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Terms, Rules & Guidelines

Terms of Service

Terms & Conditions of Use

We encourage the sharing of ideas and opinions on the topic of photography, however, FotoFora.net is not an image storage or display buckets such as Instagram, Flickr, SmugMug, or similar. All images are downsized for the purposes of discussion, commentary, and quality display of member images and are subject to upload quotas that vary by subscription level. FotoFora.net users come from all locations and backgrounds and have diverse thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. Keep this in mind when you participate in the community and treat others with consideration.​
We respect our users' intellectual property and claim no copyright to anything posted on the site by our users. However, as a stipulation of using FotoFora.net, we retain the right to keep and display anything posted by active users on FotoFora.net as part of the site unless you elect to delete your account in accordance with Art.17(2) of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). If you are not prepared to accept this, please do not upload or contribute anything to FotoFora.net.​

Here are your terms of use:

Acceptance


By visiting or using this website, FotoFora.net, including all content and functionality available through the FotoFora.net domain (collectively, the "Site" or "FotoFora.net", "we", or "us", as appropriate), you agree to be bound by the following Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, & and any other guidelines or rules found within sections of the forum, which are incorporated by reference into the Terms of Use (the "Terms").​
By your acceptance of the Terms and your continuing use of the Site, you consent to FotoFora.net election, use, and disclosure of your information or registration data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You also agree to follow our existing "Community Rules & Guidelines" also as a FAQ in this section, and any future Guidelines that we may issue.​
These Guidelines are published on FotoFora.net and incorporated into the Terms by reference. References to the "Terms" include the Privacy Policy and any applicable Community Guidelines that are issued now or in the future. The Terms apply to all visitors and users of the Site, including users who contribute content or information and subscribers to other services on the Site. The Terms also apply to individuals or entities on whose behalf a user accesses the Site.​

If you do not agree with the Terms, do not use the Site or its resources.

We may revise, modify or change the Terms at any time at our sole discretion with or without notice. Your continued use of the Site after we post changes to the Terms constitutes acceptance of the Terms as modified.​

It is your responsibility to regularly review the Terms.

User Content; Posting on Forums, Photo Galleries & Other Public Areas


FotoFora.net includes information, images, photos, commentary, content, opinions & material that our users upload ("User Content"). You agree to upload and post only User Content that you have created yourself. FotoFora.net is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to User Content. We don't test or verify any User Content on the Site. While we do not knowingly accept User Content that violates another's rights, we are not responsible if it happens.​
You are responsible for your own User Content, whether posted in the chat rooms, forums, groups, photo galleries/albums, or other public posting areas on the Site. You agree to conform to Site policies and guidelines concerning the size, length, format, subject, content, and relevancy of User Content. Submitting User Content that violates our rules or any applicable local, national, or international laws or regulations is not acceptable, and may subject you to sanctions, including termination of your user rights.​
User Content may include nude photos or other images or material that an individual might find offensive, indecent and/or objectionable. We will determine, in our sole discretion, whether User Content containing nudity is within community standards and acceptable. Our decision is final even if an individual user disagrees with our judgment.​
We reserve the right (but assume no obligation) to edit, redact or delete User Content that we consider unacceptable or inappropriate, or for any other reasons, which we need not disclose, at our discretion and convenience. When removing images that are contained in User Content, we may remove only the images to which we object, all the images in a folder, or all the images in the User's portfolio, at our convenience and discretion.​
We reserve the right to edit, redact or delete any User Content that you upload to the Site, at our sole discretion. FotoFora.net also contains material from experts, organizations, and advertisers ("Third Party Content"). FotoFora.net is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, or usefulness of Third-Party Content.​

Intellectual Property Rights

FotoFora.net owns all rights to the Site, its services, the technology, information, documents, files, webpages, and other products developed in connection with the Site or available on the Site. Submitting User Content to any area of the Site does NOT transfer ownership rights to any native site content or the content of others. You retain the ownership rights to your User Content. By submitting User Content, however, you give certain limited rights to both FotoFora.net and other FotoFora.net users.​
You grant to other FotoFora.net members permission to download a lower resolution copy of images contained in your User Content to make such alterations and markups for the purpose of commentary as they see fit and to attach the modified images to their comments on your User Content. An example of this would be the "PhotoShop Challenge" topic board. You also grant other Site users the right to quote your User Content in their own postings on the Site.​
Second, you grant FotoFora.net the right to edit, modify, quote, or reformat your User Content on the Site. You also grant us a perpetual non-exclusive worldwide royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display your User Content on the Site and to promote the Site unless you have requested exclusion under the provisions of the GDPR or applicable state regulations or acts. This action is to remove your content from FotoFora.net and delete your account.​
Other than User Content or Third-Party Content, we, and/or our software suppliers, own or license all text, graphics, logos, icons, images, photographs, audio clips, video clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software we use to provide for user services, and such content is protected by U.S. and International copyright and other intellectual property rights. FotoFora.net action, coordination, and arrangement of content on the Site are the exclusive property of FotoFora.net and are protected as a compilation by U.S. and international copyright laws. All software used on the Site or in conjunction with its operation is the property of FotoFora.net and/or its software suppliers and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.​

Conduct of Users

Your right to access and use the Site is subject to the following prohibitions:

  • You may not use the Site to advertise services, solicit users to buy or sell products or services, or make donations of any kind, without first obtaining the express written approval of FotoFora.net. The sole exception to this rule is that private parties may use the classified section of the forums (The Trading Post) to sell personal property that is photography related, subject to additional Rules & Guidelines found there.
  • You may not reproduce or distribute, or cause to be reproduced or distributed, any image or material that you retrieve from the Site, without the express prior permission of both FotoFora.net and, in the case of copyrighted materials, the copyright owner, except for such reproduction as occurs in the ordinary course of viewing or commenting on others' User Content using a web browser in accordance with FotoFora.net guidelines and the Terms.
  • You may not use the Site to violate anyone's copyright, trademark, intellectual property rights, or privacy rights. The User Content that you submit must be your work in its entirety.
  • You may not use or launch any automated system, including "robots," "spiders," or "offline readers," that access the Site in a manner that sends more request messages to our servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a conventional on-line web browser.
  • From time to time, you may have access to other users' email addresses. You may not gather these email addresses for purposes of spamming or for any purpose other than personal communication. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Site, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Site (e.g. comments, email) for any commercial solicitation purposes.
  • You may not post obscene, pornographic, degrading, harassing, or humiliating User Content on the Site. Please refer to our Community Guidelines for further explanation of what is acceptable in this regard. You may not post or transmit any false, defamatory, abusive, threatening, or illegal User Content or User Content that infringes on the rights of others or the ability of others to enjoy the Site. We have the right to determine, in our sole discretion, whether User Content violates these restrictions or is otherwise unfit for the Site. We have the sole right to delete, modify or edit any such User Content that you upload to the Site.
Failure to abide by these restrictions may result in sanctions including suspension or termination of your user privileges on FotoFora.net and cancellation of your account.

User Accounts; Security


As a User, you must create an account to access certain features of the Site. You are responsible for making sure that your account is accurate and up-to-date, particularly if you change email providers. If you forget your password and do not have access to the email account that we have on file for you, you may not be able to gain access to your FotoFora.net account. You are also responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account.​
You are responsible for all activities that occur on your account, whether or not you authorize them You acknowledge that we rely on your email address to keep you apprised of certain information on the Site. If we attempt to contact you and find that your email address is inoperable, your FotoFora.net account may be suspended until you log in again and provide a valid email address.

You are responsible for keeping your email address accurate and up-to-date.

You agree to manage your account in a safe and reasonable manner. You agree to notify FotoFora.net immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account, or any other breach of security. You expressly agree that FotoFora.net will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these requirements.​
We use all reasonable security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Although we make a good faith effort to store the non-public information collected by the Site in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally accessing the Site.​
If you live outside the United States of America, you understand and agree that FotoFora.net stores and processes your information on computers located in the United States of America, and by providing any data to FotoFora.net, you consent to the transfer of such information to the United States of America.​

Third-Party Websites

The Site may contain links to third-party websites that we do not own or control, including sites that may appear within User Content. FotoFora.net does not review or edit the content of any third-party links, and FotoFora.net has no control over what happens at any third-party website. FotoFora.net assumes no responsibility for the content, policies, or practices of any third-party websites. You expressly agree to release FotoFora.net from any liability that arises from your use of a third-party website.​

Subscriptions and Paid Services

Certain of our services are offered as a benefit of paid annual subscriptions. We use third-party payment processors such as PayPal and Stripe to process your financial information through a link on the Site. Our subscription program may be altered, revised, or modified at any time, with or without notice.​
If we change a subscription program, we will endeavor to provide subscribers with comparable services for the duration of their subscription period. If your subscription is terminated by you or by FotoFora.net for any reason, you will not receive a refund of any subscription fees.​

Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA

If you believe that any content on the Site infringes upon your copyrights, including but not limited to User Content, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing:​
  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work or works claimed to have been infringed,
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
  5. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
The FotoFora.net designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is:

Patrick Thrush​
DMCA Agent, PapaTango Productions​
219 East Steuben Street​
Bath, NY 14810, U.S.A.​

You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all the requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

Legal Age & Ability to Accept Terms:


Childrens Online Privacy & Protection Act (COPPA)

The FotoFora.net website is not intended for children or those under the age of 18. By using the Site, you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in the Terms and agree to comply with the Terms. If you are under 18 years of age, please do not register as a user, post User Content or otherwise use this Site.

Notices

From time to time, FotoFora.net uses its users' email addresses to send email notices about matters relating to the Site. These include content alerts you have set, account notices, & site/system announcements. Users are responsible to keep email addresses current. FotoFora.net shall not be responsible for any failure of notice due to an out-of-date email address.​

Account Suspension & Termination

FotoFora.net reserves the right to suspend or terminate your account or your access to and use of FotoFora.net services at any time, at FotoFora's discretion for any reason, with or without cause. If you violate these Terms, FotoFora.net, in its sole discretion, may also require you to remedy any violation of the Terms, and/or take any other actions that we deem appropriate to enforce our rights and pursue all available remedies. We shall not be liable to you or any other person if we terminate your account or your access to or use of the Site.​
Additionally, FotoFora.net allows registered members to cancel and remove their account and any content through their own actions. A "Delete Account link is provided in a member's user profile panel to effect this. See the applicable FAQ for more information. A 24-hour 'cooling off' period is provided in which the member has an opportunity to reverse their choice. After the expiration of that time, the account will be automatically deleted, and any associated content be purged from the system within 12 hours.​

This final action is irreversible--and any former member who joins again later will not inherit or be granted any former privileges or account status.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY


THE SITE IS PROVIDED BY FOTOFORA.NET ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. FOTOFORA.NET MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.​
TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, FOTOFORA.NET DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, FOTOFORA.NET DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES FOR THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE ITS WEBSITE AND THE SERVICES, AND DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS OR OTHER CONTENT ON ITS WEBSITE ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT THIS SITE, ITS SERVERS, OR E-MAIL SENT FROM FOTOFORA.NET ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.​
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL FOTOFORA.NET BE LIABLE ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR USE OR MISUSE OF THE FOTOFORA.NET WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM THE USE OR MISUSE OF THE FOTOFORA.NET WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE FOTOFORA.NET WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES, OR THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF THE FOTOFORA.NET WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES, OR VIEWING THE PHOTOS IT HOSTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.​
FOTOFORA.NET CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE ACCIDENTAL LOSS OF PHOTOS ON ITS SITE, OR THE COPYING OF PHOTOS BY ITS USERS. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM FOTOFORA.NET OR THROUGH OR FROM THE FOTOFORA.NET WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS OF SERVICE.​
THE LAWS OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.​

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold FotoFora.net, its subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, employees, administrators, volunteer administrators, volunteer editors, volunteer moderators, service providers, and suppliers harmless from any dispute that may arise from your breach of the Terms or violation of any representations or warranties contained in the Terms. You also agree to hold said parties harmless from any claims and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees and court costs, related to any User Content you post on the Site.​

Reservation of Rights

You may access FotoFora.net content, including user content, only as permitted under the Terms. We reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Site.​
We reserve the right to modify, expand, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the Site at any time.​

General

The Terms and this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, exclusive of its provisions on conflicts of laws. The Terms & Guidelines contain the entire agreement between you and us and govern your use of the Site. FotoFora.net may also assign any rights and licenses granted in the Terms without restriction. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other FotoFora.net.com services, affiliate services, third-party content, or third-party software.​
In the case of inconsistencies between the Terms and any information included in off-line materials, the Terms shall take precedence. Any claim or dispute with FotoFora.net arising from your use of the Site shall be decided exclusively by a court or agency of competent jurisdiction located in the State of New York.​
Further, you agree that any such dispute is subject to election of arbitration on the part of FotoFora.net, its heirs, assigns, or agents. By registering and using this site you agree to enter into binding arbitration with an independent, neutral arbitrator who hears and examines the facts of an appeal and makes a decision that is binding on both parties. As with a civil suit, all costs of initiating the arbitration process are the responsibility of the plaintiff.​
If any provision of the Terms shall be deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason is unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. You understand and agree that if you have any claim or dispute with the Site or FotoFora.net, you are required to initiate any cause of action arising from or related to your use of the Site within one year from the date that the dispute first occurred. If you fail to bring an action within that one-year period, your claim against the Site and/or FotoFora.net is permanently barred.​


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Community Rules & Guidelines

GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES

Purpose


A primary goal of FotoFora is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).​
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in this community, as well as the consequences of unacceptable behavior. We invite all those who participate in FotoFora to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.​

Expected Behavior

The following general behaviors are encouraged and expected of all community members:​
  • Participate in a genuine and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and growth of this community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions with others.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing speech.
Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered unacceptable within our community:​
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit material of a pornographic nature.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to intelligence, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Deliberate intimidation or cyberstalking.
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behavior.
  • Advocating illegal behavior of any kind (per U.S. laws).
  • Actively advocating for any political party or position.
  • Use of copyrighted materials without permission.
  • Deliberately misrepresenting one's position or impersonating another user.
  • Attempting to bypass or circumvent any security mechanism on the site.
  • Sustained disruption of community activity, including thread poisoning and/or trolling.
  • Reposting of private messages (PM's), or emails without the consent of both parties.
  • Public discussion or debate of site moderation, the moderators themselves, or their actions. Such discussions must occur in private using email or PM.
Trading Post Policies

FotoFora hosts an online classified section where members may buy, sell, and trade merchandise among themselves. The Trading Post has additional rules that extend the scope of this document. For classified advertising rules, please see the Trading Post Listing and Safety Policies FAQ.

Forums, Social Groups, Competitions & Galleries Rules

Each type of posting board, whether in the forums, or in the Galleries, Social Groups, & Competitions will often contain its own set of rules for that venue. Those guidelines are posted as a sticky at the top of each applicable board and do not replace any other rules, guidelines, or general terms of service in place.​

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and site staff, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.​
If a community member continues to engage in unacceptable behavior, FotoFora officials may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid subscription).​

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating these Rules & Guidelines, you should notify FotoFora senior management with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies. Appeals of this and any moderator action should be made by email to admin@fotofora.net .​

Contact Info

To contact FotoFora regarding material posted in the Forums, please use the Report Post link at the bottom left side of each post. This link provides us with all of the necessary information we need to evaluate your concern. Please do not report the same item multiple times.​
For other matters, you may contact the FotoFora team by email to: support@fotofora.net . Be sure and include a LINK to the item or article that is the subject of your concern, and your member identity.​
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Trading Post (classifieds) Rules & Guidelines

THE TRADING POST CLASSIFIED ADS--GUIDELINES & RULES

Purpose


These rules are established to promote fairness for both buyers and sellers and to help prevent fraudulent and illegal activity.​
The Trading Post classified ad system serves to connect community members wishing to buy and sell photographic-related equipment. It is a reasonably full-featured classified listing & management system—unlike a simple forum thread. Clean, consistent ad displays lead to faster selling turnover.​
For this document, photographic equipment is defined as fairly anything that is used in the regular practice of photography and imaging, accessories, parts, supplies, and literature—without limit on origin, technology, or era.​

Seller Eligibility

The FOTOFORA Trading Post is provided as a benefit to FOTOFORA subscribers. All FOTOFORA subscriptions regardless of length or level will qualify the member for some level of Trading Post access. Members may upgrade to a higher-level subscriber membership at any time.​
Members have an “ad quota” based on their level of subscription. These are as follows:
Basic/Explorer—Limit of 1 open ad at any time. 6-month expiration date; can only renew once. An ad may only be ‘bumped’ every 30 days.​
Navigator— Limit of 5 open ads at any time. 6-month expiration date; can renew indefinitely. An ad may only be ‘bumped’ every 30 days.​
Voyager— Limit 8 open ads at any time. Up to one-year expiration date; can renew indefinitely. An ad may only be ‘bumped’ every 15 days.​
Sellers with an untoward number of negative reviews will be suspended from participation in The Trading Post.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items that may not be offered for Sale or Trade on FOTOFORA include but are not limited to:​
  • Any merchandise that is illegal to possess or sell in the United States.
  • Services or other non-tangible goods.
  • Commercial sales
  • Tobacco, Alcohol, & Cannabis
  • Weapons, firearms, or ammunition.
  • Items that are not family-friendly, i.e., no adult material.
FOTOFORA's Role
  1. FOTOFORA takes no fee, percentage, or revenue of any kind that arises from the sale of merchandise between participants.
  2. FOTOFORA will not be held liable or responsible in any way for any transaction that takes place between the participants of this forum.
  3. FOTOFORA makes no guarantee regarding the identity or the authenticity of any member who posts items for sale.
  4. FOTOFORA does not provide a satisfaction guarantee of any kind, nor does it offer any warranty on any merchandise sold here.
  5. FOTOFORA will respond to and cooperate with law enforcement when requested by officials.
Listing Policies- Listing Title

Don't include the words "For Sale" in your listing title. It's unnecessary. Don't include decoration eBay words like "L@@K", "new", "NOS", "NIB", "Mint", "cleaning darkroom", "Kit in a Bag", etc. as these will be removed by the moderators. No prices, serial numbers, or shipping details in the title - no superfluous adjectives or descriptions. Keep the title simple and as clean as possible. Brand and Model and any notable feature.​
Be realistic and honest in your Condition/Rating assessments--and in setting the sale value & price. This moves a sale along faster than almost anything else.​
The ad listing interface will help guide you in setting up the ad and its pricing and features. You may elect a “Buy it Now” function, or other strategies. No need to put the price in the description, as there is an entry field for that. Include your shipping costs and/or any limitations in the description.​
Photos are required for all items listed that clearly show the actual item - items in sealed boxes are allowed, but many buyers will reject the ad. It's always best to open the box and clearly show the item for sale. Attempts to create a listing (with the exception of the Wanted/WTB category) that do not include at least one image will be automatically rejected.​

Re-listing of Ads

You must wait until your ad has expired to relist an item. Your ads will be removed if you re-post the same or similar things repeatedly, under different titles.

Expiration of Ads

All ads expire after up to six months, depending on how one has set their listing, and will be marked closed if unsold.​

Marking Listings as SOLD / CANCELLED / PENDING

Sellers are responsible for updating the SOLD, PENDING, and/or CANCELLED tag on their listing. Each listing provides a set of tools for managing the ad. See the pertinent FAQ for further details.​

Preferred Method of Contact

Sellers should always state their preferred method of contact in the ad, and use the classified system functions to exchange details of the payment, shipment, and sale. This way the seller and the buyer have a record of the transaction.​
FOTOFORA will not assist shoppers or relay messages outside of the classified advertising system. It is the responsibility of the seller and buyer to provide each other with the correct information.​

Third-Party Sales

All third-party sales are prohibited. You may not use your FOTOFORA account to broker sales for another party (estate sales, auctions, retail establishments). All sales must be made in the first person, by the owner of the listed items. Parent/child relationships are not subject to this policy. Inherited gear is also exempted from this rule.​

Wrong Category

If a moderator determines that your merchandise is in the wrong category, they may move it to the correct category. Example: you post a camera body under Lighting & Support. The moderator, upon seeing it, moves it to the proper camera section.​

Excessive Complaints

If your ad receives numerous complaints from other members, FOTOFORA may, at its sole discretion, remove the ad. Complaints are always kept confidential. In addition, users are encouraged to utilize the fullness of the ad system and provide their sellers with feedback and a rating. Regular sellers who rack up too many negative ratings will be prohibited from participating in The Trading Post.​

Quality Ads

The FOTOFORA moderators, may at their discretion, remove any ad that they deem too poorly written to be effective, or materially misleading to a viewer. In other words, if the ad is so poorly written as to preclude any interest, or makes substantial misrepresentations in the description, then we will likely take it down on that basis and then notify you to resubmit your listing with a more effective description.​

Cross Listings

We understand your desire to quickly sell unused gear to get something new or pay an expense. Listings of your own items that exist on other sites, such as eBay, Craigslist, or elsewhere, may be simultaneously listed on FOTOFORA; however, the FOTOFORA listing must be a complete listing with photos and a description, and not merely a link to another site.​
Please be courteous by marking your item sold if it sells in another venue.

Solicitation of Payment

Sellers and buyers are required to negotiate the means and delivery of payment between themselves. FOTOFORA plays no role or assumes any responsibility or liability for this process.​

FOTOFORA's Right to Refuse

FOTOFORA reserves the right to refuse to publish any posting, by any participant, at its sole discretion.​

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Cookies & Cookie Policy

This page discusses how cookies are used by FotoFora.net. If you continue to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

What are cookies?​

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer by your web browser at the request of a site you're viewing. This allows the site you're viewing to remember things about you, such as your preferences and history, or to keep you logged in.​
Cookies may be stored on your computer for a short time (such as only while your browser is open) or for an extended period of time, even years. Cookies not set by this site will not be accessible to us.​

Our cookie usage​

This site uses cookies for numerous things, including:​
  • Registration and maintaining your preferences. This includes ensuring that you can stay logged in and keeping the site in the language or appearance that you requested.
  • Analytics. This allows us to determine how people are using the site and improve it.
  • Advertising cookies (possibly third-party). If this site displays advertising, cookies may be set by the advertisers to determine who has viewed an ad or similar things. These cookies may be set by third parties, in which case this site has no ability to read or write these cookies.
  • Other third-party cookies for things like Facebook or Twitter sharing. These cookies will generally be set by the third-party independently, so this site will have no ability to access them.

Additional cookies and those set by third parties​

Additional cookies may be set during the use of the site to remember information as certain actions are being performed, or to remember certain preferences.​
Other cookies may be set by third-party service providers which may provide information such as tracking anonymously which users are visiting the site, or set by content embedded into some pages, such as YouTube, ImgR, Flickr, or other media service providers.​

Removing/disabling cookies​

Managing your cookies and cookie preferences must be done from within your browser's options/preferences. Here is a list of guides on how to do this for popular browser software:​

More information about cookies​

To learn more about cookies, and find more information about blocking certain types of cookies, please visit the ICO website Cookies page.​

Standard cookies we set​

NamePurpose
Essential cookies
These cookies are required to enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may not reject these--as the FotoFora site will not function properly.
xf___crossTabThis local storage item is used to store information used to communicate across tabs, such as the current cross-site request forgery token.
xf_cacheKeyThis local storage item is used to store the cache key used for offline storage items.
xf_consentThis cookie is used to store a user's cookie consent preferences.
xf_csrfThis cookie is used to store a user's cross-site request forgery token, preventing other applications from making malicious requests on the user's behalf.
xf_dbWriteForcedThis cookie is used to indicate that the request should completed using the write-only database server.
xf_editorDisabledThis local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has the rich text editor enabled.
fr-copied-htmlThis local storage item is used to store a user's copied rich text when pasting into the text editor.
fr-copied-textThis local storage item is used to store a user's copied plain text when pasting into the text editor.
xf_guestUsernameThis local storage item is used to store a guest user's username.
xf_inline_mod_*These cookies are used to store a user's currently selected inline moderation items.
xf_language_idThis cookie is used to store a user's selected language.
xf_lbSidebarDisabledThis local storage item is used to store whether or not a user has toggled the lightbox sidebar.
xf_lsThis cookie is used to store a user's local storage contents in the event their browser does not support the native local storage mechanism.
xf_multiQuote*These local storage items are used to store a user's multi-quote selections.
xf_notice_dismissThis cookie is used to store a user's dismissed notices.
xf_push_history_user_idsThis local storage item is used to store which users on this device have enabled push notifications.
xf_push_notice_dismissThis cookie is used to determine whether or not a user has dismissed the push notification notice.
xf_push_subscription_updatedThis cookie is used to determine if a user's push subscription preferences have been updated.
xf_sessionThis cookie is used to store a user's session identifier.
xf_style_idThis cookie is used to store a user's selected style.
xf_tfa_trustThis cookie is used to determine if a user has previously chosen to trust this device without requiring further two-step verification for a period of time.
xf_toggleThis cookie and local storage item are used to store a user's preferences for toggling various controls open or closed.
xf_userThis cookie is used to store a user's "remember me" token, allowing their credentials to persist across multiple sessions.
xf_visitorCountsThis local storage item is used to store counts of a user's unread conversations and alerts.
Optional cookies
We deliver enhanced functionality for your browsing experience by setting these cookies. If you reject them, enhanced functionality will be unavailable.
xf_emoji_usageThis cookie is used to store which emojis a user has recently used when composing a message.
xf_from_searchThis cookie is used to track when a user has arrived on the site from a search engine.
Third-party cookies
Cookies set by third parties may be required to power functionality in conjunction with various service providers for security, analytics, performance or advertising purposes.
FlickrThese cookies are set by Flickr, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
GoogleThese cookies are set by Google, and may be used for analytics, verifying legitimate traffic, or other embedded content.
HCaptchaThese cookies are set by HCaptcha, and may be used for verifying legitimate traffic.
ImgurThese cookies are set by Imgur, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
MetaThese cookies are set by Meta, and may be used for displaying embedded content.
StripeThese cookies are set by Stripe, and may be used for processing payments.
PayPalThese cookies are set by PayPal, and may be used for processing payments.
TwitterThese cookies are set by Twitter, and may be used for displaying embedded content.

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Privacy Policy

We are FotoFora ("we", "our", "us"). We’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. If you have questions about your personal information please contact us.

What information we hold about you​

The type of data that we collect and process includes:​
  • Your name or username.
  • Your email address.
  • Your IP address.
Further data may be collected if you choose to share it, such as if you fill out fields on your profile.​
FotoFora collects some or all of this information in the following cases:​
  • You register as a member on this site.
  • You fill out our contact form.
  • You browse this site. See "Cookie policy" below.
  • You fill out fields on your profile.

How your personal information is used​

We may use your personal information in the following ways:​
  • For the purposes of making you a registered member of our site, in order for you to contribute content to this site.
  • We may use your email address to inform you of activity on our site.
  • Your IP address is recorded when you perform certain actions on our site. Your IP address is never publicly visible.

Other ways we may use your personal information.​

In addition to notifying you of activity on our site which may be relevant to you, from time to time we may wish to communicate with all members any important information such as newsletters or announcements by email. You can opt-in to or opt-out of such emails in your profile.​
We may collect non-personally identifiable information about you in the course of your interaction with our site. This information may include technical information about the browser or type of device you're using. This information will be used purely for the purposes of analytics and tracking the number of visitors to our site.​

Keeping your data secure​

FotoFora is committed to ensuring that any information you provide to us is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable measures and procedures to safeguard and secure the information that we collect.​

Cookie Policy​

Cookies are small text files that are set by us on your computer which allow us to provide certain functionality on our site, such as being able to log in or remembering certain preferences.​
We have a detailed cookie policy and more information about the cookies that we set on this FAQ page.

Rights​

You have a right to access the personal data we hold about you or obtain a copy of it. To do so please contact us. If you believe that the information we hold for you is incomplete or inaccurate, you may contact us to ask us to complete or correct that information.​
You also have the right to request the erasure of your personal data. Please contact us if you would like us to remove your personal data.​

Acceptance of this policy​

Continued use of our site signifies your acceptance of this policy. If you do not accept the policy then please do not use this site. When registering we will further request your explicit acceptance of the privacy policy.​

Changes to this policy​

We may make changes to this policy at any time. You may be asked to review and re-accept the information in this policy if it changes in the future.​

CAPTCHA privacy policy​

This site is protected by hCaptcha and its privacy policy and terms of service apply.​

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