These Rules supersede and overrule any other instance on this Website or oral communication now or in the past. These Rules are applicable to any and every area on this site, and there are no exemptions.
Terms and abbreviations are at the end of the Rules.
Please carefully note Rule 2: these Rules are updated frequently and without notice.
1. YOU AGREE that your use of this Forum is governed by these Rules.
2. These Rules may change from time to time and it is your responsibility to check for the latest version. The Rules may be updated without notice.
3. Age limitation
This Website is for the use of persons over the age of eighteen ONLY. Persons under 18 must not use the Website. ECF does not allow persons under 18 to register or participate in any way.
a. Your details: we require a Location (your present country of residence) and your Birthdate, which you can set to Invisible in your User Control Panel should you so wish. In this case only the Officials can see your details. They have to be able to check this information due to legal requirements and to protect the community.
PLEASE NOTE that we do not require your name or your address, so you remain anonymous unless you decide to publish these details on the site, which is entirely your decision. Unfortunately if you are unwilling to confirm your location and age, we are unable to allow you to participate on the Website.
b. Your email address: we require you to have a valid and correctly-working email address.
c. Your username: you are not permitted to register a username (userID, forum name) that is offensive, or that consists entirely or largely of symbols / punctuation and numbers.
d. A username may not consist of a trade name or a domain name.
e. A username may not be offensive, inappropriate, harmful, or disadvantageous in any way to ECF.
5. Messages and Accounts
a. The Forum Officials reserve the right to edit, move, delete or close any message or thread for any reason. In the event of any dispute the decision of the Administrators is final.
b.The Forum Officials reserve the right to remove, edit or suspend any user account at their discretion. There is no right of appeal.
You must not post material on this Website that you do not own the copyright to, unless it is done so under a Fair Use agreement. Only one paragraph or 300 words may be posted, whichever is the greater, and a link should be given to the original source.
a. Members must be polite at all times. When addressing another Forum user, you will be polite. Courteous discussion is welcome here but heated and abusive argument is not. If attacked you are not allowed to respond in kind. Instead use the Private Message system and try to resolve matters privately and amicably. If problems persist ask for the help of a Moderator.
b. Suppliers cannot post negative material about other suppliers or their products or service or prices, whether they are ECF Suppliers or not.
8. Personal attacks
You can disagree with the subject matter of a post, but never personally attack the poster - “Attack the post, not the poster”. Treat people as you would like to be treated yourself: with courtesy.
9. Flaming, trolling, other misconduct
a. These are not permitted -
- Flaming (insults).
- Criticising or complaining about a Moderator, or how the site is run, except via PM (private message).
- Discussion or mention of illegal/illicit drugs or sexual content.
- Posting of vulgar videos.
- Obscene or vulgar language.
- Trying to place offensive text in a post by evading the forum's built-in word censor, using symbols or alternative letters for example.
- Multiple identities/accounts - this also applies to Facebookers. Each member is allowed only one account on the ECF Forums.
- Improper solicitation of goods, services, or monies from suppliers or other members. ECF is a "no begging zone".
- Trolling (includes but is not restricted to:
- Flooding the board with comments coming from a single point of view in multiple posts.
- Deliberately posting something which is against our forum rules.
- Posting something deliberately inflammatory - either to start a "flame war" or simply to cause difficulties for the Moderators.
- Posting snide comments about another member.
- Posting repeated criticism of Moderators or their moderation activities.
- Engaging in behaviour which is disruptive to the general operation of the Forum.
- Comments that insult people on the basis of their sexual orientation, religion, race, nationality, or country of origin.
b. Posting photos or pictures that some may find offensive or unacceptable is not permitted. Naked or semi-naked pictures of people are not permitted. As matters of taste cannot have a hard definition, Moderators will determine what is or is not acceptable - if you are unsure, then do not post the material.
10. Communications considered private
Posting the content of PMs or personal emails on the forum is not allowed. All PMs and emails are deemed to be confidential and cannot be made public except with the prior written consent of the author.
11. Message conventions
Posts made by members must accord with certain conventions.
a. Off-topic digression: Stick to the topic. Do not deviate from the subject discussed in a thread as this is called off-topic (OT) posting. Open a new thread if a new issue arises from the discussion so others can always see by the title what the thread is about. Do not post the same topic in several forums (no double-posting / cross-posting).
b. Post titles: The title of a post should accurately refer to the post content. Do not place links in the title.
You agree that you assign to this Website and its successors perpetual and unlimited license free of charge to publish or otherwise use any content and materials provided by you. You agree that this applies to any post or article or contribution or material of any type that you submit or upload in any way. You retain copyright to any original content you contribute.
13. Freedom of speech
Your contribution to this forum is not a right but a privilege. As this is a private website there is no public right to freedom of speech. The rules we have in place are to protect the site, and to provide a convivial environment for our Members. In short: we decide what is permissible or not permissible.
14. Offensive or illegal content
a. Although the Officials will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for all messages to be reviewed. All messages express the views of the author alone, and neither the Owner nor Officials of this Forum may be held responsible for the content of any message.
b. The forum software automatically censors (removes) some offensive words, links to low-quality websites, and terms we do not wish discussed here. If a word or link in your post is removed and replaced with ........., it has been censored. Do not attempt to defeat or evade the forum censoring software.
15. Advertising/Selling in posts
You must not use this forum for advertising. Any post that seems to have been made for advertising will be deleted. Registered Suppliers may advertise subject to compliance with their specific rules. Members wanting to sell, trade and/or buy e-cigs and e-cig related items from other members may only post these items in the Classified section.
You must not linkspam the forum (post links for the purpose of advertising). Genuine messages with genuine links that are relevant and of use to our community are permitted. Linkspam will be deleted and an infraction may result. ECF does not want irrelevant links.
17. Linking to low-quality websites
a. No links to low-quality websites are allowed. This means sites that are banned by search engines to a greater or lesser degree; websites that are rated poorly by safe-surf organizations; and sites that we rate as being of low quality. Such sites include but are not limited to those listed in banned sig links (see below).
b. Posting live links  to propaganda against e-cigarettes, low-quality unresearched or slanted press articles, or materials containing deliberate attacks on e-cigarettes unsupportable by independent evidence, is not allowed. Links should be broken by placing spaces in the domain part of the URL, or any other method that prevents browsers or search engines seeing a link .
18. PM and Blog systems
a. The Private Message (PM) and Blog systems must not be used for advertising or promotion in any form. Any Member spamming via PMs or Blogs will be banned immediately.
b. The Private Message and Blog systems must not be used to slander, libel, or otherwise harass members or suppliers. Misuse of these systems in this manner may result in a permanent ban. If you wish to complain about a supplier, use the Reviews of Suppliers - Negative forum.
c. Blogs must not be used in order to circumvent any ECF rule on posting. Use of the Blog system to circumvent a rule will result in the same enforcement that a forum post or reported PM would receive
Vendors or anyone with any commercial connection with PVs / e-cigarettes of any form whatsoever must abide by our Suppliers Rules. See suppliers information and TOS:
20. Links to .exe files
No direct links to executable files are allowed (examples: .exe, .xls, .scr). Please link to the page the file is referenced on.
21. Attacking other websites
Members' use of this forum to discuss spamming, trolling or disruption of other sites is not allowed.
a. No posts discussing the placing of unwanted text or materials on another website or forum are allowed.
b. No posts advocating methods to carry out such attacks are allowed.
c. No posts giving resources to carry out such attacks are allowed.
d. Members who attack other sites in any way are at risk of being banned. This includes trolling, spamming links, or acting in a way likely to bring ECF into disrepute on other sites.
Any such posts will be deleted and the person responsible will be sanctioned.
a. A photo or graphic is allowed.
b. The maximum dimensions are 160px width, 200px height, and 20kB filesize.
c. A .gif is advised.
d. No animated graphics are allowed except on application to the Forum Manager.
23. Signature (sigs)
a. No animated graphics are allowed in signatures and there are no exceptions.
b. No affiliate links are allowed in signatures.
c. No commercial links are allowed. This means links to business websites or any website with a primarily commercial objective unless the site is related to electronic cigarettes and is permissible according to other rules. Signatures with links to Unregistered Suppliers and/or sites of dubious quality/content/reputation are subject to removal. If excessive promotion is suspected, an infraction may also be given.
d. Signature images (graphics, gfx) must be 400 x 65px or less in dimension (this means the width cannot be greater than 400px and the height cannot be greater than 65px), and no more than 25kB in filesize. We advise a .gif or .jpg file.
e. Members who are permitted a linked sig graphic cannot also have text links unless there is a usergroup exception for their group.
f. Members may have a 'Stopped Smoking' graphic of standard size in addition to another graphic.
g. No links (including in signatures) are allowed to websites we proscribe, or to websites either for, or that feature prominently:
pharmaceuticals, porn, gambling, violence, loans, credit, political parties, religious views, information considered illegal in most countries.h. A signature is a privilege, not a right, and can be withdrawn any time for any reason and without notice.
24. Affiliate Advertising
a. Affiliate advertising is not allowed on ECF forums, either directly or indirectly. This includes, but is not limited to, affiliate links, discount codes with an affiliate code, or clickable signature banners.
b. Links to external web pages with affiliate codes/links/banners are not allowed except where an agreed exemption is granted to Registered Reviewers or similar.
The tagging system is for the benefit of members searching the forum, and must not be abused. These types of tags are not allowed:
a. Tags that are offensive or may be considered inflammatory.
b. URLs (web addresses) or domain names.
c. Adverts for vendors, or vendor names.
d. Tags that promote products especially where the tag is placed in another vendor's thread.
26. Linking to e-cigarette review websites or blogs
All e-cig review sites/blogs must be approved before their owners may link to them from ECF. To register, contact the Reviewers Manager via email - see the Contacts page.
27. Classifieds and PIF
a. No addresses gained from the Classifieds or Pay-It-Forward sections may be used for any other purpose or published anywhere.
28. Electronic cigarette definition
a. 'Electronic cigarettes' or 'e-cigarettes' or 'PVs' (electric or electronic personal vaporizers) as described on this website are consumer products designed as an alternative to smoking, for smokers age 18 or over.
b. They are electrical or electronic in design and function, do not contain any tobacco, and there is no combustion or smoke. They supply a flavored water-based vapor that may or may not contain nicotine.
c. Nicotine is deemed to be a consumer product in the same class as coffee (caffeine): generally recognized as legal and without significant health issues when consumed responsibly. Nicotine cannot justifiably be deemed illegal or a medicinal product in any jurisdiction since it is part of the normal diet. Irresponsible consumption is a behavior with risk that is assumed by the consumer as with any dietary component.
c. Use of e-cigarettes is assumed to have a reduction in risk as compared with smoking, since there is neither tobacco nor smoke, but use is not risk-free and users must assume the risk and it cannot be assigned to anyone except the user.
d. ECF does not allow or support the use or discussion of use of any substances, or equipment for the consumption of such substances, that we consider unconnected to normal e-cigarette use or generally recognised as illegal. ECF is a single-topic resource and that topic is e-cigarettes.
e. Members may not discuss non-legal non-consumer drugs or equipment and neither may registered vendors sell products for consumption of materials other than regular e-cigarette refills.
29. Nicotine strength
a. The maximum nicotine strength of eliquids allowed to be offered for sale on ECF by Suppliers is 36mg or 3.6%. No liquid of strength higher than this can be specifically offered or specifically mentioned by Suppliers. Trade deals are exempt, within private supplier boards only, as higher strengths are needed for trade bulk mixing. Note that there are shipping restrictions in some countries for toxic materials, which can be obtained by application to your local Postal Service and private shippers, and you are cautioned not to contravene these restrictions.
b. Suppliers can sell whatever strength they wish with the exception of pure nicotine (900mg / 90% and above). Sites that sell pure nicotine will be blocked by ECF. We define 'pure nicotine' as 90% / 900mg/ml or higher.
c. There is a limit on public discussion of 200mg (20%) maximum for mixing discussion, recipes and tutorials, and also in the Classifieds.
d. The use of 'Pure Nicotine' cannot be discussed (in detail) on public forums on ECF (trade forums are exempt) due to the hazard  - see Notes below. That is to say, it can be mentioned in passing but not discussed at length especially as regards mixing.
30. Removal requests
a. If you have a patent or copyright-related request for material to be removed from the Website, we will always comply with such requests where they can be shown to have a legally-valid basis. Please provide:
b. Please note that unverifiable copyrights or patents pending do not confer any rights in law and will lead to wasted time on your behalf as we would not be able to comply.
i. The patent number and a link to where it can be found online.
ii. The copyright details and a link to where it can be found online.
iii. Alternatively, please send the documents to our postal address as available in the Website ToS and notify us by email of the postal service details: admin[AT]e-cigarette-forum[DOT]com
iv. A link to the place or places on ECF
where the material can be found.
v. The reason why you require the removal of the materials.
c. In the case of disputed claims or alleged libel or similar materials, please supply a link to the location of the materials and the reason/s the materials should be removed.
d. Unless you supply your full name, job title, business name, business postal address, and full relevant details, we will consider your communication to be an anonymous request. We cannot process anonymous requests and such communications have no legal status.
Persons who contravene these Rules may be politely asked to desist. Further contraventions will result in sanctions of various kinds, and/or the member may be banned for a period or permanently. The application of such sanctions, or their severity, or whether or not offenders are informed of such sanctions, is entirely at our discretion.
Abbreviations and terms
The Rules are these clauses on this page.
ECF or the Forum or the Website means the E-Cigarette Forum and the website at:
E-Cigarette Forum - ECF
A Member is a person who has applied for and been accepted as a registered user of the Website.
The Owner is the owner of the Website.
The Officials are any of the Forum staff, including the Administrators and Moderators.
Rule 17 : Linking to low-quality websites
 A 'live link' or hyperlink is a link that, when clicked, sends the visitor to the linked resource, such as a web page.
 Search engines attribute a great deal of weight to ECF materials (it is called 'TrustRank'). If we link to a webpage, it is seen as a major vote for that page, by the search engines, and it will give that page additional pagerank and credibility. We do not want to support commercial paid-for propaganda and inaccurate or agenda-based journalism.
Rule 29 : Nicotine Strength
 It became obvious that some members joining in discussion of pure nicotine did not have any idea of the danger, or any knowledge of working with hazardous chemicals, or even any basic knowledge of measurements. Pure nic is as dangerous as cyanide - opening a bottle in a room can result in all present being poisoned. It must be handled in a fume cupboard, with hazmat precautions. Pure nic can be theoretically defined as: Nicotine 100%, 1000mg, 1000mg/ml, but is more likely to be found as 998mg, 997mg/ml or 990 mg (99%). We consider anything over 90% / 900mg to be 'pure nic'. No discussion of use or links to suppliers whatsoever  are allowed.
There is a very real danger of death or hospitalization with this material and ECF cannot support any publicity of its use or sources. There is no need to use it since far safer strengths are available for bulk mixing, such as 48mg (4.8% nicotine in PG or VG), 60mg (6%), and 100mg (10%). To protect our members and ourselves we do not allow discussion of or sources for anything over 200mg (20% nic) .
Advertising/promotion on ECF cannot exceed 36mg strength. Vendor's sites can sell any strength up to 89% though we advise vendors to limit sales to 10% / 100mg/ml where possible. Sites selling pure nic will be banned.
 Except within private trade forums.
Suppliers (any dealer / trader / vendor / frequent seller / manufacturer / wholesaler) must read the Suppliers' ToS, Suppliers Information and Suppliers Rules here:
Forum Rules - All new members must read before posting!
How to register as a Supplier
New suppliers - visitors or new members or any others starting to sell or trade in any way - must read the rules above.
If a trader is not registered with us, which involves a review procedure, they MAY NOT post any reference of any kind related to their involvement with buying or selling any materials related to ecigarettes.
Any posts with links or adverts or promotion of any kind, made by suppliers who are not registered with us, or not in compliance with the rules, will be deleted immediately and the user banned.