Industry members

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AudioCircle maintains a fine balance between the interests of consumers and those in the audio industry. On the one hand, we encourage participation by those in the industry and value their insight and the knowledge that they share with us. On the other hand, we don't want AudioCircle to be overrun by inappropriate advertising and promotion.

Who is an industry member?

This is the definition we use:

An industry member is someone who makes a significant portion of their income from an audio-related business, or who uses this site to promote audio-related services or products from which they derive income.

For example, someone who makes audio widgets and has a website listing products and prices is assumed to be an industry member. So is someone who consults as a designer of amplifiers or speakers. However, a hobbyist who does the occasional mod or build (for example) and receives payment for it is considered to be a regular member, not an industry member. If that person were to start using this site to promote those services, then we would consider them an industry member.

Disclosure

Industry members are required to disclose that they are involved in the audio industry. This is done by joining one of the groups set up specifically for industry members. The groups are:

Industry Participant
An industry member who does not support this site financially. For more information, see Industry Participant.
Industry Contributor
An industry member who helps to support this site financially and is able to promote their products on the site. For more information, see Industry Contributor.

Your group membership will be shown under your username anywhere that you post.

Posting rules for industry members

All of the standard Posting Guidelines apply to industry members. We encourage you to participate freely in all areas of the site in topics that do not specifically discuss your products or services. Your knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge is an important contribution to the community.

For topics concerning your products or services, please remember that all areas of the site outside those specifically designated for commercial activity (listed below) are considered "non-commercial." While we understand that you will wish to continue a discussion about your products even if in a non-commercial area, you must limit your responses to technical information about the product, and then only in response to a specific member query. Any other discussion about your product such as product availability and pricing, future product features, and so on, or anything related to your business activities, must be moved to one of the areas specifically designated for commercial activity:

If you are new to the site, please use the Industry Introductions circle to introduce yourself and your product. If you are not new, then you will need to become an Industry Contributor to engage in commercial activity.

Please note that "non-commercial" means non-commercial. Promoting the product of a vendor with whom you have a business or personal relationship is considered commercial activity as much as if it were your own product, and doing so in a non-commercial circle is considered an infraction of the rules.

Professional conduct

All industry members are expected to behave in a professional and responsible manner. You are expected to post rationally and intelligently, and to not get into pointless disputes, whether related to your product or not. You are expected to consider the best interests of this site and its members at all times. Any activity such as attacking or threatening members, threatening members or the owners and operators of this site with legal action, exposing or furthering disputes between you and other parties, or attacking this site or using this site to attack other audio sites, may result in temporary or permanent suspension of your posting privileges.