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Topic: Rules And Guidelines For Posting Threads On the Promotional Contests Board

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Welcome to the Promotional Contests Board!

ACC is a thriving community, due in large part to the contributions made by people who volunteer their time for Giveaways, Shops, and Service Clubs which provide Animal Crossing items and services, as well as non-Animal Crossing services, for members. Companies often time operate promotional contests threads where customers can win special prizes.  We welcome you to join in and post your company's Promotional Contest thread on this board but first, please read these rules and guidelines to get you on your way.

This board is solely for Giveaways, Shops and Services to run contests to promote themselves. In no cases should contests promoting Giveaways, Shops and Services be posted on the Contests and Competitions board which is a board strictly for individual members running their own contests unrelated to Giveaways, Shops and Services.

Contests threads on this board specifically promote a Giveaway, Shop or Service by offering special prizes for their customers.  Animal Crossing items won in any contest should be obtainable through normal modes of gameplay and be in their original state. They should also be items that the game allows to be transferred from player to player. For example, you cannot go to another town and install a fully grown tree or a Town Hall, nor can you offer bugs or fish and you cannot offer items that have been modified. Finally, only DLC items officially released by Nintendo may be offered.  For non-Animal Crossing prizes, they should not involve the exchange of any real world items other than e-Reader cards.  

You may operate as many promotional contest threads on this board as your company is able to manage responsibly.  You should be aware of your company's ability to properly staff and run contests threads before making several threads.  

Abandoned threads are a nuisance for everyone. Customers and Modmins cannot always easily distinguish between a thread that is in operation, and one that has been closed. If your company closes, be sure to lock your Promotional Contest threads too. Any thread that appears to be abandoned either genuinely or because it is not being maintained regularly, may be locked by a Modmin.

Please make sure your contest rules are clearly stated.  You may post your contest rules once a day.  

Please make sure to post what prizes are offered by your company's contest. You may post this information and you may post two different promotional advertisements once a day.

If you wish to post a list of your current employees so that your customers are aware of who works for you, you may do this once a day, but this must be in place of one of your promotional advertisements.

Do not attach rules or detailed prize information of the contest to frequently updated information.

Do not bump your thread by changing or editing the thread title. Any amendments to the title should be made when you post an update, announce a winner, post rules etc.  

Do not mention other companies in your posts - this will only lead to flaming.

If you wish to recruit, please do not post recruitment advertisements in your Promotional Contest thread or post Recruitment threads on this board. Instead, please post a thread on the Recruitment board.

Special Characters can be used in thread titles to separate pieces of information but cannot be used as artwork. Special characters used to decorate a thread title will be deemed as Drawing Unnecessary Attention (Rule 2.6) and will be removed.

Moderate sized keyboard art is acceptable for a company Logo or to identify different branches of your company, and may be used for contest rules and prize information posts. Keyboard art is not allowed for frequent updates such as Contest Winners Lists. However, links to other threads run by your company may be decorated with special characters and may be used in every post. If you aren't sure of whether you've overused markup or keyboard art, please post your template on the Markup and Bumping Sticky thread which can be found on the Site Support board. The ACC Staff will advise you by replying in your post and will provide suggestions if required.

We do not want to see companies copying from one another. Although we recognize that there are a number of contests and games which companies host that are similar to one another, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for copying markup and text from another company. People work hard on building up their companies and customer base. They do not deserve for their hard work to be taken by others. We find that this isn't in the spirit of ACC and therefore will issue a notification under Rule 1.18 - Copying Others' Work if we find that markup, keyboard art and text has been copied.

Once a contest/game winner has been determined, we highly recommend that employees of the company acknowledge/announce that winner on the public thread and then move further communication with the winner to a PT if necessary.  Communication should be done via PT to avoid spamming where possible. This allows your employees and customers to easily see who has won the contest and when the next contest will begin.  It also presents a professional image of your company.

We strongly encourage you to list a contact for customer queries and complaints. If you do not have a procedure in place for customers to follow, we will not remove comments made by disgruntled customers unless the content is found to be trolling, flaming or otherwise offensive.

We also recognize that customers sometimes have queries about your contests. Once you reply, if the customer acknowledges you, please don't report them for Spam. Sending in unnecessary tickets such as these may earn you a notification for Spamming the User Ticket system.

Remember, this Board is meant to be a place to operate contests for companies, so do not post contest threads that are not operated by nor associated with a company.

Please follow these rules and guidelines or your thread may be locked.

If you require advice from ACC ModMins about the new rules and guidelines for this board, you may post on the Q&A for New Rules and Guidelines - Giveaways Sticky.

Good Luck with your contests!
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