Willows FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What exactly is "Willows"?
2. Can I use this site for free?
3. Is this a chat or a role-playing game?
4. Why does Willows have so many bugs?
5. Why can't I get into the chat?
6. What are Deltas and how do I earn them?
7. What is acceptable language and behavior for the chat?
8. Are there any rules or posted guidelines for this site?
9. What should I do if other users are bothering me?
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Willows is a graphical chat program. All you need is a browser like Internet Explorer or FireFox and the latest Flash plugin. While you may use Willows for free, but we provide a subscription service that gives other options (keeping accounts open longer, access to custom poses and private rooms, and similar things). It's important to understand that in order to participate in this service you don't need any additional software or plugins. All that you need to use Willows is a modern web browser and the latest Flash plugin from Adobe. Most web browsers come with the Flash plugin. If you don't have the plugin, you can get it here.
Sure! As we mentioned above, the site is designed so that people can participate without first purchasing expensive software or even downloading proprietary plugins. All that you need is what you probably already have. However, even though Willows provides a free service, we reserve the right to restrict access to it or make changes to how it works without notice. Also, people who choose to purchase a subscription to Willows receive special benefits (such as access to other worlds, the ability to build more personal rooms in the location builder and other special permissions. If you would like to learn more about becoming a subscriber, click here.
Both. Our plans for Willows are to expand the role-playing aspect of this site, but this beta version is mostly a chat site. You may role-play if you like as long as you are not interfering with other users on the site. Please send any suggestions you have for RPG features to RPG@chatlands.com
It's because we make mistakes. This is a beta version of Willows. That means that we are still changing stuff around, implementing new ideas, adding to and modifying the current code, and other technical stuff. That means that Willows is in the "testing phase". We hope to solve these bugs soon. If you notice any problems, please help us to fix it by reporting it to us. Please report errors on our support forum or by sending an email message to email@example.com.
If you can't get in, it is probably for one of these reasons:
Deltas are credits on Willows. Once we set up subscription services, you will be able to use Deltas to pay for that. As far as earning them goes, just keep coming Back to TopDOMAINNAME?> and chat with your friends. Time online will earn you Deltas. Also, soon we'll set up something where you can earn credit on this site by inviting others to come visit and just play for free.
"Acceptable" means that you are not annoying other users. If two users want to talk privately about something then that is their business. We have no intention to try to control what you say or do in private as long as everyone involved is there by choice. When you start annoying other users in a public area by what you say or do, then it becomes our problem. Want some privacy? Create a private room.
Yes, the guidelines for using Willows are posted here.
There are a lot of different solutions to this problem. First of all, if you are being harassed or threatened by someone on this site, you should report this to an administrator immediately and also take whatever other actions you feel are necessary to keep yourself safe. We won't tolerate threats of violence or similar sorts of behavior.
Fortunately, this sort of behavior is actually pretty rare on chat sites (contrary to what the media wants you to believe). People are here to have a good time, and they aren't looking for trouble. Most problems typically involve just rude or inconsiderate behavior. Many times the people that are "misbehaving" don't even realize that what they are doing isn't really appropriate. So, if you are faced with such rude or otherwise inappropriate behavior, keep calm and consider trying some of the following things:
First of all, try simply asking the person not to talk or act that way. That may seem too obvious to work, but it's a necessary first step. Be polite. Maybe they don't realize what they are doing isn't proper. 'Adult behavior' or conversations or other types of inappropriate behavior should not take place in public areas.
If asking the person to stop doesn't work, you should consider leaving that room and just going elsewhere in the chat. If, for example, you enter a location where the users are discussing something you find unpleasant, then choose to go somewhere else! After all, no one is making you stay in that room.
When all else fails, report the situation to a ranking member. They have the power to kick users from a chat if necessary, and even ban them from coming back.
It's important to stress that we will not tolerate illegal behavior. This includes, but certainly is not limited to, racist comments or other "hate" speech, obscene language, software piracy or hacking, and so forth. While we recognize that we can't control what people say on the Internet, we can take steps that will keep them off of this website and, if necessary, we can report their illegal behavior to the police. Also, keep in mind that this is a commercial enterprise, not a public park. We created this service, we own this service, we pay to keep it up and running and we can restrict access to it at any time and for any reason.