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Board Rules - Policies, Participation and Privacy
The Gotheborg Discussion Board and related web pages was created by me, beginning in December 1998, to continue the tradition of scholarly generosity set by my own special mentor Prof. em Bo Gyllensvard, by offering a place where collectors and specialists alike, can combine their expertise in their various areas - into one big knowledge resource. Here, a global collector's community can share their experiences towards unbiased appreciation, understanding and authentication of Antique Asian Ceramic Art and the sharing and understanding of our various cultural values.
The fundamental idea is to encourage learning and mutual help in an increasingly difficult field, while putting all commercial considerations aside.
The road to learning should be traveled in good company.
Welcome to the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board
The purpose of this Collectors Community and Discussion Board is to help, teach and pass on the hard to gain practical knowledge on how to authenticate genuine Asian Ceramic Antiques. We do this by encouraging mutual help - collector to collector - while putting all commercial considerations aside. Areas of interest ranges from the appreciation of its artistic merits, to an understanding of its cultural and historical importance, to its artisan potting handicraft, to its worldwide distribution through various trade routes and East India Companies. Related areas within Asian Art and Antiques such as wood, jade, glass, ivory, snuff bottles, paintings and gold, silver, bronze, cloisonné, iron etc. are also covered. Discussions focus on the items at hand. No commercial activities are allowed - except the sale or promotion of books.
Our members are a global community of collectors - from beginners to museum curators, academics, dealers, published authors and world renown experts - united by our interest in antique Chinese and Japanese pottery and porcelain. Active researchers with museum or university affiliations are eligible for a complimentary (free) membership.
1. To become a member of this Discussion Board, first register a username/account.
2. Pay the membership fee. (Same page, scroll down to 2. Pay or Renew Membership Fee) Your membership will be activated by a moderator within 24 hours.
3. Memberships are available as a one year - 365 days - period at $29 or towards a monthly subscription at $9.95 USD.
4. To some of the membership levels, it is possible to add a voluntary donation. The service provided is the same on all levels, except that for the two higher sponsorship levels I would be happy to be allowed to listed you as a Sponsors.
5. When your membership period is up, you will receive a few reminders to help you renew your membership if you want to. If this is not done, your account will expire and your old username will be available to anyone.
6. The monthly subscription option is terminated at will by the subscriber.
7. If a member breaks the rules and policies of this Board, his or her account will be suspended until the matter has been explained.
8. If a member repeatedly breaks the rules and policies of this Board, the offending members account will be permanently suspended and any remaining membership fee forfeited.
9. In any case of a serious abuse such as harvesting email addresses, downloading copyrighted material entrusted to Gotheborg.com, disclosure of privileged board communication, etc., any associated IP address will be blocked permanently for accessing any part of the Gotheborg.com including but not limited to the Discussion Board.
§3. No Commercial Intent
Do not use this Discussion Board for anything outside its intended purpose, as exemplified but not limited to the following:
1. Do not post any items on this Board for the sole purpose of just gaining information about something that you intend to sell.
2. Do not use this board to advertise or offer anything for sale - except books - not even indirectly.
3. Do not to post anything for discussion that is not yours.
4. Do not solicit members to any other websites, boards, lists, private groups or other social media.
5. Do not harvest email addresses, or send unsolicited messages to other members via our direct board messaging or to email addresses obtained from our forum.
6. Dealers or commercially active collectors are encouraged to participate in the Discussion Board from a collector's standpoint and with all precautions taken so that their commercial affiliation will remain unnoticed by other members.
§4. Promotion of books and exhibitions allowed
Trade and promotion of good books, magazines and museum exhibitions are exempted from 'commercial intent' and actively encouraged. Anyone can review, sell, link to and promote books directly on the Board.
§5. Allowed links and references
1. Links and references to books, published research, public databases and museum collections are allowed.
2. Links and references to pieces in major auction houses and their archives are allowed when relevant and the purpose is entirely and unquestionably educational.
3. Prices and values can be freely discussed if this is of importance to illustrate the rarity of any object.
4. Don't link to outside photo services for your own photos. Make it easier for everyone who wants to help, by placing your photos in your thread.
§6. Style of communication and participation
1. While expressing your opinion, use the same courtesy as if you were speaking face to face with another person, and focus on the item at hand, not the individuals who might or might not share your view.
2. Remember that new insights might be hurtful to others. Be a good friend. Use tact and do not write anything on this board that you would not say in person.
3. Our discussions are sensible conversation where the participants are allowed to think and formulate their own opinions based on logic and their own experience.
4. When possible refer to research, literature, published examples and verifiable data, since this encourages more qualified experts and professionals to participate.
5. Even if you disagree, state your point and remain respectful in your communication with the person expressing a different view.
6. Please feel free to contact a moderator if you feel any ongoing communication is developing towards something that is not accepted under board rules.
7. Any discussion can be left open, without a final conclusion having been reached, since the page will not disappear and more data might surface in time, even after several years.
8. Defamatory, profane, racist or disrespectful messages are not allowed, as are postings pro or con any political or religious cause, etc.
9. Help create a pleasant reading environment. Write your posts in full sentences with capital letter for the first word in a sentence. Use punctuation and commas to break long sentences etc. and DON'T USE CAPITAL LETTERS for an entire text.
§7. Board language
The official board language is English. While inscriptions, terms and technicalities often need to be discussed in their original language, posting messages in any language that is not spoken by the majority of the members is not advisable.
§8. Board Moderating - Dragons
1. Over the years some of our most senior members have volunteered to guide our many members and to help them find their way on this Discussion Board. These are our esteemed Moderators - Dragons - who are contributing time, effort and experience as a labor of love.
2. Moderators can edit threads, move discussions to different topics, close discussions and edit content of individual postings without prior consent of the poster.
3. Moderators will look after the integrity of the Discussion Board and ensure that its rules and policy are followed.
4. Regardless of what otherwise is stated here, the Moderators' task to moderate and guide takes precedence over the board rules, including the right to link to anything they need and to show pieces in their own collections that might or might not be currently for sale.
The Gotheborg Discussion Board is a closed and private community where confidentiality is a criterion for membership and privacy is expected.
Gotheborg.com will not share, sell or use any information about its members or their interests, for any reason, to anyone.
No metadata are being collected.
All communication that takes place between members seeking advice in confidence from fellow members, is privileged communication and cannot be disclosed to anyone outside of this community without the explicit consent of those involved.
Any consequences from disclosure of privileged communication outside of this closed and private community, is the sole responsibility of the one disclosing the communication. In any such case the offending member will have his membership terminated permanently (§2:9) as a break of the fundamental trust that signifies this site.
§10. Code of Ethics
Due to our long-standing support of academic courtesy and scholarship, it is expected that all members and sponsors of the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board and related pages:
1. At all times act according to what good ethics encompass.
2. Never knowingly misrepresent any item in their collections.
3. Not willfully change, restore or deface any historical artifacts in their possession without considering its cultural value and the damage any such action might incur.
1. Whatever you write, submit or upload to this site remains your copyrighted property, but by submitting pictures and texts to Gotheborg.com you automatically grant the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board and web page permission to display, store and publish this material at the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board and related web page, or in any derivative form that might occur.
2. Any published works can be cited and excerpts published on this site by the same rules that regulate any academic work and papers and should be properly referenced.
3. Due to our cooperation with Georges Bouvier and his specialist's site on Japanese Kutani porcelain, your permission towards this site to store, display and publish pictures and information is extended also to Georges Bouvier and www.gbouvier.com.
4. If you believe that someone improperly has submitted any copyrighted material belonging to you, to the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board and web page, please contact me to grant this permission yourself with proper credits given, or to have the material removed.
§12. Disclaimer on service provided
Gotheborg.com expressly disclaims all warranties as to the validity, benefits or usefulness of any information, methods and materials you might obtain information regarding, or through any text, pictures, messages, links to or from, any person, organization or company listed or not listed, implied or otherwise found, met with or referred to on or through the Gotheborg.com discussion board, related web page or links.
Any handling at all of any items may permanently harm or destroy them, let alone any use of chemicals. Any materials and methods can be harmful and dangerous towards any items as well as humans and other living beings. Use utmost care when handling anything of value and always consult with professionals when in doubt.
Please be advised that any actual use of the information found here is solely at your own risk and responsibility. You are explicitly asked to use your own good judgment before coming to any conclusions on your own and in all instances consult with professionals that can study any object under discussion in person before making any financial or other decisions.
By accessing the information offered here you acknowledge that this our Board Rules, Policies, Participation and Privacy is read and understood, and that you expressly agree that any use of this Discussion Board and related web pages or links is at your own risk.
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