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Updates to Guidelines & Introduction of New Policies

ANNOUNCEMENT- There.com has updated their Virtual World Developer Submission Guidelines and added a new Offensive Item Policy and Harassment Resolution Outline. The Developer Program updates and addition of behavior guidelines are effective immediately. We have outlined and summarized the changes below. We strongly encourage you to read the articles in their entirety so that you can get a good understanding of the changes we’ve made to the There service.

The Terms of Service (TOS) agreement has remained the same. The copyright year and company contact information has been updated. We’ve added helpful and relative article links to the bottom of the TOS.

The following updates have been made to the Developer Submission Guidelines:

  1. Update to the Inappropriate Material paragraph.
  2. “No group attacks” and “No racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, etc. materials are permitted” have been added to the Inappropriate Material’s list.
  3. Virtual items depicting the U.S. Confederate flag and other signs of oppression will no longer be accepted into the There Developer Program.
  4. The list of Designer objects deemed inappropriate has been updated.
  5. Cannabis and references to blood and gore are now permitted that There is an adult Virtual World with an age limit of 18+. (No minors are allowed to use our service.)
  6. The 3rd Offence Developer warning has been updated.

Here is a summary of the Offensive Item Policy:

  1. Any U.S. Confederate flag virtual object currently in-world will no longer be allowed to be listed in the Auctions. Any U.S. Confederate flag object must stay within the boundaries of a private Real Estate Zone owned by the holder of the virtual item.
  2. Members cannot use language/clothing/props/vehicles/documents/signs/activity flags in any new member landing area, any There-owned Zone or privately held member-owned Zone that are considered to be racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, etc. towards any individual or group.
  3. Members will no longer be allowed to list “boycott (insert blank)” or “protest (insert blank)” props/clothing/vehicles/decorations in the Auctions.
  4. Members cannot hold/wear/drive “boycott” or “protest” virtual items in any There-owned Zone or private member-owned Zone. Members can wear these items in their own private Real Estate Zones or out in the wide-open spaces in There.
  5. Members can hold/wear/drive “protest” or “boycott” virtual items at a distance of 100 meters away from outside of a There-owned Zone or private member-owned Zone.
  6. Commitment to tolerance and equality in There statement.

Here is a summary of the Harassment Resolution Outline:

  1. Commitment to tolerance and equality in There statement.
  2. Clear outline of bad behavior and the steps Staff will take to enforce the Terms of Service.
  3. Three strikes you’re out policy. It includes two warnings and results in a hardware ban on the third offense.
  4. Clear steps to report harassment to There Staff.
  5. List of links to helpful resources.

We understand the updates to our current Developer Submission Guidelines and the addition of two new articles requires some lengthy reading. Our company appreciates you taking the time to read the documents and familiarize yourself with the most current and up-to-date behavior guidelines in the Virtual World There. We have created these updates and new additions with the intent to provide a safe environment with equal opportunity and rights for ALL Thereians.

Questions, comments and feedback can be emailed to There Staff at Feedback@thereinc.com.

HELPFUL RESOURCES
Terms of Service (TOS)
Customer Service & Enforcement of the TOS
Terms of Service: Religious, Political & Controversial Issues and the Role of Customer Service
Terms of Service: Harassment Resolution Outline
Terms of Service: Offensive Items Policy
Behavior Guidelines
Developer Submission Guidelines
What To Do About Griefers