Updates and information
To help project makers and hopefully avoid future user disputes (in the form of "blocked pets", "user alerts", etc) we've added a couple of new features.Locking
The locking feature prevents any future owners from altering a pets name, presentation and tattoo. The user who originally put the lock in place is the only one who can remove it.
A pet that have been "Locked" will have the following icon visible on their profile: Please make sure you check this before buying a pet in the future to avoid any surprises.Sterilization
The sterilization feature prevents breeding and cloning of the pet. This action is irreversible and costs 10 credits.
A pet that have been "Sterilized" will have the following icon visible on their profile: Please make sure you check this before buying a pet in the future to avoid any surprises.Pet/Project rules
Rules that users set out on their pets are not officially enforced by OviPets, once a pet have been bought the new owner can do whatever he/she wants with it. It's still of course our hope that the users will respect these rules and Ignoring them will surly result in disputes between the users. So if you don't agree you shouldn't buy the pet to begin with. Policy updates
With these new features it's our hope that project owners/creators will be able to protect their work without having to resort to so called user alerts or blocked pets. So with this we will no longer allow permanent negative statements about other users in presentations and such.
To protect users and their various projects we've historically allowed user alerts and blocked pets as long as proof in the form of screenshots where included. But this is unfortunately not working out anymore as these cases tend to include a great deal of interpretation from the users involved and tend to escalate from there.
Since we know that there are lot of these statements/reports out there we'll allow a couple of weeks to pass so that there is time to take them down before we take any actions against users who still have these.
Please note that as OviPets is a social game with a lot of users, disputes are bound to happen from time to time. If you feel uncomfortable with how a user is behaving your first action should always be to block the user. And if any active attempts of harassment continues you should contact support to get help as such behavior might be grounds for suspension. User Alert groups
If you're the owner of one of these groups and feel like there is still cases where user alerts are needed please contact support to discuss it. And we'll see if we can add additional features to avoid them or simply allow them in some cases.Popular suggestion - "Feeding other users pets for credits"
This is not something that will be implemented as we want to limit the amount of pets a user can have to what he/she is able to take care of. This would also greatly lower the value of credits which in the end would hurt the game.