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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Octavia's Mom's Avatar
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    Default Policies and Rules of Conduct

    First, thank you to member Pattye for posting this:

    The purpose of Pearl-Guide.com is to
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    • Protect consumers from unethical trading practices
    • Educate consumers and members of the industry
    • Promote honest and universal grading systems
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    • Break the industry?s shroud of secrecy through open discussion and debate
    • Make breaking news of the industry available as it happens


    We want everyone to feel welcome here, but we also expect people to abide by the rules of conduct. Use your signature if you have a business you would like to promote. If you are unsure about whether a post is appropriate, please ask an administrator or moderator.

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    Use of Pearl-Guide.com will constitute acceptance of the following policies and rules of conduct. These policies and rules of conduct may change periodically.

    The forum on Pearl-Guide.com is presented "as is" with no warranty of any kind expressed or implied. Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators disclaim any and all implied warranties regarding this Web site and any information obtained from it. Pearl-Guide.com, its owners, moderators and administrators will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or relating to any use of Pearl-Guide.com.

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    Use of Pearl-Guide.com is limited to legal purposes. Pearl-Guide.com does not allow the publishing, posting, dissemination or distribution of any obscene, libelous, defamatory, or other unlawful information or material, including but not limited to copyrighted information and trademarks if express authorization is not granted by rights holder.

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    Pearl-Guide.com will not tolerate shills, or vendors posing as consumers. Any non-vendor members with affiliation or association to a particular vendor must disclose this relationship prior to publishing about or on behalf of a vendor.

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    Advertising is regarded as a form of spam. Posting information about a product or service that does not directly apply to an ongoing discussion or thread will lead to suspension and ultimately banishment of the offending member. No link dropping!

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    purveyor of pearls Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pearlescence's Avatar
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    Legally full of holes.
    For eg who owns copyeight? Website or posters ? Both cannot. Does c in a photo transfer to owners of website on posting.
    What about if someone posts a pic which is c a third party? Who then pays?

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Purranha's Avatar
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    Thank you GemGeek & Pattye for a refresher on the Policies and Rules of Conduct of Pearl-Guide!
    Even if the letter of the policies may need some clarification a la the good questions pearlescence brought up, we can certainly appreciate the spirit of the policies and good conduct overall!
    Much appreciated!

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    I absolutely concur with Purranha, and add my voice to say thank you!!!

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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
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    I too agree with Purranha and understand Wendy's points. Thanks for posting this Blaire always good to know the rules..few people ever search for them on a forum. Perhaps it would be good to sticky this somewhere... maybe it already is?

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    It's good for forum rules to be easy to find. Thanks for posting this!

    I agree that it ought to be stickied -- and maybe not just on Pearling Industry News?

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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Octavia's Mom's Avatar
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    I appreciate your receptiveness to the message. It's going to be in the footer on the main page, but with the problems we are experiencing, it may take a few days to get it in there.

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    I think some parts need more clarifications eg Advertising. Other areas may be hard to enforce eg Honest Identification and Disclosure.

    Thanks GemGeek for reminding everyone of the forum rules.

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    Super Moderator Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert jshepherd's Avatar
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    Thanks for posting this Blaire. It was once at the bottom of every page but happened to get removed with the redesign. I'll ask Kevin to re-add it and see if we can update it as it's probably 10 years old.

    Authors own their own copyright. Pearl-Guide owns all the articles, posters own their posts. The rules are our terms of service and enforced under the discretion of current admins or moderators. Perfect legal prose isn't needed in order to enforce easily understandable rules.

    Advertising is something that most members rarely see because it almost always comes from new sign ups and they are deleted by Blaire before 5 am seven days a week, and the first two posts are always moderated so only she sees them.

    Enforcing honest id and disclosure isn't as difficult as you might think. If there is any reason to suspect (and this has only happened a couple of times that I know of), matching up IP addresses usually works very well.

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    I'm glad to be able to read the PG's Policies and Rules of conduct now. I don't recall reading it or seeing it when i first joined and may have unintentionally broken a rule (oops!) hahaha.

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    Perpetual Pearl Student Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert lisa c's Avatar
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    Ok, good to know.

    BTW, on my phone the posts show up, but when I access the site, it appears that virtually all of today's posts have disappeared. Same for my computer.
    Anybody else seeing this happen?

    Good luck with this, Admins, I think you're wonderful to take it on.
    Last edited by lisa c; 01-30-2016 at 01:19 AM.

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    Third-graft Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert ckrickett's Avatar
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    Thank you this reminder!

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    Lisa yes I think a couple of days worth of posts are gone.
    Thank you GemGeek, Caitlin and the mods for your hard work!

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    Hmm, yes I think they have, I'm sure I posted on this thread a day or so ago - just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic work.
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    Thank you to both Jeremy and Blaire and many others who work so hard to keep this site an educational, informative and inspirational place. I don't think I have ever been on a forum or even a live discussion group that is so supportive of each other and encouraging. Every time I link into Pearl-Guide, I find something new. You are so gracious and generous with your information and time. I truly look forward to seeing you all in person in Tucson every year and delight in your friendship.
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