Terms and rules

Rules and terms of service for Cameraderie

If you do not agree with these terms, please do not register or use the Service. Use of the Service constitutes acceptance of these terms.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

The providers ("we", "us", "our") of the service provided by this web site ("Service") are not responsible for any user-generated content and accounts. Content submitted express the views of their author only.

This Service is only available to users who are at least 13 years old. If you are younger than this, please do not register for this Service. If you register for this Service, you represent that you are this age or older.

All content you submit, upload, or otherwise make available to the Service ("Content") may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential.

We may remove or modify any Content submitted at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. We may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service. You retain copyright over the Content.

You agree to not use the Service to submit or link to any Content which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, threatening, spam or spam-like, likely to offend, contains adult or objectionable content, contains personal information of others, risks copyright infringement, encourages unlawful activity, or otherwise violates any laws. You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct.

When you click links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network.


  1. No personal attacks or insults allowed.
  2. Be nice. Consideration, respect and tolerance are advised at all times. Rude comments have no place here.
    • Giving blunt answers like "Do a search" or replying with nothing but a link to {randomsite}.com is not allowed. If you are going to give a link, describe how it is useful to the conversation.
    • Comments like "That is what an amateur would do!" or "Learn how to use Photoshop!" are not helpful and are not welcome.
    Cameraderie is a community of people who share a passion for photography, it is not a place to work out personal grudges or frustrations, [REVISED 2023-08-23]
  3. Do not troll. Do not bait people with inflammatory posts or make posts for the purpose of disruption.
  4. Do not repetitively argue. If you have made your argument, move on without trying over and again to have the last word.
  5. Do not use the forums for illegal activity. This includes but is not limited to posting links to or trading pirated photography-related applications.
  6. No obscene, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory content. We want our community to be a place where all of members can feel comfortable to participate.
    • No profanity
    • No nudity
    • No semi-nudity
    • No people in underwear
    • No people in sexually provocative poses
    • No objectification
    • No "NSFW" content of any kind
    • If you are not sure, don't post it!
    All content is to be appropriate for all ages of readers in all of the countries from which we have a substantial readership. [REVISED 2023-05-01]
  7. Discussion of politics and religion is not allowed anywhere on the site.
  8. Commercial listings (camera dealers, items for sale, workshop offerings, etc) are not allowed anywhere on the site. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis for site sponsors/advertisers.
  9. No spam.
  10. Do not modify and repost a version of anyone else's image without explicit permission to do so.
  11. The owner and moderator team at Cameraderie may remove, edit, move or close any thread, post, posted image, or other content in the forums or on any other part of this website.
  12. If you object to a moderator action send a private message to an administrator or the site owner. Do not post your objection in the forum.
  13. Do not embed your affiliate sales codes in forum posts (instant ban for spamming affiliate links).
  14. Do not list classifieds items anywhere but the designated forums. All such listings must be in the Buy and Sell section where we have posted the necessary warnings, disclosures, and tips for avoiding scammers.
  15. All of the rules on this page apply throughout the entire site.
  16. Members retain the full copyright of any content that they post to the Cameraderie community web site. By posting your content to the Cameraderie web site you grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free right to use, distribute, reproduce, publicly perform, and to publicly display such content on the Cameraderie web site and applications. Your content may be shown on the Cameraderie web site home page and other pages within the Cameraderie web site. Your content may be shared to social network accounts that are controlled by Cameraderie, such as Twitter (@CameraderieOrg) or Facebook (@CameraderieOrg). Without your explicit permission your content will not be used on other sites that are owned by the owners of Cameraderie, will not be used for marketing by the owners of Cameraderie, will not be used for physical products produced by the owners of Cameraderie, and will not be reproduced by the owners of Cameraderie other than as described in this document. [ADDED 2021-12-17]
  17. No brand or gear shaming. Comments that serve no purpose other than to deride or shame another members choice of brand or gear is not allowed. Comments like "You should not have bought that BrandX lens, it's junk!" or "I only buy BrandZ, everything else is horrible!" are just another form of trolling. [ADDED 2023-08-23]
  18. Stay on topic. Threads & posts not related to photography should be made to the designated 'off-topic' forum. As of the current date, the forum named "The Watering Hole" is the spot for any misc. topics that are not photography related or topics that do not have their own dedicated forum. All rules, such as 'No Politics' & 'No Religion', still apply even in The Watering Hole. [ADDED 2023-08-23]