And we welcome thoughtful, respectful criticism.
And we don’t accommodate people with a subversive agenda.
Also, we reject those who are here to disrupt public discussions by whatever rude means possible just because they believe they have the right to make a point.
The use of multiple identities or other deceptive tactics designed to mislead or defraud others is strictly forbidden.
So, if we suspect you’re posting fraudulently, be prepared to verify your email address or to confirm your real name by providing your Facebook, Twitter or other established social media identity.
This website was created to encourage relevant conversation about dog food and dog food manufacturers only.
However, we do not allow our Forums to be used as a place to air your personal grievances or complaints about any individual or retail business.
And we do not allow spamming — the repeated posting of the same or similar comments designed to promote (for whatever reason) a specific product or brand.
Thus, we reserve the right to completely remove any thread that mentions a personal name or business name in its topic title and which has been designed to harm the reputation of that individual or company.
We enforce our Topic Title Rule vigorously — but only when we’re aware of violations. Contact our moderator to report infractions.
A Special Warning
to Trolls and Other Anti-Socials
Rest assured, the moderators of this community currently maintain a zero tolerance policy for any of the kind of offensive or anti-social behaviors described above.
This includes remarks that are rude, disrespectful, mean-spirited, profane or otherwise lack good manners.
So, if in our sole opinion you are believed to be guilty of any of these unwelcome infractions, you can be absolutely certain your offending comments will be immediately deleted.
And you could be forever banned from posting anywhere on this website.
That’s a promise.
Please Don’t Feed the Trolls
Trolls are the Internet’s version of terrorists. They post their comments with the goal of creating arguments. And to get noticed.
The best way to defeat them is to treat them as invisible.
Please avoid engaging any troll — or mentioning a previous troll by name. Whenever you call attention to a troll, you are only feeding him. And you are making the problem worse.
Since our moderators cannot be present 24 hours a day, please be sure to flag any comment in which a troll is mentioned by name. And we will take immediate action to delete that comment.
A Word to Veterinary Professionals
and Company Representatives
In the interest of fairness, those who publicly claim to be veterinary professionals are kindly asked to post using their real names.
Pet food manufacturers, distributors, retailers and representatives may also comment here. However, those with a vested interest in any product must publicly disclose this fact and post using their real names.
While you are here, feel free to answer readers’ questions and to dispense advice about feeding your products.
However, if you have a vested interest in a business, please do not use this website as a means to distribute free samples or coupons, offer discounts or conduct product marketing and/or website promotional activities.
Also, please be advised we cannot protect you or your company from negative comments posted here about your products or your business practices.
Prohibited Business Activities
We do not permit the use of this website to promote undisclosed or inappropriate business interests.
Prohibited activities include posting links to websites that promote puppy mills, controversial products, fraudulent fundraising, blatant or hidden investment schemes or any other questionable business practices deemed deceptive or unethical by the editor.
In addition, we do not allow spam of any kind. This includes the repeated posting of links to any website in which you have a vested interest — and for the apparent purpose of promoting that site.
If we suspect a user is posting here in promotion of any prohibited activity, all comments previously posted by that user will be subject to immediate removal.
An Open Invitation
So go ahead. Leave a comment. And welcome to our community. We’re glad you’re here.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor