Lights On Lights Off 2019 | Now Over!

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What do you enjoy most about LOLO?

It’s haven’t played
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The free pets
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The costumes
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The stories
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Interacting with other players
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It’s just fun to play
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Total votes : 74

Lights On Lights Off 2019 | Now Over!

Postby Celozon » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:23 am

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Lights On Lights Off is now over, thank you for participating!

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This thread is so big, do I have to read it all?

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The first two posts on the thread (including this one) are the only two mandatory posts that you must read. They contain the basic information that you need to know to play, and the rules for the game.

The rest of the posts on the first page of this thread are good to read, but not mandatory. They include helpful information like the FAQ, and well as the Playerlist (which you will use to play), and information about the LOLO team and who is best to contact.

The second page of this thread includes additional information for use if you need it, including help with making a story & costume, as well as helpful resources to make playing easier.


I Need Help!

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Having trouble understanding something, or you are confused about something? Have a question that isn't answered in the thread? Let us know! You can PM one of the LOLO team members, post on the thread, or ask on the fanclub. We would be more than happy to help you out, and if you need a more detailed explanation that what is on the thread, we would be happy to provide you with one! We understand you might be nervous about approaching us, we are very friendly and we'll do everything we can to give you the assistance you need.


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Rules

Postby Celozon » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:23 am

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      Image What is Lights On Lights Off?
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    Lights On Lights Off (otherwise known as LOLO) is a user-run Halloween themed gifting game. It runs during the entire month of October. It is essentially the CS version of trick or treating. Its a fun way to get to gift people and receive gifts. We have been running this game every year since 2011. The original idea came from a game by the same name that was played on Wajas (as well as other sites).

    LOLO is not an official CS game or specifically run by site staff.
    Any questions concerning LOLO should go only to LOLO team members.


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    By playing Lights On Lights Off, you agree to follow the below rules.
    Refusal to follow the rules will subject you to removal from the player list
    and you will not be allowed to play again until next year.

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  1. Pick a pet: This will be your trick or treater. Choose carefully, as you will be using this pet for the entire game.
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  2. Choose a costume:
    • You cannot use the pet's design as the costume; it must be wearing items to create a costume.
    • No costumes that are bloody, gory, or disturbing and no character cosplays from media that is not CS appropriate.
    • It doesn't have to be a typical Halloween costume, they just need to be dressing up as something recognizable!
    • The pet's costume should cover a good portion of their body, not just include a few accessories.
  3. Write a story:
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    • Minimum length is 10 sentences. There is no max limit, but it is suggested not to make it so long you would need to scroll to read the whole thing.
    • The only restrictions on story content are:
      • You may not write about the door of the house you end at opening or your pet hearing/seeing anything inside the house or knowing anything about the character answering the door.
      • Your story needs to be family friendly (follow the roleplay rules).
    • Be as creative as you want as long as your story ends with your pet trick or treating at a house!
    • Say what your pet is dressed up as in the story if it's not obvious.
  4. Put 'lights off' in your signature: This must be clearly visible before you post your form. The best place to put it is in the upper left of your signature as an image or in an easy to read color and size.
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  5. Post your form:
    • Your form must be approved before you can begin playing OR turn your lights on!
    • You will be messaged by a LOLO team member when it has been approved.
    • Never post a WIP form or repost your form.
    • If you do not receive a message within 24 hours notify a LOLO team member.

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  6. Start playing: After your form is accepted, you can use the player list to find other players, find one who has 'lights on' in their signature and send them a PM with your story & trick or treater. The user will respond with either a trick, or a treat!
    • You may only trick or treat at each house once. If they give you a trick, that counts as your one time.
    • You must keep track of who you trick or treated with. Check this post for suggestions on how to keep a list.
    • If your ToT PM is not answered after 2 days, you may resend. Only resend if their lights are currently on.
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  7. Turn your lights on: After your form is accepted, and once you are ready to receive trick or treaters, put 'lights on' in your signature. Users will PM you their own story, and you can give them either a trick, or a treat!
    • You must reply to all trick or treaters. If it is a trick you still need to reply. If your lights were off when they sent it, tell them so. You must reply.
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    I don't have any good items for costumes! If you don't have anything that makes a good costume, or are having trouble making one, you can get a free costume from people listed on the 'Costume Help' post.
    I'm having trouble writing my story! If you need any help with your story, are having trouble starting it or getting it long enough, try reading the 'Story Help' post. You can also ask a LOLO team member for one-on-one help.


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  1. Only forms and questions belong on this thread. We do not allow any kind of 'bump', 'marking', 'lights on', ect, on this thread. All chat and conversation about LOLO belongs on the fanclub.
  2. Do not answer gameplay questions. Leave these for a LOLO team member to handle, unfortunatly it is easy for misinformation to spread.
  3. Report all rule-breakers to LOLO team members. This include people sending ToT PMs who are not on the list, people who have stories or dressups that do not follow the rules, and players without 'lights on/off' in their signature.
  4. Be aware and considerate of other players. If you know it will be a while till you can answer Trick or Treater PMs, leave a note in your signature. If you have a small wishlist, consider adding more pets so its easier for users to give you treats. Consider leaving a note in your trade rules so other users know what kind of treats you'd be interested in.
  5. Story or costume shaming is not tolerated. Publicly or privately shaming someone for their choice in story or costume, or the perceived quality of their story or costume is not allowed under any circumstance. So long as they follow LOLO guidelines, users are free to create the story or costume of their choice.

      Image Form:
    Please double check that you have read and understood all the rules and how-to-play above
    Almost every declined form can be avoided by double-checking these sections.
    We suggest going through our Rules Checklist before posting your form.

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    If you are unsure if your form is ok, have a question, or just need help with something, please message a LOLO team member.
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    Username:
    How did you find LOLO this year?: (optional)
    Whats the reason you want to play LOLO, or are returning?: (optional)
    Are you interested in being included in the 'Featured Users'?: (explanation linked below)
    Did you read and understand the rules, and agree to follow them?:
    Trick or Treater:
    Story:

Full explanation of the 'Featured Users' can be found on the second post of the fanclub. In short, a small group of randomly selected users who currently have their lights on will occasionally be posted on the fanclub. It is mainly to provide some visibility for users who don't get many trick or treaters because of their location on the list.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Postby Celozon » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:23 am

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      What is a 'trick' and what is a 'treat'?:
  • Trick: A trick means that you do not give them anything. Why you give a trick is up to you. When you trick someone, simply respond saying 'trick' or with a short story response saying 'trick'. Rude/mean/creepy/gore/etc are not allowed in trick messages.
  • Treat: A treat means that you give them a gift. It can be any kind of gift and any size. A single pet counts as a treat.
    • What can be given as a treat:
      CS pets, items or C$
      Custom art
      Off site currency/pets may be given only if the other user agrees to it beforehand

      What do 'lights on' and 'lights off' mean exactly?:
  • 'Lights On': Think of it as real Halloween, if a house has its lights on, that means you can knock on their door and ask for candy. It is the same concept, Lights On means you can send them your story through PM and they will send you a trick or a treat back.
  • 'Lights Off': Lights Off means you should wait till later. Sometimes Light Off could mean they are restocking on pets, are trying to catch up on current PMs, they are not online right now, or are simply too busy at the moment.
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    We do not update immediately after accepting people, sometimes it takes a little while because we are doing many people, or the person who accepted you does not have the power to update the list. The list will be updated soon, you only need to notify us if users accepted AFTER you are on the list and you aren't, as that means you've probably been missed.

      Someone's signature doesn't have 'lights on' or 'lights off'
    Are you on mobile, or on a PC using Safari or Google Chrome? These have been known to sometimes cause problems with signatures and cut off part of the signature, especially if the person has large images and/or lots of coding. Check their interests first. If none of this applies, you can pm a LOLO team member with a link to their profile to get it checked out. Do NOT send trick or treat PMs if you cannot see someone's lights status!

      What if I don't want to trick or treat? Just give out treats to other people.
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    You are allowed to do this, just let us know on your form when you fill it out that you will not be trick or treating. You will not be required to give us a costume or story, just leave those areas blank. You will still need to follow all other rules that apply to giving tricks/treats. If you change your mind later and want to start trick or treating, you can fill out a new form, but you MUST state clearly that you applied before to just give out tricks/treats, so that we don't end up putting you on the list twice.

      I keep hearing about 'trick' and 'treat' stories, what are they, and do I have to make one?
    These are stories some people use to respond to 'trick or treat' PMs, usually they will follow where your story leaves off, having the door open and a treat being given, or a trick may be given. You don't have to make one if you don't want to, but a lot of players enjoy making and reading them. There are no rules for these except for the basic rules that cover the whole game, no excessive gore or violence, and no rudeness. If you have a pet in these stories it does not need to be in costume.

      I'm really afraid of breaking the rules!
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    It's alright! You don't need to be scared, we are very nice, and we can understand the difference between someone making a mistake and someone purposefully not following a rule or being rude. We have never had more than 1 or 2 users each year out of hundreds that we have had to ban or tell them they need to leave. If you don't try to make trouble, you have nothing to worry about! Just do your best to follow the rules, and if you make a mistake, its ok!

      I have a problem/want to report something, but I'm afraid I'll be bothering the LOLO team members.
    We all volunteered for this, and we are very willing and happy to help you out! Don't be afraid to PM us! There is extra information on team members on this post, it will let you know which of us have the most time available to help you out and who you should PM for certain things.

Question not answered here?

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There is an extended FAQ on the second page of the thread with the less-asked or less important questions. Please check there first to see if your question is answered. If it is not, or you still have questions, you can ask your question here, on the fanclub, in the discord, or you can message a LOLO team member.


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The Team

Postby Celozon » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:23 am

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    Celozon [owner]
    (US Time, EST) I work full time on weekdays, available mainly in the evenings or all day on weekends.




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    Lacuna [co-owner]
    My time zone is MST (Arizona) and I do work during the day Monday through Friday, but I will respond ASAP



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    britneyrox
    I live in CST (Illinois, USA - 5 hours behind CS site time). Generally busiest on Thursdays, as I have night classes. Pretty open other days, especially in the afternoons.



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    Burrito Bunny
    I live in EST but I keep rather irregular hours. Responses will be fastest on the weekends, mondays, and fridays. However, you will catch me swinging by every evening. My online status is not hidden to feel free to hit me up with any questions, even if I'm not around I'll get back to you ASAP.


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    sumashira
    My timezone is MST. I am a stay-at-home dog mom taking online classes for accounting, so I am almost always available for messages with questions or concerns.



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    lucky333123
    My time zone is PST. I am a full time student and doing internship hours. I am often busy, but I will do my best to answer you as soon as possible.



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    odd eye
    My timezone is CST. Generally, I will respond the fastest in the afternoon or evening.




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    Keir;
    My timezone is EST. I'm currently only taking online classes, so I'm home pretty much all day everyday. I'm most active in the late afternoon through the early morning, but I'll always get back to you ASAP.




      Image Who do I contact?
    Below are the most common things you may need to contact us about, if you need help in another area not mentioned below, it is best to contact Celozon.

  • Any LOLO Team member: General questions, rule breakers, help with stories or costumes
  • Celozon or Lacuna only: Disputes or arguments with other players
  • Celozon only: Suggestions

    Also check for these first:
  • It is something serious and needs immediate attention, contact any team member currently online, or if none are, Celozon or Lacuna
  • It is something that breaks CS rules (ex. bullying), don't message us, send a help ticket or report the post. CS staff must handle that.

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    Make sure you state your point/question clearly and completely. If you have a question, tell us what specifically your question is about. If you want to report something, give us all the information you can. Profile links, as well as quoting any relevant conversations and messages will help us respond to the problem faster. Think about anything we may need to know and try to give us that. There is no such thing as giving us too much info!

    Examples:
    NO: "I need help on my story"
    YES: "I am having trouble writing the beginning of my story, do you have any tips?"

    NO: "Someone's story has too much violence."
    YES: "Someone's story includes a lot of violence and I think it might break the rules. Here is their username and link to their profile. I have quoted their story for you below."

    NO: "This user is being rude to me."
    YES: "This user is being rude to me, here is their profile link. I have quoted our entire conversation for you below"

    With the above examples, the 'NO' version means we have to PM you back to ask for the details, if you let us know those details right away, we can take care of the problem or help you that much faster.

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Keeping a List of Users Visited

Postby Celozon » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:24 am

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      Image Keeping a List of Users Visited:

    You are required to keep a list of everyone you visit while playing. It is NOT acceptable to say you will remember. It is NOT acceptable to say it is too much work or too hard. You must do this to keep from going to the same houses over and over again. Users caught continuously re-visiting houses can be banned from the game. Some houses will allow you to come multiple times. This is only allowed if they state it in their signature.

    Below are some suggestions on easy ways to keep a list of everyone you have visited. Everyone on the list has a number next to their username, that number will stay the same throughout the entire game, so you can use these numbers to keep track rather than writing down everyone's usernames or IDs.

    It is also suggested that you mark down which ones have replied to you and which have not. You are allowed to re-send a trick or treat message if someone does not reply after 2 days/48 hours. You may only re-send if their lights are on.


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  • Keep a piece of paper and write down the number of everyone you visit.
  • Open a word/notepad/ect document on your computer (if mobile, get a note-keeping app or open one that you already have) to keep track with.
  • Create a draft on CS by making a post and rather than hitting 'submit' hit 'save draft'. You can access the draft by going to 'My account' and clicking 'Manage drafts', then clicking on the draft. You can also save PM drafts this way.
  • Keep a list on Google Docs
  • Keep a list on Excel, copy-paste the entire list and individual boxes can be colored certain ways to show whether you have visited or not.

    You can do all of the above by writing down the name and ID every time you visit a house, or copying the list into your online document/draft, and removing or crossing out everyone you visit.

    There are many ways you can keep track of your list. The most important thing though is that your way will be reliable. If your computer is prone to deleting documents or crashing, making your list on paper or Google Docs (which saves automatically) is better. If you are prone to losing your documents, make a link to it on your desktop. Take into account your individual situation and plan ahead.

      Image Ready-made lists you can use:
    Some players have created their own lists in google spreadsheets and have made them available to use by everyone, please feel free to use any of the following!

    To use one of these, pick the one you would like to use, then in the spreadsheet go to the top left corner and click 'file' then select 'make a copy'. This will create a new copy of the original you can use. Never use the original, that what everyone else is copying from!


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