THE TRADING POST - POSTING GUIDELINES

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THE TRADING POST - POSTING GUIDELINES

Post by fourseasons » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:27 pm

THE TRADING POST -- GUIDELINES FOR POSTING

The TRADING POST forums are for active GDF members. They are *not* an outlet for commercial advertising campaigns!

We may allow an occasional ad from a commercial bird dog source such as a pro trainer, kennel, etc. offering an item for sale -- however it is expected that anyone who includes a link to their business, pro or hobby kennel (including puppy sales), and/or professional service, etc. in a GDF ad will first have a reciprocal weblink [a text or button link on the referenced business/kennel/professional service website] back to the Gun Dog Forum. Note that this includes any posts with references to a business/kennel/professional site in the poster's signature line as well.

If you want to link to your Facebook or your blog you can include a link reference, and/or "like", back to GDF. Our Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/gundogforum There's also a link to our Gun Dog Forum app on that FB page.

Ads with links off of GDF and without reciprocal links may be removed by a Moderator or may be held "non-public" pending a reciprocal link being created on the referenced site. Note that you are welcome to include your name, address, phone, mobile, e-mail, location, etc. in your ad but if you choose to include a link to your pro or hobby kennel or business in your ad (or your ad's signature line) you'll need a link on that referenced site back to Gun Dog Forum. That's a win-win for advertisers and GDF, and helps us keep the Forum free for its members. If you don't want to link to GDF on your webpage or online site, please remove any link(s) from your ad or signature line that point off of GDF to your site - thanks!

SUGGESTED INFORMATION IN ADS
Ads should include the advertiser's or item's location (at least state, and preferably city too). DOGS FOR SALE ads should include the breed of dog(s) being listed as well - there are many new viewers coming to GDF everyday, some new to hunting dog breeds.

LIST MULTIPLE ITEMS IN SEPARATE ADS
-- Advertisers will benefit by splitting multiple items for sale into separate ads if there are a few different items being listed (unless items are being sold together such as a gun and case, bird launcher and remote, etc.) - much easier to let readers know when an item has been sold rather than listing several items and marking some sold and others still for sale. Ads for litters of puppies, of course, may have notes indicating which pups are sold and which are still available.

SOLD ITEMS
When your item(s) sell or are no longer available, please edit your ad and write SOLD somewhere in the original post's subject line (yes, even if the item was given away it helps us in searching ads to archive if we can look for the one word SOLD vs. many different terms).

STALE ADS
We will also at our discretion move ads that haven't had activity for 6 months into the ARCHIVE forum, and ads in the DOGS FOR SALE forum that haven't had activity for 4 months into the ARCHIVE forum.

NO BUMPING ADS
Advertisers will refrain from attempts to move their ads to the top of a forum by using "bump" messages or having friends make posts such as "Nice gun!" "Cute pups!" etc. or other comments that don't add relevant information to the ad.

QUESTIONS TO SELLERS
Readers who want to know if an advertised item is still available are encouraged to send a private message (PM) to the advertiser checking on the availability of an item. As our advertisers follow our guidelines and mark items SOLD when no longer available, plus our efforts to move old ads to the ARCHIVE, will help ensure that items advertised in the active forums are still 'good to go'!

COMMENTARY ON ADS
Commentary (other than adding useful information relating to the item being advertised) and advice-seeking posts are better suited to the GENERAL CHAT category. If an advertiser needs to add new or additional information about an item, use the "edit" feature to modify the original post

And as always, GDF reserves the right to delete or edit a post for any reason, but especially ads considered by our moderation process to be objectionable or contrary to the best interest of the GDF community - including removal of SPAM and strictly commercial advertising (other than as noted above).

Thank you to all GDF readers and participants for your continued support!

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