A couple of days ago, I wrote a post on the Conform-o-meter and how it works (and occasionally doesn’t). You can find it here. Keeping your Conform-o-meter at 5 stars is an important part of maximizing your cash and XP collections for your buildings and your character’s jobs.

This post looks at some of the things that can happen in the normal course of your game to cause your ratings (and your conformity bonus) to vary. Just as a reminder, your conformity bonus comes is calculated from 8 factors (6 for Android players):

So what can happen in normal gameplay that has an impact on your Conform-o-meter?

1. Unlocking characters/buying premium characters: both of these actions can cause drops in your Indolence, Consumerism and Gluttony ratings. More characters often means you need more houses, restaurants and shops. And more criminal or corrupt characters can have an impact on your Righteousness rating.

2. Buying land: expanding your town but leaving the land vacant can cause your Consumerism, Gluttony and Obedience to drop. It helps your Tree-Hugging rating, though.

3. Housing mix: it seems that your housing mix has an impact on a number of elements of your Conform-o-meter elements, including Obedience, Righteousness, and Consumerism. If there’s an imbalance between your cheaper houses and your more expensive houses, the meter will be affected (which is good enough reason for house farmers to farm Blue or Pink Houses rather than Brown Houses).

4. Your characters’ behavior: ignoring tasks has been reported as having an impact on Obedience. And the behavior of Chief Wiggum and Mayor Quimby can have an impact on Righteousness – it seems that if either of these two repeatedly engage in corrupt activities, the meter will drop. In a way it makes sense – corruption lowers their authority and leads to an increase in crime.

5. Pollution: you probably noticed that unlocking the Power Plant had a negative impact on your conformity bonus and you needed to plant some more trees to make up for its environmental impact. Failing to clean up debris also hurts your Vanity and Tree-Hugging ratings.

If you want to know more about how specific parts of the Conform-o-meter work, you can search this site to see what’s already here. And there’ll be more to come over the next few days.