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Forum Rules

The following Rules & Guidelines for making Forum Posts will help keep the VENDiscuss Community a Happy, Healthy, and Functional Family of vending operators for years to come. When it comes to Posting Rules & Guidelines, we are not reinventing the wheel here, but are relying on proven rules used by other top forum sites on the web:


Post in the Right Forum

We've done our best to layout the forum categories so they are logical and make sense. When you are creating a new thread, do your best to get it in the right category. We want these forums to be value added and educational. TVF staff reserves the right to move any topic we feel is better suited somewhere else.

Golpher Hole Discussion forum. This is the place on the site to have fun and talk about whatever. From sports to the weather to what to buy your girlfriend for her birthday, anything goes in here. Just remember to keep it clean, keep it productive and keep it legal!


Avatars and User Names

Member User Names and Avatars must be appropriate for a Public Forum of all ages. If the moderation team does not feel your Avatar or User Name is appropriate you will kindly be asked to change it (User Name will be changed to one of your choosing by Administration).

Signatures

Signatures are allowed, and may contain images and links depending on your member group permissions. Signatures should not be excessive in length nor contain any promotional text (enticing users to click). Traffic leaching by linking to competing websites is not allowed. Signatures should be small and tasteful and take up a maximum of 4 lines in the default font size. Moderators will determine what is acceptable or not and signatures are subject to edit or removal without warning or explanation.

General Posting Guidelines

During your posts, refrain from excessive use of UPPER CASE LETTERS. It is fine to express yourself using this means, but do so in a reasonable manner. Use common sense.

Classified advertising (Wanted To Buy, For Sale, or For Trade) is not permitted on the main forums and all classified ad posts will be removed without warning or explanation. We have a classified ad section for such postings. Please use it. For other forms of advertising on the forum, see next section.


Advertising Policy

As of March 1, 2012, we will no longer be soliciting or accepting paid advertisements. We will, however, begin to allow members who would like to advertise their vending related product or service the opportunity to do so in the following ways, free of charge. All we ask in exchange for providing you free ad space is that you adhere to a few rules.
  • 1. Your Profile. You can customize your profile page to advertise your business as much as you'd like. You are able to upload a custom background and even display YouTube videos advertising your business. Profile advertising includes your Member Title and Community Status Updates.
  • 2. Signature. You can advertise your business in your signature with text or graphic. Please limit your signature to a respectful size. Signatures that are too large or otherwise distracting will be removed.
  • 3. Classifieds Section. Our classifieds section is available to both individual and commercials advertising. Basic ads are free and run for 30 days. You can also feature your ad by pinning it to the top of the listings for a nominal fee.
The following option is also available. It costs nothing to offer your items here however, we do charge a small fee to offset our payment processing costs.
  • Downloads Section. If you are selling a downloadable product, you have the opportunity to sell your item in our download area. Just like our store, you'll have complete control of price and we can provide you with online payment acceptance and processing.
Failure to adhere to these simple guidelines will result in your offending posts being removed and/or your posting privileges lost. As always, spamming of the boards, whether vending related or not, will not be tolerated.


Cross/Double Posting

Please post to the MOST relevant forum. Double or cross forum posting or other attempts at flooding the forum with a stream of posts will be removed. If you find that you have posted in the incorrect forum, please contact a moderator to have it moved to the correct location.


Bumping

This refers to posting with the deliberate intention to either pad your post count or to keep a thread 'hot' so it appears at the top of the forum. Bumping can be useful in certain situations and is only allowed when a thread has not had a response in 24 hours.


Make Meaningful Posts

While VENDiscuss.com is geared as much towards entertaining and connecting the vending community as it is to helping solve problems and staying on top of news and rumors, all posts made within the site should be value added and on topic to the thread (even in the Golpher Hole). Hijacking a thread off-topic is a big No-No, and posts made for no reason other than to increase post count will be wiped from the site.


Use a Descriptive Title

This rule is simple; help us to help you. When you create your thread / post, think of it as if 'someone else' is reading it. With that in mind, make your subject lines related to the content of your post. Having a subject line of 'help' or 'now what', will not really help others later when they do a search for a particular issue. So, try to be a little more creative.


Foul language

Please keep posts and links family appropriate. The administrators and moderators reserve the right to delete posts at their discretion if they are deemed inappropriate or offensive. Users will be given a warning for the first violation; any subsequent violation could result in a ban from the forum.


Personal Attacks

Do not flame, insult or post personal attacks against other users. Be courteous, not rude. Any instances or reports of harassment of members will be treated seriously. VENDiscuss.com is a friendly place - treat members with respect at all times. If you don't have something nice to say, do not say it!


Reporting a bad post

There is a "Report" button on each post, or you can send a PM to a moderator.


Use the Site Search and Forum Search

If you have a basic question that needs answering, depending on the specifics, there's a good chance the answer might already be posted in the forums and/or elsewhere on the site. With the forums growing daily there is a lot of knowledge accumulating in the database. Doing site searches before posting will help keep things efficient.


Multiple Identities

Only one username or account is allowed per VENDiscuss member. If you have forgotten your log in information or have other issues with your account, do not create a new account, please contact us. Multiple accounts will be merged into the oldest (original) account or the most active account of the member without notice.


SPAM

A message to spammers - we have NO TOLERANCE for SPAM. Post a spam message and your account and all associated posts will immediately be deleted. No second chances. You won't get away with Spamming VENDiscuss.com, so don't bother wasting your time. No link abuse, traffic leaching, advertising, ADULT content or nudity will be tolerated!


Forum Moderation Team

VENDiscuss.com's administrator trusts that any action that a moderator does will follow the above guidelines, so please respect them, as they are volunteering their time to keep this site fun for all to use. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly, or have a question about a moderator action, you may contact them via PM.


Warnings/Ban General Policy

Forum moderators do not seek to issue warnings or bans to members. It is the aim of VENDiscuss.com's founders, owners, administrators and moderators that the Community Forums be a friendly and welcoming environment for all vending operators of all experience levels. That said, members who do not follow the simple rules above and hurt the environment vs. help it will be warned. We would rather have everyone be an active member of VENDiscuss.com, but action will be taken against members who continually break the rules and cause more harm than good. The general policy of the VENDiscuss Moderation team is 3 strikes and you're out. Depending on offense, the moderation team reserves the right to act more generously or with greater severity.

THE ADMINISTRATORS AND MODERATORS OF VENDiscuss.COM RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MOVE, REMOVE, EDIT, CLOSE THREADS/POSTS OR BAN MEMBERS (HAVE POSTING PRIVILEGES REVOKED) AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION, AND WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING OR EXPLANATION.

Rev. 3/15/2014