PIF Rules---Updated and clarified:
What is PIF? Pay it Forward is a social group made up of vapers who like to hang out, give and trade ecig related items and explore and enjoy the world of ecigs together.
General PIF Rules:
No money exchanges hands in PIF. Shipping is always paid by the sender. You may not offer to buy anything here. Nor may you offer items for sale.
PIF is a "no ask" zone. The only area of PIF where "asking" is permitted is the Sample Swap thread or in Emergency Needs (which is by pm to a moderator).
Fully disclose the content of any and all PIF's, giveaways, "treasure chest" items etc
PIF membership is for United States residents only - REGARDLESS OF YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS.
Be kind, and polite to each other. If you have a problem with another member, please politely resolve it in PM's or by contacting a mod. It is NEVER OK to "call out" your fellow members on threads or on the forum. If someone is breaking PIF/ECF rules, being rude or confrontational you should PM one of the PIF moderators. If you can't reach one of us and you feel that it's something that needs IMMEDIATE attention, you may use the "!" icon on the lower left of the post (next to "Blog This Post"). It is also NEVER OK to PM someone to "call them out" regarding an offer.
You may never solicit items via private message. If you receive such a PM you should use the "!" icon to report it immediately (you may also forward the offending PM to a PIF mod for review). Giving and taking is to be done out on the open forum and if you PM someone to ask for things and it's reported, you will be banned from the PIF social group. The mod team will determine if this ban is to be temporary or permanent and any decision made on the matter is final and not open for debate. If you see another member breaking the rules please contact a mod. Abuse of the PIF community will not be tolerated, and will lead to being banned from PIF, if not ECF all together.
What constitutes abuse:
1. Taking advantage of PIF's charity.
2. Not being honest about your real needs and circumstances when asking for special help when PMing a PIF mod for an Emergency Needs request.
3. Attempting to make monetary profit from items you've acquired from the PIF social group. Nothing recieved from the group may be put up for sale in the ECF classifieds...this is a bannable offense.
4. "Fishing" for gear/juice. Posts in any thread such as "I want that, but I don't have anything to offer" etc. will be deleted and a warning will be sent. If you have a true emergency need, you have the option to PM a PIF mod to request a mod approved post in the Emergency Need thread and this thread is the only thread that asking for gear/juice is allowed. Otherwise, items must be traded for in the Swaps thread or acquired from the PIF threads or the Treasure Chest thread. No exceptions.
We will not take abuse lightly as PIF cannot thrive if it is abused even by a few individuals. Any suspected cases of abuse will be investigated by the mod team, and the decision will be final.
The rules for all the PIF threads can be found in the first post of the thread and you MUST read these rules BEFORE you post in the thread. I can't stress to you enough how important this is. Read before you post.
All co-ops must be presented to the moderating team. They will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must follow the guidelines before they can move forward. Any co-op posted without moderation team "permission" will be deleted.
All PIF member sponsored contests must first be presented to the moderating team and approved before they can be posted on the forum.
Suppliers in PIF:
•Suppliers are welcome to participate in the forum as long as they are not advertising their product.
•Suppliers may participate in any thread with the exception of the PIF thread/DIY PIF thread/VG PIF thread and the Deals n steals Thread. Suppliers and/or Supplier Associates are not permitted to participate in PIF contests.
•If supplier chooses to participate in Swaps/Treasure chest (any allowed sticky thread), this member/supplier may not use these threads to gain product for their business needs, personal use only.
•Suppliers WILL be allowed to participate in co-ops, but will not be allowed to run a co-op.
These rules are subject to revision as needs dictate