Thanks for that. I don't think the documentation should be in a blog article, I think it needs to be treated as reference material; kept in a logical place and kept up to date.
I am currently using my twitter account solely to provide a link over my head to my blog, so I think I am exploiting that feature already. I presume it works, but I have had no opportunity to test it.
I do know of the competition currently running, and announced on the blog:
Not only can you find avatars by checking top-rated, you can also get to the top of the 'Recents' list by buying new outfits and changing often.
Does this mean that buying is mandatory, that you cannot make something of your own and just wear it?
Make yourself more visible, literally, by adding a photo to your app profile.
Yes, but where do I do this?
OK. I am thinking of putting this link on my blog. Would 'iOS users click here to see my avatar' be an appropriate caption?
Invite your friends to download Blue Mars Mobile and ask them to vote for you! Go to "Help > Invite a Friend" to send them an invitation email.
I know how to do this, but I invited all my friends to BM about a year ago
As to how to reply to messages, I do not mean 'what should I say?', I mean 'where do I say it?' Do I reply to the email or do I need to load Blue Mars and send them a friend request or PM?
You bring up some other questions:
What is it people are voting for when they vote? What is the voting system intended to accomplish? How are the rankings calculated? Is it intended that people vote for themselves (repetitively and competitively)?
The issue is that some of your developers from the old days use PCs only, we do not have any iOS devices, yet so much of the information we get from AR these days assumes we do, and that we know what you are talking about. If I may speak for others for once, I would venture to say that we do not understand the features, the processes or the outcomes being discussed. I get to look at BM briefly about once a month on an iOS device; it's not enough to keep up. The effect is rather alienating. If you are serious about keeping people who do not have iOS devices involved, then I think a different tack is required. If not, that's OK, too. I am happy to concede that BM has gone off in a direction I am not taking; I would just like to be clear that this is what is happening and that the issue is not just a lapse in communication.