The following is a draft of the forum rules. Dont let them scare you off!
They are intentionally harsh for 'worst case scenario'. The forum is a friendly place, governed mostly by the good nature of our members.
'Admin' or 'Admin team' refers to the Forum Administrator (admin) and the Moderators (mods). Feel free to contact any one of us, but be aware that the admin team shares info with each other.
is our number one rule. We strive to provide an inclusive and safe forum for all our members. Our members have widely differing views on many topics, and all are valid. Please respect the opinions, lifestyles, parenting choices, ethics and views of all our members. We welcome healthy debate and differing opinions. But always with respect.
As TNN forum is is also here to support WAHMs and nappy sellers, we ask that you respect them as people as well as business people. You can always make honest negative comments, but do so with respect.
'No lurkers' policy
We have a 'no lurkers' policy - please post at least once within a week
or your membership will be deleted. A good place to start (but not compulsory) is with an introduction. Intros can be posted here:
http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/phpBB ... p?p=736419
Any post counts - an intro would be nice, but feel free to jump right in with questions or comments too.
If you just wish to browse the forums, but are not interested in joining in conversation as an ongoing thing, you are most welcome to do so within that one week. Having membership deleted is NOT a ban - you may join again later on. This is simply to keep the forum 'tidy' and as a small measure of security.
Advertising unrelated to cloth nappies, children or parents is not acceptable. The admin team reserves the right to decide what is 'related advertising'. If in doubt - ask. Unrelated advertising will be deleted, and spammers accounts may be deleted. Repeated spammers may be banned.
Advertising posts are allowed only in the 'WAHMs - What New?' section. You may post once a fortnight to this section. Exceptions will be made at admins discretion - if you wish to post more than once per fortnight, please contact the admin team first.
In other areas of the forum you may respond to direct questions in context, with information on your store and products (no prices please), but please keep it short and factual and offer to give more detail in private email or PM, or direct them to your website.
When discussing products that you sell (or are intending to sell) you MUST state that you sell them in an obvious manner.
Do not negotiate sales on the forum.
Do not spam members via the forum (inc by email or PM).
Any covert or overt advertising elsewhere on the forum may be moved or deleted.
Members may include a short general advertising message or image in their signature - see 'profile'. Please keep this general, a slogan or catchphrase, or 'now stocking xxx'. No prices, no superlatives ('the best', 'the trimmest') unless you can back this up with widely accepted proof, and no comparisons to other brands.
At all. No questions asked. Anyone posting or linking to porn will be banned.
Personal attacks will not be tolerated. If you have a problem with another member, please contact them privately. If the issue relates to their actions on the forum, then please contact the admin team. Any personal attacks, or posts that could be viewed as personal attacks may be deleted. Members indulging in personal attacks may be banned at admins discretion.
Libel, slander, and defamation will not be tolerated.
Honest reviews are welcomed in the reviews section, but please keep the post factual. Remember you are reviewing the nappy, not the person. All negative reviews should be from your own personal experience. No rumour or gossip. If possible, please back up negative statements with proof (a photo for example).
If you are asking a question ('I bought a bad nappy, what should I do?) then please refrain from naming the business or product publically.
The same goes for personal libel/slander/defamation.
Any thread/post bordering on libel et al may be removed from the forum or edited for legal reasons.
Members indulging in libel, slander or defamation may be banned.
One account per member
One account per member. If you wish to change your membername, please contact admin.
If you have registered but forgotten your membername and/or password, please contact admin.
Temporary dual memberships will be permitted if you have tried to contact admin without reply and you need to bring your problem to the attention of the admin team.
If admin becomes aware of multiple accounts we may ask you to close all but one. In the case of multiple accounts being used for suspicious purposes, the admin team reserves the right to delete some or all accounts and/or ban the member. In such cases, admin is under no obligation to prove our knowledge of multiple accounts. Admin is entitled to ask for proof of identity and if such is not forthcoming within a reasonable time, admin reserves the right to delete or ban any or all accounts.
Declaration of Interest
If you are in business selling nappies or related items, or are an agent for/employee of a business the sells nappies, please note this in your profile. Failure to do so may result in you being banned from the forum. If you are in doubt to whether you are considered "in business" or not, please contact the forum mods. Generally, if you make nappies/covers/wipes as a hobby and sell or swap a few items occasionally, you are not considered to be in business.
Replying to 'flames'
If you are offended or feel wronged by another users posts please address it civilly either in THAT thread, or via private message ( or if you feel somebody has deliberately "flamed" you, bring it to the attention of the admin team as in the statement above).
Taking differences into other threads and/or topics only serves to disrupt
the sense of community many of us strive to foster.
WAHPs or resellers may review thier own products, but MUST state that they sell them. The review must be from personal experience only. No mention is to be made of customer comments, sales figures etc. No comparision to other brands.
There is no automatic censorship on this forum. Please respect that. Keep use of foul language to a minimum and in context.
Copyright and information sharing
Please do not post personal details of other people for any reason, without their express permission - admin reserves the right to delete such.
Please do not copy and post private emails, quotes from other forums, websites, online groups without the owners express permission. To do so is a violation of copyright. 'Fair use' is acceptable - this is a small quote with a link to the original material or a statement of source. Admin reserves the right to delete anything it considers a copyright violation.
Posts made here are deemed to be private - do not repost elsewhere, privately or publicly, without the authors express permission.
Please do not post about copying sewing patterns, books, CDs, etc. Do not offer to copy or suggest someone else copy a pattern on the forum unless you have the authors express permission. Please do not use TNNs email or PM features to share illegal copies.
Copying any pattern or written work without the authors express permission is a copyright violation and illegal.
Admin reserves the right to delete memberships that seem to be no longer in use. If you do not post within a reasonable time and do not respond to emails, your account will be deemed to be no longer in use.
Discretion of the Board
If, in the opinion of the Board [of the Nappy Network Incorporated], a forum member has done anything, or omitted to do anything, that will or might damage the reputation or interests of TNN or is otherwise unbecoming of a member, then the Board has overriding discretion to edit/delete/ban/enforce restrictions upon the member and/or all posts made by that member.
The rules you agreed to/will agree to when registering
- as stated on the registration pages. The above rules are secondary to those below.
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.
By clicking Register below you agree to be bound by these conditions.
[edited for clarity 25/3/09]