Posting Policies for the Craft Vendor Performance Support group on Facebook
It's important that we don't take questions personally in this group. And, if someone says they don't understand something, please don't view that as a challenge to your reasons for why you do something.
It is also important to understand that when the admin Cher Artisan/Cheryl Edwards asks a question, she is NOT making a statement about how she thinks or feels or about what she would or wouldn't do. It is JUST a question. Please don't assume *anything*about the question. You don't know her well enough to do that. :) Seriously folks, this assumption about her has led to silly confrontations, bad feelings, and unnecessary drama. Similarly, if she refutes something you say, it's NOT PERSONAL. If she refutes something you say about something she has said, it's NOT PERSONAL, and it's not her needing you to agree with her. Disagreeing with you or anyone else doesn't mean anything at all. She just doesn't believe what you believe. That's all. Please keep this in mind. Thank you. :)
If you have any questions or concerns about the policies, feel free to ask the admin privately.
If you have a problem with the admin or a rule, pm the admin. Don't post about it to the group. If you have a problem with how a member has said something, pm that member or the admin. Don't chastise her/him on the message board or in a thread. Don't get personal in a negative way on any level.
Please don't ask for a critique or advice unless you're truly looking for help. If you can't handle constructive criticism or are looking for only positive comments, better to not ask.
If you disagree with anyone, do so respectfully. Do NOT attack the person. "I think you are [negative or derogatory term]", "What you said is [derogatory or negative term]" are attacks. Please keep that out of your comments when addressing anyone (yes, incl the admins as they are human too and do not have to tolerate disrespect). If you wouldn't address someone in person in a certain way, then please don't do so here. We're online, yes, but we should remember our manners in this group.
Please don't post "following" or "follow" in a thread. Don't post just a period either. Your "comment" will be deleted. It sends pointless notifications to those who have notifications turned on when you do this. Instead, please choose to turn on notifications for the thread you're interested in. Beside the poster's name in her/his original post (the post that started the thread), to the far right, is a little downward arrow. Click that arrow then click "turn on notifications". See Georgee Sandford's visual explanation below.
When posting a pic of anything, your reason for doing so must be stated as well. For example, are you seeking advice, making a particular point, etc.
Please do not start a thread if you won't have the time to read the comments posted in it. You'll be wasting people's time, effort and phone data.
Do not post a link to your products except under the designated pinned post. If someone asks you for a link to your products in a thread, you may post it in that thread.
Don't derail threads. If you want to post a comment that doesn't answer the question(s) or address the concerns in the OP (original post), start a new thread (create your own OP). Not only does this help threads remain relevant to the topic posted about, it also helps those who are scrolling through OPs and could use the information or opinion you provide. They'll normally miss it if it's in a thread on another topic.
Trolling won't be tolerated. Wikipedia: "a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion." (emphasis mine)
No off-topic posts. If it doesn't have anything to do with performing at craft shows or selling handmade/hand-altered creations at events, it's OT. This includes posts about online selling, marketing your business, listing upcoming shows, inquiring about when non-Canadian shows will occur, etc. and lots of other craft business topics that many of us are already in other FB groups for. If you feel compelled to say "admin please delete if not allowed", then you're likely posting something OT.
Please do not post a photo that shows your website address, email address, or business name in it unless 1) posting the pic is necessary and CLEARLY illustrates your comment, and,
2) your comment is unequivocally relevant to the OP.
Please do not invite people to use your service or product. These are considered ads and ads are not allowed here. If your posts are no longer being screened and you post what looks to us like an ad or attempt to generate traffic for your site or business, you will be removed without warning. You may rejoin, but your posts will always be screened.
Any comment that appears to be derogatory or antagonistic towards a member or members of this group (including admin) will be deleted. The poster might be removed from the group and might be banned. Name-calling and derogatory comments about people's comments are not permitted.
Ads of any kind are not allowed. This includes any attempts to generate traffic for your website. Please don't try to sneak in a promo or ad on a thread. It will be caught. :) This also means that you should not post a pic of your product unless your comments about it are directly related to the group's purpose or related to the thread's OP (and your comments with that pic should show how the pic post is relevant, if that's not obvious). To post a pic in a thread, click on the camera icon in the little comment box then press enter. Do that for each pic. DO NOT POST EVENT INFO. To post vendor calls for Canadian crafters, join
Canadian Craft Shows https://www.facebook.com/groups/697887310317968/
It's too time-consuming to warn each person who posts inappropriately, so you will just be removed from the group if you do so. If you rejoin and do so again, you'll be banned.
Contacting members individually or otherwise to promote anything or to recruit them for anything is not allowed unless you are invited to by the member(s). Spam is not allowed in any form! Please don't pretend to want their product but actually just want them to like your page, join your company, etc.
If you want feedback on your products or booth, post pics of them and ask for feedback. The more specific the feedback that is required, the better (e.g. "What do you think?" by itself is too vague). Do NOT post a link to your products/booth. Do not post your business or event name in your comment unless it clearly has something to do with craft show performance.
Please do not tell posters that their question has been asked before. Most folk don't have time to scroll through numerous posts (even if they use the search box) to find answers.
If you are going to ask a question, please check the Tips doc under the Files section first, and use the search box under the group's photo to see if answers have already been provided. This is basic courtesy. :) You may find that there is a long delay in having your question answered if it's already been answered.
We're glad you're glad to be here, but "THANKS FOR THE ADD", "THANKS FOR ADDING ME" etc. comments will not be allowed. They clutter the board unnecessarily and send notifications to the members unnecessarily.
Rage quit and "I'm leaving" posts will be immediately deleted. And guess what, they don't create a domino effect. The people who stay in this group appreciate this group, and know that it is what we make it. :)
If you have a problem with the admin, pm her or him. Don't post about it to the group. If you have a problem with how a member has said something, pm that member or the admin. Don't chastise her/him on the message board or in a thread.