For quite some time now, the B/S/T forums have been building up to and have become a problem. The biggest problem is the resemblance to a "flea market" atmosphere. In addition, there are problems with people registering simply to use the B/S/T forums and they add nothing else at all to CPF.
CPF is and always has been a community of people with an interest in discussing, advancing and improving flashlights and flashlight related items. We have branched out a bit since the beginning of CPF to include lighting in general and a few other interests that seem to go along with the original intent. We even have a place where we can talk about our lives and get to know each other. And we have welcomed Dealers and Manufacturers into our midst in order to feed our seemingly endless thirst for "more".
The B/S/T forums are definately an assest to CPF. But not if they are being used and abused by members who really have no interest in CPF as a community but rather only as a way to line their own pockets. Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against anyone who wants to make a buck. But if that's all you want to do here and you don't have any other interest in the CPF community, then perhaps it's time to weed out the chaf.
Many of you have expressed in the past that you would not mind paying a fee to use the B/S/T forums. Well... let's see if you meant it.
Effective 10/6/06, there will be a fee to use the SELL forums. The Buy and Trade forums will remain open and free to all for use unless I see them being abused.
YOU MUST USE THE PAID SUBSCRIPTION FUNCTION LOCATED IN YOUR USER CP IN ORDER TO PAY THE FEES AND BE GIVEN THE PROPER FORUM PERMISSIONS!!!
I will NOT spend my time manually setting forum permissions or refunding money sent outside of the paid subscription function for those who failed to follow directions.
The fees will be as follows:
$2.50 will get you one week (7 days) of unlimited selling in both the Lights and Non-Lights Sell Forums.
$4.50 will get you two weeks (14 days) of unlimited selling in both the Lights and Non-Lights Sell Forums.
The above fees will not include any kind of Supporter icon. You will simply be given the permissions to sell in the forums.
Regular Supporter donations for Silver, Gold and Diamond Supporters ($10.00, $15.00, $25.00, $50.00, $75.00 or $100.00) will receive 1 month (30 days) unlimted selling in both the Lights and Non-Lights Forums along with the applicable Supporter icon.
The option to support CPF with a donation of $2.50 or $5.00 and receive the CPF Supporter icon for 30 days still exists but it will not have special permissions for the Sell forums attached to it.
The Sell forums will still be accessible to all members of CPF to browse and to post in. However, unless you have paid the subscription fee, you will NOT be able to start new threads in those forums. You will only be able to participate in existing sales threads.
Obviously, there is a potential for abuse of this system. So alot will be put on you, the members, to be honest. And alot will be put on you to police yourselves. The moderators and administrators of CPF will be keeping a close eye on those forums but, as always, we will need the help of our members to make this run smoothly and to report any abuse and/or violations of the new policies.
Those who abuse and/or violate the policies of the Sell Forums will immediately have their permissions for those forums revoked and their threads deleted. There will be no refunds of fees paid. Depending on the type of abuse or violation, the administration reserves the right to ban the offender from CPF permanently.
And one last thing... Any member who subscribes to and uses the Sell Forums on CPF will be expected to follow the rules of the forums posted HERE for the Lights Forum and HERE for the Non-Lights Forum. Be sure you read and understand ALL of the rules posted in those threads before you subscribe and/or post. These policies and rules will be strictly enforced and ignorance of them will not be an acceptable excuse.
This is not punishment guys... this is simply a way to get a grip on a situation that has gotten to a point of out of control. It HAS to be reined back in. Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and assistance in making this work.