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Custom Content Etiquette

Everyone loves custom content; it's fun to make and fun to browse for. Some custom content users, however, go a little overboard when interacting with their favorite creators. I spend quite a lot of time browsing Tumblrs and other places for custom content, so unfortunately I have seen plenty of bad behavior. The following is meant to be a gentle reminder of good custom content etiquette.

Don't Be Demanding

Some custom content creators take requests; plenty do not. Before you submit a request to a creator, check to see if they like requests. Even if they do, be nice about it. Asking politely and waiting patiently is the best way to go about. Don't go overboard when asking a creator for specific information, like a tutorial for recoloring a hair. Some simple questions can be answered with a single google search. In addition, there are plenty of places to ask for information or help with something in the game.

Follow the Creator's Terms

Custom content creators typically have terms of use on their sites to explain their preferences on what you can do with their content. Most content creators are fine with people recoloring meshes as long as you don't claim the work as your own or package the mesh with your recolors. There is some debate over this; none of these terms are legally binding, but the polite thing to do is to follow the creator's wishes. Also, do not upload your entire folder of custom content for others to download, unless you really want custom content makers to despise you.

If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

We all remember our mothers telling us that if we can't say something nice, we shouldn't say anything at all. Don't like a particular style of custom content? No problem, but there's no reason to harass creators or fans who like that particular style. Constructive feedback is useful and can help creators improve their skills, but being rude is not necessary.

WCIF Gone Crazy

If you haven't spent much time on Tumblr, you might not know about WCIF, aka "where can I find". This tag is used by people looking for a particular piece of custom content. Some custom content creators and general Simblr owners are fine with people asking where to find certain pieces, but others are not. Before you ask someone where to find something, make sure they are open to WCIF and be patient after you ask. If you don't get an answer right away, wait or try to find the item yourself. People are using their free time to help you, so a little patience can go a long way.

Say Thanks

There are many ways you can thank a custom content creator for their work. On Tumblr, you can follow your favorite creators to show that you appreciate their efforts. Reblogging their content to get them more coverage is also a good idea. Content creators are also happy to see their work in your game or to just receive a quick message that you like their pieces.