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    SARubin
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    I never liked rules. They tend to be authoritarian, oppressive, and they stifle creativity.

    But they do serve a purpose, because without them there would be anarchy (in forum terms anarchy means uncontrolled spam and trolling) That’s why rules are necessary.

    So with that in mind, here’s the base rules for hanging out here and being a part of this community…

     

    1. Be respectful of other members

    Do not harass, personally attack, blackmail, spam or bully members. If you have a problem with anyone, take it up with them privately. No naming or shaming here since there’s always three sides to every story. (your side, their side, and the truth that usually lies somewhere in the middle)

    Most great marketers, copywriters, and salespeople have big egos. And there’s nothing wrong with that, because without it we’d be destroyed the first time someone rejects our offer. But disrespecting other members on this site (calling them names, or bashing them for thinking differently) is a sign of your own insecurity. So unless you want to look like a fool… keep your ego in check.

    That doesn’t mean you can’t call someone out if they say something stupid. But just remember, we all have different levels of expertise and experience. So if anybody says something that’s totally wrong, let them know it, and explain “why” it’s wrong (without calling them derogatory names)

     

    2. Don’t spam the community

    I like spam, but only the edible kind that comes in a can, or when it’s part of a Monty Python skit.

    But posting spam on this site is never going to be allowed.

    If you post blatant spam (like a comment with no redeeming value just for the sake of posting a link, or increasing your post count) then your post will be deleted, and any credit for the post will also be deleted. If you make a habit out of posting spam, your account will be banned. (you may, or may not get a warning. Depending on how blatant the spam post is)

    If you post subtle spam (valuable content, but you try to slip a couple promotional links in) then you might get a warning before being banned. But it’s a thin line that’s easy to cross. And your intent will be tried, judged, and executed by the other members of the community.

     

    Every post has a “report” button at the top, and each member of this community has the right, and is encouraged to report inappropriate content.

     

    3. You are only allowed one account per person

    Don’t try to create multiple accounts just so you can like your own posts and build up credit. If you do, eventually you will be discovered and all your accounts will be banned.

    Usernames cannot be changed, so when you register your account pick something you like. Because once it’s registered you’re stuck with it.

    The selling of accounts is prohibited

     

    4a. Contributing to the Forum

    When you first join the community you are unknown to us, so your first few posts will be held in moderation before they appear on this site. This is only a minor inconvenience that helps minimize spammers. After you’ve proven to post useful or relevant content (usually 3 to 5 posts) your posts will no longer be held in moderation before they appear.

    Most language will not be censored on these forums. So if your sensibilities are hurt by the occasional “F-Bomb” you will not find a safe space here. That does not mean it’s OK to make an entire post full of curse words and obscene language, just to try to make yourself sound cool or edgy (in reality, it usually just makes you sound foolish).

    Excessive use of curse words, capitalization, special characters, images, etc. may result in editing or deletion by a moderator or admin.

    Every post has a “report” button at the top, and each member of this community has the right, and is encouraged to report inappropriate content. Reporting a post does not automatically mean it will be deleted, it only means we will look into it and make a decision on whether or not to allow the post.

    We retain the right to move topics to more suitable sub forums where applicable.

    Posting must add value to the relevant discussion. Don’t post meaningless replies of only a couple words (thanks, awesome post, etc.) just to increase your post count or they will be deleted. To thank someone for a contribution use the ‘like’ button under the individual post.

    Posts should have original content. Discussing content found in other sites on the internet is fine, but the entire article/post does not need to be copied and pasted to this site – (a link and summary statement is enough)

    Links are allowed as long as they are relevant to the topic, provide value, and are NOT blatantly self promotional. (See rule #2)

    Excessive consecutive posts in a single thread by the same author may be merged into one post.

     

    4b. Credits for being an active member

    Credits are earned for being an active member of this community. Your credits appear under your name within posts, and on your personal profile pages. Your credits can be used to purchase upgrades to your account (upgrades that would otherwise cost you money).

    Current upgrades include, but are not limited to…

     

    A signature in your profile (99 credits can buy you a permanent profile sig that shows up in all of your forum posts. Your sig can have an active link to your own personal website or portfolio)

    Advertising credits (currently, a 30 day classified listing in our marketplace is only 50 credits)

     

    The current list of activities to earn credit is…

     

    Register your account = 5 credits

    Comment (reply) to a post = 1 credit

    Create a new topic in the forums = 1 credit

    Someone likes your post = 1 credit

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    Deleted comments = minus 1 credit

    Spam comment = minus 5 credits (possible banning of account)

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    Upload a personal avatar to your profile = 1 credit

    Upload cover pic to profile page =  1 credit

    Refer a visitor to this site = 1 credit (through your personal referral link that can be found in your profile page)

    Submit an article to our “articles and insights” section (and if it’s approved) = 5 credits

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    Note: Don’t waste time trying to figure out a way to “game” the system and artificially inflate your cred. This is a tight community and it won’t be too difficult to spot unusual activity. If we spot it, your account will be banned and all credit associated with the account will vanish into dust.

     

    These rules may be updated from time to time as new insight becomes available, and it’s up to you to check this page for any updates.

    Violation of any of these rules by a user can result in consequence from a warning, up to permanent account suspension. The course of action will depend upon the severity of the situation, the nature of the violation, and past behavior.

    A good marketer knows how to think like a marketer - A great marketer learns how to think like the customer...
    SARubin - Direct Response Copywriter / Conversion Rate Optimizer

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