COMMUNITY GUIDELINES T-Shirt Forums
is a friendly community of t-shirt lovers. Both customers interested in buying a t-shirt and merchants selling t-shirts are welcome to join and participate in our forums. Our goal is to leave no question unanswered!
and Terms of Service
. Please read these other documents completely before agreeing to join the site.
This forum is intended for individuals 13 years or older. By using and participating in the forums, you certify that you are 13 years of age or over. All those individuals under 13 years of age will need a full written release form from their parents before posting any messages. This is in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 2000 (COPPA).
There will be great diversity in the age, race, gender, native language, and location (international) of members in this forum. We ask that you do your best to remember the common bond that brings us all here: our interest in t-shirts and t-shirt information.
If you encounter any violations of these guidelines or if you have any questions or problems with the site, feel free to let us know using the Contact Us
form located at the bottom of every page of the forum.
We encourage you to participate and enjoy the T-Shirt Forums community while at the same time adhering to the simple guidelines below:
A. Things you must do: Be Welcoming!
Remember, we were all new to the forums and to the T-Shirt Industry once. When newcomers arrive, please try to welcome them to our growing t-shirt community. Many of our community members have years of experience and lots of knowledge to share; help new members learn about resources and find information.
Don't attack others with words. Personal attacks on others will not be tolerated. Flaming, derogatory insults and hate speech will not be allowed in this forum. If you disagree with another member’s point of view, do so in a mature and civil manner. If someone seeks help from other forum members, please do not respond unless you have something positive or helpful to add. If you find yourself being flamed or insulted by another member, please do not dignify that person with a response. Notify a moderator or admin by using the "Report Bad Post
" feature and let us handle it.
Think before you post or speak: Do you really want to put your address or telephone number on a public discussion forum? We encourage you to keep personal information personal.
In the same vein, do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party can be removed. Information that should be considered personal includes but is not limited to your home phone number, physical address, and age. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately.
There may be places where explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior is appropriate, however the T-Shirt Forums are not one of those places. Posts containing explicit, obscene or vulgar language can be removed. Links to websites with adult content/images anywhere on the site can be removed. Simply put, we do not wish to be seen as supporting any site that contains adult content. This represents our desire to appeal to the widest possible audience. We realize that “offensive” and “attitude” t-shirts are a popular theme in the current t-shirt market, however, please use caution before posting links or images related to those t-shirt designs.
The T-Shirt Forums website resources, articles and discussions are based on basic, appropriate professional ethical behavior. Unethical behavior, such as stealing other members intellectual property, copyright/trademark violations, spamming other members via email or Private Message, warez discussion and other illegal activities are completely inappropriate and can result in the loss of membership at The T-Shirt Forums.
Be On Topic
While the name of the site is "T-Shirt Forums,” members are more than welcome to discuss subjects related to the industry. These topics include, but are not limited to, jeans, hats, hoodies, equipment, supplies, tote bags, shipping supplies, payroll, licensing, etc.
However, to help keep the threads helpful and informative, please try to keep your posts on the topic of what is being discussed. If you have a new, but related question, you are more than welcome to start a new thread about your question.
Also, please leave politics and religion out of the forum discussions. There are numerous religious and political boards out there on the web if you want to join a blood and guts discussion on those topics. At T-Shirt Forums, the t-shirt industry is the topic, and education and information sharing is the goal. Signatures files or opening/closing expressions of faith that are non-confrontational are not meant to be excluded from the forum by this guideline.
We want you to express yourself at the T-Shirt Forums. We encourage all users to upload a unique avatar (image or graphic) that will show up next to their posts. This will help others quickly identify who is posting the message as well as allow them to get to know your personality a bit more. Currently, our system will show your avatar positioned over a blank t-shirt. If no avatar is chosen, your T-Shirt Forum User ID number will show up as a default avatar. Avatar images should be static GIF or JPG images that are no larger than 48 pixels high by 48 pixels wide. The file size should be very small (under 5k) to keep page-loading times to a minimum. You may upload an avatar after your first post. Please design your avatar graphic to have a white or transparent background so it blends well with the t-shirt background. Also keep in mind that sexually suggestive or offensive avatars are not allowed.
In order to keep the page loading time of the forums to a minimum and to allow the t-shirt discussions to be easy to follow, we have adopted guidelines for signatures. Please see the full Signature Guidelines here.
B. Things you must not do: No Cross-Posting
Do not post the same discussion more than once in the discussion forums or on many forums. Duplicate discussions are hard to keep up with and counterproductive for other members who are trying to help. Duplicate discussions can be deleted.
No Advertising or SPAM
T-Shirt Forums is not a place to post messages promoting your business or product. Do not post advertisements or product/service announcements in the Discussion Forums. No not post link drops to your site to announce a new product or build your link popularity. This will be considered SPAM and could result in the loss of your T-Shirt Forums Community Membership. You can read the full rules on self-promotion, link dropping, sales posts and service requests posts here
Affiliate links are not allowed within the forums. Do not SPAM other members via PM with unsolicited business offers. Members who have at least 15 posts may post an ad selling t-shirt related items (used equipment, leftover blank t-shirts, etc) in the Classifieds section
of the forum. Members who sell t-shirts will be able to upload pictures of their products to the T-Shirt Gallery and link to their T-Shirt Gallery in their profile and/or signature. You may respond to specific requests for service in the appropriate forums.
No "Bumping" Threads
"Bumping" a thread is when you make a post for the purpose of making the thread appear on the "View New Posts" option, or light up as a new forum post. While there are some circumstances when doing this is reasonable (i.e. you do not receive an answer to your question within 2 business days), it should be done rarely.
One Account Per Person
A maximum of ONE account is allowed per person. If you are found to be using two or more accounts, one or more of them will be deleted and you may be banned from the T-Shirt Forums all together depending on the situation. If you have account problems, please use the Contact link
and state the problem you are having. One of the Admin’s may recommend that you re-register if the problem cannot be solved, but in most cases an Admin can correct a problem with an account.
No Abuse of Private Messaging
Private Messaging is provided to the members of the T-Shirt Forums as a service intended to enhance the Community experience. The purpose of private messaging is to allow for discreet conversations to take place between members. This privilege is not to be abused! Solicitation, spamming, or harassment of any kind is strictly forbidden. Any member receiving an inappropriate private message should forward that message to an Administrator or Moderator right away. Although private messages are normally only accessible by those who send and receive them, they are part of the database and as such, property of The T-Shirt Forums. An Administrator, if so inclined, could locate the Private Messages in the database and read them. They are private, but not necessarily secret. In addition, Private Messages are not intended to deprive the Community of valuable information or experiences, which could benefit the entire group. Please do not use private messages if the content of the message can be helpful to others.
No Copyrighted Material
, the T-Shirt Forums shall not be held responsible for member-posted information that may violate copyright law. You can read the full rules on file-sharing here
No Public Discussion of Site Policies
Discussions about moderator or administrator actions are welcome in email or private messages, but should not be discussed in public forums. This is out of respect for the members and moderators or the policy involved.
No Company Bashing
Please do not use the forums to bash or trash another t-shirt company. If you have an issue or complaint with a particular company, please direct it to that company's customer service channels. Although we may provide forums for discussing a particular company's products or services, we are not to be considered the official support forum for that company. Posts like "company X sucks" or "company Y's products are cheap" or "company Z's customer service is rude" may be edited or removed. You may of course respond truthfully
to other member's questions about a company's products or services. Sharing your experiences with different vendors and businesses (both good and bad) can be very helpful to others who are researching who to do business with. We just ask that your posts be kept professional and on topic.
Thank you for reading our community guidelines and enjoy the T-Shirt Forums!