The Builder's Brewery Members are some of SL's finest creators, from old pro to new, who take great pride in learning, teaching and striving for excellence in ALL they create.
Our goal is to help improve the visual and structural quality of SL, by encouraging intelligent design, builds and innovations, through education, sharing and support. Events and classes are held regularly. Learning and helping one another is key. "Brewers" are fun, friendly, helpful people, with manners and good self moderation.
Group Chat Rules
Use common sense. Please be aware that you will be muted from group chat and/or face ejection from the group if you violate any of these rules.
Index of Rules
- Before You Continue, Remember This First
- Staying on Topic
- Social Chat
- Links / Allowed Links
- Looking for Something
- No Drama
- No Politics, Religion, Controversial Subjects
- Keep it Clean
- No Sex Related Discussions
- No Roleplay
- No Spamming, Solicitaion or Promotion
- No Personal Information
- No Rude of Offensive Behavior
- No Racist or Hatred Remarks
- No Illegal Activity or Promotion
- Respect Your Fellow Members
- Dealing with Rude or Offensive Behavior
- No Disrespect Toward Moderators or Brewery Staff
- Actions Taken by a Moderator
- Helpful Suggestions
- Most of the time, people really do mean well, but are misunderstood due to limitations of the Internet, language barriers, or writing styles to express oneself well. Think good thoughts of everyone. While reading someones post, it helps to envision them as a friend with a smile, and good intent.
- Agree to disagree, shake hands and go your own directions. Hold your tongue.
- Lag can delay responses, hang in there
- When drama happens, it’s best to not say anything, otherwise, it will only continue.
- The Moderator still has the final say, and rules pertaining to the situation are at the discretion of the Moderator.
- We are not always right 100% of the time, nor can we cover every base in these rules, but do try hard to be fair and impartial to the benefit of all members. If you wish to discuss an action taken by a Moderator, please submit a notecard with the time and context of the situation to Sensuous Maximus or Supremius Maximus. We are always open to discuss any situation.
BB Group Chat is intended to be focused primarily on topics within Second Life. This includes building, making clothes, textures, scripts, sculpts, animations, land issues, land management, and so forth. Most anything that affects our functions within Second Life are permitted, keeping within the realm of the rules presented here.
Social chat is allowed, but should be kept to a relative minimum. Building-related questions take immediate precedence over all conversations, so please take the time out to address them as they come up. The Brewery group is well known for it’s fun and interesting conversations. So remember to always keep it upbeat, NEVER negative, and watch yourself, that you don’t carry on for more than a few minutes. Use common sense and courtesy.
If you do not want to see the group chat, close the group, not just minimize it.
Due to the increasing problem with phishing/scam links being posted, we are currently in a high alert mode. Sadly bad people disguise legitimate links, such as to a spoofed SL Marketplace, trying to scam you, or leave a virus on your computer when visiting their link. We have had to take an unfortunate stance and thus no longer allow just any link posted in group chat, especially without high scrutiny... We hope to reinstate allowing links at some point, but while it's nearly impossible to see where a link is "really" going in SL, like you can in a browser, we have to protect our members. So for now, please help us to educate others about following links, as not all members will know or even understand this rule.
"Post links in private when possible"
Below is a list of allowed links.
- Second Life Website and Wiki - www.SecondLife.com
Helpful links within the Second Life website. However, we will watch closely any marketplace links, as those are the most popular among scammers to use.
- Pastebin - www.pastebin.com
Used for copy and pasting longer blocks of text, such as a script for others to see and discuss.
- Gyazo - www.gyazo.com
This is used for fast screenshots
You can ask for help in finding something. Be sure to mention the following preferences in what you are looking for.
- Request that any links or names be sent in private
- Type of permissions. i.e. Full perm, etc.
- State whether you can pay for the item, or need it to be free
- Mention where you have already looked
- Mention that you WILL NOT accept something from someone if they do not have permission to give it to you.
- Remember to help respect copyrights of the creators
While we do not allow advertising your own goods or services, it is OK to pass a LM, URL, or private IM to someone who is requesting help.
It is acceptable for you to paste a URL to a marketplace item that someone may be looking for, but if we deem someone is trying to skirt the rules and get free advertising they may be muted and/or ejected. It is always preferrable to do this in private IM so as not to be mistaken for spam.
It is OK to post a website URL of an online tutorial. Just as long as it's not for commercial reasons or solicitation intent.
What Can You Share?
- ONLY ITEMS YOU HAVE CREATED
- OPEN SOURCE ITEMS (Open Source does not mean full perm).
- ITEMS CLEARLY MARKED THAT IT'S OK TO SHARE
Because we are a content creator's group, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE that anything shared, MUST be created by you. We will hold the rule, that if you did not create it, don't share it. However, with that said. Here is our guidelines.
Sharing is great, but ONLY if you created it, or it is allowed under ALL of the original creator's terms and conditions of use and is stated as such. Just because it’s full perm, DOES NOT mean it is free to distribute.
Always check with the creator if you are not sure, simply out of respect. If you don’t know, don’t share it.
BB does not support stolen content or violations of trademark or violations of Linden Labs Terms of Service in any way. Please respect and protect the hard work of the creators, ask them if you are unsure.
HOW TO SHARE THINGS:
We love when you share items you've made yourself (giving something for free with no strings attached or commercial intent). But here's the proper way to do it.
INSTEAD OF SAYING: “Anyone want this car I just made?”
SAY THIS: “I just made a cool car, if anyone wants one, IM me for a free copy”
By doing this, it keeps the clutter of “Me! Me!” out of the chat window, and makes it easier on you to drop onto the IM window (this helps you to keep track of who you gave it to already or not when you have a lot of people asking for it).
Another way to share is to send it to the group Founders for review to send it out to the entire group membership. (BB Founders: Sensuous Maximus & Supremius Maximus).
No disputes, name-calling, personal issues, harassment, etc. Disagreements should be settled in private IM's, or handled by Muting the person. If facing harassment, please file an Abuse Report with Linden Labs.
Please refrain from discussing all obvious hot button issues and topics. This includes topics such as politics, religion, Mac vs PC, viewer wars, abortion, sexual preferences, etc.
Joking about politics or politicians can be lighthearted humor sometimes, but we ask that you refrain from ever going there, as it is just too tempting for many to say something against another party, and that will earn you a ticket to ejection. You MUST keep it general and unbiased at all times.
Do not ever put down ANY political party, affiliation or political figure, even in a joke. We have to all respect each others political views. Do not grand stand by saying or joking about something that puts down an entire political party or person. People WILL be offended. We need to always make it comfortable for everyone to be here, no matter if we disagree with them.
The BB group is considered a PG Group, or G Rated as per Linden Lab's description for sim designation. This simply means that if you wouldn’t say it in front of a 16 year old, your Grandmother, your teacher, or in a business meeting, then don’t say it. Here's our basic list of "keeping it clean" rules
- NO CURSING! Profanity (such as these for instance) are not acceptable, and you can be muted or ejected if a moderator deems they are abusive.
- No overly sexual or provocative conversation
- Please respect each other's boundaries.
- Context makes a huge difference, for instance:
Acronyms such as “WTF” are NOT acceptable "if" used aggressively or directed towards other members. While we do not condone it, if used in a passive or off-hand manner such as in surprise like "WTF did I do now?", then it may be overlooked. Repeated usage will be considered aggressive, and therefor not tolerated.
They should be taken into the “Builder’s Brewery Speakeasy” group. This also includes sexual devices in your builds, such as slave collars, and BDSM related items for example.
To join the Builders Brewery Speakeasy group, you will need to use the joiner board at the Builders Brewery sim, or request an invitation from any online staff.
We prefer that you use the joiner instead. We do this as it helps prevent the bad kids from getting back in who are on our blacklist.
This is not a role-playing environment. Be yourself!
- No babytalk
- No Master/Slave talk
- Do not promote Gor or vampire rp, or other as an example
- Do not be upset if someone teases about vampires or Gor for instance, take it with a sense of humor and move. In the same note, do not talk down about them either.
We're here to help, not spam. Sometimes that help includes directing someone to a product or service. This is our guidelines for doing so
Do not advertise Lucky Chairs, Midnight Mania Boards, stores, personal promotions, events, sims, land for sale/rent, or post any other announcements that have not been sanctioned by the Builders Brewery.
Never ask for or provide personal information about yourself or others such as real names, postal addresses, email addresses or telephone numbers. If this information is needed, keep it to private messaging only, and only if it pertains to yourself.
Anyone caught giving personal information about another person without that person's knowledge, will be ejected immediately, banned from all Builders Brewery regions, and reported to Linden Labs.
Even if you don't think you are being rude or offensive, you could be to a lot of other people. Remember, we are a very diverse group, from a lot of different countries and backgrounds. It's best to not say anything, if you can't say anything nice.
You could be ejected immediately if found to violate any of our rules pertaining to proper behavior.
No discrimination of any kind, whether based on another person's race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs
Do not ever use any kind of racial slur. Even if you think it's cool because it was in a song, or used in jest.
Any racist remark or "slur", will be met with immediate ejection and banning from the Builders Brewery sims.
Absolutely no discussing or advocating illegal activity of any kind, such as the use of illegal drugs.
No promotion or discussion about pirated software or how to steal from others.
No obvious illegal activity, no matter what country you live in. We will be governed by what ever is considered illegal within the State of California and the United States, due to the base location of the Second Life office of Linden Labs residing there.
Above all else, have respect for other members of the group. This means being kind, courteous and helpful whenever possible. We will not tolerate rude or trollish behavior.
Respect others beliefs and differences, just as you would hope they would respect yours. Do not ever put someone down for what they believe in or how they live.
No matter how hard it is, try to ignore people behaving badly. When calling them back out in group chat, you only feed into them, and the issue continues and usually escalates. If you must say something, take it to private IM. Immediately report anyone who continues to harass or has violated the group rules, and requests to stop from fellow members.
Disrespect of any kind will be dealt with by a warning, or sometimes immediate ejection. A Moderator is to be respected, and taken seriously. They have been given the task and training to protect the integrity of the group at all times. This goes for all BB staff members, they are to be respected and looked to for guidance during disputes. If you feel a moderator or other staff person is being unfair, take the issue directly to the group owners, Sensuous Maximus or Supremius Maximus in private or via a notecard.
When drama breaks out in chat, a moderator may mute some of the active participants, until they are able to determine the issue at hand, and the actual violators. Please don’t take offense if you are muted, this is only temporary until the situation can be assessed. It’s sometimes tough to come into a conversation as a moderator, and know right away who the offenders are.
A moderator will eject violators immediately after they refuse to stop the offending action, or have violated other rules. Ejection from the Builders Brewery group for excessive bad behavior will also get you banned from the Builders Brewery regions.
- Builders Brewery Speakeasy Group, was created for those conversations you want to continue, or for open topics not allowed in the BB group, such as Roleplay, RLV, SL Sex related questions.
- Use PasteBin.com for sharing long script code or copied text, etc. Please do not post them in the chat window, as it fills up the screen for many people.
- No question is a stupid question:
We're all here to learn, so don't be shy about asking anything, and please be generous with your knowledge. Plus, by asking in group, others learn right along with you.
- Sometimes we don't have all the answers:
If the group on-hand does not know the answer to a question, or missed it, please be patient and repeat it or ask again later.
Search is Your Friend
Sometimes answers can be found simply by using the in-world search, checking out Linden websites, or by searching on the Internet. Also, questions regarding Group Notices can usually be answered by going to Group Info and retrieving a past Notice (see the BB Group Information window, Notice tab, for recent or undelivered Notices).
Take a Break
If Group Chat is distracting to you personally, but still within the realm of the Rules above, consider X-ing out of the window for a while (top right of the chatbox). Please don't blame the group if you have trouble focusing on other things. You can also change how the text shows up on your screen by going to Preferences > Text Chat > Then adjust the settings under the Chat Console section on that tab, such as setting number of lines to 1, and a fade out to 2 seconds, these are the lowest settings as an example, but can be adjusted easily to your taste. Some viewers have the ability to block it entirely. It is YOUR responsibility to educate yourself as to how to quiet group chat on your computer, NOT for you to tell them to be quiet.
In the event of a Rules Violation, a situation in group, on Builders Brewery regions, or related issues, please contact a Moderator, Security Officer, or Group Owner for assistance (see the BB Group Information window, Members tab, under Roles). You can also click the list button in the group chat window ( << ) to see a list of those actively in the group chat. Members listed in BOLD can usually help in most situations.
Information on BB events, classes, building tools, etc are available at the Builder's Brewery, and through BB Notices (see the BB Group Information window, Notice tab, for recent or undelivered Notices).