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Additional  information in regards to terms of service can be found in the following rules and information below.


 

Additional forum rules & guidelines

 

Please be respectful and polite of other members

This is a forum for civilised discussion. When posting, always try to make sure you are adding value to the conversation. Debate is encouraged, and disagreements will be common. If you don't agree with something that has been posted, you should respond in a logical way, without attacking the intelligence of the poster. Unfriendly, snide or cynical remarks are not welcome. Be polite and courteous at all times.

As the forum has grown so large there will be a lot of members who have differing opinions to you, sometimes options that may seem extreme. We ask all members to debate respectful of other members.

 

We do not allow personal attacks of any kind against anyone. Offensive, insulting, profane or vulgar remarks are prohibited, as is telling someone to "get a life" or that they or their comments are "stupid" "Crap" or "Bullshit". Ad hominem attacks are not permitted. Nor is intolerance or hate speech of any kind.



Political discussions and non precious metals related topics
 

Members engage in political / non PM discussions at their own risk. Please note that likely other members may have strongly opposing views to yours.

It is advisable to stay out of political discussions, if you wish to engage in debate please be respectful to other members. 

We advise members that it is best not to engage in political discussions and to keep in the main precious metals forums. However, should you wish to do so, members may discuss non PM related topics and political topics etc in this section. Please be respectful to members at all times.
 

 

Trading

Please use the specific Buy, Sell & Trade forum if you wish to sell or trade.

Members are not allowed to sell fake or counterfeit coins, bars or other objects. In some situations historical replica coins that are made from precious metals may be sold providing they do not infringe on any copyrights or are classed as counterfeit coins, these listings must contain accurate information about the content of the silver or gold in the item and the purity. Members listing counterfeit or fake items may get a warning or be banned, those who we believe are trying to defraud people will be banned. 

Please do not use excessive capital letters or emojis in trade topic titles. They will be removed. This is in order to keep the sales section pleasing to view and without any topics unfairly attracting more attention than others.

Business sellers and dealers require a licence to list items for sale on the forum. Please see here for more details: https://thesilverforum.com/topic/7121-business-sellers-dealers-please-read/

Note that the trade section is for items for sale directly via the forum and forum messaging system, note that external websites can not be linked to in trade topics. If you wish to link to an external website, please consider an official sponsor sub forum / dealer sub forum. Note that you may have a forum signature with a link and 250x50px banner to your website in your forum signature if you have either Gold or Platinum Premium Membership or Official Sponsorship. 

Standard members can list 1 listing per 30 days, it is against forum rules to edit the original listing to add additional items to try to circumvent this limitation. Please support the forum by purchasing Premium Membership if you wish to list more items. The Silver Forum is providing you a platform to sell your items on commission free and we are grateful for your support. Premium Members can list an unlimited amount of listings per month.

No unsolicited posts in someones trade topic. i.e. If you are not an intended party (e.g. buyer) do not comment.

If you are not a prospective member to a trade please do not post in someone's sales topics.

These sorts of comments add no value to the sale and you are discouraging sellers to list items. If an item is priced too high and doesn't sell, the seller will understand that the item was priced too high. There is no need to comment in their sales topic. 

You may think an item is priced too high, this is the sellers choice to choose their asking price, please do not make unwanted posts in the seller's sales topic. It is up to the buyer to decide if the item is being sold at a fair price (they can even make a separate question in the other forum sections to ask what the fair price of such an item would be if they have concerns)

Also, if you notice any mistakes in someones listing or genuinely wish to help the seller, there is no harm to send them a private message.

To sellers: Please report unwanted or related posts in your sales topics and they can be removed and a warning will be issued to the member who posted the unsolicited post.

Sale of firearms and weapons

We do not permit the trading of firearms or other weapons on the forum. 


Risk of trading & Mediating trades 

Disclaimer: The following applies to all Members/Sellers on the forum. Members trade at their own risk. The Silver Forum does not vet any members/sellers on the forum and neither ChrisSilver nor The Silver Forum are liable for any loss(es) that may result from trades. ChrisSilver and The Silver Forum also can not mediate any trades, this is between the two parties to discuss and resolve any issues that they might have.

 

If someone breaks the rules:

If you think someone has broken a rule, please report it to a moderator. Attacking someone whom you think has broken the rules will only result in you breaking the rules! Every post has a 'Report' link on it in the bottom right hand corner.

If someone breaks the rules they may, at the discretion of forum staff, be awarded one or more warning points. These points are displayed under a users avatar on every post they makePoints will stay on a users account for 365 days before being removed. Once a user has accrued an undisclosed amount of warning points their account may be temporarily suspended or permanently banned. We may also ban accounts without any prior warning(s).

 

Etiquette:

Please use the search feature before you post.

Please try to use titles which will help people understand the nature of the post. Generic titles like ‚ÄúHelp‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúA Quick Question‚ÄĚ are to be avoided.

Please don't post in all capital letters. The standard rules of etiquette still apply!

 

Topics allowed on the forum:

The Silver Forum's main purpose is for discussing all things precious metals related. However there is also a non precious metals forum where members are invited to respectfully discuss and debate a wide range of topics, please respect your fellow members and understand that other members may have different opinions to yours.

The Silver Forum is not a place to discuss The Silver Forum itself, any issues or problems that you have with The Silver Forum, or for improvements or suggestions, can be sent in a private message directly to @ChrisSilver. topics created on The Silver Forum to discuss issues on The Silver Forum will be removed.

We will remove or edit posts we consider to contain personal attacks, break the law and/or are obscene, racist, sexist, ablist, ageist, homophobic, or which include or incite religious hatred or intolerance. 
Any topics/posts that I deem to be detrimental to the forum and community’s long term survival and growth, will be removed. 
 

The site Administrators decision on all rules is final and binding. The Silver Forum itself does not have to operate within the rules above and can change or amend any of the rules without any notice or announcement. We want the forum to be a nice and enjoyable place, users who we feel continually make targeted comments at another member(s) will be weeded out and terminated. We are all here because we share the same common interest, please use this forum to help one another and to debate without personal comments about other members.

 

Additional Forum Rules

By becoming a member you have agreed to the rules above and below, (you were required to read and agree before creating an account)

Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any post, and are not responsible for the contents of any post.

The posts express the views of the author of the post, not necessarily the views of this forum. Any user who feels that a post is objectionable is encouraged to contact a moderator immediately by private message. We have the ability to remove objectionable posts and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. Please refer to the main rules above.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this forum.

Our websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a personalised experience when you browse this site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see our cookie policy (link at the footer of each page).

The edit post feature is there to allow members to edit mistakes, and for users to update their trade topics such as when their item(s) has sold, or their price has changed for example. Currently the system allows members to edit their posts up to 30 days from posting. Members are discouraged from removing their posts or editing them completely from their original form hours or days after posting, this is because many members read old topics, and it is a shame if information or part of a conversation is missing. Please think before you post, if you become paranoid and then edit/delete all of your messages it ruins the achieved topics. Please note that after 30 days posts will only be removed or edited in very limited situations. To avoid security concerns about something you have posted please do not post any information about your real identity or the location of your precious metals. Photos or information containing information that can be deemed dangerous to your security will be removed at the request of that member, e.g. photos containing photos of the member or of their car registration or property etc, but photos of coins etc will not be removed.

 

Commercial / Precious Metals Business Related Members. Please Read. 

Standard membership for those in the precious metals business, or precious metals related businesses is FREE. However, if you wish to post any links to your website in your forum signature you will need either Gold Premium Membership or Platinum Premium Membership, self promotion posts/topics on the forum are against the forum rules but you may use links in posts/topics to your own website for reference purpose only and if you have Gold or Platinum Premium Membership.

Gold/Platinum Premium Membership would also give you a licence to list items for sale commercially as well as have a forum signature as well as a link to your website in your forum signature, we also encourage you to fully disclose your relationship to the business within your forum signature.

Having Gold/Platinum membership does not give you a licence to post spam however, or for self promotion of your businesses. You may wish to discuss advertising opportunities for your business with ChrisSilver, please enquire and we can send you are current Media Kit. Gold/Platinum membership will however allow you to have a forum signature advertising your company or project and will show beneath every one of your forum posts. 

Note that the trade section is for items for sale directly via the forum and forum messaging system, note that external websites can not be linked to in trade topics. If you wish to link to an external website, please request interest in a Dealer sub forum / official sponsor (invite only) sub forum. Note that you may have a forum signature with a link to your website as well as a 250x50px banner to your website in your forum signature if you have either Gold or Platinum Premium Membership or Official Sponsorship. 

If you market your own products, services, or website(s) (directly or indirectly by referencing your own website) without having Gold or Platinum Premium membership your account may be permanently blocked or banned without warning.

If you purchase Gold/Platinum membership and decide not to adhere to the forum rules or etiquette, e.g. spamming, you may get a warning. If it is decided that your account should be banned, e.g. for spamming, or if we believe you are trying to scam members on the forum, or if your account is banned for any other reason that the Administration sees fit, your premium membership payment will be used towards administration costs and will not be refunded.

Self promotion

Promoting your own business by starting topics/posts is not allowed. It is generally found upon for any posts that link to your company however if replying to a topic/post linking to your own website could be allowed if it is relevant to the topic/post and useful to the person who asked the question / started the topic. If you would like to let other members know about your business, wether in the precious metals industry or any other non related business that you may have we recommend to place a text link and banner link in your forum signature, this would require Gold or Platinum Premium Membership and would allow you to have a 250x50px banner and links in your forum signature that will show underneath every forum post. 

Dealer Sub Forum / Official sponsorship.

Dealers and businesses are also invited to be considered for a Dealer Subform or Official Sponsorship with Subform. Official Sponsorship is allowed to selected businesses and members, to be considered for Official Sponsorship please private message ChrisSilver.

Official sponsors have their own sub forms for their product offerings, as well as the public recognition of being an official site sponsor and thus likely increasing sales through the forum. Please note that business sellers and dealers are required to have a licence to list items for sale on on the forum, you can do this by purchasing Gold or Platinum Premium Membership. More info is found here: https://thesilverforum.com/topic/7121-business-sellers-dealers-please-read/

 

 

 

Affiliate Links

It is against forum rules for members to use affiliate links on the forum. It is also against the forum rules to suggest to members to private message you so that you can send them an affiliate link or in any other way to exploit the forum by trying to financially gain from linking members to other websites.


Deletion of Posts and Inactive User Accounts

Our policy states that it will not delete posts en masse nor will it delete active or inactive user accounts, apart from to comply with GDPR (please see our GDPR policy below, deleting your account will not delete your posts.) By accessing this community forum, users are opting to submit material or content on to a publicly accessible website. Please refer to the guidelines above in regards to deleting posts.


Deleting accounts & GDPR

Please post carefully as only sensitive information in limited situations will be removed by request. To preserve the archives If you wish to delete your account, the forum will delete your account and all posts will be assigned to an anonymous guest account, this complies with GDPR.

You will be unable to re-register on the forum using the same email, username or from the same IP address.

We recommend that rather than deleting your account, that we deactivate your account, this will allow you to use the same forum username and account in the future, you would just heed to email the forum Admin to easily reenable your account. 
 

Controlling your personal information:

We take your privacy and security very seriously. The Admin area of the forum login is encrypted and required 2 factor authentication. Your email address used for registration is not publicly visible.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your explicit permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request a copy of any personal information that we hold on you. You may also request that we delete all information that we hold on you should you wish to close your account and no longer be a member of our website. This includes:

  • Your name/username
  • Email address
  • Known IP addresses
  • Known devices
  • Opt in details and customer dataÔĽŅ
     

Note that forum posts that you have made will not be deleted but will be assigned to the username ‚ÄúGuest‚ÄĚ. Should you have posted any personal information in any forum posts, such as email, name, address etc, we will of course delete these specific posts upon request.
 

Administrators reserve the right to block or ban users who they believe are in breach of these rules, or if their common sense dictates you should be blocked or banned for any other reason. Remember that The Silver Forum is a community, this is a forum for discussion, please respect all other members. Any abusive or threatening behaviour will strictly not be tolerated and you will be banned for life. Please refer to the main rules at the top of this page. 

 



Languages

Please post in English. The Silver Forum is a worldwide forum and we have members form all over the world, we welcome members from any country. However, as our forum is in English and moderated in English we ask members to only make topics and posts in English so that they can be read by all. 


Formatting of text
Please do not excessively use capitals, especially but not explicitly to topic titles. It looks like shouting and detracts from the clean image of the forum. Topic titles with excessive capitals in will be converted to standard sentence case.

Please do not excessively use large fonts, or different coloured fonts. Please try to keep the forum clean looking for other members to view more easily.


Discussing Premium Membership prices
Topics/posts created to discuss premium membership pricing will be removed. If you believe premium membership is not good value for money then you do not need to purchase it, creating topics/posts to try to persuade other members not to join or to cancel their premium membership will not be accepted and will be removed. Similarly any topics/posts which I deem to be detrimental to the future success of The Silver Forum will be removed.

Should you have any genuine concerns, comments, or suggestions please feel free to PM me.

Any behaviour, or actions against The Silver Forum including both on the forum and off of the forum (for example slanderous videos or comments posted about The silver Forum on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet may result in a permanent ban of your account.

Any members with genuine concerns or comments about how to improve The Silver Forum are invited to send a private message to ChrisSilver.


Premium Membership Price increase/decrease

The Silver Forum reserve the right to change the membership pricing for all Premium memberships purchased after 31st December 2019 and to includ all, or any packages bought after this date in any future increase or decrease in premium membership prices. If and when premium membership prices increase, any increase will be notified with at least 30 days notice by form of a post on the forum. Any increase will not take affect until your next renewal date (e.g. if you have purchased a yearly membership, any change of price will be effected at your next renewal date)

Members will have the right to cancel their membership before any price change, providing they give notice before their next renewal payment. Please message @ChrisSIlver or cancel your membership within your account before your next renewal invoice. Note that after payment has been collected no refunds can be issued as per forum terms and conditions, but you can cancel to avoid any future renewal payment being taken. Premium Membership purchased before 1st January 2020 will see no increase or change to their premium membership pricing*, providing renewals are paid on time, any break of paid membership will mean needing to rejoin at the current premium membership rate. *Premium Memberships purchased before 1st January 2020 may increase to include the applicable tax at such a time when The Silver Forum is obligated by VAT registration to start charging VAT. At time of writing the VAT rate in the U.K. is 20%, and no Premium Membership packages currently have VAT added.


Cancelling Premium Membership 

Should you wish to cancel your premium membership please private message ChrisSilver, your membership renewal will be cancelled and it will not automatically renew at the next renewal. Note that it is not possible to get a refund, please be aware of your payments as past payments can not and will not be refunded as the services are considered to be used, irrespective if you have been online on the forum or not.

If you wish to cancel your membership for a specific reason please let us know, as we are always looking to improve the forum and the service we offer.


Deletion or editing of your forum posts by Moderators

Please see the topic here: https://thesilverforum.com/topic/19158-deletion-or-editing-of-posts-on-the-forum/

Also note that formatting of posts texts may be edited to keep the forum with a clean design and easy to read for members browsing. e.g. large font sizes and bold text, or bright colours.

Any topics that I deem to be detrimental to the forum and community’s long term survival and growth, will be removed. 

 

Warning point system

Members in breach of any of the rules, or simply any behaviour on the forum that is deemed not to be acceptable or in the spirit of the forum by the discretion of a Moderator may result in warning points been issued against a member. Warning points are official warnings that last on a members account for 365 days after which they are deleted from the members permanent record. If a member collects enough points within a year then consequences are put onto the Members account. In the future I will try to put more up to date information here about the structure of the points etc, but for now just so everyone is aware it works by limits, such as posting or posts being moderated for x amount of hours first, after this a permanent ban against the forum can be issued. In some limited situations a permanent ban can be given without prior warning.

If a multitude of reports from other users indicate that there may be a problem member, we may temporarily suspend this account whilst the administration can look into it and decide if any warning points need to be issued or if a permeant ban is needed.

Premium Members accounts and Spammers

Members who are deemed to be posting spam will be banned. This is irrespective of if they have purchased premium membership or not. Premium Membership fees will not be refunded to those who are deemed to be spamming or for those who are banned for any other reason. The premium membership fees collected will go part way to the associated costs and time needed to deal with administration on the forum and as such no refunds will be made even if your account is banned for any reason. Similarly if your account is banned for any other reason your membership fees will not be refunded. 

Rules & Guidelines can be updated at anytime, and any new updates will be included in the 'Guidelines' section which is accessible via the top menu, Browse > Guidelines. Or via the button link 'Forum Terms & Conditions' Please regularly check the rules, you will be required to read and accept the rules each time they are upgraded. 

Duplicate accounts

The Silver Forum has a strict policy in regards to duplicate accounts, members creating duplicate accounts may have their account(s) banned without warning. Dealers and Commercial members who have a Premium Membership or Advertising on TSF may have an account for their business as well as a private accounts  for each person who works there and wishes to have a personal account, this is allowed as the business is counted as a separate entity and therefore can have it's own account. There are many dealers who have a Gold/Platinum Premium Membership account for their business as well as a private Gold/Platinum Premium Membership fo themselves. 

Banned accounts & competitions/Prize Draws

Members who we believe are causing issues on the forum and who we believe are putting the forum's survival at risk may be banned without warning. The Administration does not have to provide the banned member with any reason as to why their account was banned. If your account is banned you are automatically disqualified from all prize draws and competitions that you have entered on the forum, even if those draws/competitions have already been drawn. Prizes will not be sent to banned member(s), any prizes that were meant for a member who is then banned may be redrawn and allocated to a different member on the forum. 

Charity Topics/Posts

We support members who wish to donate to charities. Members may post topics/posts to bring awareness of Charities or to encourage other members, however these charities must be official registered charities. For charities registered in the UK they must have a valid charity number and be show on https://www.gov.uk/find-charity-information any posts/topics must link to their official website. We also support the sharing of funding pages on Virgin Giving https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/. For charities outside of the UK, please get in contact before posting. There are also rules about creating any sort of prize draw that is created to attract people to donate to a charity, please contact the Administration before posting such draws so the rules are clear about what is allowed/disallowed. 

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