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Suppliers' advertising thread rules - Must Read!!

Discussion in 'E Cigarette Suppliers Forum' started by Oliver, Jul 15, 2008.

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  1. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member

    Unregistered Suppliers, affiliates, etc, BEFORE you make any posts read the suppliers rules

    ECF Suppliers Terms of Service

    Not doing so risks incurring a ban - before you even start!

    Furthermore, please read the posts by Misty & Rolygate,

    All the best,

  2. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 24, 2009
    ECF Towers
    You might ask: why all the rules?

    The answer is simple: this website is large and complex, with high traffic and several diverse usergroups. In particular, we have to balance the requirements of members and suppliers. If free-for-all adverts were allowed, the site would rapidly become a toilet - of no use to visitors, avoided by members, of no interest to genuine suppliers and advertisers, and banned by search engines.

    Therefore we have an absolutely rigid rule, which is very, very simple; no adverts / promotion anywhere on the site except where permitted, by those who are permitted to do so. Any contravention of this rule and you will be banned.

    Registered Suppliers
    Of course, we work together with registered suppliers and advertisers. Once registered, you will be afforded the facilities you need, though you must respect our rules. We will assist in any way we can, to help you provide a service and trade successfully - but please remember the facilities we provide to you are a privilege, and if you contravene our rules, will be withdrawn.

    There is an associated matter: the increasing pressure on this site. It is one of the oldest, largest, and above all most-respected ecigarette websites. As such it is a central point of reference for many in the industry. That makes it attractive for both genuine advertisers and spammers alike. We have several hundred Registered Suppliers and eighty Forum Suppliers (this number is capped and there is a waiting list). The volume of applicants to become registered suppliers is increasing, along with the spam.

    Please remember that we are under pressure and anything that looks like a spam attempt will be deleted, and you will be instantly banned - this applies to all, including suppliers.

    Registration as a supplier here is a privilege that we can and will withdraw without the slightest hesitation - there is a long waiting list, and getting longer. READ THE RULES.

    Legal situation
    Please also note that the regulatory situation is 'interesting'. It differs from country to country and we may have to take account of that. We also need to consider the legal issues and the effect of site content or links to partner sites, on our community and registered suppliers. For these reasons things are not necessarily as simple as you may think.

    For questions surrounding these issues, please contact:

    Misty (ECF Suppliers Manager)
    directly at:
    [please rebuild the email address into the normal format with @ and .com]

  3. Misty

    Misty Forum Admin
    Supplier/Commercial Manager
    Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Nov 16, 2008
    Unregistered Suppliers:

    Anyone who sells must be registered as supplier if they promote/advertise on ECF.

    This Forum and sub forums are meant for registered ECF Suppliers to advertise.
    Non suppliers or unregistered suppliers may not start threads here. If you have a question for a specific vendor ask that vendor directly by PM or in the appropriate thread of the vendor.

    ALL APPLICATION REQUESTS are to be done via email to:

    [please rebuild the email address into the normal format with @ and .com]

    You will receive by email a complete information package, including a mandatory Suppliers Details Form to be completed. Pls note the information will remain confidential, for internal records only and will not be listed on the Forum.

    You will remain in the unregistered supplier usergroup during the application process.

    Those applying for Registered Supplier usergroup - those with online active trading websites, will undergo a site review for compliance to ECF Business Site Criteria to ensure no health, safe, smoke anywhere and other non-permissible claims are made and secure encrypted checkouts in place.

    Applicant Rules :

    • You are cordially asked not to post ANY reference to your products or services UNTIL YOUR REGISTRATION IS ACCEPTED. This includes preference polls or ideas of products such as proposed concepts. Do not post in another supplier's thread or forum without the express permission of the thread/forum owner.
    • No signature text or links are allowed nor avatars that are business-related until approval process is completed.
    • Only ONE username is permitted per company to be registered on ECF and represent the business.
      No associates/employees allowed to be registered.
  4. Misty

    Misty Forum Admin
    Supplier/Commercial Manager
    Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Nov 16, 2008
    For our ECF Suppliers:

    ECF Suppliers TOS
    ECF Suppliers Terms of Service | E-Cigarette Forum

    ECF Supplier Rules:

    **Suppliers private forum

    ECF supplier advertising threads can be held in the E Cigarette Supplier Forum (this forum) and its subforums,if eligible as per your acceptance letter which are:
    Note: Contest/giveaway threads are held in a separate forum. They are not allowed in the main supplier forum or the following sub forums.
    • Modder/Accessory Suppliers Forum
    • UK and Ireland Suppliers
    • Euro Suppliers
    • Canada Suppliers
    Contest/giveaway advertising threads
    All contest/giveaway thread must be held in the specific sub-forum :
    ECF Suppliers Contest Forum
    ECF Supplier Contest Forum | E-Cigarette Forum
    For contest rules , Pls refer to Supplier rules Section 10

    Maximum 2 open advertising threads open at any one time:

    ECF Suppliers (Registered Suppliers, Accessories suppliers , Registered Supplier Offline) will be limited to two (2) open threads (contest threads included) at a time in the Suppliers Main Forum and/or supplier subforums. You will need to close a thread before restarting a new one.

    Forum Suppliers , those with dedicated forums are permitted only one (1) open advertising thread in the main supplier forum or specific sub supplier forums if eligible

    Closing an advertising thread

    Suppliers have the ability to close their own threads.

    You must close one of them before creating a new thread. This rule also extends to the supplier subforums under this main one.

    To close, click Thread tools --> EditThread--> uncheck open

    It is important not to go against the spirit of the "open thread" rule by posting a thread, then immediately closing it, sometimes repeatedly. Pls refrain from doing this as it may jeopardize your ability to post in this forum at all.

    Advertising thread titles

    1. Cannot contain URLs
    Advertising Thread Titles : no URLs allowed
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