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Commenting Guidelines

Basic Rules

Please follow a few simple guidelines to make OzBargain a better place for both the bargain hunters and merchants.

Deal Posts

Declaring Relationship with Business

If you work for the store, or have any interest in promoting the store, you must check the 'I am associated with <store>' box before submitting a new comment in a deal post.

Examples of when this checkbox should be checked:

  • You are an employee of the store or have in any way worked for the business (eg. website designer or sales rep).
  • You are part of a franchise for the store.
  • You are a third party company who is employed to promote the store or do its marketing.
  • You are a friend or family member of the owner of the store.

Once the checkbox is checked, your username will have an 'ASSOCIATED' tag next to your username for the current thread only. This can then be changed to Employee, Product Rep, 3rd Party Marketing, Official Marketing or Store Rep from your profile. Only moderators can change your representative tag to Offical Store Rep. You can contact moderators using the Talk With A Moderator (TWAM) forum.

If you don't wish to have a store representative indicator tag next to your name, then consider not commenting on deals where you have an association.

Failure to declare association may cause sockpuppeting penalties to be applied.

What Should Not Be Posted

It might be easier to spell out what should not be posted here. Your “comment” might attract negative votes from OzBargain members and/or getting unpublished if you post the following material.

Duplicate Comments

If your comment is posted twice or more, we will remove all of the duplicates other than the first one.

Personal Attacks

Abuse, name calling and malicious comments directed at a person or a group of people are unacceptable. Disagreements and debates are fine and encouraged but please respect everyone's opinion. Comments of this nature will be removed and if a vote is attached to the comment, then the vote will also be revoked.

Keep in mind moderators are not always sure about which comment the vote made was originally attached to. As such the vote may be revoked, even though the poster had originally made it under another point.

Affiliate/Referral Links

Affiliate links, referral links or referral codes should not be posted in comments. You should not link to your own deals if you are in the OzBargain referral system (Vitacost, GreenmanGaming). Do not comment asking for people to private message (PM) you for a referral/affiliate link.

Comment Signatures

Please do not post signatures at the bottom of comments especially if you are advertising your business.

e.g.

That's a great idea. I'm going to pick up a widget from my local widget seller tonight.

-Wiley Coyote
http://www.acmebargains.com.au

Off Topic

When comments veer from discussions on the product, moderators may unpublish them. If there are too many members going off topic then discussions may be closed. The intent of comments is to help inform members about the bargain, be it issues, points of clarification alternative offerings etc. Excessive ramblings reduce the visibility of these points that may assist our members with the bargain and will be restricted.

Members who persistently engage in off topic comments may receive warnings directly or by a time limited ban being imposed.

The degree of excess in bargain posts is more restrictive than in the forums, but both will be policed.

Moderators often act on reports made by members. An off topic may stand as it's not seen by a moderator. Reporting off topic posts means a moderator will adjudicate.

Comments that lead to off topic responses are more likely to be removed (including the responses) than a one off, off topic post.

Obscene remarks & Foul Language

This site is meant for people of all ages. If the comment/post has informative info, Moderators may EDIT (XXX) out the offending words, otherwise the whole comment/post will be unpublished. If a vote is attached to the comment, then the vote will also be revoked. Repeat offenders may have their account temporarily banned.

Illegal or Inappropriate Links

Please do not post links to sites that may be deemed inappropriate.

Examples:

  • Torrent or file sharing sites
  • Videos that are not suited to a general audience (e.g. foul language, nudity)

Competitor Comments and Links

Store reps should not comment in a competitor's thread and link to their own store. If you have a better deal, please post it separately as a deal for your store. For more details see our store rep guide.

Price Comparison Sites

Price comparison website operators should not comment with links to their comparison sites. If you have found a better deal, follow the guide for price comparison website operators and either comment by linking directly to the store or posting it separately as a deal for that store.

Soliciting Sales

Do not advertise, draw attention to items that you are selling, or ask other users to contact you about your items in comments. If you want to sell your personal items, use the Classifieds section.

Posting Personal Details

Please do not post personal details of other people. This includes things such as surnames, non-public email addresses, non-public phone numbers and any other details that are not in the public domain.

Why are the comments in a deal closed?

Deals posted 45 days ago or older OR where there hasn't been a comment for 2 weeks will be automatically closed for commenting.

However if you think you wish to comment on a deal, please use the Report link and we will re-open the deal for commenting. Once you have commented, it will stay for another 2 weeks (or more, if there are more follow up comments).