This thread is for the discussion of Style Forum's Affiliate Vendors.
The purpose of this thread is manifold:
- A place to ask questions and find answers concerning Style Forum policies regarding affiliate vendors
- A place to discuss vendorship in general. What makes for a good vendor, what makes for a bad vendor, etc
- A place to single out exemplary service or community involvement on the parts of affiliate vendors, giving them the positive attention they deserve.
- A place to voice concern about or criticism of affiliate vendors which are in some way performing below expectations or providing substandard service
This thread was started for several reasons:
- A recent controversy with a soon-to-be former affiliate vendor made clear that many people were not aware of the nature of the relationship between Style Forum and affiliate vendors.
- The affiliate threads are essentially paid advertising space. This thread is not. Therefore, what may be inappropriate to discuss in various affiliate threads can be discussed freely here.
- Most importantly, at least to me, is to give excellent vendors the recognition they deserve. The vendors that provide great products and great service should get more customers. In doing this, this thread will hopefully provide incentive for other vendors to become more than just merchants and become active participants in our community.
A couple of miscellaneous points:
- This is a DH thread and will be moderated accordingly. So avoid ad hominem attacks and the like
- I may add more stuff here in the next day or so.
Hey @Claghorn, thanks. Incidentally, I see that you are using the BB1 editor. I converted this post to richtext. I would really advise using the richtext editor. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on mobile yet, but it is a much more using friendly editor.
In any case, here is the policy* for affiliate vendors that was requested:
Styleforum collaborates with our hosting partners in deciding what will be a good fit for the community - our goal is to have affiliate vendors with whom members would like to engage, and who have products in which community would be interested. However, we do not, for the most part, administer the contracts directly, and we do not, as an organization, officially endorse any product or vendor. Any promotion of the vendor is either part of our contractual obligations or a value added product. We provide a space for a vendor to engage directly with a communuity focused on discussions about mens clothing, footwear, and accessories. A vendor has the privilege of requesting that posts that a reasonable person could construe as being off topic, inflammatory, or deliberately antagonistic, be removed from the thread, as well as information about the company that could reasonably construed to be proprietary information. This is not to say that members are not allowed to bring up customer service concerns in the affiliate threads in a reasonable and respectful manner. (Oddly enough, this is actually the same behavior is expected on the rest of the forum.) To bring up the bar analogy that we've used for so long, the affiliate threads are private rooms that have been rented out for the night. The patrons of the bar are invited to the private party, but if you go into the private room for the express purpose of yelling at the host, you can expect to be disinvited.
Officers and agents of Styleforum are also prohibited from providing reviews for payment in cash or in kind while acting in an official capacity. We also do not allow any private member from publishing any review for payment in cash or in kind, without full disclosure, and anyone solicitying vendors for payment in cash or in kind for a review is strictly in contravention of Styleforum policies.
Styleforum does have a review process, which is a paid service requiring oversight by Styleforum officers. There are safeguards in place which insulate the reviewers from undue influence by the vendors being reviewed. Generally, reviewers are chosen by Styleforum, and the reviewers receive goods for review, which they are allowed to keep for their time. In some cases, depending on the terms of the contract, reviewers are also compensated financially for their time. Compensation is adminstered by Styleforum, not by the contracting company, in these cases. Styleforum invoices the contracting company regardless of the outcome of the reviews. We do not instruct reviewers except on style and organization. Where there are more than one review, companies must publish all the reviews if they wish to do so. In certain cases, reviews are contracted to be used internally.
*these policies are subject to change without prior notice, etc..., insert legalese boilerplate that our lawyers require, here. The policies laid our here are the language of user LA Guy, who is, in this instance, acting outside his official capacity, and without consultation with legal counsel, and should be in no way considered to be binding on Styleforumnet LLC (the Company), it's officers, subsidiaries, partners, associates, contractors, or any person or entity that may be construed as acting as an agent of the Company.