category 'Marine Service
Provider' covers everyone offering a marine
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
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:
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
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.
may be promoted in the OpenCPN
- 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.
Marine Service Providers may not include their business name, product, service, contact information, website or logo in their avatar.
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.