EDCForums strives to provide a friendly, collaborative community for people from around the world to share their knowledge, use, and interest in everyday carry (EDC). Like any forum, we have rules and guidelines, designed to promote a positive member experience. Participation as a registered member constitutes implied agreement to abide by the forum’s Terms of Service and these guidelines. Note to manufacturers and entrepreneurs: if you wish to have a presence on the forum, please read here (link) for information. Please see also Rules 6 & 11. 1. The Golden Rule Treat others as you wish to be treated, with mutual respect. It’s okay to disagree, but don’t be “disagreeable.” Don’t antagonize, resort to insults, personal attacks, or bigotry. Avoid terms intended to ridicule, demean, or mock e.g. sheep or variations. Don’t bait, troll or flame. 2. Language and Content Foul or obscene language is not acceptable; nor is language that is sexist, racist, bigoted or homophobic. If you wouldn’t say it to your mother, grandmother, clergyman, or a kindergarten class, don’t say it here. These restrictions also apply to: photos, videos, linked content, and acronyms and abbreviations, which, if spelled out, would contain the same prohibited language. Threads, posts and comments that are political or religious in nature are not permitted. 3. Private Communications Members may not post any content from private communications between individuals, e.g. emails or messages on forum’s private messaging system (PC/private conversation). 4. Hotlinked Images Posting hotlinked images is not permitted (linking to images hosted on someone else’s website, social media pages, blog, server etc). See Hotlinking Images and Why You Shouldn’t (link) for more information. Go here (link) for help using the many free image-hosting sites. 5. Multiple Member Accounts Only one member account per person is permitted. If you have issues with your user account (i.e. forgotten password, user name-change), do not create another account. Use password recovery routine (link) or message a staff member for help (link to names). 6. Conflicting Commercial Interests Companies, entities or individuals engaged in commerce may not have a business or product presence on the forum without the forum owner’s consent and agreement. This restriction extends to manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and small-entrepreneur makers of gear and other products. Also restricted: blogs, review sites, video-based channels (i.e. YouTube), and social media that are “monetized” in some way; crowd-funding principals (i.e. KickStarter, Indiegogo projects); and web-based group-buying participants (i.e. MassDrop). Spamming or shilling by such entities, their representative — or any forum member — is expressly prohibited. Those who want to explore a business presence on the forum should first contact the designated staff member(s) (link). Please note that EDCForums does not offer paid-advertising. See also Rule 11. Content of a Marketing Nature. 7. Illegal or Criminal Activities EDCForums is about preparedness, safety, and the legal and lawful everyday carry of tools by responsible citizens (which might include guns or knives). Encouraging, advocating, or discussing violence or illegal acts is strictly prohibited. 8. Weapons-Related Dual-Purpose Items Defined as an item that can function as both a tool and a weapon (i.e. a pen purposely designed by the maker to also function as a weapon). Discussions are prohibited that attempt to obfuscate an item’s primary use as a weapon in an effort to circumvent applicable laws. The determinant: What is the primary function and intended use? 9. Unofficial Clubs or Guilds No special clubs or guilds are allowed at EDCForums — such groups are sometimes perceived as exclusionary. The forum is a place where everyone will be welcome, regardless of his or her experience, level of expertise, type or quantity of EDC-related items owned or carried, or level of forum participation. 10. Offers to Buy/Sell/Trade Posting an offer to buy, sell or trade in a sub-forum other than the Buy/Sell/Trade sub-forum(s) is prohibited. Note that members must have a post-count of fifteen (15) or greater before they can view the B/S/T sub-forum(s). Rules specific to B/S/T participation can be seen here (link). 11. Content of a Marketing Nature Threads and posts of a marketing nature are prohibited. a. Members may not post content that is intended to market, advertise or promote a business or product(s); this includes photos, videos, avatar images or text, and URLs (web addresses);b. Member’s user-name may not identify a business or product (except forum-store suppliers);c. Posts promoting or linking to crowd-funded projects (i.e. Kickstarter, Indiegogo), or group-buying websites (i.e. MassDrop) are not permitted;d. Members who conduct a product review site may not post external links to reviews hosted elsewhere, but are encouraged to post wholly independent, non-commercial reviews in their entirety on EDCF (see also Rule 16 Member Product Reviews);e. Links to blogs, websites, social media or video-based channels (i.e. YouTube) that are “monetized” (advertise or sell products, or participate in “affiliate programs”) are prohibited. 12. Deal Spotting is prohibited. Defined as posting an external source or seller of a product, with or without price, URL/web address or promo code. It’s a form of marketing/advertising for the cited source, and is unfair to the enterprises that support EDCForums by supplying product(s) to the forum store. This policy is not intended to curtail or discourage organic member-discussion of specific products. 13. Giveaways and Contests These events are a part of what makes EDCF fun. Our members have proved to be very generous in their support of contests and giveaways, and we hope to have many more in the future. If you would like to organize and sponsor such an event, please message (PC) an administrator (link) to coordinate before you announce. The reasons: we maintain a queue of members waiting to conduct a giveaway; through trial-and-error, we’ve established a standard process that assures best execution, which helps to avoid results that might reflect negatively on the forum. Once your giveaway is active, forum staff will do all they can to help promote. 14. Staff Action The staff monitors forum activity, and will take appropriate action when forum policy violations occur. A member might simply be cautioned and reminded of the applicable rule. The post might be edited, or removed entirely from public view. In some circumstances, a member’s account-privileges might be temporarily suspended; and in rare, extreme cases, a member’s user-account could be permanently revoked. If any member has questions or concerns about a staff decision or action, they should address by messaging (private conversation/PC) a staff member, and not discuss or question in an open-forum post. The latter is counter-productive, and itself a rule violation. We encourage members to help maintain the forum’s integrity by using the “Report” function when inappropriate content or policy violations are seen. 15. Posting Links and Link-Blocker As detailed elsewhere in these policies, posting of external links is generally not permitted. The forum does not wish to be a portal for — or drive traffic to — other websites. However, certain approved websites have been “white-listed” and those URLs may be posted (submit white-list requests by message to forum staff). To help contain linking of unapproved sites, link-blocking software is employed. Attempting to bypass the software is prohibited, e.g. use of short URLs, BBcode, images, watermarks or creative punctuation. Post containing such efforts will be edited or removed. Open-forum discussion of link-blocker software, the policy, or related staff action is inappropriate and is to be avoided. Message a staff member if you want to discuss or ask questions. For more information, please view this thread: Domain Not Approved - Link-Blocker Software.16. Product Reviews by Members Members who maintain a product review site may not post external links to their reviews; however, we encourage and welcome direct posts of wholly independent, non-commercial reviews in their entirety. An independent review is one where the reviewer purchases and owns the reviewed product, and has no connection with the product seller. Sponsored or compensated reviews are not permitted. Defined as a review where reviewer receives any form of compensation from the product supplier. “Compensation” could be monetary payment, paid advertising agreement, affiliate-sales agreement, or product was provided by product seller — temporarily or permanently — to facilitate the review. We view compensated reviews as a form of advertising and marketing by-proxy.If you’re unsure whether or not your review complies, or have other questions, please message a staff member before posting. (Staff list). Note to reviewers: We ask that members who post reviews include, prominently beneath the review, a simple statement, disclosing that they personally purchased and paid for the reviewed product, and that they have no connection or arrangement with the seller or maker of the product (obviously, these declarations must be true). Might be over-disclosure for independent reviewers — depending on which attorney you believe — but should ensure full compliance with FTC regulations governing consumer endorsements (revised 2013), and will further assure fellow EDCF’ers that they’re reading an impartial review. Please refer to FAQs + How To (link) for other helpful information. We appreciate your conscientious adherence to EDCF's community policies. It helps the forum remain member-, family- and workplace-friendly and an enjoyable place to interact with fellow gear-nuts! _________________________________________________ EDCF User Agreement You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum. Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. 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