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As far as the forum posting goes, here is a list of things to keep in mind:
- Please be polite.
- Do not post content or images or patterns owned/authored by others without their permission. Complying with all laws (including copyright) is solely the responsibility of each individual user.
Complying with all laws (including copyright) is the sole responsibility of each individual user. Forum administration is not responsible for user-generated/uploaded/posted content. We serve merely as communications platform and are protected by the safe harbor provisions of the copyright law and/or DMCA.
Having said that, if you notice that your rights are being violated by a user of this forum, please feel free to contact the administration by sending me a private message. We'll investigate all claims and take action if necessary.
- Do not post any ads or promote anything without speaking to me about it first. That includes any kind of commercial activity. If you have something good, that a lot of people would appreciate, then it would probably be OK to mention it here.
- Do not post "affiliate" links of any kind.
- Please do not post links promoting any "signup" pages, newsletters, lists, message boards, sweepstakes, giveaways, contests, voting pages, etc. That includes any sites that are meant to collect "signups" for any purpose.
- Do not solicit for e-mail addresses or other personal information of other users to establish any kinds of lists, distributions, giveaways, etc.
- Do not send mass private messages to multiple users. We reserve the right to monitor and delete private messages to prevent spam, ensure compliance with the rules, and to deal with other issues.
- Do not make posts in all capital letters. This includes topic titles. (You might consider using your browser's zoom feature to increase the size of the font in case you are experiencing difficulties reading/writing.)
- When asking a general question (if you are not in the middle of a conversation), then try not to address the question to anybody specific. If someone else knows the answer when you asked a specific person, then they might not feel comfortable jumping in. So your chances of getting a question answered become greatly reduced.
- Try to use descriptive titles when creating new topics. Instead of something like "Please Help", write a title that briefly states the nature of your post. That way, people who know the answer or are interested in that particular topic would be more likely to click on it to read it and post replies.
- Please do not post your e-mail address or other personal information in the open.
- Please watch your language. We would like to keep this site clean.
- If you create additional fake accounts to troll, then be prepared for your main account to be revealed. Most likely with "aka YourOriginalUserName" as the status of all of your troll accounts.
- Do not include a link to your site inside the posts. Instead use a signature (you can set it up in your profile).
- If your signature contains a link to your website/blog/store, then please make sure to reciprocate and link to this forum's home page from your site.
- Signatures should not contain more than three lines without wrapping. Blank separating lines are also counted. Please, no flashing images either.
- If you are "hotlinking" an image from a remote site, please make the image stays in place, otherwise we end up with broken pages.
- Do not "bump" your topics up. If everyone starts doing it, the forum will get filled with empty posts.
- To prevent strain on the database we will be splitting up topics that reach 100 pages. All conversations will be carried over into follow-up topics.
- Approval or disapproval of users' posts by the moderators/administration does not shift the responsibility for the content of the posts (any claims made in the posts or laws violated) from users onto the moderators or the administration.
It is the responsibility of each user to make sure all his/her actions are within law.
In other words, just because a post wasn't removed/edited by the moderators or the administration, it doesn't automatically mean that the moderators or the administration condone the content of a post.
- This website is private property. Administration reserves the right to disable any user account at our own discretion without prior notice at any time and for any reason. While this is usually a measure of the last resort, we disclaim any and all responsibility for your inability to use this website due to disabled account.
- We do not generally delete old images/posts at user's request unless there is a valid reason. So if you don't want your content to be shown here indefinitely, then please don't post it here in the first place. The reason for that is simple: deleting one user's posts usually requires deleting responses posted by other users. So for the sake of keeping the forum stable, we maintain this policy.
- Just because somebody else is breaking the rules, doesn't mean you can do it too. Pointing out another user "doing the same thing" as a defense to a violation is in itself a bannable offense. If you decide to start breaking rules because you saw someone else doing it, you are compounding the problem.
- Threatening or hinting that you'll leave the forum unless I do something you want, threatening with legal action or posting ultimatums of any kind will not have the desired effect. I don't respond well to threats or ultimatums. In such instances, I'll either ignore your request completely (regardless of the merit of the original request) or I'll kick you out simply as a matter of principle.
- The most important rule of all is this: use common sense.
- Aside from that, please have fun, learn, and share your knowledge with others!
Various sections on this forum have specific rules of their own. So please make sure to read them as well before posting in a section.
All swaps, trades, buying, selling or any other kind of activities involving exchange of money, material goods or services are negotiated directly by the users. Administration and the moderators are not responsible for any actions of individual users. This forum serves merely as a platform for communication. Transact at your own risk.
Feedback and user rating system
To access user's feedback listing, click on her profile and follow the "list" link next to the "feedback/rating" label. You can check feedback left for you by clicking on "My Profile" link.
Feedback stats consist of two numbers, the total number of feedback entries for the user and the rate of positive entries.
To submit new feedback for a user, click the "Leave feedback for this user" link on the feedback listing page.
Users can remove feedback entries that they had left for others. This is done to allow direct conflict resolution. In other words, if someone posts negative feedback to your account and later you work things out, that person can remove the negative entry instantly.
The feedback system coverts two types of transactions: buying/selling and trading/swapping.
For each entry, you can rate your overall experience with the user as positive or negative. Additionally, you can enter comments about the transaction which took place. The amount of details in the comments is up to you.
You may not leave feedback entries for your own account, not even in response to others. Doing so skews the ratings.
When you order a product or a service from another user, please leave her feedback stating that you were a buyer and describe your experience with the purchase.
Your feedback could help future potential buyers decide if the seller is trustworthy and reliable.
When you sell a product or render a service to another user, please leave her feedback stating that you were a seller and specify if the payment was prompt and communication clear.
If you participate in swaps or trade merchandise, then please leave feedback for your trading partners. This would allow each user to build up "trading history" so that others know it's safe to trade with her, and that she mailed everything on time.
You can also leave feedback for swap coordinators to express your overall experience with how the swap was managed.
We also encourage swap coordinators to leave feedback for their swap participants.
IMPORTANT: When leaving feedback for a swap partner, please make sure not to judge the quality/brand of yarn (or other merchandise) you receive or the quality of knitting/crochet (in cases of swapping finished projects). The feedback mechanism is meant to report on how dependable someone is, not about her means or level of skill.
In order for the feedback system to have any meaning, ratings have to be genuine. So please don't inflate feedback counts by making up positive entries. Each feedback entry should represent a real transaction.
Other than that, there aren't any rules governing positive ratings. The only condition is that each feedback entry must represent an actual transaction. You can't leave feedback simply because the other person is "nice". This would defeat the purpose of the feedback system.
With negative ratings, things are not as simple. In general, please think twice before posting negative feedback. If it can be avoided at all, then it's best not to post anything. Negative rating option is only meant for cases when it's obvious that the user's actions were malicious and intentional. It's a way to let others know about dishonest or irresponsible users and prevent any further damage.
Also, before leaving negative rating for anybody, please take into account factors outside of that person's control, such as family emergencies, illnesses, and other objective obstacles which could be preventing the user form fulfilling her obligations.
When leaving negative feedback for another person, please be prepared to provide a solid explanation in case the other user questions your feedback and informs the moderators.
If you receive negative rating from another user, first try to PM that person and find out how the issue can be resolved. Each user can remove the feedback entries they created. So if you manage to work things out, that same person would be able to remove her feedback entry from your profile. This is by far the best way to settle it.
If you just can't agree on something with another user, then please PM me or the moderators and explain the situation.
One thing to note: since all deals are made directly between users, you can't expect the administration or the moderators to resolve all issues. We will try our best, but ultimately it's up to the individual users.
Frivolous or vindictive feedback
Each feedback entry is judged on its own merit. So if one user posts a justified negative rating and gets an unjustified negative rating in return, then the latter one will be removed.
As stated above, the best way to deal with negative feedback is to work it out with the other person by addressing the issue.
DISCLAIMER: Administration reserves the right to delete any feedback entries deemed inappropriate. But users are solely responsible for the feedback entries they leave for others.