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Rules and Guidance for Vendor and Group Announcements ***PLEASE READ***

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Posted 05 March 2022 - 03:07 AM

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.

Please take some time to become familiar with the Cloudy Nights Terms of Service, by clicking on this LINK.


Vendors **PLEASE READ**


Posting Frequency

Please make no more than one new thread/announcement per week. You are welcome to reply within that thread as the need arises. 


Signature Requirements
We appreciate all of the vendors who participate in Cloudy Nights as you are a valuable resource for our membership. Your participation allows you to keep members up to date with the latest products, services, and technologies available to amateur astronomers. It also enables our members to interact directly with you with questions and feedback regarding your products. We thank you for that!


One area in the Terms of Service (TOS) that has lacked consistency among vendors has been the use of a signature.


*d. Vendors may not advertise in their signatures. However, vendors may include a single link to their business in their signature.


What we will allow and nothing more;

1. A personal name (if desired)
2. A company name
3. A website link


Accolades, memberships, business equipment, social media sites, etc., are considered advertising and are not permitted. The ONLY possible exception is if a vendor chooses to list their personal astronomy equipment and it must be clearly that. Equipment that could be used for business purposes is not acceptable.

Please take the time to review and revise your signature if it does not meet this criteria. Private messages will be sent to those who have not complied with this TOS requirement in a timely manner.



Effective 4/1/21 Vendors are no longer be able to post classified ads.


- The original intent of the Classifieds was to allow members to sell to other members. And that, combined with the rapid growth of the site, the use of the Classifieds has exploded and now is straining our volunteer resources. It never was contemplated that it would be a platform for Vendors to sell to members. Hence the realignment.


- Vendors are instead encouraged to post in their Vendors forum posts links to their websites where Cloudy Nights members may purchase their products. Vendors may update their threads in the Vendors forum only once a week. If you do so more often, the thread will be subject to removal without notice.


- Any of our existing vendors who would like to revert to regular member status, should reach out to a member of the admin team and state so. However, once back to regular status, any attempt to behave as vendors in the classifieds may mean permanent loss of access to the classifieds section of Cloudy Nights, so choose wisely. Such determination, will be at the sole discretion of the admin team.


Removal of Vendor Status

Vendors are welcome to relinquish their Vendor status only if they have ceased being a vendor. The requirements and benefits of Vendor status will then be removed. 


Please feel free to drop any of the area's moderators, or a member of admin, a PM if you have any further queries. 


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