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What are the Rules of the AskAndy Forums?

No this isn't a statement (Ask Andy Rules!!) Although I can only wish!

1. No flames. Keep all debates clean and civil. This is a gentleman's (and ladies) Forum. Everyone is expected to behave accordingly. What constitutes flaming and incivility should be clear to all: no name-calling, ad hominem attacks, slurs, swearing, or personal insults. Individual instances of flaming and/or incivility will be judged by the moderators.

2. No politics in the Fashion, Trad, or Women's Clothing Forums. That's what the Interchange Forum is for. Ask Andy is a politically and culturally ecumenical website, and we all benefit from the contributions of members from around the world. We want people from all nations and backgrounds and political persuasions to feel welcome to share their interest in clothing here. Critiquing world leaders' clothing is fine. When political discussions or insults against world leaders (not related to clothes) crop up in a clothing Forum, they will be moved or deleted at the discretion of the moderators.

3. Don't feed the trolls. When trolling occurs, do not respond; we will take appropriate action. Do not mention troublemakers by name and invite them to a fight or perpetuate ongoing fights. Do not encourage banned or suspended members to post. These rules are, admittedly, hard to apply. Most often, any necessary action will be taken at the discretion of the moderators. If we feel your posts are in violation of this rule, we will first send a warning and an explanation. Please take those messages SERIOUSLY and cease the behavior in question.

4. Don't bash other Forums or blogs. Ask Andy is not the place to vent whatever resentments you may harbor against other Forums or blogs. This is a place to talk about clothes. We believe that the presence of more than one men's clothing Forum on the web is a benefit to us all, and this site will not be used to denigrate others. Similarly, do not bash AskAndy on other Forums or blogs.

5. Don't gratuitously bump threads. Adding superfluous posts that in our judgment serve no other real purpose than to bump long-dead threads to the top of the Forum is not allowed. If there is any doubt in your mind whether the post you wish to make falls into this category, please contact a moderator.

6. If you disagree with a moderating decision taken by a moderator, DO NOT argue your case in public. Contact the moderators in private. This rule pertains solely to moderation and is not meant to preclude members and forum moderators from lively or even heated discussions on clothing or community forums subjects providing all forum rules are followed.

7. Members in good standing of the Ask Andy Forum MUST provide the moderators with a valid email address. You may choose to make your email address available to other members or not; that's up to you. But the moderators must be able to reach you. If you do not wish to receive email from Andy or the moderators, you may choose not to post on this Forum. At seasonally varying intervals, we publish the AskAndy Newsletter which is e-mailed at no charge to all members in good standing. The newsletter contains articles, information, and other items deemed to be of interest to afficionados of fine clothing.

8. Each member is allowed only one user name/account. No multiple accounts, no exceptions.

9. Members are not allowed to sign up and post under usernames that mirror the proper names of companies or real, living people in the clothing business or world, unless they actually are that person. Example: we had an imposter sign up the username "G. Bruce Boyer," falsely claiming to be the style writer of that name. Especially since Mr. Boyer really does post on Forums, under his own name, this practice misleads other members and threatens Mr. Boyer's reputation. Ironic or clever joke names, or names based on long dead people (for example, "Beau Brummell") are fine. If you are in doubt about the propriety of a username you wish to use, please email Andy or a moderator for clarification.

10. By posting anything on this website, you agree that other members may FREELY and FULLY quote from it within Neither Andy nor his site are in any way responsible for any real or perceived copyright violations of material originally posted here. Posts may be edited by the posting member for a period of 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed posts become non-editable and non-removable by members. Due to the discussion nature of forum threads, all posts are considered to be a permanent, integral component of the forum as a whole at the expiration of the 24 hour period. is considered to be a continuously growing historic archive. Exceptions to this rule are not ever made.

11. Andy and his moderators may disallow any member avatar if, in their opinion, the avatar is inappropriate or otherwise objectionable.

12. Members may not, under any circumstances, post links from which they stand to receive financial gain of any sort including, but not limited to, cash, discounts, and/or store credits. Should such a link be found, the member's posting privileges will be suspended and an advertising charge for $125 will be sent to the offending member. If the action is deemed to be blatant advertising (at the discretion of Andy or the moderators) including but not limited to advertising by commercial entities and/or members of less than 30 days, the advertising charge will be in the range of $1000 to $2000. Should you wish to post such a link, contact Andy for advertising rates.

13. Odious members may be removed for cause without notice or recourse.

Failure to comply with the above rules will result in warnings from the moderators. Failure to comply with warnings will result in the locking of your account. Members are responsible for the content of their posts. While the Forum is moderated, it should be noted that the Forum, its owners, and employees are not responsible for the content posted by individual members. The rules of the AskAndy Forums may be changed at any time without notice.

Blog Policy

1. Mentioning (advertising) blogs is not allowed unless the blog is mentioned in a context that is relevant to the topic. Linking to blogs is not allowed.

2. The first breach of this rule will result in the removal of the post and a warning. Additional offenses will result in the post removal and an advertising charge of $25 for each violation. Members owing advertising invoices will be unable to post until suitable payment arrangements are in place.

Sales Rules

As is well known, several merchants and artisans participate here at Ask Andy. Their specific knowledge and willingness to answer questions have benefited members. Yet we all want to avoid the commercialization of the Forum. Therefore, merchants and non-merchant members alike must abide by the following rules.

1. Posts offering items for sale may be posted only in the Sales Forum. No selling or solicitation of any kind, by anyone, is allowed in the Fashion Forum. Those who have been members for fewer than 30 days or have fewer than 25 posts may NOT post items for sale on the Sales or Deals & Steals forums. A nominal contribution for the maintenance of the forum is required in order to post items for sale.

2. Making the Sales Forum free is meant to benefit the vast majority of AskAndy members who are not in the business of selling clothing. It is not meant to provide unlimited no-cost advertising space to commercial members. Commercial members are those who derive a all or substantial portion of their income from the sale of clothing or accessories. Commercial members may have no more than two active sales forum threads at a time. Violators will be invoiced and their posting privileges suspended until payment is received.

3. Don't bump your threads! New Sales threads appear immediately in the New Threads sidebar. All members deserve the opportunity for Page 1 exposure. Bumping threads with irrelevant posts will result in the thread being deleted.

4. If members wish to inquire about purchases from participating merchants, they must either contact that merchant privately, or post in the Sales Forum. Keep it off all other fora.

5. Direct solicitation by merchants to members is not permitted. Merchants can, of course, respond to inquiries from members.

6. Advertising is sold on certain sections the Ask Andy site. For details of the various programs, please contact Andy.


Why should I register?

In order to fully utilize the abilities of this forum, you are required to register as a member. Registration is free, and allows you to do the following:
  • Post new threads
  • Reply to other peoples' threads
  • Edit your posts
  • Receive email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Enter events in the forum calendar
  • Set up a 'buddy-list' to quickly see which of your friends are currently online
To register, you will need to specify a username and password, and a valid email address. Entering your email address will not leave you open to 'spam', as you can choose to hide your email address in your personal control panel, and messages sent to you via email do not reveal your address to the sender in any case. (To verify this, you can try sending an email message to another user.) The administrator has configured the forum to send you the final part of the registration process by email, so ensure that the email address you provide is valid and working.

Are there any special tags/codes I can use in my posts?

For the most part, your posts will contain plain text, but on occasions, you may want to emphasize certain words or phrases by making them (for example) bold or italic.

We use vB Code: a special set of tags which you can use to produce the most popular text-effects. vB code has the advantage that it is very simple to use, and is immune to malicious javascripts and page layout disruption.

We have also enabled smilies, which allow you to use small icons to convey emotion, and the [img] code, which allows you to add pictures to your message.

For more information about vB code, click here.

Can I send e-mail to other members?

Yes! To send an email to another member, you can either locate the member you want to contact on the member list, or click the Email button on any post made by that member.

This will usually open a page that contains a form where you can enter your message. When you have finished typing your message, press the [send email] button and your message will be sent instantly. Note that for privacy reasons, the email address of the recipient is not revealed to you during this process.

Note that if you can not find an email button or link for a member, it means that the member in question has specified that they do not wish to receive email from other members of the forum.

Another useful email function is the ability to send a friend a link to a thread you think they may find interesting. Whenever you view a thread, you will find a link somewhere on the page which will allow you to send a brief message to anyone you like.

Registered members can also send messages to other members of this forum using the private messaging system. For more information about private messaging, click here.

What is Private Messaging?

The administrator has enabled the Private Messaging system. Registered members may send each other private messages.

Sending Private Messages

Private messages work a little like email, but are limited to registered members of this forum. You can include vB Code, smilies and images in private messages that you send.

You may send a private message to a member of this forum by clicking the 'Send A Private Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the Send Private Message button in a member's posts.

When you send a message, you have the option to save a copy of the message in your Sent Items folder.

Private Message Folders

By default, you will have two folders in your private message area. These are the Inbox and the Sent Items folders.

The Inbox folder contains any new messages you receive, and allows you to view all the messages you have received, along with the name of the person who sent the message to you, and the date and time the message was sent.

The Sent Items folder contains a copy of any messages that you have sent, where you have specified that you wish to keep a copy of the message for future reference.

You may create additional folders for your messages by clicking the 'Edit Folders' link.

Each folder has a set of message controls which allow you to select messages, then either move them to one of your custom folders, or delete them completely. You may also have a button which allows you to forward multiple messages from a folder to another member of the forum.

You will need to periodically delete old messages, as the administrator has probably set a limit to the number of private messages you can have in your folders. If you exceed the number of messages specified by the administrator, you will not be able to send or receive new messages until you delete some old messages.

Whenever you read a message, you will have the option to reply to the message, or forward that message to another member of the forum. You may also have the ability to forward that message to multiple members of your buddy list.

Message Tracking

When you send a new private message, you may have the option to request a read-receipt for that message. This will allow you to check whether or not a message has been read by its recipient by viewing the Private Message Tracking page.

This page is divided into two sections: unread messages and read messages.

The unread messages section shows all messages that you have sent with a read-receipt request, that have not yet been read by their recipient. The time of the last activity of the message recipient is also shown. Messages in this section can be cancelled if you decide that their contents are no longer relevant, or for any other reason. Cancelled messages can also be restored to active status if the administrator has enabled this feature.

The read messages section shows all messages you have sent with a receipt request that have been read and acknowledged by their recipient. The time that the message was read is also shown.

You may choose to end the tracking on any message you choose by selecting the message and clicking the [end tracking] button.

When you receive a message with a read-receipt request, you may have the option to read the message while denying the read-receipt request. To do this, simply click the 'deny receipt' link rather than the title of the message, if it appears.

What is the Signature for?

After you have registered, you may set your signature. This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper.

You have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the forum will automatically append your signature to any messages you post. You can disable signatures on a per-post basis by un-ticking the 'Show Signature' checkbox when you compose your message.

You may turn the signature on and off on posts you have already made by editing the post and altering the state of the 'Show Signature' option.

You can set your signature by editing your profile.

What are attachments?

This forum does not permit the use of attachments.

How Do I USe the Calendar?

The calendar functions in a way similar to the forums in that there can be multiple calendars. One calendar could hold just events that only you are able to see while another will list Membership-wide events.

There are two types of events on the calendar: normal events and recurring events.

Normal Events span the time frame from when the event starts until the event ends.

Recurring Events repeat over a set period of time based on certain criteria. Examples would be an event that occurs on the first Monday of every month and an event that occurs every Monday and Wednesday.

You can post your own private events and schedule that is only viewable to you.

Can I edit my own posts?

If you have registered, you will be able to edit and delete your posts. Note that the administrator(s) can disable this ability as desired. Your ability to edit your posts may also be time-limited, depending on a number of factors determined by Andy and Malinda.

To edit or delete your posts, click the button by the post you want to edit. If your post was the first in the thread, then deleting the post may result in the removal of the entire thread. Should you be the topic starter and responses have been made, deleting the first post can result in disciplinary action by the moderator. Do not delete threads which have responses! You may only edit the words of the starting post to read 'deleted'.

After you have made your modifications, a footnote will appear, which notifies other users that you have edited your post. Administrators and moderators may also edit your messages but this note will not appear when they do so.

What are Moderators and Administrators?

The Moderator(s) oversee specific forums. Supermoderator(s) often oversee more than one forum. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations including temporarily or permanently locking members who violate AskAndy Rules. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is sometimes rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgeable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.

The Administrator(s) oversee the entire operation of the Forum site. They can perform a wider range of forum operations than Moderators. It is from Administrators that Moderators receive the parameters of their moderation abilities.

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