- Aug 10, 2008
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After some discussion and revision of the rules, the moderation team has agreed on the current Community Guidelines, Code of Conduct, and Sales Guidelines as presented. These Guidelines are subject to revision.
Statement of PurposeCollector Freaks a/k/a Collectorfreaks.com is the premier online community for fans of pop culture collectibles - ranging from one-sixth figures to statues to prop replicas and anything in between. The purpose of this forum is to provide a fan and licensee-friendly site for anyone who shares a passion for movies, television shows, comics, and other entertainment media to share information, find reviews of items from fellow fans, and discuss common topics of interest. Our main goal is to cultivate a deep sense of community within the entertainment memorabilia community and between fans and artists, manufacturers and distributors of collectibles.
Community GuidelinesCOMMUNITY GUIDELINES
Our Community Guidelines, a supplement to our Terms of Service, provide an outline of acceptable and unacceptable behavior on our sites and apply to all content posted on or generated from Collectorfreaks.com.
Use of Collectorfreaks.com constitutes your acceptance and agreement to abide by the following guidelines in both letter and intent. Whether or not you agree with them on a personal level, try to understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.
We reserve the right to change, add to, and interpret any part of the Community Guidelines in a manner we feel best serves the community. Any content or member we feel is in conflict with the purpose of this forum may be removed at our discretion. Our decisions are final.
Each member of the community is responsible for 1) showing respect for our forum and the other members of the community and 2) not abusing the forum and the other members of the community.
2. USER CONTENT
A. Harassment and Threats. This forum is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. Predatory behavior, stalking, attacking, demeaning, threats, harassment, intimidation, and inciting others to commit violent acts are unacceptable. Any legal threat, express or implied, against Collectorfreaks.com or our membership will result in an immediate termination of your account.
B. Sex/Nudity and Shocking/Disgusting Content. Our sites are not for pornographic, sexually explicit, or even overtly sexually suggestive content. It is not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.
C. Profanity. Don't use profanity or bypass our software-based profanity censor.
D. Hate Speech. While we believe everyone has a right to express their point of view, even if it is unpopular, we don't permit hate speech (speech that attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).
E. Controversial Topics (Religion, Sociopolitical, and Politics). Because they are so detrimental to the cohesion of any community, we do not allow the discussion of political/religious views, religious/political figures, or social issues that will inevitably draw members into a heated debate (e.g Evolution/Creationism or the politics behind gun control, abortion, etc). It is unrealistic to believe that a religious or political viewpoint won’t work its way onto the site in some fashion (e.g mentioning you will pray for a sick member). It is important to remember that the purpose of this policy is not to limit your ability to express your beliefs but to limit the division often caused by discussing/debating differing points of view regarding these subjects.
F. Spoiler Content. Please be careful not to post any potential spoiler content in post titles. The forum has the BBCodetags to hide spoiler information as a courtesy to others. The length of time after the premiere or airing that the spoiler tags need to be used will be determined on a case-by-case basis.Spoiler:
G. Privacy. Posting or distributing any form of personal information without the consent of the member is unacceptable. Examples of personal information include, but are not limited to full name, address, IP addresses, phone numbers, or an unpublicized email address.
H. Spamming. Everyone hates spam. Don’t create misleading descriptions, titles or content in order to increase views. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including private messages.
(ii) If you would like to become a paid sponsor/advertiser on our sites please contact us via email.
(iii) Any content promoting a site that is in conflict with the purpose of the forum or is a direct competitor of the forum may be removed.
(iv) Posting, emailing, private messaging, uploading, or otherwise transmitting any content containing affiliate account information is prohibited.
(v) Please note, that any content transmitted to our sites associated with one of our affiliates may automatically or manually have our affiliate account information appended to it. Removal of this appended information is also prohibited.
J. Illegal Information/Content. Please refrain from posting/linking/requesting pirated content, or paid subscription content.
K. Member Accounts. Each member is allowed a single account. If you cannot access your account, please do not create additional accounts as they would be considered “sockpuppet” accounts. Instead, please contact our staff so we can correct the problem. Banned or deactivated members are not allowed to create new accounts.
You are required to have an accurate first name in your user profile. Providing a false or fictitious first name may lead to account termination.
L. Official Language. While our sites welcome people of all languages, English is the official language of our sites because it is the common language between our staff and members. Because we cannot moderate conversations in a foreign language, you may not hold a public conversation in a language other than English.
M. Suggestions, Comments, and Criticism.
(i) For questions, comments, or criticism regarding the policy or any actions taken by the staff we encourage you to PM a member of the staff with your thoughts.
(ii) Public discussion/debate of actions taken by the staff (present or past) or site policy may be removed.
We do not endorse or manage the creation or sale of statues, figures, props, or materials by anyone for sale to others. All sales are private transactions between the buyer and seller.
A. Buying/selling/trading items on the site.
(i) All buying, selling, advertising, or interest-gauging must take place in the designated sales area.
(ii) Only Premium Members are eligible to post in the designated sales area after a certain time and or posting requirements are met.
(iii) Members using the designated sales area do so at their own risk. All sales are private transactions between the buyer and seller. As a general rule, we do not intervene in these private sales or transactions. Members are strongly encouraged to fulfill their obligations as buyers or sellers in a timely fashion. We may be forced to ban a buyer or seller who acts unethically.
(iv) Members may not shill on any part of our sites. This includes posting items for sale or coordinating sales for other people.
(v) Please refrain from the discussion of live or pending auctions. Auctions for items of interest to the board should be discussed AFTER the auction has closed. In the event that you suspect an auction item (or seller) is fraudulent, posting is permitted as a warning to other members. Members can post their own auctions in the designated sales area.
(vi) As a seller, you MUST state a price in your thread (excluding threads that are simply links to your eBay auctions). You may include "OBO" in a sales thread where a price has been stipulated, but threads, where no price have been stated and asks for open or silent offers, are not permitted.
(vii) Silent auctions/bids, charity auctions, and any form of raffle are not permitted.
B. Selling/trading of recast items. Deliberately recasting another member’s creation without consent is not supported by this community.
If anyone believes their item has been recast by a member, they are encouraged to provide proof to our staff, with the understanding that the burden of proof lies solely with the accuser and that members will be considered innocent unless clearly proven otherwise by the aggrieved party.
4. MEMBER ACCOUNTABILITY
Our Community Guidelines aren’t designed to specifically cover every possible scenario and you alone are responsible for any content or activity associated with your account. Membership at Collectorfreaks.com is a privilege granted by the owner/administrator. It is not a social or legal right. We may issue a warning, temporarily or permanently ban/deactivate your account(s) and/or IP addresses, or delete/edit your content if your conduct violates any part of our Community Guidelines or is counterproductive to the purpose of the site.
Our failure to enforce any part of the Community Guidelines, for whatever reason, shall not be construed as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.
Please note that your actions outside the confines of this forum may affect your membership.
A. Warnings. Warnings may be issued if a member violates any part of the Community Guidelines. Warnings are not punishments. They are administrative notices and a record of an incident. Warnings are considered private matters and will not be publicly declared.
B. Infractions. If you break one of the rules of the board and a mod must edit or delete a post you made, then you will receive an infraction. Depending on the seriousness of the breach it could be worth more than 1 infraction. That will be the determination of the admin or moderator. If you receive 5 infractions you will be banned from the forum for 2 weeks. When you come back and you continue to be a problem, once you've accumulated 10 infractions you will be banned for an additional month. If you remain a problem and rack up 15 infractions total, you will be banned permanently. Fractions remain with you for the length of membership and only an admin can remove them.
Spammers will be banned permanently from the first spam post. Any scammers will be immediately banned permanently. Anyone posting pornography will be immediately banned permanently.
C. Legal Action. We will not be involved in any legal action between or involving members and may take action necessary, including the temporary or permanent termination of a member's account on this forum to protect the safety of ourselves and our membership.
D. Membership Review and Termination. Should a member receive sufficient warnings to necessitate a review, the staff will evaluate the member’s history and decide on appropriate action. A severe infraction of the Community Guidelines may result in the immediate termination of your account. While it is not standard practice, we reserve the right to terminate your account without prior notice
E. Self-Termination. Members who request the termination of their account are committing digital suicide. We encourage members who are contemplating this request to step away from the community, regain your composure and reconsider your request. Once terminated at your own request, you cannot come back. Termination will only involve removing personal data from the database. Posts will not be deleted as that would undermine the integrity of the threads where they are posted.
Why can't I post?If you've just registered and can't post that's because every new registration has to be email verified. Sometimes the email verification gets stopped by your spam filter - check the junk folder.
If you've received and responded to the email verification and it's been over 24 hours since you registered there may be a problem with your registration.
There are some issues that may prevent your registration from completing - here are a few: If you are posting from a country with high spam rates you might have a problem, India, Russia, mainland China, etc.
If the ISP your email is coming through is a free emailer or is known for spam - you might have a problem.
Don't register from a mobile service that can't be traced to an IP address, it will be deleted.
If the registration username is obscene or has numbers in it - you might have a problem.
So if you haven't received an approval notice after 24 hours - then you should email [email protected] if you're not a spammer.
Code of ConductWe promote the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite. We don't want to inhibit humor, snark, or enforce strict PC rules, but think about how your words will be taken by other members.
Community forums are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in these forums. Remember, that your opinion is not a fact and repeating the same criticism over and over again is unlikely to change anyone else’s mind. Think about how your post comes across to readers and be mindful of how you’d like others to respond before you post. The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Your access to these forums is a "privilege," and not a "right." Collectorfreaks.com reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by this code.
Respect the Forum Staff
We provide a service in our free time to keep the forums running efficiently. We are all volunteers. Feedback is welcome in the Forum Questions area, this is also the place to request assistance with forum software issues. If a member feels an infraction or ban is unwarranted that member can appeal to the Administrator. However, the Administrator is not likely to overturn a moderator's decision.
Respect the Product Creators
We encourage professionals from the collectibles industry to interact with members and provide information and solicit feedback from their fans. When posting remember that someone worked very hard to bring that collectible to life and be respectful of that hard work. Criticism should always be constructive and generalizations such as calling items "crap" or similar terms will be deleted. Persisting in this behavior will result in infractions and/or banning.
Trolling, Attacks, and Flaming
Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting others' opinions or name-calling. This includes the companies and individuals that create the collectibles and/or toys being discussed.
- Trolling is posting in a way solely designed to provoke a negative response.
- Attacks and derogatory terms of any kind are not welcome. This includes references to any collectibles or the companies that produce them.
- Flames are messages that personally attack or call any people names or otherwise harass. These, along with any generally condescending posts will be edited or removed at the moderators' discretion.
- If a thread is flame-bait (appears to be intended to start an argument or is likely to cause an argument rather than enhance discussion, as in trolling), it will be locked or removed without notice. Individual flame-bait comments in a post may be deleted or edited at the moderators' discretion.
- If the thread turns into an argument, it can be closed to further comment or removed without notice.
Spam (unsolicited advertising)
Spam will be reported to spam blacklists and the account posting it will be banned. You are allowed to have links to personal sites in your signature and in your profile, and may post them in threads on occasion (just not often, please) as long as the content of the site linked does not include material that violates this code of conduct and if you are not posting any other form of advertising.
We have users of all age groups and of all tolerance levels where profanity is concerned. A language filter is in place to catch most major forms of profanity that may accidentally be used. Do not attempt to circumvent the language filter by using variations or slight misspellings of profanities.
Politics, Religion, Sexual Orientation
Discrimination of any kind is not allowed on this forum. Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Because of this, discrimination, racial vilification, and offensive generalizations targeting people of other races, religions, sexual orientation, and/or nationalities will not be tolerated.
Please keep discussions on topic.
If you have found a post or receive a private message that you feel is inappropriate or that violates the forum code of conduct, please use the report function to notify staff. Do not attempt to moderate discussions or correct other users yourself.
Do not post libelous information about a person, company, dealer, or entity. Any post which is in violation of any law or is invasive of a person's privacy will be taken down immediately Posting of personal information (i.e., phone numbers, addresses, employment) within topics is not allowed, even if the subject is a known re-caster, thief, or pain in the butt.
Messages containing violent, sexually-oriented, or illegal content or links to sites with this content will be recorded as evidence. Messages with links to or suggesting illegal activity will also be saved. Posting or linking to any of these could result in a ban.
Do not post material that infringes on the Intellectual Property Rights of any other individual or corporate entity unless you own or control the rights thereto or have expressly received all necessary consents. Please see the Intellectual Property Policy for details. Do not download any file posted by another user of a forum that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner. Do not falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity
Do not post files or content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
Do not advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose outside of our designated sales areas.
Do not post surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, or chain letters.
Interference with other Members
Do not restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying any public area of the Services.
Do not post any messages anywhere on this site that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any website, email address, business, activity, personal blogs, or other entities that you have an affiliation with (ie. no self-promotion). You may not make any self-promotional posts announcing websites to gain exposure, including non-profit sites.
You may not invite, solicit or coerce others to join other community websites through posts, email, PM, use of Collectorfreaks.com membership list, or any other resource within the Collectorfreaks.com. We allow linking to other information websites, as long as it is for informational purposes and not for self-promotion advertisement. Staff members may remove or edit links at their discretion.
Please do not spam forums with multiple posts in multiple forums. Moderators may move to the most appropriate area. You can use the "search" feature to find topics of interest.
While Collectorfreaks.com hosts visitors from around the world, it is based in the United States and much of our membership is English speaking. Due to our inability to moderate threads in other languages, we ask that interactions be in English for the enjoyment of as many posters as possible.
Please do not type entirely in capitals as it is considered shouting on the Internet. “Text speak” (also known as chatspeak, txtspk, texting language, or txt talk) is discouraged. Along with using proper English spelling and punctuation, this shows respect for the owner and other board members and makes it easier to read your message.
Problematic posts/threads may be deleted or closed. Threads are closed to cool down passionate postings that have strayed off the original topic; we will attempt to post a warning notices before taking this action if observed early.
Members that violate this code will be issued infractions by the moderators. We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case-by-case basis. The actions we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category. In addition to the list below moderators can assign custom infractions and points at their discretion. Infractions and their points are:
INFRACTION POINTS EXPIRES IN Signature Rule Violation 1 14 Days Inappropriate Language 1 14 Days Bypass language filter 1 14 Days posting questionable material/images 1 3 Months Contributing to a toxic environment 1 10 Days attempting to bypass sales rules 1 3 Months General unpleasantness and/or trolling 1 Never Insulted Member(s) or Collectible Creator 2 Never
Creating a new account while banned 10 Never Spammed Advertisements 15 Never
Points level before being Banned 5 points total 2-week ban 10 points total 1-month ban 15 points total permanent ban
How to Handle Personal Attacks or Objectionable Material
We have moderators and admin staff who monitor this board periodically throughout the day. They are here to help -- please feel free to contact them with any problems you may have. On the other hand, they have been instructed to enforce our zero-tolerance policy. Our biggest concern here is the quality of membership, not the quantity. We have no problem removing any individual who disrupts this bulletin board.
If you are ever in a position where you feel you have been personally attacked, do not respond to that attack. Please report the post by clicking on the report button found within the message. Let the staff deal with the problem, if you respond to that attack, you may find yourself removed as well, and we don't want to see that happen.
Sales GuidelinesCOMMERCE FORUMS RULES
When you sell an item you MUST change the listing to SOLD.
The “For Sale/Trade” section is for forum members to trade and sell items with other forum members. Like any internet marketplace, the rule of "buyer beware" applies.
Aside from banning scammers, Collectorfreaks.com, its administrator, owner, and moderators have no involvement with any transactions that take place here and cannot be held liable for any failed transaction nor can we help in tracking down a delinquent member or getting restitution. However, all Premium Members are required to give their shipping address when signing up and if a buyer can prove they have been defrauded the forum may supply this information to the buyer.
Failure to obey these rules will result in the suspension of commerce privileges and may result in permanent banning from the forum. This forum is a privilege, not a right.
1) If the mods feel that a sale or post is inappropriate then it can and will be deleted. "Inappropriateness" means off-limit items such as porn, or it could just be for outrageous scalping.
2) Any scammers will be banned permanently. Scamming is the failure to complete a transaction in a reasonable time frame after the other person has completed their side. Failure to communicate with someone with whom you’ve made a deal will also be considered scamming.
3) If you receive an infraction at any time your sales privileges may be revoked or denied. If you have any questionable transactions your sales privileges may be revoked. If you're banned it will be at the discretion of the admin as to whether your sales privileges are restored upon your return.
4) Scalping (buying items solely with the intention of immediately selling them to other collectors at a markup) is discouraged.
5) No preorders may be sold in the for sale/trade section. Items must be in the seller's possession. Violation of this rule will result in the listing being deleted and sanctions against the seller may be enacted.
6) One sales thread per person at a time in each subforum. Put all your items in the title. The board may return an error message for a long thread title, use abbreviations if you can. To change your title go to your Opening Post and Click on EDIT, change your title in the 'Title' box, scroll down and click SAVE. That will change it on the whole thread.
7) Do not bump sale threads more than once in a 24-hour period. Doing so will result in the thread being deleted. This includes adding an "update" in the thread so that it will be bumped. If you need to update - then you may edit your first post.
8) If you receive a Sideshow Gift card for free, we're not going to allow them for sale here. If you need to sell it - take it to eBay. However you may give away the gift card, if you've already used one for the promotion it's no good to you anyway - please share with a fellow Freak.
9) Editorial comments about the seller, the seller's item, the price the seller is asking, or general interference in the commerce thread is not allowed. If you have something to say about the value of an item, post it in the appropriate other forum.
10) Anyone making inappropriate comments, harassing sellers, and being a nuisance in a sale thread will receive an infraction. If you remain a problem and rack up 15 infractions total, you will be banned permanently. However, if you are trying to sell something for the going eBay rate or above AND/OR you are trying to get a really good deal below the going eBay rate, please don't be offended if the price you are offering/asking is questioned by other members
11) As a seller, you MUST state a price in your thread (excluding threads that are simply links to your eBay auctions). You may include "OBO" in a sales thread where a price has been stipulated, but threads, where no price have been stated and asks for open or silent offers, are not permitted.
OFF LIMIT ITEMS
1) Selling/trading of recast items. Deliberately recasting another member’s creation without consent is not supported by this community.
If anyone believes their item has been recast by a member, they are encouraged to provide proof to our staff, with the understanding that the burden of proof lies solely with the accuser and that members will be considered innocent unless clearly proven otherwise by the aggrieved party.
No porn or porn collectibles.
2) No porn or porn collectibles.
GUIDELINES FOR TRANSACTIONS
Some general guidelines apply when dealing with other forum members:
1) Check the feedback thread in this forum and their iTrader rating. If the member you're dealing with isn't listed, ask for references of previous deals.
2) Never send an item before payment is received. Never send something "PayPal gift." You lose any buyer protection by doing this.
3) Seller and Buyer should ask for each other's eBay user names and check each other's feedback on eBay.
4) Don't deal with someone who has a low post count without references.
5) Get references.
6) Beware of private messages that solicit you to buy something. If they don't have enough posts to post in commerce, and they are trying to get you to buy something from PMs, I'd say the transaction is too risky.
7) When you ship an item - USE A SHIPPING BOX, preferably a sturdy one. Cushion the item's art box so the corners and edges are protected. You wouldn't think we'd need this guideline - but experience has proved otherwise.
How a transaction should proceed:
Step 1) List your item and be detailed with its condition.
Step 2) Answer all questions and clarify a form of payment.
Step 3) Agree on a price and claim the sale.
Step 4) Accept payment and give confirmation to the buyer.
Step 5) Ship out sold item w/ insurance and tracking.
Step 6) Pass along shipping info to the buyer.
Step 7) Leave feedback
Step 8) Deal with any post-sale problems quickly and effectively so both parties can walk away satisfied.
For a trade of items where no money is changing hands, both parties should agree on a date that items will be shipped and they should both ship on that date.
IF YOU AGREE TO BUY SOMETHING FROM A FELLOW BOARD MEMBER AND CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE YOU NEED TO NOTIFY THE BUYER ASAP SO THEY AREN'T JUST LEFT HANGING ON A FALSE EXPECTATION.
Conversely, if a seller agrees to sell something and then changes their mind for whatever reason the buyer has a right to know ASAP.
If you purchase something from a member and the transaction goes off to your satisfaction, please post your positive feedback in iTrader. If you bought and paid for something that was not delivered or was not as described, please post your negative feedback. If there was never an actual transaction (i.e. money exchanged) this DOES NOT warrant negative feedback. However, this can be reported as neutral feedback for flaky buyers and sellers.
This rating can also include those who take too much time to send money after it was agreed they would send it and also for those who take longer to mail items than is reasonably expected (i.e. within a week of agreement).
To leave feedback - go to the public profile page of the person you want to leave feedback for. Click on Feedback Stats, then click Add Feedback. Be sure to fill out all areas and provide the URL link for the sale/trade thread where the transaction took place. Fill in the Short Review and Comment sections then click the Add Feedback tab.