Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on MDF Metal Detecting. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. The Law
    We do not allow posts / topics that condone the use of a metal detector illegally,ie: The use of a metal detector at night on private land without the owners consent , known as "Night Hawking" or general topics related to metal detecting in public areas where you have no permission. Any topics that are posted will be deleted and the member concerned warned or ultimately have their account deleted and banned. #
  2. Sexual - Racist - Religion
    We do not allow posts that are sexual or racist in nature or those which refer to or promote a particular personal religious or political standpoint outside of the normal historical discussions concerned with metal detecting this also includes the use of controversial, political or sensitive issues within avatars, signature images or symbols used within the forum.
    Please respect the original poster`s topic and stay on topic with any replies. Each member is allowed one login account. Registering with multiple accounts is not allowed. #
  3. Offensive Posts
    While debating and discussion is fine, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts, absolutely no swearing or abbreviated forms of swearing, Our decision is final in these matters.
    We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice. We also reserve the right to ban anyone who wilfully violates the forum rules.
    Also, while these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything and consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way.
    Topics related to Personal Grievances is prohibited and has no place within the open forum, if you have issues towards a member or the forum generally please contact a Moderator or a member of staff.
    One final note, Please Please remember to stay on Topic and not Hijack, any such replies will be removed without warning! #
  4. External Linking
    Any commercial links are strictly prohibited including links and advertising of other Metal Detecting Dealers, We have a own MDF Shop here which helps towards Server Costs.
    We do not allow advertising or promoting of other forums through text or active links this includes Facebook pages / Groups and Blogs, If anyone is interested in a reciprocal link please contact mrix. We also do not allow registrations where members purely want to use every post to promote their Youtube Channels, this includes personal channel links and asking members to subscribe to their channel, We do however allow the occasional Youtube videos by independent detectorists who do not have Dealer Sponsor Advertising within their Videos " Google Ads are Allowed" We no longer allow the linking to Facebook Groups within topics or signatures as we feel these groups are like forums in their own right. Creating a topic within the forum which just links to an external topic elsewhere like a blog or facebook group is prohibited, this is unhealthy for a forum and generally gets confusing.

    You are allowed links in your signature that are metal detecting related but it is expected that a link back from the website would be reciprocated.

    Brand versus Brand or "which is the best metal detector" type topics are prohibited within the forum.
    Rules also apply to our Facebook page - MDF Facebook #
  5. MDF Youtube Video Gallery
    To prevent Spam registrations, some terms and conditions below....

    1) You would need to be a Member at the MDF for at least 1 year before you can Post your Youtube Videos wthin the Gallery.
    2) You must have at least 100 posts to your account.
    3) Videos must not contain Brand Comparison / Versus style content.
    4) Member must at least made 50 posts within the past year prior to adding Videos. #
  6. Buying - Selling - Wanted - Exchange
    Buying, Selling, Wanted and Exchange topics are now allowed at the MDF.....

    1) Seller must of already been a member of the MDF for at least 3 months and have 20 posts to their account.

    2) Only the selling of personal secondhand items are allowed to be sold

    3) Strictly No commerical topics or comercial selling through the pm system.

    4) Forms of Payment method allowed are Paypal and Cash on Collection.

    5) Links to Ebay are disallowed.

    6) Item for Sale must be placed in the relevant forum here - Buy, Sell and Wanted

    7) Items for sale must be metal detecting related.

    7) Once an item has been sold the seller must inform an admin to lock the topic.

    8) Wanted Topics - Please only reply if you have the item for sale, do not post replies stating you can purchase on auction sites, gumtree or other. #
  7. Other Guidelines
    ID Requests, we are always pleased to see members finds and share in your excitement. However, please consider the HAMMY code below if you also wish to have a good ID. This top class free service is provided by other forum members and they need as much INFORMATION as possible. Many of us struggle with the technical side of taking pictures and loading them onto a post, so and here is just one of the excellent help topic that should make life easier! viewtopic.php?f=42&t=30060
    Your special find should be special to us all. Happy hunting, Forum Staff.

    H - Have at least two good sized clear photos. this is Mandatory
    A - Info about your detecting day, type of land, depth found.
    M - Measure items by doing the pics next to a scale or ruler. this is Mandatory
    M - Machine used? settings? interesting to other users.
    Y - You will always get a better ID if you supply more information. #
  8. Image attachment Quota
    Each member is only allowed to upload 4 images each day using the the sites image attachment upload which can be found while creating a topic, this has been put in place to save the sites hardrive resources.
    If you link your images from other Free image hosting websites there is no rule on a daily basis how many images you upload as it does not use our servers resources., are very popular Free image hosting websites. #
  9. Avatars and Signitures
    1) Avatars and Signature images that are animated are prohibited at the MDF etc.
    2) Please do not post any Avatars or Signature images that are Sexual, Hatred, Propaganda, Religious or Political in nature. #
  10. Charity Topics
    The forum will only allow Charity events to be listed that are related in Fund raising through metal detecting events. #
  11. Ordnance Forum Rules and Guidance
    Firstly and most important all posts must abide by the current UK Legislation, links below

    The law is a complex one and it is up to you to read it and interpret how this may effect your posts, any topic found to be in breach of this may be removed or edited at the discretion of the forum staff at any time, the forum takes no responsibility to what you may post and you post at your own risk. Any advice given is purely that and does not represent a fact in law. Posts that may look to contain something that appears dangerous may be either removed or the best advice will be given by either us or our military experts. However if you feel you may be offended by someone looking out for your interests re a dangerous item then we would rather you didn’t post it at all, many members are here to help and advise, and you may not like the advice given. #
    b. Some very basic information:

    If you don’t know what an item is then treat it as dangerous until someone tells you different !
    Under no circumstances should anything be taken indoors until it has been assessed.
    All legal obligations are down to you, items found on site should be immediately reported to the Police who will usually attend straight away and arrange for a safe disposal, it is a criminal offense to be in possession of live ammunition and this includes expanding bullets etc. If you have inadvertently taken something home, call the Police there, and move the item as far from your house as possible, ie bottom of you garden. Do NOT take it to the Police station, again you are breaking the law doing this and they will not thank you for doing that. #
    c. Some additional advice given by some forum members.

    (link to choppers live ammo thread)

    To summarise, the forum doesn't want to dissuade anyone from posting their finds, and we understand people will generally be posting for an ID, not initially knowing that something may be un safe, we are not out to issue warnings or remove members for posting such items but your safety is our primary concern. As you will see many posts that are currently posted in the ordnance section have not been removed, as these are useful to educate us all on typically found items and how to deal with them. #
  12. Finally
    We might find it necessary to remove a topic and place it within our pending forum while any issues within that topic are ironed out, the thread will then moved back to the open forum. We also will remove reply`s we feel are off topic, please respect the original posters topic and stay on topic!
    We reserve the right to change, amend and add to these rules at any time without prior notice, although any changes or additions may be made known within the forums.

    The content of all posts including the text & images is the copyright of the original poster and may not in any way under any circumstances be reproduced anywhere without the explicit full consent of the poster and/or the forum owner. Failure to gain this permission is a copyright infringement and classed as plagiarism.
    When a member notifies us they wish to remove their account a 48 hour cooling off period will take place, if the member still wishes to remove their account this will be honoured but their topics or posts made during the members time here will remain on the forum but under a heading of " Past Member ".

    Thanks to all - Forum Staff #