VOTING - Lusternia Online Help

19.14 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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Lusternia 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 Lusternia cheaply. 
One of these is via the voting system at Topmudsites.com.

By voting for us (instructions below), you help Lusternia 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.lusternia.com/vote
2. Click on the 'Click Here To Enter' box.


III. Reminding yourself to Vote
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Either type CONFIG VOTING ON or CONFIG VOTING PROMPT. In either case, when 
it has been over 12 hours since you last voted, you will get a message 
reminding you to vote. For CONFIG VOTING PROMPT you will also see 'Vote' in 
your prompt.

Whenever you get the message reminding you to vote, or see 'Vote' in your 
prompt, vote while you're logged in and that should take care of it.

You may type VOTED in case you voted and it didn't register for some 
reason. Or to disable both forms of reminder altogether, type CONFIG VOTING 
OFF.


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.lusternia.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 want)
4) in the 'Edit Button' window put this in the 'Value' box: #URL http://
   www.ironrealms.com/vote_lusternia
5) click on '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 ("Thank 
you very much for voting!") Please try it this way:

1. In your browser go to http://www.lusternia.com/irex/artbard/
2. Click on the 'Login' button and login using your normal adventurer name 
   and password.
3. Click on the 'Vote for Lusternia as #1 MUD' button.
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 Lusternia at the same time. Make sure 
you connect to your favourite character in Lusternia, 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 Lusternia, 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 
field as being the city, the 3rd as being the street and the 4th as being 
the house number. That's not perfectly accurate, but it's a reasonable 
approximation. The subdomain is the 'street'. So, only one vote per 12 
hours per 'street' will count.

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 worlds. We 
appreciate it.