"Absolutely NO claims are to be made FOR or AGAINST any food without ABSOLUTE PROOF, veterinary certificates, lab results, statements of fact, evidence etc."
Hope I can clarify this for you.
In the 2 weeks that we have been doing this, there have been cases where someone would post something similar to the following
brand x killed my dog, they should all burn in hell, their food is crap, the company is full of a$$holes etc.
That is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Most people didn't see it because I deleted it immediately. Then the poster sent me a PM, calling me names, etc.
So the rule was created.
What we are looking for there is, substantiated proof. However since this forum was originally meant to be a easily searchable place to get information any proof would then go into another forum, by a link, where it could be discussed if anyone wanted to. So it would look something like this.
Brand x killed my dog see following link for info, proof, etc
"link to another forum where discussion would be"
This way the forum would not get clogged with the discussion, like so many of them have.
We encourage you to list your food, and experience, but name calling, is out.
Conversely the same applies to overt praise and recommendations, would could be misused by said organization. We are not scientists, lab techs, etc so we can't really recommend one food over the other. We can only relate our experience.
Some thing to keep in mind, the pet food companies are watching these forums constantly, there was a case on Friday, someone posted something negative about a particular food, almost immediately a company rep put in a response. THEY ARE WATCHING US CONSTANTLY.
So the liability increases, and don't think for a minute that they wouldn't just love to shut us all down.
These are some of the reasons for the rules in those 2 forums only.
In the others the similar rules apply, but less strict.
I am sure that if someone here posted slanderous statements about food without proof it would be censored also.
These are the facts of life in our society, I don't like them anymore than anyone else.
So you are all welcome to put your experiences there but it will be up to the 2 of us as to what stays. Every rule there has come from the experience of the last 2 weeks. Also keep in mind we have over 1200 members there many of them new, I have no idea who the troublemakers are, who has been sent by a pet food company to disrupt things, who is who??
hope this helps