TOPMUDSITES VOTING - Aetolia Online Help

19.16 TOPMUDSITES VOTING

I.   Why?
II.  How to vote
III. Reminding yourself to vote.
IV.  zMUD and voting
V.   An Alternative Way
VI.  Making Sure Your Vote Counts
VII. Details.

I. Why Vote?

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Aetolia is free to play, and the reason we can let people play for free as long
as they wish is because we find ways to promote Aetolia cheaply. One of these 
is via the voting system at Topmudsites.com.

By voting for us (instructions below), you help Aetolia as a whole, and so we
would -really- appreciate it if you would vote for us. Voting gets us new
players, new players means a bigger game and more money for development, which
means a better game for everyone.

II. How to vote
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1. In your browser go to http://www.aetolia.com/vote
2. Click on the 'Click Here To Enter' box.

III. Reminding yourself to vote
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Just type CONFIG VOTING ON. This will remind you every time you can vote, and
continue to remind twice hourly until you vote. Using CONFIG VOTING PROMPT will
make the word [Vote] appear in your prompt. Just vote while you're logged 
in, and it will disappear. CONFIG VOTING OFF will turn both off 
permanently. Typing VOTED will also turn it off if you voted and it didn't 
register for some reason.

IV. zMUD and Voting
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It's easy to make a VOTE alias or button for zMud. All the alias or button
needs is a value of "#URL http://www.aetolia.com/vote".

If you're not sure how to do this, here's the step-by-step for a button:

1) In zMud, click on the 'Settings' icon, opening 'Settings in Memory'
2) On the 'Settings in Memory' page click on the little triangle next to the
   'New' Icon, and select 'New Button'
3) In the 'Edit Button' window, in the 'Caption' box, give the button a name, 
   like 'VOTE' (or whatever you like)
4) In the 'Edit Button' window put this in the 'Value' box: 
   #URL http://www.aetolia.com/vote
5) Click on the 'Save' on the right, near the green check mark.
6) Close the 'Settings in Memory'

To use the button, just click on it. It opens a new browser and takes you to
a page where you must click one more time to register your vote on the
TopMudSites.com site. That's it!

V. An Alternative Way
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The method above does not always work (with AOL and some other ISPs.) If you
vote using this method and do not receive the thank you message, please try
it this way:

1) In your browser go to http://www.aetolia.com/user/login/
2) Log in with your character's name and password.
3) Click on the button atop the screen that says 'Vote here for Aetolia as the
   #1 Mud!'
4) Click on the 'Click here to enter' box.

Sometimes this works where other methods have not.

One further alternative for AOL users - if you can try either of these methods
in some OTHER, non-AOL browser, then this will often bring you success. It can
still be Internet Explorer, just not the version given to you by AOL.

VI. Making sure your vote counts.
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DO NOT VOTE unless you are also in Aetolia at the same time. Make sure you 
connect to your favourite character in Aetolia, and ONLY THEN, use your 
browser to go vote. Only in this way can we connect a vote with a player - 
so we know who it was that just voted! If you are not in the game when you 
vote, then the vote still counts, but we will not know who did it.

If you accidentally vote while your character is not in Aetolia, all you have 
to do is connect and then go vote again. Then the game will know you did it. 
Only one of your votes will count for the purposes of the voting totals, but 
at least we'll know who you were!

VII. Details
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Only one vote per internet subdomain is counted every 12 hours. If you look
at an IP address like 203.45.179.55, there are four fields separated by 
periods. You might imagine the 1st field (203) as being the state, the 2nd as
being the city, the 3rd as being the street and the 4th as being the house
number. That's not perfectly accurate, but its a reasonable approximation. The
subdomain is the 'street'. So only one vote per 12 hours per 'street' will be
counted.

We cannot reward you for voting, sorry. It is against the rules of TopMudSites.

You are, in no fashion, obligated to vote. We just hope that we can provide you
with a good enough experience that you'll want to do this small thing to help
us out. Either way, thank you SO much for playing in our world. We appreciate
it.