A long time ago…

in a metaverse far far away….

The new alliance of builders, scripters, texturers and clothiers have stollen the blueprints to Darth Philip’s new secret weapon….

OK, maybe that’s silly… but anyway, what did happen was that a group of various content creators got together

one afternoon to discuss the problems of freebie-reselling, texture-theft and related issues. They needed a name, and got one, and they called themselves R.A.T.E. in an act of rebellion against Rate-Whoring, another popular scam in SL at the time.

It was mildly successful at the time, and wasn’t even the only group. But dissent set in, and apathy… and eventually the group failed, collapsing under it’s own weight.

This, it’s charter:

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This merchant is a certified RATE (Retail Association of Trade and Enterprise)retailer and abides by the RATE charter:

1) This merchant will sell items only with the knowledge and consent of their original creators.

2) This merchant will not sell items that were intended by their creators to be free.

3) This merchant offers refunds and exchanges when requested (no-transfer items are at the merchant’s discretion).

By agreeing to the RATE charter, this merchant pledges to conduct business in a fair and ethical manner, and to provide timely customer service to its patrons.

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If you believe that this merchant is in violation of the RATE charter, please contact the creator of the items in question, or notify a RATE officer (search for RATE with the find tool under groups).

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Would you like to support this initiative and display the RATE seal in your business?

Contact a RATE officer to ask to have one placed. You do not need to join the RATE group in order to participate. You’ll need to have an area at your location that does not auto-return objects in order to display the RATE seal.

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————————————- ABOUT RATE————————————-

RATE is a voluntary initiative to help protect the rights of creators, consumers, and merchants through the practice and promotion of fair and ethical business practices. RATE meetings and events are open to everyone, and all merchants are invited to participate. If you have questions or comments feel free to contact a group officer or post in the RATE group forum at secondlife.com

It’s been tried since, and the latest is being discussed now in Second Citizen. I wish it more luck than we’ve had in the past, but somehow, I don’t see it happening.

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