Forum Rules Please Read BEFORE Posting!

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Forum Rules Please Read BEFORE Posting!

Postby admin » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:58 pm

• Forum rules

1. Members are expected to be tolerant of other members and their views, and to be courteous, considerate of others' feelings, and respectful to others. Flaming, rudeness, incivility or personal attacks arising from differences of opinion will not be tolerated, and may lead to a warning or being banned without notice, and if we have to warn you twice, expect to be banned if it happens again because we do not give a third warning.

2. If members see rule violations, please bring them to the attention of a Moderator or Admin to address rather than trying to handle it yourself, and we will decide if the offender should be reprimanded, warned or banned.

3. This board is open to opal and gem lovers of all ages, so post accordingly. Pornography or offensive text, images, or links will not be tolerated, and violators will only be warned once before being banned if it happens a second time.

4. Please respect copyrights of other users, sites, and media, etc. Posting material without obtaining permission may result in a warning and having the post removed. If your request for permission is ignored and goes unanswered, it is best to post a paragraph or two followed by the link to the story.

For important information and learning purposes you may place the following below an article you want to post in its entirety:

Copyright Law of the United States Title 17 § 107 Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
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9. The same rules also apply to private messaging. Abuse of any sort in private messages could result in the loss messaging capabilities.

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11. Vulgarity or profanity, foul language or violent, disturbing, graphic or sexually explicit images or text are prohibited.

12. Promoting or proselytizing religious beliefs or religions, satanism or occultism are prohibited.

13. Links in signatures are permitted to your website, or affiliates you support that are not owned by you. Links to religious, extremist, pornographic, racist or other similar sites are prohibited.

14. Some people are very private, and we respect their privacy, so please use only screen names on the open board unless a poster signs their posts using their real name. Members' real names should be reserved for private communications only.

15. We have a section for selling that members are welcome to use as long as they agree to abide by the Code of Ethics as set forth by the Jewelers Ethics Association, which can be found here:
http://jewelersethicsassociation.com/ethics.html

Violations of the JEA Code of Ethics will result in the revocation of selling privileges.

16. There is one site whose links are forbidden to be posted on the board. The site is a forum many of you are familiar with that most of us refer to by their initials, as GO. We will not name them publicly, so if you are not familiar with them you can message us privately for more information.

The decision to ban links to them was made when we realized that about 1/3 of our current membership of 29 after just over a week since we launched, have either been banned by them, or attacked and insulted to the point where they left in disgust of their own accord; myself included.

So rather than have unsuspecting readers think we would refer people to them, and take a chance on them having a bad experience over there, we have decided that links to GO should be prohibited on this forum.

You may quote them, but no links are allowed because we think too highly of our members to send them into a lion's den where they're more likely to be attacked and insulted than get answers to their questions.


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We want to have as few rules as possible to encourage a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you have any questions as to whether something is permitted or not, please contact Admin or a moderator for an opinion prior to posting.

Hopefully these few rules will suffice, but if not we will add additional rules, and try to notify you on the board of the updated rules so you'll know to read them again.

Enjoy yourself, and just remember; we all play nice, and bullies aren't allowed on the playground. So go have fun, and welcome to opalholicsanonymous.com!

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Re: Forum Rules Please Read BEFORE Posting!

Postby MikeC » Wed May 06, 2020 5:16 pm

Hi, this is my first post. Regarding point 15 in the Rules Jewelers Ethics. That website is apparently no longer valid. It appears to be for sale. Is there an updated site for the code of ethics?

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Re: Forum Rules Please Read BEFORE Posting!

Postby PinkDiamond » Wed May 06, 2020 6:33 pm

Hi Mike, thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I tried to find the rules from the Jeweler's Vigilance Committee, but when I searched I came up with this one we have posted, so apparently they''re not worth joining based on this one from the ISG:
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=1527&p=11199&hilit=JVC+rules#p11199

So I did a search for the FTC guidelines on the forum, and this one seems to be the most appropriate for you, but you might want to do the search yourself to see what else we have posted beside this: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2378&p=13379&hilit=FTC+rules#p13379

Hope that helps, and again, welcome to the forum. ;)
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