Issues and Issuing - Aetolia Online Help

19.15 Issues and Issuing

See also: HELP CUSTOMERSERVICE

We would like you to know a few things before trying to use the ISSUES  
system, and the ISSUE command. First, the ISSUE command; second, what IS
an issue; third, what ISN'T an issue; fourth, some GUIDELINES about     
filing issues; fifth, more commands; and sixth, the conclusion.         

THE ISSUE COMMAND
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The syntax of this command is:

   ISSUE <person> <a description of your issue>

(person could be ME, or the name of another player in Aetolia) (see MORE
COMMANDS, at the end of this document, for more commands related to     
issues)                                                                 

WHAT IS AN ISSUE?
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An ISSUE is one of two things

1) A problem: An ISSUE is a problem in Aetolia, probably with another
   player or a group, that you cannot find a way to resolve in any other
   way (including harassment).

2) A personal request for clarification or immortal assistance: It is OK
   to issue in order to ask a question, or to get clarification from an
   immortal. Just ISSUE ME <your question here>. This is far better than
   shouting for an admin or divine.

   Note: "ISSUE ME I need to talk to a divine." is not enough. Give us
   your question! Don't just say you need to talk to us.

What Isn't An Issue?
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An ISSUE is not a problem with how the game works - that is a BUG, and  
you should use the BUG command to report it.                            

An ISSUE is not a suggestion for a new way to do things - that is an    
IDEA, and you should use the IDEA command to suggest it.                

Buying Credits, Credit Purchases, etc., are not Issues
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For CREDIT or PURCHASES (e.g. you're trying to buy credits on the web   
site, or sending in a money order, or you've not gotten credits in a    
reasonable period, or you want to negotiate a larger purchase, etc): for
questions or problems like this: DON'T ISSUE! Contact                   
support@aetolia.com or razmael@aetolia.com via email                    

If it's a problem with a customization, pet, buying an artifact,        
converting credits, and the like, contact razmael@aetolia.com.

Guidelines
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   Know the rules.
   Issue only once, then wait.
   The issue or reply is your only chance to make your case:
   use it well.
   Don't lie - we have ways of checking.
   An issue is a last resort: try IC resolution first.
   Don't abuse the system (e.g. filing multiple times on the 
   same problem).

- ISSUE ONLY ONCE! Make sure to include all relevant information, and   
then wait for a message from one of our administrators with the result  
of the issue, or possibly a request for more information. The person you
are issuing has a chance to respond to your issue. That does NOT mean   
you can issue again to respond to their response. Include all the       
information in your issue: then a second issue won't be necessary.      

- After you issue, wait. Do not message every divine you can think of   
and ask if your issue is being handled. We will get to your issue as    
soon as we can.                                                         

- Put _everything_ in the issue or the replyissue. This is your right to
be heard - write it down in the issue, or the reply. You will not be    
interviewed. You will not have a meeting, or a hearing. The admins will 
judge your case based on the issue and reply, plus their own research   
only.                                                                   

- The administrators are not stupid. We have many ways to check the     
accuracy of your story, so be careful about lying in your issue.        

- Try to handle problems in character (IC) first, and then use ISSUEs.  
If Joe killed you for looking at him wrong, then there are plenty of    
things you can try before getting the administrators involved with an   
ISSUE. If no possible IC solution can exist, or further problems        
continue, then DO seek help by filing an ISSUE.                         

- Do not abuse the issue system. Filing 3 or 4 issues at the same time  
is quite likely a sign of ISSUE abuse.                                  

MORE COMMANDS
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   ISSUE <person> <text>      - File an issue
   REPLYISSUE <issue#> <text> - Respond to an issue filed about you.
   ISSUES                     - List issues by or about you.
   SHOWISSUE <issue#>         - Show details of an issue.
   DELISSUE <issue#>          - Withdraw an issue.

CONCLUSION
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Aetolia is designed for everyone to have fun and, whenever possible, to 
find their own ways to live, and play, and get along. Issues are there  
when everything else just isn't working. Just be sure you have tried the
alternatives, leaving ISSUE for the last resort.                        

You may also find that handling problems in an IC manner may result in a
lot more fun!                                                           

(See also: HELP CUSTOMERSERVICE)