- Thou shalt not peddle thy wares
Advertising is only allowed via clearly defined banners (find out more via the Advertise link at the bottom of each page). Threads, posts, private messages, blogs, Social Groups, etc... designed to bait and hook or advertise a service or product directly or indirectly is a sure fire way to get your content deleted and to possibly receive a permanent ban.
If another member is asking about your product or service, or if your products or services are relevant to the topic at hand you may respond without promotional verbiage or wording that would consider the post to be an advertisement. If in doubt, ask the team by starting a thread in the "My Forum" section of the site.
- Thou shalt fully disclose thyself
If you sell products or services to the Salon Professional or you work for a company that sells products or services to the Salon Professional, you must disclose this fact in your profile before participating on the site. You can disclose this fact by editing the option(s) in your profile (or click here). Failure to disclose this information can result in a permanent ban. If in doubt, ask the team by creating a post in the "My Forum" section of the site.
- Thou shalt not make libel, racist, sexist or disparaging comments
Nobody wants to read that kind of lameness, especially a Salon Professional. So if you seriously feel that you must create content that falls into any of these categories, do so somewhere else unless you fancy finding yourself on the wrong side of a ban.
- Though Shalt Say "Yo Team"
Make a thread in the "My Forum" section of the site to get a direct line to the SalonGeek.com team. Only Guides and Team members can see your threads and posts there and it provides quick access to clear up any confusion or issues you may have
- Thou shalt post constructively
Make your content have a positive point. Posting just to complain without an effort to turn something positive or posting just to say 'is that so?' is a waste of reading space and looks a little whiny.
- Thou shalt not troll
This is not the place to bitch and moan about proper nouns (i.e. People or companies). That doesn't mean that you can't debate, question or raise a valid point. It means that I don't want to see threads about how x,y or z sucks. See this article on constructively trolling to complain the right way.
- Thou shalt Private Message if thy post is for one person
Posts like 'You go girlfriend' is like texting 10,000 people in hopes that one of them will be the person you are trying to talk to. If your message is for 1 person, PM it. If its for more, post it!
- Thou shalt post in the correct forum
Posting about 'how do I get a cool picture next to my name when I post?' does not belong in the Hair Geek forum because it has jack all to do with Hair. Posting in the wrong forum is a fast way to get no responses whilst irritating the moderators as they then have to then move it.
- Reply to others how you would like them to reply to you
This is possibly THE most important of all commandments here. We have a low tolerance for members who show disrespect to others (even if the disrespect is somehow warranted). Rude and thoughtless posts are the fastest way to make you look like a right ass in front of the world. Its also a quick way to find yourself on the wrong side of a ban. If you can't say it nicely, go Facebook it.
- Thou shalt search for the truth
Have a burning question? So have thousands of others (where do you think the 1,000,000 posts have come from?). Try a search to find your answer. If you cant find it or you are not fulfilled with the results feel free to post away!
- Thou shalt THINK about the title of thou thread
The fastest way to get your thread ignored is by using titles like 'Help!!!??!?', 'Read this!', 'What do I do now?', etc... They are too vague and most geeks ignore them because the title doesn't say what the thread is about.
While I'm at it, titles like 'Wot products u use 4 this?' is a great way to come across as a 14 year old trying to get your Sally Hansen bottle of nail enamel open. Most professionals will avoid threads with titles like this because they will be scared you will be too young to handle the truth.
- Edit thy freaking mistakes!
There is a fancy facility on the site here that actually allows you to edit your post. Its called the edit button. Use it if you spot typos or mistakes in your post.
- Though shall not give pseudo-professional advice
In the forums where you are not a professional (i.e. the Hair Geek forum if you are not a professional hair messer) you may not give advice. This is a forum for professionals and the only way to keep it that way is to make sure that you are very careful in your comments that you make in forums where you hold no qualifications. It is fine to chime in with opinion as long as it does not lead readers to construe that the information you have given is a professional recommendation. On that note, please do NOT recommend OTC (Over the counter) products and services. These are not professional.
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