INFO! Badger & Blade Terms of Usage

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  1. Toothpick

    Toothpick Moderator

    Forum Rules

    Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed
    below. Please make sure that you also read the Forum Etiquette page.

    Badger & Blade Terms of Usage
    Welcome to Badger and Blade, the premier on-line forum for those in pursuit of the gentlemanly
    art of traditional wet-shaving as well as providing one of the most comprehensive resources for
    discussing and reviewing men's grooming products.
    This site is filled with the friendliest bunch of people on the internet, dedicated to kicking back,
    shooting the breeze, and helping each other. Please keep in mind that this is a privately-owned
    forum. While having fun is the primary goal, there are several rules that the moderators and
    administrators would like to make clear.

    All members
    1. Feel welcome! Jump right into the conversation -- a great place to start is by introducing
    yourself in our Shave Clinic and Newbie Check-in, as well as in the Hall of Fame.

    2. Realize that we take great pride in B&B being a work-friendly, internet oasis for gentlemanly
    behavior. This means that profanity, inflammatory comments regarding politics and/or religion,
    personal attacks, pornographic images, discussions of illegal or illicit activity, or any other
    ungentlemanly behavior as deemed inappropriate by the Administrators/Moderators, is
    unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Offenders will be dealt with swiftly. More to the point, if
    it's likely to be offensive, or if you wouldn't say it to someone in person, it doesn't belong here.

    3. Comply with the requests of the moderators. We dont interfere unless its absolutely
    necessary. We will gladly discuss with you any requests we make. This can be done via private
    messaging so as to save anyone from any unnecessary public embarrassment.

    4. For members other than Vendors and Hobbyists, to whom separate rules apply, offers to
    buy, sell, trade, or otherwise exchange can only be made in our Buy Sell Trade forum
    (BST). No links or mentions to such offers are to be included in members signatures nor
    posted in forums other than the BST. New members are welcome to purchase items from
    the B/S/T forum right away, but must wait until they've amassed 45 days of membership
    and 50 posts to use this forum to sell, trade, or post "want to buy" ads. More on the B/S/T
    Rules here. Also, have a look at this page: Panjo Marketplace

    4a. The BST forum was not set up as a profit center for individuals. B&B discourages members
    from only posting sales and not contributing in other forums. To use the BST, the vast majority
    of your posts should be on the shaving forums.

    4b. Members without a bonafide internet or brick and mortar storefront may also be considered
    vendors (at the sole discretion of the mod team) and may lose their privileges in the B/S/T forum
    if they are marking up items to unreasonable prices, or selling large quantities of items on the
    B/S/T on a regular basis - again, both of these variables are at the sole discretion and
    classification of the mod team. We welcome members who wish to add further value to the
    membership of the forum by selling items here in the B/S/T - however this community is not
    intended to be the free storefront and marketing arm of businesses.​

    5. While we enjoy offering the B/S/T thread as a service to our members, we see it as just a small
    portion of our site's greater good. Problems are incredibly rare, but you should know that
    transactions in B/S/T are ultimately not the responsibility of B&B -- caveat emptor!

    5a. These are not hard and fast rules but such activities are watched with a wary eye.
    • Never ending PIFs end up in what is basically trading and trading is not allowed
    outside of the BST.
    • Traveling boxes/Trains can only be started by members in good standing. Members
    participate at their own risk.​

    6. To prevent abusive advertisement, no member shall direct other members, either through
    direct hotlink or indirectly through comments or other means, to any live e-Bay auctions or other
    auction sites.
    Do not post URLs, item numbers, or seller IDs or any similar information unless that e-Bay sale
    is strictly a "buy it now" sale with no option available to place a bid, or is contained within an e-
    Bay storefront.
    Members should also use good judgment in posting information that may reference specific
    active auctions, particularly if the extra attention drawn to it would be unwanted by other
    members who may be bidding.
    Please feel free to discuss eBay auctions only after they are closed.

    6a. Links to sites that duplicate B&B content - B&B is a free service for our members, and
    maintains a specific set of rules, posting limitations, and fee structure for those advertising
    goods, services, and outside information sources such as blogs, podcasts, videos, and sites which
    have similar content to B&B. Links, redirects, or pointing to content that duplicates B&B content
    is disallowed. Links to blogs (regardless of subject) are not permitted. In short, if it's a subject
    discussed on B&B, links to other sites may only be posted by approved and paid vendors.​

    7. B&B is not an appraisal site. As such, asking values here isn't acceptable behavior. All B&B
    members, asking and answering, new or old, should be aware that B&B is a community of users,
    and not an appraisal or identification service.

    8. Any proposed group buys must be brought to the attention of the moderator team for
    approval prior to the posting of any such proposed endeavor.

    9. This website is based in and governed by the laws of California.

    9b. Any attempts at promoting gambling, raffles or unauthorized use of this site for fund-raising
    is strictly prohibited, this would include, but is not limited to such things as charity events, "vote
    for me/someone I know in a contest", solicitations for medical treatment costs or political
    campaigns. This means that discussion of Kickstarter or other similar fundraising sites & their
    projects, unfunded projects, and pre-order projects are also prohibited.
    10. Individuals are only allowed to register once. Anyone found with more than one account will
    lose all membership privileges. If you have multiple individuals in your household that wish to
    be members and share an IP address, please inform a moderator.

    11. Do not submit/post copyrighted materials, or pictures, content, etc that you do not own.
    Badger & Blade is not responsible for, and does not assume liability for the content posted by
    members of this forum. If you feel an infringement has been made, contact the member that
    posted the material in question.

    12. Remember that in the end, it's not solving world hunger. It's just shaving!

    Other terms

    Finally, everyone should be aware that "Badger and Blade", the badger head logo, "B&B", and
    all combinations thereof when referring to men's grooming; are trademarked and the sole
    property of Badger & Blade. All content submitted becomes property of Badger & Blade which
    is free to use any and all submissions for non-commercial purposes.

    Lastly, but most importantly, have fun!

    How do I accept this agreement?
    By using or accessing the services, you agree to abide by this agreement without modification by
    you. If you do not agree, you may not use the services.

    All members and vendors must read and agree to the rules in order to participate on Badger and
    Blade.
     
  2. Toothpick

    Toothpick Moderator

    Market Research

    What is wrong with the following three posts?

    A) Hi. I’m a college student and I decided to do my term paper on modern shaving. Where can I find the information I need? Gee willikers and thanks!

    B) Hi. I just inherited my grandmother’s old bathtub, and I want to go into business making soap. Seems like some easy money. What scents are the best sellers? I also need some guys to test out my products (high resistance to lye burns a plus). Thanks!

    C) Hi all. Well upon an internet search it seems that this site appears the best for what knowledge I need to learn! I own a Vintage & Antiques shop. I know absolutely nothing in the field that you all are so informed about. I am looking for someone who is very informed from this site to be my "go to" person when I get a related item I cannot figure out! Sooo without a bees nest of answers lol..who feels their up to the challenge? (This was actually posted verbatim.)


    Answer: In each post, the author is soliciting our members to do work for them.

    Back in the old days, we had to walk to the library (uphill, both ways) to do our research. Now, thanks to the internet, research is a breeze. The existence of sites such as ours, which further distill a vast array of information into an easily digestible form of one stop shopping, makes it simpler still. So for crying out loud, if you have a project related to this thing of ours, please enjoy our endless resources, but do your own research. Don’t expect our members to do the work for you, and don’t expect the site to tolerate such shameless attempts at short cuts and academic dishonesty.

    We have seen an enormous uptick in threads of this nature lately, and we ask that you not encourage such boorish behavior by participating in these threads. Please report them, or at least stay out of them. Not only do they violate our terms of usage, they often do a disservice to our paid vendors who put in a lot of time and legwork on their own products.

    So, to recap: no homework and no market research, please.
     
  3. Toothpick

    Toothpick Moderator

    BST guidelines:

    By using the BST you're agreeing to our "Caveat Emptor" (Let the buyer beware) policy. This means the administrators, moderators and B&B are not responsible for any possible negative outcomes that may result from sale/trade agreements made in the BST forum.

    Resolution of issues arising from the failure of one party to meet an agreement with another are limited to the member filing a Paypal dispute or notification to their credit card company as appropriate.

    Participation in the community at Badger and Blade is a requirement to post an item for sale or trade. Sellers/traders must be members of B&B for at least 45 days and have contributed a minimum of 50 quality posts on this site in order to post in the forum.

    Everyone is welcome to purchase items regardless of the number of posts you have, but this is at the sole discretion of the seller.

    Members will be allowed a new thread once every two weeks.

    The BST is a "one strike and you're out" forum and is intended as a PRIVILEGE for good standing members to use, NOT A RIGHT!. Members violating guidelines or the spirit of guidelines are subject to losing their access to the BST forum and /or their membership. Everyone MUST follow all the rules to keep that privilege.

    1.) The BST is not a storefront. At Moderator sole discretion, members using it as a storefront may lose their access to the BST forum and/or their membership. Members whose use of the BST rises to this level of sales must use the Panjo Marketplace instead.

    2.) ON TOPIC discussion is highly encouraged in the B/S/T. Comments pro and con regarding value to the buyer are not only welcomed, but encouraged. Seller response to value comments is discouraged, as any pricing justification should have been made in the original post listing items for sale. Members are reminded that repeating the same comments voiced by others are redundant and do not contribute to the conversation.

    3.) Sales and trades are limited to in hand goods. To assist in avoiding sales of items not in hand, sellers will post original photos with their username in the photo. Product condition, amount of product left, and shipping and details should be included in every thread. This also means that Mystery Boxes are not allowed.

    4.) Prices are mandatory and "make me an offer" or auction-type sale/trade threads are not permitted in this forum. For the sake of posterity, prices in original posts are not to be deleted after the item has sold.

    5.) Payments via Paypal are to be made under the "Goods and Services" option. Sellers are forbidden to request or require "Personal Payments" for items in the B/S/T.

    6.) Sales and trades are limited to items regularly discussed on the B&B fora and in original, non-modified condition only. Items that are modified or created by our members do not belong in the BST and must be sold in the Panjo Marketplace. Threads violating this policy will be deleted without notice. Tobacco, alcohol, firearms, and products of questionable legality may not be sold nor traded anywhere on B&B, except as permitted in the Brown Leaf Forum.
     
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