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  1. Sassy Romano

    Why do people support sellers that do no mod?

    didn't we used to be able to delete our own posts when making an accidental double post? Oh well, it has been a while.
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    Why do people support sellers that do no mod?

    I'm a little late to this thread but I always took a different approach. Along with offering the item as modify, I include the AO map and UV map for the mesh clothing that I created and where possible, detailed instructions for modifying and scripts for injecting those custom textures into a complex item. Textures were never my excitement and I knew that most of my customers liked to play around by linking items (yes even rigged mesh has a reason for linking items), adding scripts and so on. As to someone making my stuff look like complete garbage, there's an opposite to this. If by me providing the resources, someone then made a great texture and made my item look great, that surely helped sales right? (This was never my thought process but it is as valid as the notion that someone changing the item ruins it and thus devalues the brand.) Yes I saw a few solid black items and wondered how the purchaser reasoned that it looked good but it was their choice, just someone can go and purchase a classic work of art painting and cover it in white emulsion and then call it impressionist or whatever. To each their own and this is the topic that just keeps giving. Ultimately, SL provides a permissions system and it's up to both parties to determine the combination that provides the solution desired. My advice is to always ask if there's something alternate that the item creator may be willing to do. In some cases, they will on a case by case basis and on others it opens the biggest can of dramafest laden catfighting imaginable. I've been on the receiving end of both camps but as a creator was always willing to try to help although in some cases the requested outcome cannot be delivered for various reasons. Just as in RL, offer for sale = invitation to treat. If the product as offered isn't appropriate, determine the possible outcomes prior to payment. Undesired outcome = don't buy.
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    GDPR is coming, and it affects you

    It's going to be a complete hoot, I know i've got knives out for a handful of select companies from whom i'll be extracting my pound of flesh! This is good: Companies being required to respond about the data which is held about a data subject at no charge. Presently there's provision for an admin fee to find out what data is held in DPA, superceded by GDPR removes this charge. This is not: Best of all and frankly the most ridiculous is that a data subject can have a passing conversation with a toilet cleaner, a canteen worker, a pond cleaner etc. and say "please remove all my data" and that can form a perfectly legitimate request for fully qualified action on the part of the organisation and it must be actioned within 30 days or they would have to justify the delay. There's no prescribed standard phrase, no requirement to do it in writing and no requirement to request it of a specific part or person/office within the organisation. An absolutely reckless bit of legislation and they'll wonder why this cause headaches and problems.
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    GDPR is coming, and it affects you

    I can't identify a data subject from a marketplace receipt. Avatar, date time, product, L$. Where's the data that relates to a naturally identifiable person that a merchant can use?
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    GDPR is coming, and it affects you

    I would suggest that Casper's text is somewhat too broad. Specifically, from the regulation:- For the purposes of this Regulation: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person; Things like IP addresses can sometimes be construed as personal data, particularly when other data is aggregated. An IP address by itself would not necessarily be classed as personal data. Similarly, I doubt that merchants can identify a natural person by an avatar name even along with an IP address. LL on the other hand clearly have a much better opportunity where they have payment info on file but as far as I read GDPR, if a data subject cannot be tied to a natural person, then it seems a bit of a leap to suggest that a list of unidentifiable pseudonyms somehow constitutes personal data, when there are no natural persons who can be identified. Seek your own legal advice though, there are plenty of opinions and "experts" out there offering consultancy before any of this is even tested in court. Basically, it's all a bit of a minefield and going to be a fun ride.
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    Firestorm download

    Noooo Innula, YOU need to ask VM for your money back since they clearly delayed you by 2 seconds compared with me!
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    Firestorm download

    Well what an unhelpful bunch on this forum since nobody has actually answered your question! The answer as to why is because of poor bandwidth between the server hosting the download and you. Now, I just downloaded it in 8 seconds and benchmarked my speed (between me and the nearest speed test server) at 378Mbps, this isn't the full answer though because that doesn't test the speed all the way to the Firestorm server but it would give me an idea as to whether the issue is within my control. Go to https://www.speedtest.net and see what result you get but clearly "They" have nothing to fix since it seems that only you have reported an issue so far but it could still be anywhere between you and the rest of the path to the Firestorm download server.
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    Advice for a merchant starting out?

    Others have given plenty, my main advice is simple:- "Do what makes you happy!"
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    Anyone have the cheat codes to win this game?

    I won, took me nearly ten years but I found the exit.
  10. There's your problem! You own two niche phones with small overall market penetration. Next time perhaps choose a device which has the dominant operating system.
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    Psychological Services For Pay?

    Umm, I think anyone paying for CBT and "talk" therapy is definitely well into the role play aspect. Just sayin'
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    Flagging on Marketplace

    It's a shame that the "works with" thing on the listing is just so inadequate and that there's no sensible way to specify "accessory for" and a pick list (plus freeform field" method of stating all the other products that the item works with. I'll get back under my rock (or bridge, depending on your point of view!)
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    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.
  14. What is ANS? - It lets Marketplace sales transactions be recorded in external databases (which can then trigger other actions) Why should I bother reading or watching? - no reason at all, find another thread if you're not interested! Do I need it? - No but depending on what you do, it might have use. Why would I bother and not use use Marketplace reports? - You don't have to but by recording your sales data in your own database as it happens, you own the data and have more control. Data consolidation - some vending systems also output ANS so with a bit of time, you can have several vending system all sending data to one location which makes finding customer purchases and the like, so much simpler. No need to look through several systems. What is SQL and PHP? - Google it, you don't need to know to make this work, just watch the movie! Related content below, the tutorial uses the following scripts, copy and paste this one into a text document on your PC and call it xstreetans.php <?php $con=mysql_connect("<hostname>", "<username>", "<password>") or die(mysql_error()); mysql_select_db("<database>",$con) or die(mysql_error()); $Source="Xstreet"; $Timestamp8601=$_GET['Timestamp8601']; $Timestamp = gmdate("Y-m-d\TH:i:s\Z",time()); $SaleID=$_GET['TransactionID']; $TransactionID=$_GET['TransactionID']; $ProductID=$_GET['ItemID']; $Region=$_GET['Region']; $ProductName=$_GET['ItemName']; $BuyerName=$_GET['PayerName']; $BuyerKey=$_GET['PayerKey']; $ReceiverName=$_GET['ReceiverName']; $ReceiverKey=$_GET['ReceiverKey']; $SellerName=$_GET['MerchantName']; $SellerKey=$_GET['MerchantKey']; $PaymentGross=$_GET['PaymentGross']; $PaymentShared=$_GET['PaymentShared']; $PaymentCommission=$_GET['PaymentFee']; $Today = gmdate("Y/m/d"); $Region = "Website"; $sql="REPLACE INTO ANS VALUES ('$Source','$Timestamp','$Today','$SaleID','$TransactionID','$ProductID','$Region','".addslashes($ProductName)."','$BuyerName','$BuyerKey','$ReceiverName','$ReceiverKey','$SellerName','$SellerKey','$PaymentGross','$PaymentShared','$PaymentCommission')"; $result=mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error()); mysql_close($con); Copy and paste the following into the phpmyAdmin SQL command window as per the tutorial to create the database:- CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `ANS` ( `Source` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `TimeStamp` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `Date` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `SaleID` int(11) NOT NULL, `TransactionID` int(11) NOT NULL, `ProductID` int(11) NOT NULL, `Region` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `ProductName` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `BuyerName` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `BuyerKey` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `ReceiverName` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `ReceiverKey` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `SellerName` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `SellerKey` text collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `PaymentGross` int(11) NOT NULL, `PaymentShared` int(11) NOT NULL, `PaymentCommission` int(11) NOT NULL ) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci; IMPORTANT: You may have noticed that the above refers to xstreet but don't worry. Please read the information and watch the tutorial as the change to Marketplace is VERY similar and the tutorial describes how to set up the web and SQL parts too which are common. Roscko Cobalt has kindly provided updated information that is specific to Marketplace later in the thread but a quick link to it is here http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Merchants/Setting-up-Marketplace-to-use-ANS-and-log-to-an-external/m-p/2177571#M38386
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    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?
  16. 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.
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    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...
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    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!
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.