In light of recent events, I though it would be a great idea to remind everyone what is and is not allowed on the forums. I am re-posting what Jackie has already posted in the stickies, but this gets missed. I'm also adding some of my own comments so please read this!
The Purpose of Cake Central!!!
Cake Central exists to provide a positive, fun, and safe environment for cake decorators of all experience and skill level to share ideas, tips, techniques, and personal stories. Cake Central is meant to be a haven away from the negativity in the rest of our lives.
IF the above is what you are looking for, Cake Central is the place for you.
Advertising your business is Prohibited, and you cannot sell stuff here. So what do we consider advertising?
Any irrelevant thread you start to proclaim your business. This includes blogs, online stores, websites, and especially referral partner links.
If you list your business info as part of an informative post (and because someone asks for it) and it is relative to the conversation, that is allowed. But if you've joined the site strictly to drive traffic to your business then we'd love to chat with you about becoming a paying advertising partner - but your other posts will be deleted. Example - if all you ever post is a link to your online store, then you are advertising and will be banned. Please use transparent online practices: if you represent a business please make sure it is clear on your signature line and profile page so we know that if you post a link or give your business a shout-out on the forums, the community knows you are promoting yourself. Many of us DO actually like to support others in the community so knowing that we are helping YOU out is a good thing for us to know.
If you see a post that looks even remotely like someone is promoting their business or trying to sell something, please flag those posts as SPAM. We, your moderators, will review and will take the appropriate actions.
MYTH 1: AT CC BE CAREFUL! YOU HAVE TO BE SYRUPY SWEET
I do not require anyone to be "syrupy" sweet. What I do require is that people have basic respect and kindness. I do not, and will not allow any threads to go on bashing other people, whether they belong to this community or not. CakeCentral.com is positive place and it will continue to stay that way.
There is a distinct difference between "syrupy sweet" and basic human kindness, compassion, and consideration.
TAKE YOUR TRASH OUTSIDE
If you would like to talk trash about a TV show, or another person, take it elsewhere. Those conversations and comments are not welcome here.
There are million... actually BILLIONS of other places on the internet where you are free to trash celebrities, TV shows and other people, just don't bring it to CakeCentral.com. You can have an opinion, but hateful personal attacks on anyone, even celebrities, will be deleted. Many of those celebrities regularly read these forums.
MYTH 2 YOU CAN'T DISAGREE WITH ANYONE
I have said countless times, over and over and over.... , this is a public forum, and you can disagree.
The only requirement is that you do it respectfully. If you are unable to respond respectfully, or with a basic common courtesy, do not respond at all.
There have been many forum posts started that will go on for pages and pages of people sharing their different opinions and discussing the topic, and making their disagreements in a civil and mature way.
I shouldn't need to, but I applaud those people for having basic decency toward other human beings.
In an ideal world, we would all be respectful, and moderating would not be a necessity, but the reality is, not all members here have shown the ability to maintain a respectful nature, and therefore moderating discussions is required.
WHAT's THE DEAL WITH COMPLIMENTING SOMEONE's POORLY DONE CAKE?
If you personally feel that someone does not deserve a compliment, simply do not comment!
Or better yet, give encouragement! Compliment the effort... It takes a lot of guts for someone to post their photo in the gallery next to some of the best chefs and highest rated cake decorators' cakes!