Advertising Policy

Early in 2006 it was decided that Pont Noir will not take paid advertising of any kind. This decision was based on three things.

  1. Advertising revenue would always be too small to be a commercial viability.
  2. Pont Noir is not run for profit.
  3. Adverts are annoying.

This policy applies equally to non paid advertising.

Exceptions
There are general exceptions to this rule:-

a. Any business based in the Creuse can have a free entry in the Directory. Please see the Directory Rules for more information.

b. Non-commercial small ad’s will be taken in the Small Ad’s forum from members. This service is free.

c. Some articles may list places to visit. Some of these places may have entry fees. Every endeavour will be taken to indicate those fees. These articles are for informational purposes (for example 10 things to do in the Creuse). Inclusion in these articles cannot be purchased.

d. Any event organised inside the Creuse can be listed in the What’s On In 23 forum. This is free, however postings must be essentially informational and not promotional. Any product promotional materials or multiple posts will ensure deletion.

It should be noted that Pont Noir reserves the right to remove any content or service of this website at any time and without notice.

SPAM and Self Advertising
a. Forum Spammers will have their accounts deleted and their ISP’s and email account providers will be informed. IP Address tracking is used to identify spammers.

b. Members should not use the forums as a opportunity to promote their own business either in reply to a request from another member or by posting in the guise of being informative. All such posts will be removed. Persistent activity of this sort will result in suspension of your account.

c. Members should not solicit work or sales from other members directly either by PM or email unless the member has specifically asked for people to contact them outside of the forum. Any member bothered in this way should report the offender who will have their account deleted.

d. Members should not use their forum signature to advertise services or products or link to any website. All members may use the website field in their profile to link to a (non offensive) site of their choice including their own business.