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The NSTG's mission is to provide a safe and educational environment for the fostering of newbies to productive Gaians. 

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Sarcastic Prophet

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 10:31 am
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gaia_star Table of Contents

  • Post 1: Table of Contents
  • Post 2: Welcome! Your NSTG Tour Starts Here
  • Post 3: Official Guild Rules and Subforum Guide
  • Post 4: Banners and Affiliates
  • Post 5: Guild Treasurer Information
  • Post 6: Seasonal Events
  • Post 7: Posting Requirement F.A.Q.
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 10:35 am
gaia_star Welcome to the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild!

    We are so glad you are here! Our guild is wonderful and the reason is the amazing people like you!
    This is a guide to our guild. We hope you'll find a home here for fun, help, and love.

    Like everywhere else, there are rules here. Please read our NSTG Rules in the next post first. Thank you.

    We acknowledge all birthdays in our newsletter, so please add yours to our Birthday thread.

    Now let's get to know you a little better. You can make your own thread of introduction in our Introductions forum to collect little howdies from other members. Feel free to post in someone else's introduction thread and share the fun of being new to our guild! And we'd be very interested to know How Did You Find the NSTG?

    Need a little help right away? If you're totally lost on Gaia, try our Getting Started resource. Feel free to visit other threads in our Resources Subforum for step-by-step guides on almost everything on Gaia. Need something a little more specific or personal? Visit our Questions and Assistance Subforum where you can make a thread for helpful, friendly, and quick responses to your every question.

    Prizes! You can also enter the NSTG Active Guild Member Raffle where you could win prizes just for posting in the guild 20 times or more every month. That raffle is open to all members for free every month!

    There are lots of other things to enjoy here, too, so it's easy and fun to get those post counts. For instance, you might enjoy our games in the Word Games subforum. Set up a quest thread in the Item Quests forum to help track your progress toward that one special expensive item. Take part in a fun charity, contest, or game in the Charities, Contests, and Games forum.

    Please feel free to contact any Crew member for help should you need it. We love helping - it's why we're Crew here!


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Sarcastic Prophet

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:10 am
gaia_star The Official Guild Rules of the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild

    Additional rules may be instated as deemed necessary and will be announced to the community via guild announcement. Serious or repeated infractions may result in a ban from the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild.

On Conduct

  1. Follow Gaia's Terms Of Service and Rules and Guidelines.

      We have a zero-tolerance policy for infractions of Gaia's official rules, which means that a single infraction will result in a ban from the guild.

  2. The NSTG welcomes those of all levels of Gaian experience and knowledge, including those with none.

      The purpose of this guild is to teach and help newbies; if you are not going to respect that goal, please reconsider your membership.

  3. The NSTG welcomes those of all backgrounds.

      In order to maintain a safe and welcoming community of friends, we hold ourselves to high standards of ethical conduct, which means that the expression of any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, antisemitic, Islamophobic, or otherwise discriminatory sentiment will result in an immediate ban from the guild.

On Community Interaction

  1. Please post your topic in its appropriate subforum.

      Here's a list of our subforums and their intended purposes:

        Newbies' First Steps

        Delve Into the Community

        The Crew Discussion and Crew Vault subforums are reserved exclusively for our Crew members to discuss guild matters and to create new content.

  2. Follow the rules set by topic creators, even if they're not Crew members.

  • Be active!

      With the exception of those who have made more than 1,000 posts in the guild, we ask all members to post once every year. Those who fail to do so will be assumed to have quit Gaia and will be removed in an annual sweep. To learn more about this policy, please visit our F.A.Q.

  • Reach out to the NSTG Crew.

      In a guild of this size, you might encounter a post or an exchange that needs to be brought to the attention of a Crewmember. Pm JoyRose or Darkness and Wings anytime. You can find crew in the first post and on the members list.

      Here are some appropriate reasons for contacting an NSTG Crewmember:
      • To direct us to a topic that's been posted in the wrong subforum,
      • To show us a post that contains graphic images or explicit language,
      • To warn us about a debate that is becoming very heated,
      • To ask us NSTG-related questions whose answers you can't find,
      • Or simply to say hello!

      Some inappropriate reasons to contact an NSTG Crewmember include:
      • To ask us for donations of gold, platinum, or items,
      • To ask for promotions, "likes," or support in individual endeavors,
      • Or to ask questions about Gaia Online as a whole.

    • Well-developed quest threads are welcome in the NSTG, but begging threads are not. All begging threads will be deleted by a Crewmember without warning.
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    gaia_star Banners

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      • Choose your favorite banner.
      • Copy the code underneath the banner you have selected.
      • Edit your signature (click here).
      • Paste the code of the banner you chose straight into the white box and click "Save All Changes."

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      Also, please visit our ⊰ The Newbie Supporting & Training Guild [Recruiting] ⊱ thread in Gaia Guilds Network forum to support us if the thread has fallen off the first page.

    gaia_star Affiliates

      As only Crewmembers are able to edit this thread, you will not be able to post a link to your thread, guild, or clan. This thread will contain only Crew-approved and -verified affiliates. If you are interested in affiliating with the NSTG, please send a private message containing the following information to JoyRose:

      • a brief description of your guild, thread, or clan
      • a link and banner to your guild, thread, or clan
      • a link to where the NSTG is advertised within your guild, thread, or clan

      An affiliation does not constitute free advertising space. It is a partnership where two organizations post advertisements for each other. Please note, however, that we do remove the banners of affiliate organizations that have seen no new posts within the past year, whose banners are now defunct, or whose owners are no longer active.


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    NSTG Treasurer

    PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:20 am
    gaia_star Guild Treasurer Information

    If you wish to donate to the NSTG, please send donations to this account; do not use the form at the bottom of the guild homepage, as we can only use those funds to publish guild announcements and to purchase new subforums.

    The donations sent to this account will be used to sponsor in-guild charities, contests, and events. Please note that the NSTG Treasurer is the only official treasury account for the Newbie Supporting and Training Guild. If you are contacted by anyone soliciting donations it's a scam.

    Thank you very much for your continued support of this guild, both through your participation and donations.  
    PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:24 am
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    When members donate to the official NSTG Mule, their donations help fund our guild events, which are listed below in chronological order. The more gold/plat our members donate, the better our financial future. Donate to the NSTG today, and know that all of that gold/plat goes right back to the community!

    • Spirit Week Spirit Week takes place during the first week of the new year and is a celebration of the guild's birthday, which is on January 4th. We open the week with a party of some kind, and for the next five days, we have daily avatar contests with unique themes. We close Spirit Week with our Awards Ceremony, where we take the time to reward and honor the members of our community who have truly made some significant impact on the guild over the course of the past year.

    • Valentine's Day This is one of our yearly mini events. We have two weeks of games, contests, and a raffle around a February theme.

    • St. Patrick's Day One of five yearly Thread Events, you will find this Lucky Frolic in the Contests forum. We spend a week in March having fun. Sometimes two.

    • Easter Two weeks around Easter we host an Easter Egg Hunt, several contests, games, raffles, and more. We pick a different theme every year and have a lot of fun.

    • May Another of our thread events, we host a contest, game, and fun thread for a week in May.
      We also have a contest or giveaway for Mother's Day.

    • June/Summer Solstice The week before and the week after the Summer Solstice we host an event, including a Father's Day game.

    • July/Fireworks Melee For America's Independence Day, and little July fun, we have a thread event the first week of July. There's a game, contest, and sometimes a raffle.

    • August This is our biggest event all year. The crew pick a really fun competition, like when we were pirates or the space wars, and all guild members rng into teams. Then the teams compete for points to win. The team leaders have fun contests and games inside a team thread for their teams. The entire event forum is filled with games and contests for everyone, plus lots of giveaways and more.

    • September/Harvest Fest This is another week long thread event with a game and contest. Usually a fun Fall Avi contest.

    • Halloween One of our bigger yearly events! We host a lot of fun, spooky, silly, and haunted games, contests, trivia, scavenger hunts, raffles, giveaways and more. This is a two week event with a LOT to offer.

    • November/Thankful Happenings Our final thread event of the year, this is one we host around the US Thanksgiving every year. Note that Canada has a Thanksgiving in October.
      We host a week or more long event giving thanks to our community.

    • Christmas Our last event of the year, but another bigger one! We host parties, giveaways, games, contests, and so much more for most of the month. Plus an Elf gives away a lot of presents.


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    Sarcastic Prophet

    PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:47 pm
    gaia_star Posting Requirement F.A.Q.

    What is the NSTG's posting requirement?

      Those who have posted more than 1,000 times in our guild will never be removed from the guild due to inactivity. We ask everyone else, however, to post in the NSTG at least once a year, which is rather reasonable: consider that, in that time frame, our guild sees monthly events, twelve monthly Active Members Raffles, and countless opportunities for interaction in our thriving, global community.

    Why is there a posting requirement at all?

      There are three reasons:

      • To have a better idea of the number of Gaians who are active in our guild and to serve you on a more individualized level,

      • To more easily track our growth in the quantity of members who remain active in the guild,

      • And to track trends in our growth (i.e. comparing how many new members and posts we gained during one seasonal event versus how many we gained in another).

    Are you trying to punish inactive members?

      No. After removing thousands of members from our community and reading through many of their profiles, I can assure you of this: the vast majority of those who get removed have lost interest in Gaia or in the NSTG and will likely never return.

      We do not wish to punish members for taking a break from Gaia or for having been quiet since joining. If you should find yourself removed and wish to join us again, a single private message to a Crewmember will do the trick.

      We will always be here to welcome you home.

    What about members who are neurodiverse, mentally ill, or just shy? Some people prefer lurking or giving anonymously.

      We are an inclusive community, and we always seek to make room for people of different backgrounds and needs. But when I'm perusing pages upon pages members who haven't posted in years, I cannot distinguish between a lurker and someone who no longer has an interest in the NSTG: the only clue at my disposal is the date of someone's most recent post.

      This is what I mean when I say that we want to be able to serve you on a more individualized level: if we know that we have an active group of lurkers and fairies in our midst, we can take them into account when making administrative decisions. If a thread exclusively for bumping is the only place a member feels comfortable posting, or if a support thread for neurodiverse and mentally ill people would help someone feel safe enough to post, or if there are steps we can take to make our seasonal events more welcoming to those with unique needs, we could pursue those options.

      Our Crew and CAP Volunteers are creative, but our experiences and ideas have limits: with your help, we can make the NSTG better for all of its members.
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