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Archive for March, 2008

Hello all. This is my usual weekly HI! to new designers who have just been added to FashCon, and a wavey hand to all you FashCon members to grab a new version of the FashCon HUD to stay updated. If you already have a HUD just load it for an update, if not grab one for free in the boxes on the floor outside the FashCon Cafe.

The new HUD comes with new features! Load it to up to see. (OK, they may be reintroduced old features, but they’re very pleased to meet you again). Remember to try the Tour Bus! Brrrrrrrrm.

Secondly, my two new FashCon staff members are doing a great job, and I’d like to now ask anyone with FashCon queries they can cover to contact them directly:

Ivy NorskIvy Norsk: FashCon Content Moderator.
Ivy deals with issues of notice content, and can answer any questions designers have on what they may send to the group, that aren’t clear in the FAQ. If you are concerned about aspects of notice content, spam etc., please contact Ivy. If you are a designer and not following the Four Noble Truths of notice sending (e.g. Thou Shalt Not Send Just Landmarks) then you’ll also hear from Ivy. Ivy is privately known as The Enforcer, so fear her! I’m supplying her with FashCon jackboots and heavy artillery.
PK EmmonsPK Emmons: FashCon Kiosk Maintainer
PK deal with all issues to do with the FashCon Kiosks that designers use to join FashCon, and updates the FashCon HUD each week. If you have queries about how to join FashCon as a designer (after reading the Apply page), questions about how to configure your kiosk, or queries about being added to the group as a designer, please send PK a notecard.

Please remember that PK and Ivy are doing a fantastic job and saving my bacon, and when they speak, they mysteriously speak with my voice (creepy for them) and may often be quite busy. They’re also settling in so please be patient. Thanks!

The astute among you may have notice that 100 designers have been lopped off the number at the top of the Who page on the website – this isn’t because 100 people left, but because the old terrible mathematics used to calculate designers has been replaced by still-pretty-bad maths and a more realistic number – currently 899 FashCon designers. We hope sometime soon to get a proper listing – unlike every other statistic on SL – and YOU faithful designer can help by buying a FashCon kiosk now and joining the new system if you never did. It really helps to lower our admin, and you get to be on the HUD and dynamic links on the website. See Apply – oh yes.

Finally, to all designers, please be aware that everyone sending streams of landmark-only notices, or notices without pics, or notices not about new releases, will be contacted soon, and you must keep your notices within FashCon rules, or one strike out. This isn’t to be mean, but because with 900 designers we can’t negotiate with each of you, and if you don’t respond after one request you’re removed as a designer as the last resort of grabbing your attention – if so, contact Ivy. FashCon members and buyers are constantly noticing, and informing me that they consider landmark-only and offtopic notices as spam, and refuse to buy from such senders – you are doing your business and FashCon harm. The FAQ covers policy on notice content and it hasn’t changed since inception. It’s just that now I have staff to enforce it. So BEWARE!

I hate saying that when there are a ton of lovely fragrant juicy gorgeous faithful FashCon designers reading this who know the rules, love them, stick to them and have happy shoppers. You know who you are! <3

Honey Fairweather
Professional Second Life Meanie
Fashion Consolidated

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Hello! Some big changes in the mythical FashCon Towers this week, which I’m very pleased to tell you about, as I now have some STAFF. Oh yes – two innocent and unsuspecting SL residents have taken on a couple of roles to help me out running FashCon, and this will hopefully mean (a) I may moan less and (b) you may find response times to queries a bit quicker. Also, new designers and HUD – read below!

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who took time to apply for these roles (via the Cafe) – I wrote rather stuffy job descriptions and was amazed with the care people took to apply, and it was extremely hard to choose people. Ivy Norsk is now FashCon Content Moderator – she will address issues of notice content, reminding designers of the rules on content and ensuring all you buyers get the notices you signed up for; and PK Emmons is my Kiosk Maintainer, who will deal with queries from designers about joining FashCon and kiosks, and in due course take over the weekend runs of data analysis from the kiosks and updating the HUD.

You’re most likely to speak with Ivy or PK if you’re a designer, but as they get settled in I’ll be automatically forwarding queries about content and kiosks to them both, and you’ll often hear from them, not me. If you do, please don’t think I’m being unfriendly – my support notecard folder has 100-200 notecards per month in it, and I get a whole lot more IM requests (which you shouldn’t do! I strictly only deal with questions on notecards not IM now). Also, when they speak to you, please understand they are formal members of FashCon staff and carry my authority (no sniggering at the back!). In other words, if they ask you do something, it’s me asking, so be nice and obey the law. Drive safely now.

Also I have to say thanks again to those group members who have volunteered to help out calming the storm that is group IMs – they aren’t staff members and do this gratis, and are very helpful, as I’ve never had any staff until today. And in the context, for anyone who missed it, group IM policy has CHANGED, and is explained in my last notice Summary: don’t use group IM at all anymore – instead join the Fashion Consolidated Cafe group.

Secondly, I’ve added another weekly chunk of new designers to the group, who you will see on the FashCon Who page – I’ve also added them to the FashCon HUD.  If you don’t have a HUD it’s freely available in the boxes on the floor outside the FashCon Cafe. If you have the HUD already (and 550 people updated to a new one last week!), just load up your existing FashCon Tour HUD and it’ll send you an update. I hope to organise events like organised tours based around the HUD soon, so get one now! Designers: I often get asked if you can be added to the HUD and website with the full SLurl/blog/SLX/Onrez links you see for new designers there – to get this, just buy a kiosk – see http://fashcon.com/apply – and fill in the notecard and texture inside. Please consider buying one if you don’t have one – FashCon needs people to move over to the new system to make admin easier. Thanks!

Finally, as offline notices are still broken, I’m going to be sending out these newsletter in notices twice, to make sure everyone sees them. Think of it as dejavu.

That’s all folks.
*Wiggle*
Honey Fairweather <3

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Effective immediately, FashCon Group IM policy has changed: group IMs of any type are now NOT ALLOWED in the Fashion Consolidated group IM channel. The only valid place to talk about any aspect of FashCon, a recent notice, anything, is the Fashion Consolidated Cafe group – note the “Cafe” on the end. You must join this second group to talk to other FashCon members. It’s a great group, with a lot of designers, fashionistas and lovely people, and you should join up too.

The ONLY valid response to type in Fashion Consolidated group IM now is to send the URL “http://fashcon.com/oops” to someone who hasn’t read this policy. Spammers will be removed from the group. Anyone shouting “spam” or “shut up” will also likely be removed. Responding to someone who didn’t send “http://fashcon.com/oops” is not allowed. Doing ANYTHING to propagate group IM is likely to put you at risk. I repeat: anyone who sends anything more than this URL is at risk from expulsion.

Why?
Because through my full year of campaigning for better group support from Linden Lab, they’ve not been able to deliver on most of the requests. They are promising big changes soon, but the first incarnation of their proposals was pretty worrying, and I’m not expecting big improvements soon. Group IM in large groups like FashCon just doesn’t function, delays, closes, confuses everyone, and the policy to allow group IMs for recent notice comments isn’t tenable any more. So it’s over, and you need to use the Cafe group to discuss anything now, if you like talking.

This policy will be enforced very strictly.

Webpages to be updated when I can, but this policy is in effect NOW. Please see below (under “Continue Reading”) for how you can help FashCon with this and other things like group IM spam. If FashCon helped you, please help it back now.

On a final note, I hate to whine, but I spent a full 8 hours flat doing FashCon administration today, logged off for three hours and came back to 12 IMs (+2 since I started typing this paragraph) all demanding my action on something, and 9 notecards, some of them pages long, all wanting replies. This isn’t my fulltime or part-time job, and it’s getting ridiculous. Please remember if you’re thinking of contacting me, unless your house is falling down, don’t, because there is a floating population of 6000 others who may be doing the same. I do not answer IMs, and will not answer IMs. I will only respond to issues in kiosk support, to provide as good a service as I can, and to issues that threaten the very fabric of FashCon. Seriously. The End.

Look out for some FashCon staff appointments soon.

Honey

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Hey all. I’ve just added 30 new designers. Oh yes! And what’s more I’ve added them to the FashCon HUD. “What’s the HUD?” I hear you mutter into your cheese sandwich. Fear no more! Come along to the FashCon Cafe and grab one from the boxes on the floor. 500 people upgraded theirs last week, and they were 500 people with exquisite taste and a fine intellect. If you already have one, just load it up and it’ll send a new one to you. Help feed your shopping addiction with more DRUGZ!

Honey <3

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