The events we promote on the viewer Message of the Day are:
The idea behind what we agree to promote and what we don't are simple. If it's going to benefit you financially either directly or indirectly (publicity stunt), we are not going to promote it. However, if it's purely for residents, hosted by residents with no profits or financial benefits either directly or indirectly to you or those involved, we will consider it. We have always been, and will always be, about the community.
We cannot however promote religious events or anything that may offend or exclude other races, creeds, cultures or persons. For example, we were asked to promote Memorial Day, and while we support troops all around the world 100%, it is an American event which other countries do not participate in. That makes it exclusionary and not something that qualifies for us to promote.
Note: we do not promote anything on the login page itself. Just the Message of the day.
(Information extracted from this blog post.)
We are no longer able to run Messages of the Day for 'hunt' type events as we're unable to verify all the locations contained in the hunt are suitable for a 'General' audience.
Partial day events, events that don't run all day and only run for a few hours1) will not receive a 24 hour Message of the day. It's a waste of valuable Message of the Day space. Approved partial day events Message of the Day will be run for two hours preceding the event and will end five minutes after your event has begun.2) The rule regarding this is still being discussed internally, it may go into effect or be removed.
Your Event must be suitable for a 'General' audience.
This includes the region hosting your event, as well as your web site and all its contents including any advertisements that may appear on your web pages, (not only the page we will be linking to in the MotD).
Events on 'Mature' regions will be considered on a case by case basis only and we must be given early access to your event space for assessment. 3) We will let you know the specific 'who' to give access to if needed when your MotD application is evaluated.4)
Adult events and events on 'Adult' regions will not be promoted in the Firestorm Message of the Day.
Firestorm isn't only used by adults. We also have minors who log in to Second Life using our viewer so we must keep our MotD safe for their experience as well.
If in doubt, ask yourself these questions:
Would I want my grandmother attending my event?
Would I ask a kindergarten class to attend my event?
Would I ask my co-workers to attend my event?
See Maturity ratings - Second Life, for more information about Second Life maturity ratings.
NOTE: The Message of the Day isn't designed to get people to your event, it's designed to get people to click your website link. It's up to your website to get people to want to visit your event.
Make sure the page on your website we will be linking to in the Message of the Day:
You should save promoting your overall web site and more information about your event for your event. Once people are at your event you can tell them what ever you want, it's your event! The page we link to in the Message of the Day should be focused on getting people to want to go to your event.
We can NOT put a SLURL as a link in the Message of the Day, it won't work, it has to be a link to a live web page.
When designing the web page we will link to for your event;
Keep in mind, when people see the Message of the Day they are trying to log into Second Life, not your web page, if your web page doesn't give them what they want, and quickly, most won't stick around to find it.
Please please please be sure and promote your event in other mediums as well! See Priorities below as to why this is important!
The Firestorm Message of the Day priorities governing what Message of the Day will be run at any time are as follows:
This page and our MotD rules are subject to change without notice. You should check and read this page before submitting any Message of the Day request, even if we've run a Message of the Day for you previously.
If you have a community event that you would like promoted on our MOTD you can send a request to email@example.com for consideration. We do not charge for promoting your event nor will we accept any benefits, financial or otherwise. Though you can expect we may attend your event . Please provide your in-world name and details to the event. All events we promote are required to have a website we can link to.
The name of your event in the subject of your email. For example, MotD Request for Watching Grass Grow Event.
And in the body of your request:
If the following info is not in your request your Message of the Day will not run.
Once this is received your request will be evaluated for inclusion in the Firestorm MotD. If you don't hear back from us in a few days consider everything good to go. We will email you if we need more information or if something is missing.
If your MotD is declined you will be replied to as to why your event MotD wasn't accepted.
Good luck with your event!
Included for transparency.
Click here to apply for a Firestorm MotD (Doesn't work yet.)
But is still a good template for what you should send us in an email about your event!