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Getting Started (#Start): Get an idea, find a name, create your guild
Sub-Pages: Know What People Want (#WhatPeopleWant)
Guild Pages (#Pages): What types of pages guilds have, including a few examples.
Sub-Pages: Creating a PetPage (#MakeAPetPage)
Recruiting (#Recruiting): Everything you need to know about recruiting members... And how to keep them.
Activities (#Activities): Different activities you can have in your guild, and how to keep them up-to-date.
Sub-Pages: What's Allowed (#Rules)
Advanced (#Advanced): Advanced tips on running your guild.
Sub-Pages: Guild Council (#GuildCouncil), Admin Powers (#Admin), Guild Graphics and Fonts (#Graphics), Private vs. Public (#PrivateVSPublic)
Sitely (#Sitely): Information about IGT.
Can you think of a page that should be here? Please neomail Izzie!
This lets you know what sort of activities and ideas the guilds that are currently active have. Here's a good place to find currently active guilds. Get comfortable with the Guild Chat. As a dedicated guild owner, you will be spending a lot of time there!
The main things people want are:
-Activity: Members don't want to be stuck in a dead guild with no one posting on the boards! Keep your members chatting on the boards by chatting with them. Talk about your goals, what you're going to buy when you get 1 million neopoints, or even what you had for lunch.
-Accessibility: People want to be able to get where they're going as quickly as possible. Making links easy to find is a big part of this section.
-Flexibility: If a member is on vacation and can't come to the computer, they don't want to come back from a great week to be guildless. Give members some leniency and don't require too many things of them at once.
-Attractiveness: No matter what people say, first impressions do matter. If your layout is lame, people aren't going to want to join your guild.
If you wish to read more on this topic, click this link.
Every guild starts out with an idea! Figure out what the theme for your guild will be. Roleplaying, neo-related, and guilds relating to books and tv shows are all popular guild themes. Your theme should be something you enjoy. You're unique, and so is your guild. Flaunt your differences!
A lot of successful guilds have one-word names, like 'Luminosity', 'Kinetic', or 'Majestic'. The name doesn't actually have to have anything to do with your guild, but it might confuse people if it doesn't! Some guild have names with two or three words, and that's cool too! If your guild has a multiple word name, you can shorten it in advertising. For instance, I shorten "Izzie's Guild Tutorial" to just "IGT" when I talk about it. That saves space in my posts, which makes room for more important info.
If you are creating a guild based off of a book of movie, play around with the title or something the characters do. For example:
If I was making a Glee-themed guild, I could use the word Gleek (what Glee fans are called) in the title. A few possible names could be: Gleekers, Gleeked, or Gleek Me. Stay away from naming your guild something like these names:
Glee Fans Unite!
GLEE is AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Why should I do that?
1.) It's hard to type a name out if it has symbols.
2.) A name looks sloppy with weird capitalization.
3.) Extra punctuation mark(s) make your guild look unprofessional, and make you look inexperienced.
4.) It's hard to remember which letters are repeated, and how many times they are repeated.
5.) When you say "____ Fans Unite" you sound just like every other, boring old guild. You want your guild to sound new and exciting to get members!
I also found this in the Editorial (Edition 407) having to do with naming a guild:
Is it wrong to have the word "hack" in my guild name? I received a warning for creating my guild (it was named neo//.hackers, related to a video game series I like named .hack). I have no idea why I got the warning. I asked on the Help Boards and concluded that it was really the name of the guild that may have made you guys think I had the intention of hacking Neopets' website =(. Can you please clarify this? I got so confused; I really enjoy the website, and I was so happy with the idea of creating a guild... then all of this happened. Should I try a guild name without the word hack? If so, then how would I talk about the the series without even mentioning its name in the guild? Thanks for your attention. ~soujiharumi
A lot of us enjoy video games and are aware of the .hack// franchise, but likely many people are not, so we're sure it's understandable how some people could severely misinterpret your guild name. Please avoid using "hack" in a guild name. As far as talking about the game, we understand you're a fan, but posting "hack" anywhere on the site is going to raise alarms for our monitors. Our priority is the safety of our users, so it's probably best to avoid using that word. Sorry for the inconvenience. :(
Starting a guild is easier with co-owners; it generally gets off the ground faster, and lasts longer, as it has committed members from the start. c: Guilds starting with one person rarely ever succeed.
Having a co-owner will lighten your load as an owner. You can dole out responsibilities and not have to do everything by yourself. They can host pages for the guild and you won't have to worry about them leaving the guild.
The following section comes straight from the mouth of TNT regarding layouts in Editorial (Edition 230)
Guilds: The real guild navigation and welcome sections must be visible. You may cover everything else with graphics, but if you do, the yellow bar links MUST exist somewhere else on the page so that people can navigate away from your guild.
SMALL OR MEDIUM SIZED
Support, activity, stablity, friendlines, good layout, organized
Nice people, regular posting on the message boards. Hopefully some guild avatar lending items that are a bit expensive for average Neopian.
And she also said:
In a guild layout I like a nice, clean, quick-to-load front page... NOT graphic heavy... with easy to see/follow links to anywhere else such as the item/pet lending page.
something unique! i see the same kind of guilds over and over. be creative! don't list my username though
A guild that doesn't mind my reclusive tendencies - I don't want to particpate in contests, I don't want to have to post messages to be counted as 'active', but still offers a little bit of everything for everybody.
Organization and healthy chat boards.
Kind people, plenty of activites, regular guild updates, regular posting, a good guild owner, new guild layouts weekly/monthly, etc.
I just want someone to chat with on the message boards.
I look for a clean font on the advertiser. Friendly, active, literate, and a clean, professional, organized layout.
Back to Getting Started
The first paragraph on your webbie should cover all of the basics on your guild. What is your theme? How long has your guild been active? How often do your members post, and at what time are they most active?
Your webbie should also include a list of rules, links to important pages (like your guild homepage and portal), the ranks in your guild, and how to achieve them.
Note: It's always important to always use correct grammar and spelling when you are writing information that many people will be looking at!
Not sure how to make a pet page? Click here!
The great thing about petpages is that you will never run out of space because there isn't a character limit.
First things first: You've got to know where to click. Here are a few screenies to show you where to go. Here's a quick overview of what links to click on: My Account - Edit Pet Page - Edit
Want your guild to seem more established? Create a pet specifically to host your guild's webbie on. The pet's name should be similar to the guild's name. For instance, if my guild was named "The Poogle Lovers", I would consider naming my pet something along the lines of "Poogle_Lovers" or "ThePoogleLovers" or even "TPLWebbie".
1.) Enlist (someone) in the armed forces.
2.) Form (an army or other force) by enlisting new people: "recruiting an army".
But, we'll be using it in the sense that you want people to join your guild, so you're going to ask them to be in it politely.
1.) Create a board
2.) Advertise on boards that say "Guildless" or "Searching for a guild" in the title.
The Majestics is looking for members!
The Majestics: We want YOU!
The next few posts would consist of me explaining what my guild was, how it worked, our different activities, and links to important pages (i.e. webbie, portal, guild home).
Hey, NAME! I'm YOURNAME from YOURGUILD.
YOURGUILD is a LITERACYLEVEL, THEME themed guild that has # fun and chatty members! We offer plenty of fun activities, such as ACTIVITY and ACTIVITY. ANOTHERFUNFACTABOUTGUILD!
If you have any questions, feel free to neomail me!
Filled out, it would look something like this:
Hey, distant_tears! I'm Izzie from The Majestics.
TM is a semi-lit, multi-themed guild that has 15 fun and chatty members! We offer plenty of fun activities, such as 1 neopoint auctions and weekly game challenges. A few of our themes include reading, writing, and games.
Got a Q? Neomail me!
Another type of advertising some guilds use would look like this. Below is one for The Majestics, because it would be hard to explain with just YOURGUILD and ACTIVITY, ACTIVITY, ACTIVITY.
Fun Game Challenges
Everything you could ask for from a guild!
Got a Q? Well, I've got an A! Just neomail me!
The second advertising example takes less space on the boards, but it looks more fake. You look just like an average, boring old guild. You want to look unique and exciting while advertising.
2.) Shorten your links. Take off the http://www.neopets.com part of your link and start at the /. For instance, I advertise this page with just /~IzziesGuildTutorial instead of http://www.neopets.com/~IzziesGuildTutorial. This does two things: it shortens your post and makes for a cleaner looking post. The downside is that it's a little more work for the recruitee. Some people highly dislike having to copy and paste links, so be careful when doing this! (thanks, almightydino, for the tip!)
3.) Have a nice font. If you have a professional-looking font, people are more likely to take you seriously. Check under the Graphics section for a tutorial on making fonts. Alternately, you could go to the Avatars / NeoSignatures board and ask someone to make you one.
4.) Find out the recruitee's name. This can be done by going to their lookup and searching for their name, or by reading through their posts or signature. Sometimes, it's not there, and that's okay. But people love it when you address them by name; It makes them feel special.
1.) Stay active. This part is definitely the most important. To stay active, post regularly on the guild message boards. Chat with your members through neomail, ask them for ideas for the guild. Send out Guild Mailings (explained later in the tutorial) with updates about your guild.
2.) Keep your pages up to date. If your pages are old and outdated, it makes members think you don't care about the guild. It pushes them away if they need to neomail you about every little thing that's wrong.
3.) Follow through with your promises. If you promise your members 1 neopoint auctions, then you'd better put up some dang auctions or you've got an angry mob on your hands (Or, even worse, 1 member left. And that member is you.).
1.) Avatar Lending: This activity is easy to run. You buy basic avatar items, such as eight items with "Orange" in the name for the Orange avatar, and ten items with dung in the name for the I'm Smelly avatar.
2.) Guild Newspaper: Does you guild have a few writers in it? If the answer is yes, then this might be the activity for your guild. Put a petpage up and name it something newspaper-y. If you have a Glee guild, why not call it Gleek Weekly? A vampire guild? How about the Bitten Times? Have members submit questions, articles, poems, drawings... You name it!
3.) Food Fight: Have a food fight! Buy gross foods, cheap foods, expensive foods... And send them to other members in your guild! Wintery version: Snowball fight
4.) Decoration Contest: Have your members decorate their neohomes, and have members vote on their favorites.
5.) Pet Finder: Choose a neopet, i.e. baby uni or darigan skeith. Have people search for a neopet with that colour and species and submit the pet names or links to the pet's lookup.
Have your own idea that you think everyone should know about? Neomail it to Izzie with the subject "Guild Activity".
The points can be used in different ways: Some guilds use the points to rank up, other guilds use the points as a friendly competition between members or teams, and other guilds may use them other ways.
1.) To advertise on the notice board: The Notice Board is a place where shops can advertise. It costs a lot to put an ad there. Here's a link to the notice board, and here is how to apply your shop. The notice board can also be used to advertise guilds, petpages, and other things too as long as it is Neopets related(:
2.) Just to say you have the money: People donating to your guild till is nice... And it'd be awesome to brag that your guild till is like 5 million neopoints.
3.) Fund 1 np auctions: Use the money to purchase codestones, bottled faeries, paint brushes, etc. and host them in your guild 1 np auctions!
Cosnite said this regarding guild shops and activiites:
The guild shops could be used to fund the 1 np auctions
In my guild we have daily (or at least I try to) 1 np auctions so the guild shop definitly helps ALOT. Also we have free trades, I forgot to mention that.
Oh I almost forgot the guild wishing well. People send a neomail of what they want, as long as it's not too expensive and the guild shop funds the wishes.
Hey, TNT! (: I was looking around for a guild and one had a webbie that stated the requirements for the guild. It said that you have to donate 20,000 Neopoints to the guild to get in. Is that against the rules? I'm confused, because aren't guilds just for chatting, making friends, and having fun? Also, should I report it? Please clear this up for me. ~mistorie_mustache28
Yes, please report the guild immediately. While players are allowed to donate to a guild, any guild demanding a "donation" or fee to enter or participate in it is very much breaking the rules (and spirit) of a guild.
Hiya there, TNT! I'm really unsure if this is against the rules or not, so I thought it would be best to ask you. I'm in an amazing guild, and I really would like to apply for a council position. In my guild, there are some requirements if you want to apply, like being active, being willing to help answer questions from other members, etc. However, one of the requirements is that you must have an off-site messaging service [a certain service was mentioned here] so you can have council chat meetings weekly. I don't have this service, and I don't want to get it. I was thinking that requiring this might be against the rules; it doesn't seem very fair =/. I would appreciate it if you could clear this up! Please remove my username if you answer my question. Thanks. ~[username removed]
You are quite correct to think that this is against the rules. No one should be asked to leave the safety of Neopets, and certainly not by the council members of a guild! Feel free to inform them that you are uncomfortable breaking site rules and don't wish to receive a warning. We have rules in place for a reason.
Hello TNT. Ok, you might have said this before but my bro was on Neopets and came across a shop, ok? When he entered the shop, it said, "paintbrush 1 NP" including an image of a pb. So then he clicks on it and it takes him to a guild. Is this ok, or can he report the shop? Please leave my username TNT and thanks for your time!:) ~gishibar
Ugh, please do. Tricking people into visiting a link is not allowed in addition to being in poor taste. Please feel free to report any shops, Pet pages or lookups doing so.
Could you please clarify the rules surrounding guilds, contests and prizes. I was recently suspended for something to do with my guild (i think it was for having contests but the explaination i got was really vague so i'm not quite sure) and i think it was unfair. What is the point in the 'no contests' rule? Contests add to the fun, that to me is the whole point in belonging to a guild. If you were to delete all guilds that have contests there would be none left, so isn't this rule a bit pointless? ~heffalump1990
The idea behind guilds is to have a private forum where like-minded people can chat and get to know each other and make friends. Contests, while many people consider them fun, are often used to scam, such as fake giveaways to the person who "donates the most Neopoints to the guild," etc. In order to insure a safe and happy Neopia for everyone, it is important that leaders and members of even honest guilds do not have guild contests.
Dear TNT, I'm really puzzled about this situation, especially after getting a warning about my guild. You have said that donation shops are acceptable. But what role do donations have in a guild if prizes and contest are not allowed? ~inervel
Ahh, the million NP question. We think we answered a long time ago that yes, donation shops are fine, though why you would need one is beyond us (for exactly the reasons you mentioned). The only thing we could think of was, perhaps, donations towards a Noticeboard or something? If you can think of something else that donations can be used for that doesn't break the rules, have fun!
This whole page on Jellyneo is about guilds. I don't want to plagiarize, so I'll just let you go there on your own if you want to know more.
Guild Council: Learn all about your guild council, sub-council, and your normal members.
Admin Powers: Learn about admin powers, the responsibility the people that have them hold, and the basic functions of them.
Guild Graphics and Fonts: How to create simple graphics and snazzy fonts.
Private vs. Public: The pros and cons of a guild being private or public.
Q: What is a Guild Hierarchy?
A: A Guild Hierarchy is how you can set what rank your members are. If you view your lookup, it should say "Leader in (GuildName)". This is your ranking in the guild hierarchy. When someone joins your guild, their ranking will automatically be whatever is set as "Guild Member 5". You can manually change their rank... But we'll get to that later.
What's your guild's theme? Think this over for a second. Now think of five ranks to fit your theme, from lowest to highest. This might take you awhile. I would talk it over with some of the members of the guild or the co-owner(s) to see what their opinions on it are.
Here are a few examples of Guild Hierarchies. They are listed from the lowest rank to the highest rank:
Glee: Newbie, Background Singer, Dancer, Veteran, Soloist
Roleplay: Noob, Level 2, Mid, Average, Champion
Neopets (NR): Blue Pet, Invisible Pet, Silver Pet, Baby Pet, Royal Pet
Please note that I just made these up, so they might not be the best examples. You can change the words however you want, but this is just an idea. You should come up with something creative for your guild hierarchy.
To be able to edit your guild hierarchy, follow these instructions:
Guild Home - Guild Layout - Modify Guild Hierarchy - Edit Hierarchy - Submit Changes
1.) Advertising: This is a big one. Check out the advertising tab on this tutorial for more information.
2.) Updating the Guild Homepage: This job just requires maybe five minutes of your (or whoever this job belongs to's) time each day tops. Just check for spelling errors, say whether or not you have new members, update the news, etc.
3.) Welcoming New Members: This should be everyone's job. If a new member posts on the messages, then everyone should say hi and introduce themselves. The council member(s) should friend the new member so they can participate in various events.
4.) Patrolling the Message Boards: This person's job is to make sure there is no drama, name calling, SPAM (short, pointless, annoying messages), or anything that is against your guild's rules (or Neopet's rules, for that matter) going on. If they see it happening, they will delete the message, give the member a warning (or block / suspend them depending on the number of offenses), or tell the guild leader and let them take care of it.
5.) Layout Patrol: This person creates layouts for the guild. Whether it be a new layout for the homepage, a petpage, or something else, they can do the job and get it done right(:
Can you think of an important job that isn't listed here? Neomail me!
Second (II) Council Position: This is the second highest ranking in the guild. This person should be someone you trust (your co-owner if you have one). They should be able to pull their own weight and help keep the guild up-to-date.
Third (III) Council Position: The third highest ranking in the guild. Most guilds will wait until they have 15 or 20 members to fill this position.
Fourth (IV) Council Position: The fourth highest ranking in your guild. Successful guilds will wait until they have thirty or so members to fill this spot. Different guilds wait for different reasons. Some wait because they can handle that many members, activities, etc. Some wait because an open council position is a good advertiser.
Fifth (V) Council Position: This is the lowest highest ranking in your guild... Or to put it more clearly, the fifth highest.
Please note that everybody in a council position should be trustworthy. If you don't trust them to do their job, then they shouldn't be there. When someone applies for a position, they should include what services they can offer to the guild.
Well, I'm here to answer all of those questions... And a few more.
Keep in mind that you shouldn't give every member admin power, and almost no member except for yourself should have all of the admin powers unless you have a co-owner.
Layout Control: Gives the member the power to edit all four options under layout.
Board Monitor: Gives the member the power to delete member posts on the message boards.
Invite Privilege: Lets the member invite people to the guild.
Member Admin: Gives the member the ability to give other members admin powers.
Calendar Monitor: The member can delete events from the calendar.
Mail Privilege: Lets the member send a Guild Mailing.
Council Admin: The member can decide who is on the council and see applications.
Poll Admin: Allows the member to change the guild poll.
Log Admin: The member can delete things off of the guild log.
Quit Leadership: This gives the leadership of the guild to the second in command. Only the guild leader has this option.
Delete Guild: This deletes the guild. To use this admin, you must delete every member from the guild. Only the guild leader has this option.
Modify Guild Preferences
Modify Guild Hierarchy
Modify Guild Keywords
and Upload/Change Guild Logo
This section lets you change your guild's layout, name, description, color scheme, decide whether or not invitation should be restricted to admin privilege, and whether or not your guild should be private. Most of this is self-explanatory or there is a description provided underneath the option.
If you need coding help on your guild layout, please go here (the Help Chat) or here (the Guild Chat). I cannot help you with this, so don't ask me!
To change your guild hierarchy, know this: It's listed from highest rank to lowest rank. The first one you see (Guild Council 1) is you (or the guild leader if you just happen to have layout admin. In which case, congratulations!). The last one you see (Guild Member 5) is the rank people are when they join your guild.
On to Guild Member Admin
Don't get this confused with "Members" under Options! The "Guild Members" section lets you edit members, but the "Members" section takes you to your member's look up. This really confused me when I was first starting out.
Anywho, onto the content!
See the number one, up by my name? Well, this describes it.
The little blue star by the number one and my username indicates that I have admin privileges.
See the number 2? (Thanks Angell for letting me use you as an example.) There's no star. That means that this member does not have admin privileges.
You may be wondering what a few of the other things are. I'll explain them here.
Name: This shows all of your members' usernames.
Rank: What rank the member is in the guild.
Posts: How many times the member has posted.
Active: Last date that the member logged on.
Status: Whether the member is frozen, active, or banned from the guild.
Joined: What date the member joined the guild.
1.) Rank: This is how you change your member's rank. Click the drop-down list, and then select which rank you want them to be. The ones at the top are the lowest ranks and the ones at the bottom.
2.) Suspend Member: To ban the member from the guild. This means they can't post any messages.
3.) Delete Member: Erase the member from your guild.
4.) Block Member (permanently): This erases the member from your guild forever. Wield this power carefully!
5.) Admin Powers: This is how you give other members admin powers. Check the box by the admin you wish to give them. To make "Invite Privilege" an admin option, enable it from the "Edit Layout" page. To give them all admin, hit the check mark. To take away all admin, hit the blank box.
6.) Update Member: Save your changes. You can only edit one thing at a time.
If you don't have the "admin" admin power (sorry for the confusing wording!), you may see this:
On to Guild Council Admin
On to Guild Poll Admin
Click where it says "here". Then, change the status to "active" and decide whether you want it to show in the sidebar (between Guild Stats and Options) or in the welcome message. If you choose welcome message, it will probably mess up your layout or just not show at all.
Now for the screenies!
On to next page
Back to Admin
Font Tips: Some expert font tips that I use on my fonts.
#1: Use the colors on your avatar.
Sunnyneo has a great little tool for this: An avatar eyedropper. First, you select your browser, then choose which avatar you're using. Move the cursor over the avatar, then click. Adjust the arrows, then select "Get Pixel Color". This will give you the Hexidecimal code for that color.
Eyedropper Tool at Sunnyneo
#2: Get rid of that siggy line!
This sounds like it takes a lot of work, but really it doesn't! You just put a square bracket ( [ ) at the end of the first line, then another one ( ] ) at the beginning of the second line. Tada! No more line.
#3: Don't use overly bright colors.
I'm not saying I hate bright colors; I'm just saying that... Well, if your font is bright yellow, I might be getting a headache from talking to you.
#4: Don't make your main font size 4.
The reason for this? It makes you look immature. Choose font size 1 or 2 for your main writing, and then make your signature size four.
#5: Use readable fonts.
If you use a font like cursive or vivaldi on your main writing, people won't be able to read it very well.
If you haven't done anything at all with your font, it'll look like this.
To change your avatar, click the dropdown list. Choose the avatar for a preview.
You'll want to choose a NeoTitle that matches your avatar.
My image didn't save for this one, sorry.
Now your font should look something like this.
Explaining the Coding
[fontc=#hexidecimalcode: This changes the color of your font. A Hexidecimal code is the sting of numbers and letters that is used to tell the coding what color you want it to be!
#33CCFF: light blue
s=1-4: This is the size your text will be. You can make it a number from 1 to 4. 1 is the smallest size and 4 is the largest.
f=fontface: This changes what your text looks like. On the NeoBoards, it has to be a one-word font face (or typeface). A few that I like to use are: Georgia, Impact, and Verdana.
[/font]: This shows that that section of the font should stop right there.
To Center your text in the middle of your post, put this:
[center] and then at the very end [/center]
It should look like this:
To change your main font color, size, and font face, do this:
It should look like this now:
To change your NeoSignature (What's above and below your main text), follow these steps.
Insert this again, but this time before your previous one.
[fontc=#D1149As=3f=georgia][i]Guild Name Here[/i][/font][br][br]
Your font should look like this now.
Now, put this in the second box.
[br][br][fontc=#FF95E0s=3f=Georgia]Join Guild Name Here today![br]Guild Link Here[/font]
It should look something like this:
Take out those pesky siggy lines!
See those black lines inbetween your NeoHTML and your signature? We're going to take those out, and it's super simple.
At the very end of the top box, put one bracket. [
At the very beginning of the bottom box, put one bracket. ]
Now it should look like this!
You just made a font!
Back to Graphics and Fonts
-You can choose which members you want in your guild. Most private guilds require members to fill out a form before they can join. The form may ask for their name, age, goals, and how often they are online_
-People see your guild as "exclusive", which draws them in.
-You can keep your links more secret. That way, people can't steal your layouts, ideas, etc. You can have a page just for people looking to join, then have the other guild links seperate from that page.
-People can't view your guild's homepage without an invitation to the guild. This may drive some people away because they can't view your layout.
-Some people may feel excluded because your guild is private, therefore not including them.
-If you turn away a member, they might get angry with you and you could start getting rude mails from them.
-You may get more members because people see you as open and friendly.
-It's easy to advertise a public guild.
-Anyone can join. This means you could get a totally obnoxious or rude member in your guild.
-If you kick someone out, they can just rejoin your guild again and again (until you use your admin power to its fullest and permanently delete them from the guild.
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