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I apologise that we can’t add any more designers to the group at the moment. Please watch this page for news on when this situation may change.

For a long time I’ve been struggling with ill-health while my staff members valiantly struggled on to keep FashCon afloat, and managed it. The work of the content moderator and kiosk maintainer is considerable and I’ve been paying them a salary for their work from funds raised from kiosk sales; this hasn’t balanced for a long time, leaving me at a loss for the running of this group. Not wanting to push up kiosk cost, something had to give.

I wish to thank hugely Sun and Ivy for such long dedication in acting as content moderators and advisors for this group. As of last week, they’ve vacated these posts, and as such the group notices are currently not moderated. This coupled with the lack of balance in finances means I don’t feel justified in asking designers to pay for kiosks at the moment so have closed sales for now.

PK is currently my kiosk maintainer, but I’ve informed her I need to stop selling kiosks and processing new designers for now. Please don’t pester her about this – it’s my decision as I don’t wish to keep taking money for something I can’t maintain as well as before. Also note that I am rarely in world right now, and largely unavailable. Please don’t feel it’s personal if you contact me and I don’t reply.

For those who have purchased kiosks in the last 2 weeks (5th-18th August 2011) I feel it’s only fair to offer a refund if you feel your purchase is not worthwhile bearing in mind the current lack of moderation and admin. Please send a notecard inworld with a copy of your transaction for your kiosk purchase.

For everyone else: FashCon has been a very significant part of my life, and a great joy since I started it in 2006 as a small idea that shocked me in getting so big. Second Life has moved on hugely since then, and it’s been a thrill to watch. I thank profusely everyone who’s supported FashCon and myself for so long, and can only apologise that my circumstances don’t currently allow for more. The group will remain open for now, and existing designers may post, and I hope for the sake of the community self-regulate enough during this period to maintain the group’s usefulness and sanity.

Wishing you all very good health and remember: love the ones you’re with.

Honey

Bear with

Hi all. This is just a slightly belated note to ask for patience in slow response and moderation right now – a combination of staff loss and RL circs have conspired to ensure that things are slow in FashCon HQ just now. Be assured that normal service will be resumed, and your various notecards aren’t lost. Thanks for your patience – Honey.

Hello my fellow fashionistas.  I wanted to come by and introduce myself, and say thank you to Honey for trusting me with the content moderator role.  I will not let her down.

As your new content moderator, I honestly hope I have no reason to send out a bunch of friendly reminders of the FashCon posting rules, nor do I wish to be suspending a lot of people.  I would love it if you simply IM’d to say hello and introduced yourselves!  I am friendly and don’t bite.  Not hard anyway *grin*.   I am open to answering questions about notice content, and would much rather answer questions than send out the no no notices.  :-)

I do absolutely love seeing all of your notices with the fabulous new releases that all of our designers put out, but I do not enjoy seeing the same notices over and over again each week.  A busy girl can’t keep running to the same stores repeatedly lol.  I also greatly appreciate the beautiful pictures of the new goodies.  I will be keeping a close eye on things, so no trying to sneak things past the new kid.  I do have 20/20 vision in both worlds.  On that note……………. I think it’s time to grab the latest notice and head out shopping!

I’d like to welcome a new member of Fashion Consolidated staff and introduce her to you all: Sun Michalski has recently been appointed as FashCon’s new content moderator. Sun takes over the role from Dove Perlmann who did a wonderful job in helping to advise and maintain the group’s standard for posting notices and keeping content readable and useful – thank you Dove! Sun has valiantly stepped into the role, and I’m very pleased to have her on board.

Sun Michalski, FashCon's new Content Moderator

Designers will (hopefully!) be aware what the content moderator does, but buyers may not be. Briefly, Sun’s role is to ensure that FashCon’s standard’s are met in terms of the content that you see when you receive a notice of a new fashion release.

These are summarised on the rules page on this website: rules such as ensuring that no one designer sends too many notices, that content is what you expect when you join, i.e. of new fashion releases (not tables or penguins, unless you can wear them), that you get a nice picture of the new release in the notice, etc. With so many notices, this can be quite a task, and Sun (and Dove and Ivy before her) has to do this retroactively at the moment, by examining the archive of notices and apply our standard procedure of notifications if designers depart from the standard.

We hope to do this in a friendly way – but if designers consistently break these rules, it’s important for group cohesion that we act to maintain quality of notices, and occasionally we will suspend or ban people who refuse to play ball. This hopefully keeps the group relevant and useful for you all!

So please welcome Sun if you see her in the Cafe and buy her a latte, and be nice to her if you’re a designer who she needs to speak to about notices. She’s only doing her job! Blame me.

While I’m on the line, if anyone is interested in a little FashCon history, there’s an article on FashCon in this month’s Maniera magazine along with a very lovely cover shot wearing Kimmera Madison creations. Photographer AtomicSparkle Skytower did some lovely work inside too, making me look nearly presentable. You can read the article on their blog too, but go on, take a look at the pics!

Honey WritesHello all, FashCon’s mum here. Dropping in with a reminder that a feast of new designers have just been added and the (free!) FashCon Tour HUD has just been updated. Welcome to all our new designers and the talent they bring! You can see who’s been added recently at the FashCon Who page (marked with a “New!“).

Also, I’ve just updated the FashCon HUD. Wanting inspiration? Wear the HUD and tp at random between stores when you’re bored of going to the same old stores. Or click on “Tour Bus” to join in with others FashCon members and visit the same shops as them, once every few minutes – make friends!  You can grab a Tour HUD at any kiosk inworld, at the FashCon HQ or at XStreetSL! Updated weekly.

Toodlepip,
Honey <3

It’s been sometime since I’ve posted, but I wanted to welcome a new member of the Fashion Consolidated team to you all!

Dove Perlmann, profile pic

Dove Perlmann has been appointed as the new Content Moderator for FashCon, taking over from Ivy Norsk, and over the next few weeks, Ivy will be working with Dove to ensure a smooth transition for you all. I’m excited to appoint Dove, who will be a great addition to the team.  Please send her cakes and flowers as she’s taking on an occasionally troublesome role :)

As a reminder of what the Content Moderator does – she is responsible for ensuring that the notices you see, as far as is humanly possible, conform to the standards set out for the group.  This means that the notices members see centre on new original pieces of creative fashion, with pictures and information. Dove is therefore the first point of contact if:

  • you’re a designer and don’t know what you can post about
  • you’re thinking of joining as a designer but you don’t understand something in the FAQ or are unsure if what you sell is suitable for FashCon notices
  • you’re a FashCon member and you see notices that don’t conform to notice content policy
  • you’re a content creator and believe another designer on FashCon has stolen from you, and have sent a DMCA to Linden Lab, in accordance with content theft policy

A quick word about Dove’s role: it can be a difficult one, especially since LL limited the number of notices archived, which in effect means we only have 2 days or so to review all notices.  This means that naturally we sometimes miss the few persistent designers who play loose with the rules, but if this concerns you, please help by sending notecards to Dove of notices that don’t conform, including date, time, notice sender and store, and if relevant the notecard attached.  This isn’t a witch-hunt, but it’s my role as group owner to ensure that the 11,000 members get what they signed up for: notices about new releases.  All designers signed up for these before joining, and we have a formal policy of suspension and occasionally ejection for designers who persistently flaunt these rules to promote content unfairly.  This doesn’t make Dove, Ivy or me bad people (although we might be, raaawr!), it just means we’re trying to keep the group sane. If you care about this too, take the time to send notecards to Dove!

A reminder also that PK Emmons is the Fashion Consolidated Kiosk Maintainer, which means that you should contact PK if you are a designer who has lost their kiosk, bought one but can’t post, or has difficulty configuring it. PK knows how to lick those kiosks into shape.

I wanted to reserve the last paragraph for a very special thanks to Ivy Norsk, who has carried the role of Content Moderator so wonderfully for a long time – she was the first appointment to the role, and has done a frankly magnificient job, and has the ring-binders on her shelves to prove it. The other day I called Ivy my “extra gigabyte” – that she is, as well as a very good friend.  Ivy is not leaving FashCon – her and I are going to be working closely together on extremely secret and exciting plans about which if I were to tell you, I’d have to kill you.

Look out for those pumpkins,

Honey <3

April Fools!

Yes, dear FashCon shoppers, This is to confirm that Yes, yesterday’s notice about a FashCon notice template was indeed an April Fool’s joke.  Please disregard all the stuff about ratings etc.   Having said that, we don’t think it’s a bad idea for designers to design their Own notice templates (with the new releases on top please).  I hope you got a giggle out of it.

Yours,

Ivy

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Dear FashConners and Connies,

We all know that the voluminous notices from our darling designers can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. In our continuing efforts to revamp our beloved group, we have developed a template for notices which we feel will streamline your group experience.

Please note that this is a mandatory update and Ivy will make little red ticks in her records if the template is not followed for all notices. This is will be subject to our 3 strike rule, the details of which can be found at http://fashcon.com/apply/rules.

On to the fun:

The title of your notecard should clearly list the designer name, store name, and the date of the notice.
The description field of the notice should list the name of the new release in the notice.
The body of the notice should include the following:

1. We are very cognizant of Linden Labs’ upcoming policy changes concerning the segregation of the grid. We at Fashion Consolidated are commited to bringing you All the fashion, whether you are an honest underager, a teen in disguise, a regular adult, or one of our dear deviants who requires nasty latex and bondage gear. Though the Labs have not finalized their plans, we are moving pro-actively to require a rating by each designer at the top of each notice (G, PG, PG-13, R, X, and XXX). We would like you to rate yourselves. The rating should be at the very top of the notecard so that tender souls can turn away if the rating is too high (or extreme rpers can avoid notices for tiny avatars that might send them into a rage). If the content moderator does not agree with your assessment, she will contact you and give you a two week suspension while we work it out. (People not familiar with the rating system should check our website for details.)

2. Your new release and a picture of your new release. Our research has shown that people do not respond well to notices if they do not know what they are coming to your store to buy.

3. Your freebie of the week (we know you have one) and a picture of your freebie. Our research has shown that people will go to any store offering a freebie regardless of whether you post a picture or not, but we believe that this is Wrong and should stop right now. Freebies deserve just as much consideration as a full-priced release. After all, look at the traffic they bring in.

4. Some of our designers are terribly ambitious and have new releases, freebies, And Sales – all in the same notice! If you have a sale, please indicate it next. Please specify if the sale is store-wide, only on older items which will be discontinued, only on the new release(s), or on the freebie itself. Also include the duration of the sale: a month, a week, a weekend, 24 hours, 5 hours, 4, 3, 2, 1, or if the sale will only be operative until a customer arrives.

5. List the hunt or fashion show that you are participating in now or in the next month. This section covers all events, contests, solicitations for models, mentions of magazines that you are in or will be in, your djs, your old and new locations and remodeling plans. Feel free to include a texture advertising your hunt or other event. You can never have too many textures.

6. Because of previous problems with landmarks and landmark only notices we are now going to require that you include three landmarks: your main store, a satellite store, and the mall for which you are trying to bring in traffic. We figure if you aim for three, you’ll at least get one in there. If you do Not have a satellite or branch store, do Not fill that slot with a store of your friend’s; they need to get their own kiosk, thank you very much.

That is all and I’m sure you’ll all agree that it will clarify matters a great deal.

Please remember, no full perms, sofas, sex animations, or real estate. Those are all covered by Different Industries. They are not in the Retail Fashion Industry. Really. In the future, we may open a Consolidated group for each of these different areas which will welcome such notices. Until that happy time, please squelch them.

Oh, I almost forgot, we advise posting in all CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE SHOPPERS WILL PAY MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR NOTICE.

If you have any questions about this notice or this policy and how it may apply to your business please check the date at the top of the notice.

As always, Happy Shopping,

Yours,
Ivy Norsk
Content Moderator, Fashion Consolidated

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