Event Policies

Maturity Rating

This Second Life Birthday Celebration (SL9B) is now privately run (not sponsored by Linden Lab) for Residents aged 16 years and older. The event has a General (aka PG) maturity rating, so all related rules are in effect. Exhibitors may provide landmarks to Mature and Adult regions, provided they are properly marked as Mature and Adult.
The following content is not appropriate in regions with a General (aka G) maturity rating: Intense, strong language or expletives. Nudity or sexual content in textures, sounds, or animations. Content depicting sex, strong violence, or anything else broadly offensive. Soliciting of chat sex. Avatar nudity. You get the idea.
General (aka G) maturity rating guidelines, the Second Life Terms of Service, and Second Life Community Standards apply to all participants and visitors at SL9B.

The volunteer staff of SL9B is here to help you with reasonable requests for assistance with your build. Harassing these volunteers is not acceptable. They are non-paid volunteers and as such should not be harassed or abused in any way. Please be courteous to these fellow Residents who donate their time for the good of the community. Any builders, exhibitors, or attendees who negatively harass staff will be removed from the event.

Exhibit Policies

  • Every exhibitor and attendee must adhere to the Second Life Terms of Service and Second Life Community Standards.
    • For example, you cannot use the Second Life or Linden Lab logos, or any other service marks, in your exhibits.
  • Prim limits (according to plot size) will be strictly enforced. Please don’t exceed your allotment under any circumstances. If you go over the prim limit of your assigned parcel, any prims that exceed the limit will be required to be removed. There will be no exceptions made to this rule.If you are unsure about how many prims you have used in your parcel, please speak with an exhibitor assistant.
  • Your exhibit is not to be used a performance/music/DJ venue for the entirety of the event. Your parcel is not an event venue. Having a party/parties is fine, but scheduling artists to perform for whole blocks of a day is not acceptable. If the sim you are on is completely inaccessible to other exhibitors and residents because you have used your parcel as a venue, you are not using the parcel allocation as it is intended.
  • This event is on a 10 region area with a General (aka G) maturity rating. All exhibitors and attendees must adhere to the corresponding guidelines.
  • There is one parcel size this year: 1024 m2 (234 prims). Do not build outside the boundaries of your parcel. Any builds that exceed the parcel boundaries, overlap parcel boundaries or block walkways may be returned by SL9B staff without further notice.
  • Megaprims – you can now build up to 64x64x64m prims. This should be more than enough for a 32×32 metre plot. PLease consider setting all larger prims to phantom if possible.
  • No building in the sky. All builds are to be built from the ground up. Maximum building height of 150 meters.
  • No sales or soliciting of donations will be allowed. Free gifts (aka “freebies”) and landmarks to external areas are fine.
  • No group inviters that spam attendees will be allowed.
  • Opt-in (clickable) notecard givers are acceptable. Notecard givers that spam an avatar upon arrival are not permitted.
  • Scripts should be passive (touch to activate) not active listeners.
  • Please do what you can to reduce lag. Keep scripts to a minimum. Scripts that ping the server for information, like scanners, visitor logs, etc. have a greater impact on region performance than scripts that don’t interact with the server. If possible please do not use any scripts that require interacting with the region server or an external server/database for information to function.
  • No hate-oriented materials will be allowed.
  • No copyright or trademark infringement will be allowed. This includes real life or virtual name brands, logos, sounds, or graphics that aren’t owned by an exhibitor. If you don’t have written permission from the copyright holder you cannot use it.
  • Twitter, facebook, plurk, tumblr  etc.,  logos are only to be used in compliance with the usage rules of the logo owner. Please refer to their guidelines for use.
  • Only one exhibitor spot will be allowed per Resident/group.
  • Landmarks web content, or links that are distributed must be relevant to the exhibit or exhibitor.
  • You must be a member of the Second Life Birthday Exhibitors group to access the SL9B site and to build. Upon approval, you will be invited to join the group and given access to your assigned space.
  • You will need to set all items to the Second Life Birthday Exhibitors group or they will auto return after 1 minute.
  • Exhibitors are not allowed to do any terraforming (including any water exposing from terraforming). Please contact your Exhibitor Assistant for any terraforming or land option requests.
  • Exhibitors have 2 days to claim their land by putting a prim down. Any land that is not claimed and built upon within 2 days will be reclaimed and reassigned to the next person on the selection list.
  • Please do not not ask for an invitation to the Second Life Exhibitors group if you are not an exhibitor. The assistants will be screening all requests against a database of applicant names. If you have not been referred by a current exhibitor or have not submitted an application that has been accepted, you will not be granted access.

Building Policies

  • You will need to set all your items to Second Life Birthday Exhibitors group or they will be autoreturned.
  • The volunteer staff of SL9B is here to help you with reasonable requests for assistance with your build. Harassing these volunteers is not acceptable. They are non-paid volunteers and as such should not be harassed or abused in any way. Please be courteous to these fellow Residents who donate their time for the good of the community. Any builders, exhibitors, or attendees who negatively harass staff will be removed from the event.
  • Please keep texture size as low as possible and reuse textures when you can. 512×512 or its equivalent should be your maximum texture size in almost any situation.
  • Scripts that ping the server for information, like scanners, visitor logs, etc. have a greater impact on region performance than scripts that don’t interact with the server. If possible please do not use any scripts that require interacting with the region server or an external server/database for information to function.
  • Sculpted prims cause more client side lag than standard prims in general; use sculpts sparingly for a smoother experience. Same with flexi prims.
  • Please try to restrict the use of physics-enabled objects and remember that no temp-on-rez prims (aka no temp rezzers) are allowed—this includes holographic rezzers or any devices that momentarily rez a temp structure. Exhibits that utilize the physics engine will be reviewed prior to opening to make sure that they will not cause problems when the regions are filled with visitors.
  • Upon receiving your acceptance via email, if you do not receive an invitation to the Second Life Birthday Exhibitors group in a timely fashion, please leave a message in the general Second Life Birthday group, requesting help from an Exhibitor Assistant. The Exhibitor Assistants are here to help you get acclimated, as well as make sure you and your building team have invites.
  • Your Exhibitor Assistant will also remind you of the policies and protocols and inform you who your Region Coordinator is in case you need help with other, more elaborate issues. The Exhibitor Assistants will help answer all of your questions.
  • By building at SL9B, you are agreeing to keep your displays within the guidelines of the General (aka PG) maturity rating. Of course, that means things like nudity or violence are not acceptable. The organisers reserve the right to determine the limits of nudity or violence, and may ask you to adjust your entries accordingly. All decisions are final.
  • Every exhibitor and attendee must adhere to the Second Life Terms of Service and Second Life Community Standards.
  • Selling is prohibited. Free gifts, or “freebies,” are fine. Additionally, displays should have actual content, not just look like advertisements. This is a non-commercial zone intended to showcase the best ideas, solutions, craftsmanship, and community that Second Life Residents have to offer.
  • Donation solicitations in any form—be it verbally or from a kiosk—are prohibited. While we appreciate the efforts Residents make to inform, educate, and encourage support of charitable causes, this event cannot be used as a vehicle for the procurement of donations for charity. Allowance of such can be misconstrued as a public endorsement would require legal intervention. While within your exhibit you may provide external links and landmarks to locations that provide an avenue for donations to be made, they may not be made directly from the event fairgrounds in any respect. It is impossible for us to verify the legitimacy of every organization participating.
  • Megaprims are allowed this year as prims can now be built up to 64x64x64 metres. Please consider setting all larger prims to phantom if possible.
  • The Second Life Birthday Exhibitors group is designed solely for the purpose of streamlining information between staff and Exhibitors at SL9B. In this group, questions can be asked, group invitations may be requested by exhibitors for their team, but idle chat is discouraged. For exhibitors who would like to discuss their exhibits, speak with other exhibitors, share ideas and tips, or play games, you can join SL9B Birthday Group if you don’t mind general discussion. Remember: That is a community channel and discussion should be expected if you join!
  • If you have needs that an Exhibitor Assistant cannot take care of, such as terraform issues or land customization, please ask your Exhibitor Assistant to ask your Sim Coordinator for further assistance with such tasks.
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