Forum Rules

Please read our Forum Rules.

Forum Rules

Postby admin » Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:46 am

Welcome to the South African Master Shave Forum and Community!

We take great pride in our thriving community—it’s part of what makes this forum a friendly informative meeting place. Our site rules focus on transparency and mutual respect. We invite you to participate, give feedback and have your say!

We aim to take a transparent and common sense approach to the general code of conduct on our forum and the way that we moderate. Before participating in a discussion on our site, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the administrators.

Please note that the following set of guidelines apply across the site—this means anywhere you can publicly express your opinion, including but not limited to item comments, forums and profiles.

Spam? No thank you!

You must not use the forum, item comments or any contact forms on the The Master Shave Forum for unsolicited advertising of your items or any other conduct that could be considered spamming. Spamming will result in restricted access to the forums and account disablement.

Please refrain from posting requests for followers via our public forums. There may be a dedicated thread for this, but outside of those specific threads, anything such as an invitation or alternative service associated with your social media links will be considered self promotion and lead to thread disablement.

Please Do:

Post threads in the correct section and site.
Get to know your fellow members and community! Help out new users with any questions, be active, and share your feedback. Participating and affecting the community in a positive way will build the tradition of wet shaving in South Africa.
Please respect your fellow users, staff, and moderators. We are all part of a community and you are expected to treat all users in a professional and respectful manner.
Before posting a new thread, please do a search and check recent threads from the past few days. There is a good chance the topic has already been started. Duplicate threads will be locked and a link to the original thread will be posted.
Please stay on track! We have the “Stoep” section for random, fun topics. If you get a bit carried away in an unrelated thread, the Mods may step in to steer the thread back to topic.
If you do come across a copyright issue on or affecting the forum, please contact the forum admin with all of the details. Please don’t post copyright accusations on the forums.
Send any account issues or problems you have to our Support Team. The only way to guarantee they’ll see and resolve your issue is to contact them directly. Remember to search the Knowledgebase and the forums (via the search tab) before starting a thread with a question. Chances are it’s already been answered!
Have an awesome idea? Feel free to open a thread, describe the subject in-depth and fire away! Our community is full of creative people and posting your ideas will help in building a firm foundation.

PIF Contributions:

Through an anonymous vote (, a rule regarding PIF requirements was established. The following mandatory requirements will be required when a PIF is offered by our members;

1. Mandatory forum introduction before taking part in the PIF
2. At-least 3x SOTD shares
3. Minimum of 10x constructive posts

We ask that at least one of these requirements be added to your PIF in future, this is of course dependent on the size / value of your PIF you are offering. (PIF Contributor can use discretion where required)

Please do NOT:

Spam. These threads will be disabled and users warned and/or banned, depending on the frequency of their actions.
Encourage personal attacks, call out another user and/or sabotage.
This includes:
Linking to items and making disparaging comments about other fellow members.
If a thread becomes personal or heated towards a user, reviewer, moderator or staff member, the thread will be locked/removed. Further actions may be taken depending on overall behaviour.
Post any threads discussing or linking to piracy sites. These do more harm than good and will be disabled. Report any copyright, piracy violations to the forum admin.
Solicit any 3rd party advertising or link to retail concerns, a separate section is available on the website and/or forum for supplier's to advertise goods of a specific defined nature.
Go extremely off the topic of the thread in question. We understand the forums are a fun place and a little off topic chat never hurt anyone, but the mods may step in to steer the direction if needed.
Discuss or link to offensive topics, such as pornography, violent themes, sexism, racism or other discriminatory subjects, even as a “joke”. Users doing so will receive a warning and further action if needed. Threads of a political or religious nature are not appropriate for this forum..
Post or solicit any kind of racism, flaming, trolling, harassment, discrimination of any kind, or behaviour deemed to be intentionally abusive or inappropriate. Behaviour of this kind will result in an immediate warning, followed by temporary disablement. Further violations can escalate to permanent bans.
Create forum titles in all capital letters.
Solicit for any kind of material support, donations, aid, etc. While they may be well intentioned, such requests are sure to attract the wrong kind of attention. Due to the high risk of scamming, such threads are frowned upon and will be locked and disabled without further notice.
Anti Censorship, Pro Constructive Feedback!

We value the feedback and input we get from the community. As long as your posts abide by our rules and guidelines of conduct, we’ll take note and respond where possible to your input or feedback. If you have any issues or something you’d like to discuss privately, please do not hesitate to contact the forum admin. Our Community Team, together with the highly engaged moderators, are here to help, to aid the conversation and to give any input needed. If you have questions about the forums, contact the moderators through their profiles, or the forum admin.

Official Threads

Occasionally, staff create official threads on the forums to communicate important information with the community. Please do your best to keep your comments and questions relevant to the topic, so we can answer and respond promptly. Off-topic comments may be removed from these threads to reduce confusion.

Our Warning and Forum Ban Policy

We will temporarily or permanently ban members from the forums for repeatedly breaching our code of conduct. This includes trolling or any other form of consistently disruptive behaviour. Forum bans are usually temporary and are only used when other alternatives have been unsuccessful. To avoid disruption to your forum privileges, please refer to these guidelines and if unsure, follow direction from staff and moderators.

If your account has been banned (temporarily or permanently), you will still be able to browse the forums, and access other site services. However, you will not be able to comment or post new threads. Please note that should your disruptive behavior extend , your account may be disabled. In the event that your account has restrictions placed on it, Support will contact you at your registered email address with further information.

Our Community Moderators

Our moderators are members who have volunteered their time to ensure that our forums are a wonderful place to be. They are here to give you assistance and make sure that users respect our code of conduct. In return for the help and advice that our moderators give, we ask that you respect them and their role within our community.

While they have vast experience, they don’t have all of the answers to more intricate questions. Should you find yourself wondering who to ask about a complex issue, please contact the forum admin.

Have Fun!

Lastly, we encourage you above all to have fun, get to know your fellow community members and enjoy all that the forums have to offer. It’s a friendly place with plenty of talented people and we’d love to see you participate and share as much as possible.

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