Purpose of the Vendor and Group Announcements Forum
The Vendor Forum is for the use of registered / tagged Vendors to post announcements of upcoming products, special sales and promotions, and any other information the vendor may feel is of use to the members of CN concerning their products or business. It is also for the use of members to post questions concerning said posts.
This forum is for vendors to create threads in per the forum guidelines and regular users can reply to those posts. Regular users are to use the appropriate main forums to create threads concerning any questions/issues/reports.
Vendors are expected to act professionally and are held to a high standard when posting. We reserve the right to take corrective action as we deem appropriate, including but not limited to deletion of posts, temporary or permanent bans, and loss of rights to free advertising.
The Vendor forum is not for the use of members to post complaints or request for guidance for settling issues with vendors. Such issues should be dealt directly with the vendors.
If you have any questions concerning CN policy in such matters, kindly PM a forum moderator or an administrator for clarification of this policy.
Other useful information
Cloudy Nights Terms of Service
Please take some time to become familiar with the Cloudy Nights Terms of Service, by clicking on this LINK.
Vendors Please Read - Clarification of Policy for Selling Used Items
You are allowed to state that you have used items for sale and list a link to your website, but you can’t list individual items separately. For clarification: You can post in Vendor announcements something like "Please visit our website to see our selection of used and consignment gear." with a link to the website. However, you cannot post a listing of that gear.
Cloudy Nights Image Posting Guidelines
In amateur astronomy, image is everything, and so it comes as no surprise that we frequently want to share images with fellow Cloudy Nights members. This is a fine thing, especially with the number of excellent photographers and astro-imagers within our virtual community. However, for members using dial up connections, these images can come at the price of long waits while a thread downloads. As a courtesy to those using slower connection speeds, Cloudy Nights has implemented the following image posting policy:
"Image size is restricted to a maximum size of 1600x1200 pixels and the file size is restricted to no more than 500KB. Please consider our dial-up users when posting an image, the smaller the better. Any image over these 2 parameters will be modified or deleted. Please note that the moderators of each forum within the Cloudy Nights community may further refine this policy in regards to image and file size within their forums. The policy within each forum will govern the posting guideline for that specific forum. If there is no policy posted in particular forum, this policy will be in effect.".
The Cloudy Nights system is hosted on a WWW server paid for by our sponsor, Astronomics. At times, there may be more traffic on Cloudy Nights than the hosting server can gracefully handle. When this happens, parts of the system, especially relating to the databases which track your past reading activity, may suffer. Long delays when loading pages or saving posts can also occur.
If this happens, you may think that your post was interrupted and did not get through, causing you to repost or hit the send button again, even though it is possible that your first post was submitted as intended. This is also an issue for members posting ads in the Classifieds section. Instead of resubmitting your post, first copy it and paste to a secure location, then please refresh your browser to see if your initial attempt was successful.
Moderation of topics / posts
The Terms of Service (TOS) provide guidance as to what could be construed as questionable content – content that we may request a member to edit, or edited and as a last step removed by the Moderator Team.
While the Moderator Team endeavors to maintain Cloudynights Forum to a high standard, we ask the members to understand that we are not the police – rather, we are fellow members of this Forum, we are here on a volunteer basis and our numbers are finite, therefore on occasion we may delay initializing a moderating action. We may also take time to ponder if a topic or post is in violation of the TOS and then take action.
You, as members of Cloudynights, are our team members too and we encourage you to use the “notify moderator” option under each post, to let us know if a topic or post is in breach of the TOS of Cloudynights. We would appreciate it greatly if you first pause and consider if a topic or post which may appear at a first glance to be a violation of the Terms of Service, is actually one.
The guidance for this is documented in the TOS and the Stickies in each Forum. Kindly refrain from using the "notify moderator" option for no real reason or because of personal differences of opinion or for other non valid reasons. We all need to have a "thicker" skin and avoid taking offence at the slightest comment as it shouldn't matter so much.
Since we are all discussing online instead of face-to-face, it is easy to misunderstand someone's comments by way of a knee-jerk reaction, so take a breath and think about it again with clear mind. Words of wisdom from a friend - if it is not a TOS violation "let it go".
We most appreciate your assistance in maintaining both the high standards of the Forum but also its orientation as a family friendly forum.