Quite some time ago, I designed a set of tutu skirts (because they couldn't be just tutus, but that's not what this is about). I then preserved and shared them, instead of making them public, because I've noticed that public designs aren't always available. Sometimes, they poof. Because nobody makes them, is my working theory, but I still didn't and don't want that for my skirts.
I casually mentioned in an OOC clan once that since they're available to all, I could probably use them on an alt without trouble. Actually, you can't, I was told.
Wut?! ISSUE ME...
Garden: They're right. You can't. If you designed it, your alt can't wear it. (The answer was longer than that but the upshot was, if I roll an alt tomorrow, and find someone else has made one of my skirts and put it for sale somewhere, I'm in violation of HELP SECONDS if my new alt uses money she earned by ratting, to buy that skirt.)
Okay, I can see how directly outfitting my alt is a violation of HELP SECONDS, but... I can't even buy it from someone else's shop? When someone else crafted that exact skirt? The only reason the pattern isn't public is because I've seen public designs vanish!
This restriction becomes abusable: Here, newbie, have a tutu skirt. (If she won't wear it even on pain of death, that proves she's Boosteya's alt! HA! [Not that most of you would need such a thing since I'm crap at multiplaying anyway, but my principle here stands.])
I have no way to dissociate from a design, especially once it's preserved, aside from destroying the design. I don't want to do that! One used to be able to give designs to an org despite preservation, but that, or so I understand, is no longer so. (Also, I still designed them. Would that really fix this?) Aside from the preservation problem, giving a design to an org was expensive! I've forgotten how expensive, and HELP DESIGN SHARING was uninformative on the matter. (I've TYPO'd it.) I would cheerfully give my skirt designs to the Scarlattan Order or the Commune, as they're they're the most likely to have someone want a tutu skirt, and to share with those outside the group.
But would any of this matter? (Hmm, definitely doesn't matter in the sense of, 'Achaea's just a game.' But... yeah, that's not the sense in which I was asking that.)
Miin-aan baash kimini-sij-i-gan bitooyin sij-i-gan-i bukwayszhiigan = blueberry π