Forum rules

Community rules, etiquette, decorum... and some other stuff
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Forum rules

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We don't like rules. They tend to be authoritarian, oppressive, and they stifle creativity.

But they do serve a purpose, because without them there would be anarchy (in forum terms anarchy means uncontrolled spam and trolling) That’s why rules are necessary.

So with that in mind, here’s the rules for hanging out here and being a part of this community…

1. Be respectful of other members

Do not harass, personally attack, blackmail, spam or bully members. If you have a problem with anyone, take it up with them privately. No naming or shaming here since there’s always three sides to every story. (your side, their side, and the objective truth that usually lies somewhere in the middle)

That doesn’t mean you can’t call someone out if they say something stupid or dangerous. But just remember, we all have different levels of expertise and experience. So if anybody says something that’s totally wrong, let them know it, and explain “why” it’s wrong (from your point of view), without calling them derogatory names.

2. Don’t spam the community

Members who contribute value to this forum, in good faith, will be given plenty of opportunities to promote their writing products and services on this site. But members who create an account for the sole purpose of posting promotional links will be considered spammers.

If you post blatant spam (like a comment with no redeeming value just for the sake of posting a link, or increasing your post count) then your post will be deleted, and any credit for the post will also be deleted. If you make a habit out of posting spam your account will be banned. You may, or may not get a warning, depending on how blatant the spam post is.

If you post subtle spam (valuable content, but you try to slip in a promotional link) then your post will probably remain but the link will be removed.
Caveat: If you post a lengthy article that is super valuable to our visitors, extremely well thought out and well written, and passes all plagiarism and anti-GPT checks, we might let it slide as long as the link points directly to your own professional copywriting website (this exception will be at the sole discretion of the site admins).

Links are allowed in your post as long as they are relevant to the topic, provide value, and are NOT blatantly self promotional or spammy.

No affiliate links are allowed in any posts! If you post an affiliate link it will be deleted as soon at we spot it.

3. Contributing to the Forum

Due to a few bad actors registering on our site for the sole purpose of posting spam links, we've been forced to moderate newly registered members.

As a result, your first 2 to 3 posts may be moderated before they appear on this site. After you’ve shown us you're here to post useful or relevant content your posts will no longer be held in moderation before they appear on this site.

Most language will not be censored on these forums. If your sensibilities are hurt by the occasional swear word, or un-woke comment, you will not find a safe space here. This does not mean it’s OK to make an entire post full of curse words and obscene language just to make yourself sound cool or edgy (in reality, it usually just makes you sound foolish). It's also not OK to use hateful rhetoric towards any generalized group of people.

Excessive use of curse words, capitalization, special characters, images, etc. may result in editing or deletion by a moderator or admin.

Each member of this community has the right, and is encouraged to report inappropriate content. Reporting a post does not automatically mean it will be deleted, it only means we will look into it and make a decision on whether or not to allow the post.

We retain the right to edit or move topics to more suitable sub forums where applicable.

Posts should add value to the relevant discussion. Don’t post meaningless replies just to increase your post count.

Links are allowed in your post as long as they are relevant to the topic, provide value, and are NOT blatantly self promotional. (See rule #2)
Affiliate links are not allowed in any posts.

Excessive consecutive posts in a single thread by the same author may be merged into one post.

4. Posting links to promote your writing products or services

As stated above, links are allowed in your posts as long as they are relevant to the topic, provide value to others, and are NOT blatantly self promotional or spammy. And affiliate links are not allowed in any posts.

However, we do want to help you promote your writing products and services. So here's the deal for self promotional links...

1 - When you first register your screen name you can put your website URL in your profile (there is a website field for this in your user control panel) Anyone who visits your profile can see, and click on, the link.

2 - Once you have 10 approved posts on our forums you are eligible to create a listing in our copywriters directory. This is the one place on the forums where you are actively encouraged to promote yourself and your brand. You can include a link to your website, contact info, and any sales pitch you want to promote your products or services.
At this time you can also request a profile signature. Your signature will show up in your profile, and it shows up under all of your posts throughout the forums. And you can put an active link in your signature that points directly to your personal website, portfolio, social media profile, etc.

So that's the deal with self promotional links. They don't cost you any money, but they do cost a little effort and integrity on your part to show us that you're a real writer, and not a spammer.


These rules may be updated from time to time as new insight becomes available, and it’s up to you to check this page for any updates.

Violation of any of these rules by a user can result in consequence from a warning, up to permanent account suspension. The course of action will depend upon the severity of the situation, the nature of the violation, and past behavior.
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