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Old 07-06-2013, 10:10   #1
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Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

The membership category 'Marine Service Provider' covers everyone offering a marine related service or product. This includes charities, members with free products, members simply operating only on a non-profit basis to benefit other cruisers or to help cover costs, and full scale commercial operators.

We welcome marine related providers for the expertise they bring, and on behalf of all members we extend a special thanks if you are providing products or services for the benefit of cruisers at no charge.

In addition to our general community rules, which can be found here:
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Marine Service Providers must also adhere to the following:

Marine Service Provider Rules

- Soliciting Members: Marine Service Providers may not solicit our membership or advertise except as specifically allowed in these policies or by prior arrangement with Social Knowledge, LLC.
- Discussion of Competitors: Marine Service Providers are prohibited from making direct, emotionally-charged posts to, or about, competitors or their products. MSPs may NOT post product comparisons.
- Product Discussion: Marine Service Providers may not use any section of the forum except the Commercial Posts Forum to discuss their product or service or business unless answering a direct question from another member, and even then may not quote prices or post images outside the Commercial Posts Forum. Details of commercial websites they have an interest in are not permitted anywhere other than in their profile. These will be deleted without notice.
- Starting Threads about Products: Marine Service Providers are free to start threads about their product or service in the Commercial Posts Forum only.
Exceptions: Members searching for crew or offering delivery/crewing services may also post in Crew Positions and may include contact details, but no commercial website details. If they confine their advertising to Crew Positions and have no commercial website in their profile, there will be no need for a conversion to MSP.
OpenCPN may be promoted in the OpenCPN forum.
- Marine Service Providers may not use other forums to direct members to the Commercial Posts Forum or Crew Positions.
- Quoting Prices: Marine Service Providers may post prices in threads only in the Commercial Posts Forum. They may not, however, include links to any of these products or services.
- Responding to Threads about Products: Marine Service Providers may respond to queries from members when their product or service is directly linked to the query, but may not post links to their own product or service.
- Linking to Products: Marine Service Providers may not post links to their product or service in any forum thread or in their signature. If a Marine Service Provider would like to include links to his product or service, he or she must first upgrade to Sponsoring Vendor.
- Contact Information: Marine Service Providers may not include contact details (eg phone number, address or email address) in any posts or in their signature. However, MSPs may post a link to their site and other contact details on their profile page. Other members may approach MSPs through the PM system.
- Avatars: Marine Service Providers may not include their business name, product, service, contact information, website or logo in their avatar.
- Usernames: Marine Service Providers may not use their business name or product, in whole or part, as their username.
- Signature Standards: Marine Service Providers may have three lines containing two non-commercial signature links, and may incorporate their business name into their signature. No advertising, commercial links or contact information is allowed in MSP signature links.
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Old 30-07-2013, 07:30   #2
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re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

There is no charge associated with being a Marine Service Provider.

As a MSP you may:
  • Post responses to any posts about your service/product in the relevant threads, but you may not link to your product.
  • Put your business name in your signature, but not a link.
  • Start threads about your product in the Commercial Posts Forum (this one).
  • Add a link to your website in your user profile, and that will show on your 'contact me' page.
  • You will be allocated the usertitle (that's under your username on your posts) Marine Service Provider, so that our members will know to check your profile to see your site.

If you're interested, we have an inexpensive 'Silver' level Supporting Vendor for MSPs who wish to post links. This would allow you to:
  • Post responses to any posts about your products in the relevant threads, and you would be able to link to your product.
  • Put your business name in your signature, with a link.
  • Add a banner advertising your site in your signature - for active members with many posts, this can result in a LOT of banner exposure across the site.
  • Start threads about your product in the Vendor Spotlight forum, which has a priority RSS feed over on the right hand side.
  • Add a link to your website in your user profile, and that will show on your 'contact me' page.
  • You will be allocated the usertitle (that's under your username on your posts) Sponsoring Vendor and a blue badge, so that our members will know that you care enough to donate to the running costs of our site and keep it free for them.
  • You will be able to use your business logo as your avatar.
  • You will get a listing with banner in our Vendor Directory.

If you fill in this form I can explain how to upgrade to a vendor:
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Old 30-12-2014, 04:32   #3
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

Could you tell me how to delete or change a post in the commercial section? Thnx


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Old 14-06-2015, 07:28   #4
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

Now, being a MSP, am I banned from participating in the forum as a boater?
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Old 14-06-2015, 07:33   #5
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

Not at all Wolfgang. Take a look at the rules at the top of this post or message a moderator if any are unclear.
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Old 28-10-2015, 15:36   #6
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

How do I post an ad all I can do is a quick reply?

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Old 01-11-2015, 21:09   #7
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

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How do I post an ad all I can do is a quick reply?

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Fill in the vendor registration form... In the drop down vendor menu at the top... and we'll see what arrangement we can come to.
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

background: I am a self-employed engineer in a marine business in quite a specialised niche. I did some work for a large catamaran builder on the other side of the world. I won't mention names because of the rules. At the end of the work in 2014, I submitted invoice for the agreed amount (NZD 1000 Euro 623). This was never paid, it was "sent to accounts" but never paid, it was never disputed. After a lot of emails, they no longer replied to emails.

So, I would like to post (without breaking forum rules) to ask for advice on any suggestions for how I might shame these guys into paying. At the least other forum members might like to avoid this company. I do not compete with this company in any way. That is I don't build or sell catamarans I only do a small engineering job. I can't help wonder if there are a large number of other small contractors similarly ripped off. Is there any precedent or way forwards via the forums? Obviously this problem has been bugging me for years.
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Re: Rules for Marine Service Providers - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST!

Pardon me if I over stepped a rule by mistake but I don't want to change my status. I simply want to post looking for crew and participate in catamaran forums. Please reinstate my privilege to post.
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