two. If you're sure about your statement, please cite that section out in the ToS. Taking an example of my L$1,000,000 poseball (which is now on MP only) over which we've had such fun in the past, what you're saying above is that now if someone else offers a poseball that offers the same feature in-world but for L$1, LL will then take action?! If so against who? Me for offering the one with a high price or the other merchant for offering the other one at a lowball price? What you've offered above makes no sense! Lets reference the listing guidelines:- https://marketplace.secondlife.com/listing_guidelines#abusive-behavior Anti-Competitive or Abusive Behavior. Examples include, but are not limited to: inflating prices on the SL Marketplace, in comparison to in-world or other e-commerce sites, Now, if you *really* want to make examples "not limited to" the bullet point given there, then I'll expect to see a change to that to the following effect:- inflating prices on the SL Marketplace, in comparison to in-world or other e-commerce sites, or other similar quality items from other merchants. I don't believe that i'm ever going to see that in writing, thus I really think that you need to reconsider the statement about comparison with other merchants. If you retain your statement then you are also directly contradicting the ToS https://www.lindenlab.com/tos pointing specifically to 1.4 where it's made perfectly clear that LL does not control and is not responsible or liable... Similarly, section 6 " We are not responsible or liable for the conduct or content of any user" Section 9:- "9.1 Linden Lab is NOT liable for its users' actions, and you release Linden Lab from any claims relating to other users. You agree not to hold Linden Lab liable for the Content, actions, or inactions of other users. As a condition of access to the Service, you release Linden Lab (and its officers, directors, shareholders, agents, subsidiaries and employees) from claims, demands, losses, liabilities and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any dispute you have or claim to have with one or more users, including whether or not Linden Lab becomes involved in any resolution or attempted resolution of the dispute." Your statement claiming supporting "fairness" between merchants quite clearly indicates an intent to control and take responsibility of users and content as content will also include the price and any inference of leveling price is interference via control. Either LL is involved or it's not, the ToS absolutely states in numerous places that it's not.
  15. LL - time you sorted keyword spam!

    In general, my apathy towards all things here has continued to rise but I have a grease monkey script installed in firefox that shows the Marketplace keywords right there on the listing and it's just sad when you see respected merchants utterly spamming their listings with just about anything. Examples for completely different products from the same merchant:- Top: Keywords: sexy,top,sheer,beach,holidays,twisted,satin,folds,lycra,ruched,fun,metals,shiny,soft,lara.body,bust,gorgeous,breast,attractive,glamour,flirt,fashion,style,beautiful,seductive,pretty,erotic,50 shades, Bra: Keywords: sexy,top,sheer,party,holidays,valentines day,satin,,lycra,ruched,fun,metals,shiny,soft,lara.body,bust,gorgeous,breast,attractive,glamour,flirt,fashion,style,beautiful,seductive,pretty,erotic,50 shades Coat: Keywords: sexy,top,sheer,beach,holidays,twisted,satin,folds,lycra,ruched,fun,metals,shiny,soft,lara.body,bust,gorgeous,breast,attractive,glamour,flirt,fashion,style,beautiful,seductive,pretty,erotic,50 shades, Sweater: Keywords: clothes,clubwear,fashion,female,flashy,funky,hot,neon,outfit,block,print,seamless,sexy,stylish,teen,mesh,casual,chic,loose,off shoulder,country,top,sweater,pullover,color block, Shorts: Keywords: sporty,sport,skirt,fabric,zipper,gold,colors.colorful,nice,comfortable,shorts,fabric,jeans,denim Occasionally, they actually get a word in there that matches the product but other than that the rest is just utter spam. Any suggestion that all that has to be done is to flag the item for keyword spam is pointless because for most items, the MP created problem of multiple listings for different colours exists. So, you would have to go through a dozen listings and flag each one, for each product. Anyone got time to go through 1685 listings which is the number in the store? Maybe that's the solution to getting products DE-LISTED for keyword spam, just spam the MP with multiple items (variation in only the texture). I don't even suspect that most merchants do this deliberately, they're genuinely trying to get items returned in search but the above just illustrates how pointless keywords are. Consolidation of related listings should have happened a long time ago, maybe limiting each item to say 4 keywords would require merchants to focus somewhat more?