Doll Netiquette

This page is a guide for anyone involved or wishing to be involved in the doll community.

I have written this page because I feel it is important that everyone involved in the community should know and respect the community "rules". There are other sites with pages like this, but I think the more sites that do, the more chance there is of everyone knowing what the rules are. I would love to see a page like this on every site. If you don't want to spend the time explaining it yourself, you can link to this page on your site. I will provide details and a link button at the bottom of this page. This of course is free to do and you don't need my permission or need to link to my main site. This guide is for everyone.

If you are interested in becoming a doller or using dolls as avatars you should read and understand what this page has to say first. Also if you have ever been on the receiving end of doll-nappers, or have yourself taken a doll then been surprised when you get emails warning you or even had your site taken down, then please read this before you try again. It explains where you went wrong and the appropriate way of dealing with these situations.


Intellectual property / copyright
Adopting A Doll
Using Bases
Tag boards / Guestbooks
Contacting the owner
What to do if you find a problem


Intellectual property / copyright

When somebody creates a piece of work, it is his or her own property. This isn’t only common sense it is the law. That piece of work, whether it is a doll, background, banner piece of writing or anything else, belongs to that person. It is NOT OK to just help yourself. If you wish to use a doll or base then you must follow the site owners’ terms. There is a basic guide to what you may do below, but if the site owner has different terms you must follow them. The first thing you should do when you visit a doll site is to read and respect the site owners’ terms.

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Adopting a doll

1. Firstly, you must be sure that the doll is available for adoption. Some dolls / graphics are not. If there is a notice saying that something in NOT for adoption, then you will need to find something else.

2. DO NOT EVER claim the work as your own. This is theft.

3. You MUST provide a link back to the site. Make sure you check which page the owner wants you to link to, if in any doubt always link to the HOME page. Even if the terms say you dont have to , it is only polite.

4. It is always best to place the link on the same page as the doll is displayed, in fact many site owners' insist that you do this. Visitors do not want to be trawling through a whole links page trying to find which site you adopted the doll from.

5. NO FRANKENDOLLING! Don't edit the doll slightly, eg: re-colour, move an arm and call it your own.

6. NEVER "HOTLINK". Direct linking (where you use an img src tag to the original file on the owners' site) is not acceptable. It is bandwidth theft. Bandwidth is costly and if the site owner can't afford it they will have to take the site down. They can trace you, don't think they can't. They can change the file name so you lose the image and even write to your isp and have your site removed. Beleive me, most servers will do this without a second thought, they know how much a lawsuit can cost. You should always save the file to your computer and upload it to your site directory. The only exeption to this rule is when there is a code on the site you can copy/paste.

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Using Bases

1. Never take a base and re-distribute it on your site as your own. Bases are there for you to make dollz from. Do not supply bases in the original form on your site. Also do not use them to make drag-and-drop doll makers or in contests without first getting written permission from the owner. If this is the case, remember to provide a link back the the original owner.

2. ALWAYS provide a link back to the site you got the base from.. Even if it says you don't have to, it is polite. Also, visitors to your site may like to use the base themselves and will need to find the site it came from.

3. Again - NO FRANKENDOLLING! Don't edit the base slightly, eg: re-colour, move an arm and call it your own.

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Tag boards / Guestbooks

1. These are places to put your views on the site or say Hi!. They are not chatrooms.

2. Do not use them solely to advertise your own site.

3. Do not spam or post abuse. If you have a problem with the site owner email them. If there is no contact option, leave a polite message asking them to contact you.

4. No foul language, remember, the site is most likely viewed by children. Show respect.

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Contacting the owner

1. Always check the FAQ if there is one before e-mailing the site owner. If the answer to your queston is on there it will save both yourself and the site owner time. Remember, if the answer is on the FAQ you probably wont get a reply.

2. Dollers are real people with real lives. Most of us can't be at our computer 24/7, as much as we might like to. Allow good time for a reply.

3. Don't spam the owner either by e-mail, tag boards or guestbooks.

4. Don't abuse the owner if you don't get the answer you wanted.

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What to do if you find a problem

1. If you find something wrong with the site and you think the owner is unaware of it, you can send them a short, polite email. Do this only once. If the problem remains, the owner may be away from their computer.

2. If you find theft of your own work, e-mail the owner and asked for it to be removed. If this does not work after a suitable period of time, you can write to their service provider and ask for it to be removed. Only do this if you are sure and have contacted thhe owners first with no success.

3. If you find theft of someone elses work, contact the true owner of the work. It is up to them to sort it out. Try not to get too involved.

4. This is important. Keep all contacts as listed above private. This is a matter between you and the person you are contacting. This is NOT a witch hunt. Do not post all over tagboards and guestbooks. Use e-mail. mistakes do happen and one day it could happen to you.

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Obviously this is basic list and may not cover everything. If you are ever unsure what to do, contact the person involved. If you think that you may be breaking rules, then be cautious and dont do what you were going to do.

If you would like to link to this page you can use the button below. Save it to your computer and upload it to your site directory. Hotlinking this will not work. If you prefer a text link or to make your own button to match your page that is fine. Link to:
http://www.geocities.com/jennifer_dollz/net.html

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