Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on Ant Keeping Forum. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. General Forum Rules

    1. Treat other members with the respect they deserve. This should go without saying, but treat others like you would like to be treated! #
    2. Be patient with new members. We all come from different backgrounds and levels of experience. Never assume a new member knows it all. Offer friendly advice and encouragement instead of negativity. #
    3. The forum language is predominantly English. Please contact a member of staff if you would like a sub-forum set up for your chosen language. #
    4. Please do not spam. The definition of spam is an irrelevant or advertising post. Any post considered spam will be removed. #
    5. Please do not post threads text in all CAPITALS since this is considered to be shouting and is not necessary. #
    6. Using red text is forbidden. Only moderators and administrators may use this. #
    7. Insulting and flaming or personal attacks against forum staff will be not tolerated. Any bullying of other members will result in severe penalties. #
    8. Please be considerate in language you use on the forum, some of our members are younger than others. Swearing is not completely banned, just do not swear unnecessarily, and only use minor words. If you wouldn't like your child, parent, boss etc to read it, don't write it. #
    9. No hacking, piracy, counterfeiting, such as torrents and illegal downloads. This will not be tolerated and if appropriate, may be reported to local authority. #
    10. Please do not post inappropriate material, I think everyone understands what we mean by this. The policy goes that if you would not feel comfortable viewing it at work, or in front of children or parents, don't post it! #
    11. Posts may not contain links to other forums, blogs or social media without permission from a staff member. #
    12. No "causing trouble", "badmouthing" or generally being unfriendly to anyone or another forum (past or present). There are other very good forums and their members, staff, rules and ways of doing things should be respected at all times. #
    13. Signatures may not contain links to any external sites. #
  2. Ant Related Rules

    1. The promotion of excavating of wild ant colonies is frowned upon by most ant keepers. Please only discuss colony excavation if it is in the interest of colony preservation (colony is at risk of being destroyed) or for experiments of scientific interest. #
    2. The discussion of keeping Formica rufa in captivity is prohibited unless it is for conservation purposes. Formica rufa may not be sold under any circumstances. #
  3. Buying, Selling and Trading Rules

    1. You may buy / sell / trade anything in this forum providing it is legally able to be sold in your country / state. #
    2. If you wish to purchase an item from a seller, please contact the seller directly by PM but you must reply to the topic with "PM SENT" to indicate you have sent a PM to the seller. This ensures buying and selling is fair based on first-come, first-served. #
    3. When you complete a transaction, ensure you rate the seller in the same thread. #
    4. All items for sale must comply with the general forum rules in regard to the respect of other members, forums and the welfare of the animals. #
    5. Bumping is not permitted on the marketplace board. #
    6. Updates to pricing, stock levels etc should only be done on the original post and not as a reply to the thread. This is considered bumping or self promotion. #
    7. The sale of queen ants from excavated nests is prohibited on this forum except in cases where queens cannot be captured in any other way. (e.g.. non flying species.) #
    8. Members are reminded that it's illegal to transport queen ants to and within certain countries. All queen ant sales should comply with the laws of the destination country. #
    9. A maximum of 4 new personal sales threads are permitted per user per month. Any more is considered as as commercial selling. (Please contact forum staff if you have an exceptional reason to have this limit temporarily relaxed) #
    10. Anyone selling ants commercially on this forum or linked on their ant-selling website must register as a verified dealer. #
    11. All commercial selling without having verified dealer status is prohibited. #
    12. Linking to your own selling website without having verified dealer status is prohibited. #
    13. Discussion of or linking to a 3rd party selling website that's not on the verified dealers list is prohibited except in the dealer review section. (Please speak to staff if you would like a review thread created.) (Includes eBay and Amazon and similar stores) #
    14. When selling ants, the age of the colony and any specific care information must be included in the advert so that new ant keepers can understand before making a purchase. A care sheet must always be available either with the purchase or as a download. #
    15. Pre-orders are not allowed. #
    16. When selling personalised or personal electronic items, ensure sensitive information is removed before sale. #
    17. Ants sold in the UK and sourced from outside the EU must include paperwork certified by the Animal Reception Centre at the UK Border Agency or include the original purchase receipt/invoice from an EU verified dealer. #
    18. Live insects must be shipped in accordance with your shipping carriers policy. In the UK that means shipped first class in a box large enough to prevent damage due to crushing and with appropriate labelling identifying the contents. #
    19. All items shipped must be tracked end-to-end to prevent dispute. #
    20. All items sold on this forum are considered sold without any warranty. Neither AntKeepingForum, Twydell Ltd or the seller are responsible for any losses including consequential damages from the result of a purchase on this Forum. #
    21. There is no cost to sell commercially or link to a commercial site on AntKeepingForum, however all dealers must comply with our commercial seller agreement.

      To become verified:

      Receive at least 3 reviews greater that 3 (average) in the review board and the total average is 3 or above.

      a) If not selling livestock of any kind, you are automatically considered verified.
      b) If you are selling EU only sourced livestock, you must provide a copy of your Public Liability Insurance (PLI). Once we validate your insurance status you will then be considered verified.
      c) If you are selling livestock sourced outside the EU, you must provide a copy of your Public Liability Insurance (PLI). You must also provide proof (supplier details can be masked) that the livestock has passed through and certified by the Animal Reception Centre at the UK Border Agency. Once these documents have been validated you will then be considered verified.

      Notes:
      Selling of ants sourced outside the EU must have evidence that they have been verified by the UK Border Agency at the Animal Reception Centre (ARC). Anyone saying they do not need to do this is either unaware of the import laws or is smuggling (intentional or otherwise). All legitimate sellers of exotics will be able to supply such proof. This goes for private sellers too - proof of supply chain is also allowed if they have been purchased from a commercial seller (i.e. Antstore invoice). #
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