All users of the Delvin Village Website and the social media channels that are attached to it, are reminded that these services are primarily operated on a voluntary basis. My work is not funded by any state agency and the income generated by advertising only covers operating expenses, not my time.
There are limitations on what I can and cannot do. I have drawn up some reasonable guidelines and I would ask all users to respect them.
UPDATE: The site is no-longer accepting advertising enquiries.
If you are a charging a fee for a product, service or activity with the intention of making an income for yourself and / or pay staff from the proceeds, an advertising fee will apply if asking me to promote you on the website - that includes social media channels.
Some people were quite blunt in their questioning of my decision to charge for advertising over the years, so here is my response:
If your intention is to make money for yourself, you should not expect a volunteer to spend their unpaid time putting content together on your behalf and promoting your business or activity without expecting to give something back in return. This site costs money to run.
I am often asked to post items without identifying the person who contacted me. More often than not, it wouldn't be necessary for me to post their name anyway as posts are flagged "Message Received" and the source is irrelevant. However, the following applies:
NOTE: I do not act as intermediary. I will not forward messages and I will not report or investigate matters on their behalf.
ALL enquiries (product and service info, opening times, event information, membership enquiries etc) should be made direct to the relevant party. Please check to see if what you need is listed on the site. The Directory is split into three sections to help you access the contact information you need.
I will share business and community updates on the website and social media channels from time to time, but enquiries should always be addressed to the individual business or group and NOT to the website or its channels.
I am happy to post information on behalf of users seeking to trace their routes or learn more about the area but I do not offer this as a service. I will share these appeals on the Delvin Westmeath Facebook Page subject to the following:
The Delvin Westmeath Facebook Page often carries details of missing or found pets. Some community pages no-longer offer this service for the very reasons why it has become necessary for me set some ground rules and expectations.
I will share certain information within reason and at my discretion but If you have seen something that needs to be challenged or corrected, YOU must take ownership and report what YOU have seen to the relevant authority. You are reminded that I am volunteer and that I have my own challenges to deal with.
It is my intention that the website and the social media channels attached to it, will be enlightening and (wherever possible) entertaining. I do not want to set formal rules governing how users interact with each other or how they respond to the content shared, but aggressive, disrespectful or troll-like behavior will NOT be tolerated from any user.
I will ban offenders without a second thought and I do not care who they are. I am not obliged to tolerate disrespectful behaviour. I have enough to be doing elsewhere.