Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Warcraft Trade Terms of Service

Before I get back on topic, I thought now would be a good time to tell you guys about my rules within the blog. The three blogs I frequent most often are WoW Insider, Tobold's MMORPG Blog and The Many Relms of Relmstein. I'm also a big fan of many WoW Podcast's, however my lack of confidence meant I stuck to the blog format. I enjoy great articles within WoW Blogs and hopefully I might contribute one someday. Tobold has a Terms of Service over on his blog, which is basically a promise on his part to speak his mind whilst respecting the opinion of his readership. My goal on this blog is to speak to you guys & get feedback and ideas from you. I was encouraged that my first article got atleast two readers, however in the spirit of the WoW Blogging community, it would be great if you guys shared links to your blogs too.

So here is a list of what I want this blog to be, I'll probably be editing this throughout the lifetime of the blog.

1. This blog is all about sharing ideas with the Warcraft community. I love reading any feedback you have on my articles, good or bad. So please don't hesitate to make any comments. I don't claim to know it all, so it's important for you to correct me on any errors I make, as long as it's done in a polite manner.

2. After you leave your comment, I also hope you can leave a quick link to your WoW/MMO related blog. Hopefully me and other readers can see what's happening in your WoW life. Please don't just spam a blog link at the end of every post, but only if your adding feedback to the article.

3. I swear like a sailor in real life, but that doesn't mean its a good thing. I promise I'll refrain from curse words as much as I can, but I hope you guys can too. I don't see what place they'd have in a blog like this.

4. Gold-spammer/hacker links will not be tolerated. On my side, anytime I post a link I promise to do my best to check its a reliable site/add-on.

5. From time to time, I may get ideas from other blogs or sites, and I will do my best to mention from where I get my inspirations. I would appreciate if you link my blog if the reverse happens.

6. At the moment, I have decided to keep my characters and realms anonymous. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly I'm paranoid about getting hacked. Secondly I don't want to come of as arrogant (which I think I may have in the initial post) or face any beggars in game. Hopefully I'll lighten up in the future. I don't mind divulging this information with any friends I may make on the blog, or with people I already know in game (I'll probably share this blog with my guild once I've established a little more).

7. As a reader of the blog there are certain aspects of the WoW Economy you have to understand and keep in mind when reading my blog;
My opinions will be formed by the economy of my main realm and how I've traded within my realm. Luckily, my realm is largely populated and has been around since the EU launch of the game. So it's fairly typical of what you might expect, and has generally normal prices facing most realms (taking into account the usual anomalies). When I talk about facts that may vary due the differences in realm economies, I will try to leave a note mentioning so. If you're on a low popularion economy, it's worth keeping in mind that many of the situations mentioned may be different on your realm. If you have any specific questions on this, feel free to contact me.

8. If you have any topic ideas, or just want to contact me privately, email me wow.hustle@gmail.com

This post will be edited regularly, thanks for reading guys.


Wyrmsfire said...

I just wanted to say hello. I too have been inspired and motivated by WoW Insider to create my own blog.

I like your and will continue to watch it and comment as best I can.

I have a blog here as well, and will link mine when I get some content.

All in all, I think it is great and I am looking forward to some gold making advice.

One little bit of advice: If you want to give your site a little bit of a WoW theme, download the fan site kits. They have awsome stuff you can use for your site, such as buttons, pictures, and backgrounds. I'm incorporating the Burning Crusade and Wrath kits on mine.

BTW, my blog is going to be about my adventures, both as a player and roleplayer, centering around my soon to be Death Knight.

See you around!

Photonomikon said...

Hi and great job with the blog!

I agree that you should remain anonymous, even in the future. There's simply too much griefing going around for you to risk it.

WoW Trader said...

Hey wyrmsfire, thanks for the reply, I look forward to checking our your blog. Although I'm not a roleplayer, I do like to think up backstorys for my main, and I'm keen on seeing where you will go with your Death Knight's story.
As for the design of the blog, I want to keep it pretty simple like Relmstein & Tobold. I'm going for the professional look, and also I have zero talent in web-design/photoshop. Although it would be nice if someone could make me a nice banner with an Ethereal, Goblin or maybe a gnome sitting in the Darnasus bank gold (lol shameless begging).

Thanks for reading Photonomikon. Most of my long time WoW buddys I've known since I started playing have recently quit the game, so Azeroth has become a much bigger, lonier and guild-less place for me in the last couple weeks. Pretty strange for someone who uses WoW as a fantasy-facebook/instant messenger service. Hopefully this blog will make me some new friends, so I'm finding the anonymity thing tough.

zadieyek said...

I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I think your blog so far is great.

I'm not that good at working the WoW economy but I'd like to be. What I am good at, however, is saving money and really weighing 'need' over 'want' and being a pack rat.

Do you sell things like primals; gems; ore/bars; or herbs on the AH? Do you hold on to them? I have my own guild bank with 3 tabs. I have stacks of primals; gems (green and blue); high end herbs; ore/bars and stone; and lower level leather (was thinking about leveling an engineer).

Recently, however, I've starting thinking that with WotLK in Beta, its time to start offloading some of my stash, I don't want to get stuck and miss out on the opportunity to sell these items.

What do you think the best route is? Selling when you get things like a stack of primals or holding on to them until have 2-3 stacks and then putting 1-2 on the AH?

I've bookmarked your blog and will be coming back often. I'm really looking forward to your future posts.

moonchicken said...

How many good ideas can one man have? I already stole your Ask Wow Trade idea (with references to your site, of course) and now I might just have to do this. I suppose it's sort of implied on what I've done so far though, we'll see.

This was a fantastic idea, however. A great thing to start off your content with.

And although my username should include a link to my blog, it's http://moonchicken.wordpress.com and focuses on Balance Druids.

Great blog, man, great blog!


(I'm hardly on my main often enough these days that I've given out my personal info, but I think it's a good idea not too as well. I just don't care much. But I did set up a brand new email account rather than use my real one and only gave character info. Hopefully that doesn't hurt me too much)