Miss Megan Maude (missmeganmaude) wrote in egl,
Miss Megan Maude

COMMUNITY : Exchanges, Contests, and Raffles

There have been a number of card and gift exchanges posted in the past couple of days, and I feel like this is an issue that needs to be addressed. I would also like to address contests and raffles while I'm at it.

There is no rule against organizing exchange groups for cards, accessories, gifts and such in this community. However, this community will not sponsor nor be held accountable for any exchanges. That means that if you participate in an exhange, you do so at your own risk. If you do not receive anything even though you sent something out, the moderation team is not going to do anything for you. We will not look into why you have not received your item, and we will not warn/reprimand/ban any users who don't follow through in their end of the exchange.

I would like to encourage lolita penpals and gift exchanges and so on. I think that, in spirit, it's a lovely idea. However, I would also like people to participate only if they are absolutely serious about and committed to doing so.

About two years ago, we had a holiday skirt exchange in this community. The skirts were to cost no more than $10.00 or so. It was a great idea. I had fun making a skirt for the person I was sending to. However, the skirt I received from the person who was sending to me was an utter joke. I wasn't even being picky... it was really just that bad. Other people who participated never even received their skirts. Needless to say this caused a lot of trouble in the community, and so since then we have discouraged exchanges. However, they are still allowed, but members participate at their own risk.

This should not be confused with sales. If you don't follow through with payment or shipping on a sale, you will be warned or banned if there is considerable proof against you. Again, here I would like to remind everyone to be careful who you buy/sell/trade with!

Sometimes a member will have a contest for design ideas or logo ideas and so on. If there is a prize offered, the community will not be held responsible for your receiving it. Again, you participate at your own risk.

Raffles promoted through this community are strictly NOT allowed. I have had a number of people contact me wanting to do a raffle in the community for a good cause. I appreciate that people want to do that sort of thing, but we simply cannot allow it. With a raffle that takes place online, no one knows if the winner was picked fairly or if a winner was even picked. It's far too difficult to prove a raffle is not fraudulent, and so for that reason they are not allowed.

Now, all that being said, if the organizer of an exchange or contest is found to be a nasty tricky-tricky who ill uses said exchange or contest, the moderation team will, of course, take action against that person. We do want to keep the community safe!

If you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to ask! ^__^
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