IG Pod Rules (last update September 25, 2020)
Quick rundown of how it works:
1. Drop your picture link to the rounds group (ex: you would copy the link of your pic which would come this way https://www.instagram.com/p/CDcaj2EB5tg/?igshid=1ap0betzem4vf the final link should be like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDcaj2EB5tg/ without all the part after the /?igshid)
2. You are required to like all the links that people drop here if you are joining that round as well. If you are not, you’re not required to.
3. Commenting is not required, although you can if you want to.
4. Post “done” after the leader has finished the rounds and only when you are finished with the whole list.
5. If someone doesn’t “like” your picture, report on the chat group.
6. Rounds group is *only* for links and “done”. All conversations should take place in the chat group.
7. You are required to follow the admin Instagram profiles: @samandravieira, @samijphotographer, and co-admins @TeaneMoungaPhotography @melodykhomes @tjfrostphotography. You’re not required to follow the other members, although you can if you want to.
8. Rounds take place once a day at a specific time that will be posted each day.
9. You will have a 30 min window to drop the (1) link you want to receive.
10. You have an hour to finish liking the whole list once the 30 min window is closed.
11. You don’t need to like posts of people that don’t post the link correctly.
12. Ask questions if things aren’t clear! The breaking of any of the rules above will be a warning, second a one-week time out, third a two-week time out, and fourth a ban.
INTRO: READ THE RULES
Although this should be something that everyone should do, often people skip reading it, and later ask the same questions in the chat group that are answered here. This rules page is to save both our time and to help the pod run smoothly. If you ask/comment anything on the group chat, or privately to me, that can be answered by reading this page, you will get a warning. So please, read this.
What is this group intended to do?
This is a group for people who are interested in increasing their Instagram engagement by interacting with others who are in this group.
Do I need to pay to be in?
No, and you will never be requested to pay anything to be part of this group. It’s free for all.
Who are the Admins?
It’s me, Samandra @samandravieira/@samijphotographer with co-admins:
*You are required to follow all admins’ accounts above!* If we discover you are not following all the admins, you will be removed from rounds that day if you dropped, and then given a warning.
You can ask us anything, anytime. But please read the rules first to not ask things that are answered here (Questions that are answered here are not going to be replied, and a warning will be set).
This rule page may look like a lot of information, but trust me, this is one of the easiest pods that you will ever join. Rules were created to make sure that people follow what’s expected, and I decided to create this page so I don’t need to explain it over and over again when new people are added.
1. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Join the Groups
First of all, be sure to be added to BOTH groups.
Keep all the conversation on the chat group, and all the rounds issues on the round group. Anything that’s not dropping your IG link, and “done”, and warnings (issued by me). Please make sure to address any other thing on the chat group to avoid a warning.
What’s a round?
It’s the time that you will be dropping your IG link for others to like and get it back from others who join this round. Time varies accordingly to the person that’s leading the round that day. Make sure to check the groups, or leave the notifications on to know when it will happen.
Which days and what time does the rounds happen?
Days: We have rounds Monday-Saturdays. There are no rounds on Sundays.
Time: It all depends on the person who will be leading the round. But it always happens sometime between 11 am – 4 pm MST. Because time varies, it’s recommended to not mute one of the chats so you know when it happens. If you decide to mute and end up missing a round, that’s your decision and we can’t do anything.
I have more than one account, can I drop more than one link?
You can drop as many as you want as long you like with each of your accounts you dropped. Although you can only drop one link per account.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are dropping links from different accounts, please put “account 1” and “account 2” by them to avoid confusion.
What should I do when it’s round time?
Just follow the instructions that the round leader posts.
This is an example of what the instructions look like:
- post the link to the pic that you want to get the like
- remove all the text after the / and be sure to remove the thumbnail
- you can like the pics as people are dropping them. There is a 30 min window for you to drop your link
- drop time closes at 12:30 MST
- comment “done” once you’re finished
Rounds are now closed. You have until 1:30pm MST to like all posts and comment “done”.
Link to the rules: bit.ly/3j0TiGL
Who are the current round leaders?
- Monday: Nicole Cherie
- Tuesday: Mariela Zaner
- Wednesday: Samantha
- Thursday: Jillie Denna
- Friday: Allie Dee
- Saturday: Jess Salmeron
What if rounds happen when it’s my nap time/doctor’s appoint./when I’ll be driving..?
Even if you have a fair reason, you won’t be added before the given time. The only exceptions are the ones listed below. If I end up having more “fair reason exceptions” everyone would find one and this would become a mess. Which we don’t want it to be.
Why do I need to say ‘done’ at the given time?
This is a way for me to control that you have liked (and commented, if applicable) everybody’s post. If you forget to comment ‘done’ after the time, you will be breaking the rules and you will be under its consequences.
This is a way to be sure that all of you will be giving and receiving likes.
What if I comment “done” before I finished liking?
You should comment after you are actually done. Commenting “done” before, it’s a warning.
I missed rounds! Is there some way to still get likes and comments?
Sure! If you missed rounds, you can always drop your link in the chat group, saying “I missed rounds, I’d love to trade!” Then whoever wants to can interact with your post, and you should interact with their latest post as well as a courtesy.
DO NOT ask for a trade before rounds happen. Only do this if you have missed rounds that day.
What if I want a comment or a save on my post as well?
You agreed to join a likes only pod, so that’s what this pod is. However, if you would like to trade comments/saves with your fellow pod members, put “+cs” (comments/saves) or “+c” (comments) by your link when you drop it, and you can trade with whoever else puts it. They should be genuine comments of 4+ words. PLEASE NOTE: This is not regulated by the admins, so please message each other privately to work it out if someone misses a comment.
Oops! I accidentally interacted from my personal account instead of the account I dropped. What do I do?
That’s okay! No need to do it over. As long as everyone got interaction on time from you from somewhere, and you got interaction on the account you dropped.
2. LATE DONE PERK:
Because life happens, and someday you won’t be able to comment in all accounts on the given time, you will be allowed to have one late done per month. If you have more than one late done in that month, all the other ones will be a warning. You will have 3 extra hours to comment done after the time that people were supposed to be done. Ex. if 4:30pm was the time that people should be done, you will have until 7:30pm to comment a late ‘done’.
3. EARLY DROP EXCEPTIONS
Timezone: If you live in a country that the time zone would make it hard for you to comment at the regular round time, you are allowed to drop your link at the round group requesting to have your account added to the next round. You will have to comment as soon as possible after waking up and saying ‘done’ on the round group.
Work: If you have a job that you’re not allowed AT ALL to use your phone, message me privately and we will figure out things.
**If the day’s round leader forgets to add your link during rounds, you may drop it again the next day in addition to your new link, if you have one.**
4. OTHER QUESTIONS
What should I do if a round leader isn’t able to run a round and asks for help?
If you’re able to lead, lead it! Leading a round is less scary than you might think. It helps to serve others just as you have been served. If you decide to lead, make sure to read the “round leader” section to know how it works and what’s required for you to do.
After the round leader has posted asking for help, you have a 5-hour window to offer help. If help is not found in the next five hours, the leader asking for help doesn’t need to take any action, the supposed round won’t happen, and people won’t be allowed to ask for comments.
PLEASE NOTE: If a round leader is unable to do their day and no one volunteers, there will be no rounds that day AND you cannot send your link to the chat group for interaction. We need to be helping each other out in this group! If no one is willing to step up for a day, then no one gets a like/comment that day.
I enjoy some drama and I like to shake things anywhere I go. Can I add some drama here?
DEFINITELY NOT. Drama people is not a good fit for this group, and I will be banning all drama people that show up here. Don’t assume things, don’t say rude things, don’t say what you wouldn’t like to hear or that other people would read about you.
What if I don’t like the rules of this group?
I accept suggestions but if I decline, please respect and move on. Have any questions? Come to talk to me. Message me PRIVATELY to make suggestions.
The rules of the group won’t change to fit your personal preferences. In this case, you should just create a group for yourself and set your rules.
I want the rounds time at the time that works best for my IG engagement.
We have people here from all over the place so it can’t really be customized for one individual’s engagement time. If you are posting good content consistently and getting engagement, it should be at the top of people’s feed. But if you really want to always have rounds during peak engagement, you could join another pod with people all in the same time zone.
Can I invite people to join the group?
I love to add more people. For that, send me their IG @ and I will let you know if you can add them. Don’t add anyone to the group before messaging me! If you do, they are going to be removed from the group and not be considered to join even if you message me.
5. CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING THE RULES:
I realized that over the time I get connected to you and it’s hard for me to ban people. Although to have an organized and functional group, it’s important to follow the rules.
-Warning: If it happens for the first time.
-2 weeks timeout: if it happens for the second time.
-3 weeks timeout: if it happens for the third time.
-BAN: if it happens for the fourth time.
Check the warning list here to see if your name is in there. Important: I can see the editing history, so make sure to not modify anything in there without my consent. That would lead to a ban.
You should repair the things that are repairable (Saying done, Commenting, liking pictures, following others, etc.) before joining a new round, otherwise, it’s a ban.
If you are a constant round leader, meaning that you have a set day every week that you will be leading a round, you will get these perks:
- You may interact late to the accounts once a week (not cumulative). If you interact late more than once a week, you will be breaking the rules.
- You may drop your link early once/week
- *NEW PERK* Round leaders do not have to interact (i.e. like and comment) with the other accounts if they drop their link on the day they lead. They do have to interact any other day of the week.
- *NEW PERK* Round leaders can drop 2 links any day if they want to.
However, round leaders do still get warnings and timeouts the same as other members.
We are not required to follow/interact, but you’re still required to interact with our posts.
We spend SO much time behind the scenes gathering people to join, making the rules, making sure that you all follow the rules, that’s like a job, without the pay. This will be then a pay back for those who take their time to admin here.
If we post for a trade, we will be giving back, of course. But when it’s on rounds, we aren’t required to.
Why won’t you guys won’t be punished?
I (Samandra) started this group by inviting people, which it took me a lot of time to add people, create the rules, and to coordinate it all.
Later, I added Teane and Talyah, and Melody as co-admin to share the workload. Although we have people to lead the rounds, we keep an eye in the group even when we don’t join rounds. Meaning that anyone who wants to take a month break from their phones would be able to mute this group and not receive notifications, but we are constantly checking the group to make sure that things are working smoothly.
We don’t earn anything from this, apart from the same things that each of you also earns: comments and likes. So I think that’s fair as we have to be constantly in here to have extra perks than any other member of this group.
Are you accepting new co-admins?
Not at the moment.
I’m an admin. What should I do if on a certain week, I can’t be attentive in the group on one of my days?
Please ask another admin in advance to trade days for that week! If you fail to do this, then as a punishment, you’ll need to cover another randomly selected day the next week.
If I get banned that means that I will never be able to join the group again?
People are banned when they don’t follow the rules and don’t work to repair. Those who are banned will be added to a “banned list” and won’t be able to join the group ever again.
Can I join the group again if I get removed from the group for using all my warnings opportunities?
You will be able to join the group again by paying a $20 fee to the admin, and you will start again in the group with no past penalties accumulated.
Why should I pay a fee to join the group again? Didn’t you say that it’s free?
Although I gain comments + likes (something that you all gain too) from this group, I don’t gain anything else from this. If being part of this group can be difficult sometimes, being the admin is EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.
Even on times that I’m not joining a round or leading it, I keep an eye on here to make sure that things work smoothly. I also took the time to add each of you, reply many of the questions that come up, and keep this working great. I’m happy for doing it, but when people don’t follow the rules it takes much more of my time, and as a way to make things work I need to be the bad cop otherwise this group would turn into a madhouse — and even though it’s hard when the rules are against us, I’m sure everyone enjoys an organized and functional group.
This will also help you to be more aware of the rules and not breaking them, which will be great not only for me but for all the others that are part of this group.
The group will always be free unless you break the rules.
8. ROUND LEADERS
You will be required to check in the day that you lead if others have followed the rules. You will have to check the amount of link drops, and of the amount “dones”, and the time that the “done” was posted. If you think that I should set a warning to any of these cases, please message me in the Round Leaders group to report by sending a screenshot, the name of the person, and which rule was broken.
You will be required to post on the day before of your rounds day or on the same day that you lead no later than 9:30am MST, the time that you’re planning to lead rounds. If you end up changing the time, please inform people as soon as you can so they can plan the time to post. People rely on this group to make their posts, so please be considerate and keep us informed.
As for early droppers, please be sure to copy and paste their links back into the rounds chat once rounds have started, to be sure that they are included in rounds.
If you don’t post the time that you’re planning to post, don’t update about time changes, forget to repost early dropper links, or don’t report to the admins, it will be a warning. Two of those, you lose your leading day.
Can I volunteer?
Totally! All regular round days are spoken for, but occasionally someone needs to step down and we’ll need a volunteer. Also always feel free to lead a round on Saturday!
Can I lead more than a day?
I prefer to have a person per day, but in case there is a need to help you’re welcome to lead an extra day.
Do I earn extra benefits for leading an extra day?
What if I’m unable to lead on my designated day?
Post on the chat group asking someone to sub for you. If you don’t give notice, you will get a warning. You don’t need to personally message me about it, posting on the chats group should be enough.
What if I just disappear and don’t give notice that I won’t be able to lead?
You will lose your set day, and you will get a warning.