The Reviews Are In

August 5th, 2010

On June 17, 2010 I posted some new guidelines and rules for Figment here on the blog.  I know it’s hard when you first start playing the game to really get a grasp on what is and isn’t allowed, and a lot of you find out via a copyright ban, so I’m going to be working on a rules document that we’ll try to put at the bottom of every page so you can consult it.  If you are looking for help on how to play Figment, I would recommend for the time being that you consult our Terms & Conditions, IP & Copyright Policy, and Lucre Program documents which you can always access via links at the bottom of every page or click on the Help category here on Figment News.

In the meantime, I wanted to talk to you a little more about how to properly promote your bands on Figment.  Lately, we’ve been noticing a lot of players, new and old, promoting their bands and albums in the review box.  The review box is there so you can critique the album you are currently looking at, not promote your own, so please don’t use it as a billboard for your own bands/albums.  If you want to promote your band or new album, use the shout box.

The review box is also not a place for you to write personal messages to the player who created the album, unless it pertains to the album you are reviewing (i.e.  wow, great job Tyman!).  Again the shout box is the proper place for those types of messages.

It is also not a means of communicating with the Figment staff.  If you want to ask a question, have a beef to air or just want to drop us a line, please use the Feedback link at the bottom of every page.  This will allow you to send an email directly to our customer service department.  If you want it directed to a particular person, heavyweight, etc. please make that clear in the email and it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

So now that we’ve told you what you can’t do in the review box, how are we going to deal with those players who don’t heed the rules?  Easy, we’re going to be fining them in the same way we do abuses of shout box etiquette, a 50 lucre fine for every transgression.  You will be notified via email the first time you break the rule to inform you of the fine, but not for subsequent violations.  So let’s all try to use the review box for what it was intended for and not for more marketing noise.

As for the shout box etiquette rules, I’d like to clarify a few things regarding that as well.  First of all, it’s fine to market your bands to other players on their band pages using the shout box.  What we’re trying to minimize is the type of messages that blatantly break the rules such as:

  • Payola Offers – I’ll buy/listen to your record if you do the same for mine.
  • Excessive Noodging – constant shouts asking the player to fan, buy, listen to your band/album
  • Threats – threatening another player/band with some type of action (i.e. dropping them from your label, removing yourself as a fan, boycotts, use of threatening language).  You can let someone know you’re not happy with something they’ve done without having to threaten them.
  • Shout Box Noise – leaving tons of messages on a band’s page in an attempt to dissuade others from becoming a fan of the band or to encourage others to leave messages of the same kind.  If you don’t like the band you can express your feelings, but try to limit it to one post & don’t be obnoxious about it.
  • Profane language – please refrain from using swear words in the shout box.

I hope this clears things up a bit as to what is not allowed and will earn you a fine, although I’m sure I’ll have to update this in the future.  Now, what what can you say in a shout box?

  • Check Em’ Out – ask another player to check out your band/album/tour.  Just don’t be a noodge.
  • Personal Messages – talk to your fellow players, get to know them, collaborate, laud their work.
  • Reviews – let them know what you think about their band, without being a jerk.

I think most of this is pretty self-explanatory, but if you want further clarification drop us a line using the feedback link.  I know that marketing your bands is getting harder as more and more users join the site and activity increases, but shouting amid the noise doesn’t really help, it just makes things louder…and more annoying.

2 Responses to “The Reviews Are In”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Awesome. We’ve needed something like this instated for a while now. Hopefully we’ll start to see much lower numbers of people abusing the Shoutboxes and review sections.

  2. Algoryou Says:

    I agree with Frizbee. Although I did break one of the rules about 30 seconds before I read this, so, my apologies for that. But, this does clear up a few things really well. I think the reason people moved to the review box is because it seemed, at least to me that if you even mentioned an album in the shout box, you’d be fined. Now with these guidelines out it really makes things a lot clearer.

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