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Forum Help: SPAM And Offensive Posts

The forum moderator very rarely finds the need to delete posts. However if you believe a post should be removed, please email Chockstone. Posts that are not acceptable:

  • Outright SPAM and/or posts containing nothing but links to retail web sites. The Chockstone forum is not a vehicle for unpaid advertising material. If you run a climbing related web site and would like to be included on the Links page, simply email Chockstone. It is often necessary to provide a link to a commercial site, for the purposes of illustrating a point, or bringing useful information to the attention of forum members. The line between this and SPAM is grey, but basically Chockstone reserves the right to delete posts purely looking to harness the forum for their own free marketing.
  • Posts containing extremely offensive language, blatant racism, sexual harassment, or out right personal attacks on other forum members are unacceptable. On the other hand, light hearted banter, general cursing & expletives, and heated, confrontational debate is fine.
  • Posts containing images published without the consent of the photographer.
  • Posts containing images, or links to images, of a pornographic nature.

Reasons for objecting to SPAM on Chockstone:
1. The thought of a commercial party stealing profit directly from what amounts to endless hours of work that has gone into creating and maintaining this resource, on the part of myself, contributors of articles, interviewees, photographers, reviewers, guide publishers and forum members, all of whom gave freely of their time. SPAMer's are thieves in the same way that burglars are.
2. SPAM is illegal in this country. If an Australian company sends you a SPAM email that you did not "opt in" to receive, said company is acting illegally and can be fined millions. This is how seriously SPAM is taken.
3. SPAM is annoying and ugly. I have pride in Chockstone. I know it's not a master painting or something, but it's still art to me.
4. We have one sponsor that pays the site's hosting fees. It would be bad form to advertise competitors to this sponsor.

If any commercial party wants a link on the links page or has an event for the "Upcoming Events" section, that is of genuine interest to climbers, they need only ask and I am happy to post this stuff free of charge. I'm also open to contributions from people with a commercial interest, if said contributions contain 99% unbiased information of interest to climbers. For example, someone was to write an article for the Tech Tips section, and wanted to paste their company logo at the base of it, fair enough. Let's say, someone wrote a "How Aussies can get into Mountaineering in NZ" article, and then at end left contact details for their expedition guiding service. I'd say, bring it on. We could use an article like that. This kind of barter system works for me.

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