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 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Dec 23, 2019 12:32
 Subject: The Acquisition - even more FAQs
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Dear BrickLink members,

We've just added a few more FAQs to the list based on questions raised since
the release of the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy:

https://www.bricklink.com/r3/announcement/lego_bl_faq.page

These newest FAQs are also copied below:

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8. We can no longer click into Buyer names. Is this permanent, due to privacy
issues?


We made this change to protect the privacy of BrickLink users. However, we plan
to add some information for both buyers and sellers such as the last login and
a summary of recent address changes.

9. What will happen with our current volunteer admins?

Our volunteer admins will continue to be crucial to the BrickLink community and
to the catalog. We are currently working to move them over to the new ‘Community
Experts Program’.

10. How can I completely delete my profile?

Send a ticket to the Help Desk asking to delete your BrickLink account and all
your personal data. We will work with you to complete this process. If you simply
wish to unregister your account, click here: https://www.bricklink.com/help.asp?helpID=129&q=unregister

11. How will you be using my data?

Your data will be used only in accordance with the Privacy Policy and your personal
settings. It will not be shared with any other entities, including the LEGO Group,
without express consent.

12. Is BrickLink a subsidiary of the LEGO Group, or actually folded into it?

BrickLink is a wholly owned subsidiary of the LEGO Group and will be managed
as a stand-alone team. It will continued to be based in Irvine CA.

13. Why are modified parts no longer allowed?

Modified parts may consist of material that may not meet LEGO quality and product
safety standards. In addition, printed designs may also have some legal implications
related to intellectual property rights or display content incompatible with
the LEGO brand.

14. Will the LEGO Group start directly providing set inventories so they no
longer have to be created manually by volunteers?


Moving forward the LEGO Group will supply data to help the catalog admin team
update the catalog faster and more accurately. However, we will continue to need
the community to help build and maintain the catalog.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Dec 7, 2019 15:59
 Subject: Terminated members and the Forum
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This is just a bit of information for the Forum regulars, especially those who
have switched their Forum settings to not hide canceled posts.

As online privacy concerns continue to be taken more seriously, we are starting
to develop policies and procedures for handling private information in a responsible
and transparent manner. This has nothing to do with the sale of the site, as
these policies have been under development (slowly) since the early part of 2019.

When a Forum user has their account terminated, now as a rule any thread or part
of a thread that they initiated will be canceled. Exceptions may be made for
information that is part of a critical forum discussion, or for catalog / inventory
data that may need to be preserved. Also, the username on the terminated account
may be replaced.

We have had some questions come in regarding the canceling of otherwise harmless
posts, so this is the explanation for that. If one of your posts gets canceled
as a result of this policy, it doesn't mean you have engendered the wrath
of the site.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Nov 28, 2019 22:09
 Subject: The LEGO Group acquires BrickLink - more FAQs
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Dear BrickLink members,

We've added several new FAQs based on the responses we have received since
the announcement was made. You can see the updated list here:

https://www.bricklink.com/r3/announcement/lego_bl_faq.page

These newest FAQs are also copied below:

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4. What changes does the LEGO Group have in store for the platform?

BrickLink was acquired by the LEGO Group because they are interested in strengthening
the connection with the AFOL community and finding new ways of doing this through
improvements to existing functions on the platform.

What exactly those improvements will be will become clearer once that deal has
been finalized. However, the LEGO Group are keen to make sure that the platform
develops in collaboration with the community – they’ve acknowledged that BrickLink
already serves its users very well and they aren’t planning to make changes straight
away.

5. Will transaction fees increase going forward?

There are no plans to increase transaction fees at the moment.

6. Will anything change for sellers from BrickLink?

The LEGO Group has been clear that it won’t interfere with how sellers operate
or the healthy competition that exists in the marketplace. They see BrickLink
as a complementary service to their own parts selling services.

7. What about Studio and LEGO Digital Designer – what will happen with the
two digital building experiences since they’re quite similar?


The LEGO Group is planning to support and evolve Studio and will review opportunities
for both services following the closing of the deal.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Nov 12, 2019 23:03
 Subject: Extended System Downtime
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For those of you who may have closed today's maintenance notification bar
without reading it carefully...

Next Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM EST (BrickLink time) we will
perform system upgrades. The site will be down / unavailable during this 4-hour
window. Regular monthly maintenance is typically somewhat shorter.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Sep 24, 2019 13:08
 Subject: Remembering Dan
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September the 24th is a very special day of the year for BrickLink. It marks
the passing of the site's founder, Dan Jezek. There is a special banner running
on our main page today:

https://www.bricklink.com/v2/main.page

For more information about Dan, you may read here:

https://moc.bricklink.com/pages/moc/help/about3.page

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This year we also did something extra. There was a page of the site that Dan
never finished in the catalog credits section regarding PCCs. We have now finished
the page and are no longer purging the PCC log as of last night.

https://www.bricklink.com/catalogReqList.asp?viewAction=H&chgUserID=53945&v=3

The part of the log that was previously purged will (eventually) be partially
reconstructed to at least show all PCCs submitted by each user.

PCCs (Part and Color Combination Codes - also known as Element IDs) have become
increasingly important in recent years as a means of synchronzing with other
sites and with the LEGO user base as a whole. When BrickLink was started, instructions
books did not contain parts lists, and PCC's were for the most part only
used internally by the LEGO Group.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Jul 1, 2019 20:46
 Subject: AFOL Designer Program Catalog Entries
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Now that the AFOL Designer Program sales period is officially over, we have opened
up BrickLink entries for all 13 models:

https://www.bricklink.com/catalogListOld.asp?catType=S&catString=1056&itemBrand=1000

We weren't originally going to do this, but the popularity of the sets and
the chance to see them be enjoyed by an even larger group of AFOLs motivated
us to change the original plan.

So for all of you who missed your chance to buy an exclusive AFOL Designer Program
set, you may now put them on your wanted list and wait until an offer comes along
that appeals to you.

You may also purchase just the instructions or just the box. We plan to add inventories
for these sets over the next week or so, and the exclusive element will finally
become "known" in the BrickLink system.
 Author: Admin_Russell View Messages Posted By Admin_Russell
 Posted: Jun 25, 2019 11:43
 Subject: AFOL Designer Program - Final Week
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Hello everybody,

Just a friendly reminder that we are now in the final week of the AFOL Designer
Program. After June 30, we will stop selling ADP sets and they will be classified
as officially out of production.

Many of our customers have expressed confusion over the "backordered" status
of most of the remaining 12 sets. "Backordered" means that we do not have any
of these items in stock for immediate shipment, but we will manufacture them
at a later date.

So please, don't feel that you can't order something because it is in
"backordered" status. If you don't place an order this week, you will miss
your chance to buy it from us.

Here is the page where you can browse:

https://www.bricklink.com/v3/crowdproject/main.page

Thanks for your support!

Russell
 Author: Admin_Cheyne View Messages Posted By Admin_Cheyne
 Posted: Dec 20, 2018 11:07
 Subject: German Seller Compliance
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Hello everyone!

Wanted to take a moment and thank all of our sellers and the community for their
immense patience regarding this situation and we truly do appreciate it. BrickLink
is dedicated to being compliant with German law.

Here are a few items being changed
1. Compliant Pay Button (Translated to German)
2. Compliant 0-3 Choking Hazard Warning Added (Footer, Checkout, and Image
listing popup)

(Please note this will only affect Buyers and Sellers in Germany)

Another issue was stated regarding shipping prices, please use Instant Checkout
or provide the proper shipping table in your store terms and shipping policies.
Please let us know of any further changes can be made so we may better assist
you.

Thank you all again for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Cheyne
BrickLink Customer Support