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I know a couple of months ago the WI bucks were introduced and there were supposed to be raffle drawings for webkinz prizes in WI. Is that still going to happen and what are WI used for now besides giving them to friends!
Thanks so much
Hasn't happened yet. I think we have to be patient. WI is an awesome sight, and the WI staff is keeping up with all the big changes in Webkinz World and working with a new system they changed suddenly when problems arose I think. One of these days they will no doubt surprise us with more, I'm sure. WI is growing rapidly in members as WW is growing. I'm sure this causes more work for the staff too. As Webkinz World adds new room themes, new features, so many new creatures, new recipes, there is more to value, add to the cookbook, picture lists, etc. I suspect they are all overloaded, and they have expanded to some other new internet sites too. I'm betting it will be worth waiting for...and, do remember, you don't have to pay anything to be a WI member--you get all the service for free, unless you take out a Webkinz Insider membership to get deluxe features and capabilities or make a donation to help fund things.
What are WI bucks - WI bucks are a new reward feature put into place in WI on ____(official date here)which "rewards" members with a "play" cash and allows them to purchase features later available.
But what does it reward? WI bucks are designed to reward activity based on user groups.Basically, it looks at everything you do on WI and estimates a increase or decrease in your funds. Certain things cost bucks but others increase them significantly.
These activities are also affected by your user group. For example, a webkinz may not gain as much WI bucks by posting as a gifted member. And vice versa.
What is a user group?
This is the rank of users you belong to, for example I belong to the user group "gift coach" - while you may belong to webkinz, lil kinz, gifted, gift guru, etc.
A break down of features -
Here is a simple break down of the features & what you can expect to find. Some features may take away bucks but there are plenty of them that reward bucks to balance that.
There is no "set" reward/fee yet for these features as it is being adjusted to find a fair balance. More helpful threads may receive more bucks then others, etc.
In some features, the fee or reward depends on the user group interaction.For example a moderator may not receive a fee for private messages as they are required to send many out.
What it is: a feature that rewards you with "bucks" when you move up in user groups. For example when you move from being a gifted member to a gift guru.
What is is: a referral is like an invitation to join something. - When you tell your friends about WI and they put your username into the referral box - you get bucks! Visits & Activity based on user group -
What this means: The activity (participation) and visits to WI and how much "bucks" you get for participating in things are based upon your user group. For example - if a webkinz may earn more then a lil kinz for visiting, this may be not be as high as a gift guru.
Birthday present -
What this means: Remember that birthdate you gave WI when you registered? Well now you get a birthday gift on your birthday! Woo hoo!
Reputation given & received -
What this means: When you give reputation to another user, you will earn bucks. Same with giving it away. A nice reward for spreading a little bit of joy around!
New threads & popularity -
What this means: When you create a new thread - you are rewarded for participating in WI & the community. When people post on your thread you also may receive bucks.
Thread ratings -
What this means: By rating threads you also will receive bucks. Give it an honest rate & Let the user know how much you appreciate that information! You may also receive bucks for people rating your own threads.
Posts - on your threads & else where!
What this means: When you post on your own thread, you will receive some "bucks" for participating in the community. You will also receive bucks for posting comments on other people's threads as well. - It should be noted that "fluff" or copy & pasted messages may result in a loss of bucks as well.
Profile popularity -
What this means: When someone visits your profile, expect to see some bucks awarded! So get out there & visit some friends, you'll be leaving a friendly smile and some bucks to help out as well!
What this means: Update - thanks dogluver620.
No user should be charged for PMs anymore, if you are let an admin know~
Calendar Usage -
What this means: when you put in an event or view the calendar, you may find yourself rewarded with WI bucks!
Voting in polls - Thanks to Ilovemom619 for the information!
What this means: when you vote in polls you will receive some bucks!
Okay - so what can I do with them?
Currently the WI bucks feature is undergoing development and testing. There are no features available to purchase at this time.
This section will be updated as the information becomes available.
Banking! the basics & how to save those bucks!
The bank feature (like in real life) can be a great way to save your money & collect interest on large sums. However, it should be noted that these features also come with a bit of a fee. -- But from my opinion, it is really worth the small fee!
There is also a great feature that you can send bucks as a gift to a friend!
First off - it should be noted that everyone has two types of accounts. Savings (found at the top) and loans. I'll briefly explain savings and then on to gifting!
It should be noted that Loans are not available right now ~
You can check your balance by clicking on [Balance] below your notifications (above the activies on the left hand banner) or by clicking [Balance] underneath your avatar.
Savings - The amount of savings you can hold in your account is effected by your user group.
UPDATE: Thanks to ClaraZ25 - The limit appears to now be un-limited for all user group
A minimum of 500 WI bucks must be put in the savings account to receive 3.5% interest on the bucks (interest is you earning bucks!) every 30 days. Every deposit takes a minimum of one day to complete & withdrawing the transaction before then will result in a fee of 5.0% of that amount. (Example: If I deposit 500 I would lose 25 (math??) bucks by withdrawing early).
All savings transactions (taking money out or in) receive a 2.0% fine. So, if you deposit 1,000 bucks you are going to see 980 go in. It is a small fee for a good feature.
If you have a lot of bucks, put some away to save & earn interest. Do your best not to touch these and you will see it pay off in due time!
Gifting of bucks is a nice way to say "thanks for being a great friend" or "thanks for the help! here is a gift" or even "Thanks for just being friendly!" - Whatever you choose to say, it's a great option to give a big thanks to someone.
All gifts have a -5.0% fee, if you were to gift someone 1,000 bucks, you would see a 50 bucks fee. It is not that much & really is a great price to pay for a smile to a friend's face.
Simply press on the [Give WI bucks] below their post count
The staff is thinking up new things we can do with them. There is supposed to be a new feature coming soon. We have our own avatars, and we can buy clothes and items for them with our WI bucks. I would start saving up now. I hope I helped!!
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