Social Media Guidelines
KBF set up its social media sites to provide places where KBF Members and Guests feel comfortable in sharing information and experiences, building relationships, coordinating plans, and staying on the cutting edge of the kayak fishing revolution; where we can keep up with friends and events without a cascade of spam.
KBF Members, this is our community. Let’s make it strong, vibrant and enjoyable for all Members and guests.
This page provides guidance for use by KBF Members and Guest of KBF social media sites. Kayak Bass Fishing’s Social Media Sites include the Kayak Fishing Blog, KBF Forum, Kayak Bass Fishing YouTube, Kayak Bass Fishing Instagram, Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook public group page, KBF Members Only Facebook private group page, other KBF Facebook group, series and event pages, and other sites and services that permit users to share information with others in a contemporaneous manner. Each user makes his own decision to view content or engage with others. The services are intended for use by individuals 13 years of age or older.
Use of KBF’s social media sites is a privilege, not a right. How you interact on these sites has an impact–positive or negative–on both your images and KBF’s. Kayak Bass Fishing is not responsible for the content of any user-created posting, listing or message. The information you post or publish there may be in the public domain for a long time. KBF Management and site administrators and moderators monitor KBF social media sites to ensure that the content posted by KBF staff, members, and guests, including text and images, are consistent with KBF’s values, are in good taste, and do not violate the prohibitions listed below.
To help each user have a more enjoyable experience and encourage them to return regularly, KBF has developed the following Code of Conduct. If you notice social media content that violates this code of conduct, please report it to KBF Management for review.
Code of Conduct
KBF Social Media Site users agree to:
- Abide by Facebook Terms of Service,
- Adhere to all applicable local and national laws
- Uphold the KBF Social Media Code of Conduct described on this page.
- Use their best judgment in posting material that is neither inappropriate nor harmful to KBF, its staff, management and employees, to our sponsors and Partners, and to other Members.
- Refrain from posting commentary, content, or images that:
- Incite, advocate or express pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, hatred, bigotry, racism, or gratuitous violence.
- Provide or create links to external sites that violate this code of conduct.
- Threaten, stalk, defame, defraud, degrade, harass, libel, victimize or intimidate an individual or group of individuals for any reason; including on the basis of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race.
- Contain or could be considered ‘junk mail’, ‘spam’, ‘chain letters’, ‘pyramid schemes’, ‘affiliate marketing’, or unsolicited commercial advertisement.
- Disengage in a polite manner when encountering a situation or dialogue that threatens to become excessively antagonistic or blatantly hostile,
- When engaging in respectful disagreements, refrain from personal attack of the other party. Be respectful of opinions of others, even if you may disagree.
- Obtain appropriate permission before referring to or posting proprietary images protected by third party’s copyrights, copyrighted material, trademarks, service marks or other intellectual property.
Code Violation Remedies
When a Page Administrator or Moderator determines that a user (‘member”) of any KBF social media property has violated the Code of Conduct outlined above, the response may include any action up to and including deleting the post, removing the member from the page, and blocking him from future participation. If one’s post is deleted yet he is allowed to remain in the group, that should serve as fair warning that the member is on probationary status and that inappropriate follow-up or further action of that sort will lead to removal.
Specifically, Item #4 is grounds for removal of a KBF Member from the KBF Members-only Private FB Group Page. KBF Membership confers certain rights, including discounts and eligibility to compete in Member-only Events. It also provides privileges, such as access to Member-only content and engagement with the KBF community in Members-only social media pages. Those privileges are withdrawn if abused.
Advertising and Promotion
The following principles apply to use of social media for personal use as well as for promotion of individual and group sponsors and businesses.
Who may post content of a commercial nature? Only KBF Members, KBF Partners, and KBF Sponsors who engage with other KBF Members and guests on KBF Social Media on a regular basis may post endemic advertisements, marketing, and commercial promotions that are of direct interest to KBF Members and other kayak anglers.
How frequently may they post such content? The ratio of social comments to commercial-oriented posts should be 4:1 or higher. In other words, KBF Members or Sponsor representatives should post four times or more to interact with other members, offer opinions, ask germane questions, share tips or answer inquiries for every ad or product promotion posted.
What type of content may they post ? “Endemic” advertisements and promotions includes active-wear products, gear, services, equipment and tackle for use in paddlesports, bass fishing, camping and other related outdoor pursuits.
KBF Members and Sponsors who post field test reviews or first-hand referrals of products and services of obvious interest to kayak bass anglers may refer to or include ad layouts or photos that support the post content.
What content is considered spam? Spam is commercial content that falls into and of these three categories:
- Non-endemic advertisements and commercial posts are intended to promote products and services not directly related to paddlesports, bass fishing, camping and other outdoor pursuits. Examples of these are auto sound systems, diet programs and supplements, apparel printing services, hair restoration services, investment opportunities, real estate listings. Non-endemic ads and promotions, even if posted by highly-engaged KBF Members and Sponsors, are considered “SPAM” and are prohibited.
- Endemic advertisements and commercial posts posted by individuals who at NOT active members of KBF or who represent KBF Sponsors.
- Endemic advertisements and commercial posts by KBF Members and Sponsors whose primary interaction is the posting of such content. That is, promotional content by KBF Members and Sponsors who post more than once for every four non-commercial post or comment.
Code of Content Revisions — KBF reserves the right to amend or change the Code of Conduct or any service at any time without notice. We encourage you to periodically review these guidelines to ensure you are in compliance.