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    Lightbulb Affiliate Forum Alliance Website Launched

    Last week I announced the formation of an alliance between between Affiliate Guard Dog, Poker Affiliate Listings, the APCW and the GPWA.

    This week I am pleased to announce the alliance website has been launched. The website address is: AffiliateForumAlliance.com.

    The fundamental objectives of the alliance are ourlined on the new home page. Here they are:

    The Affiliate Forum Alliance is dedicated to supporting online gambling affiliates. Our member affiliate forums offer places where affiliates can share their experiences and accomplish together what is often next to impossible when working alone.

    We strongly believe that affiliates deserve to participate in forums where they come first. Forums where the opinions of affiliates are respected and where the business interests of forum operators do not trump the freedom of affiliate webmasters to respectfully share their experiences and knowledge with one another.

    We believe in following the highest ethical standards and in the importance of transparency. And we are committed to earning the trust of the affiliates that use our forums every day.

    As part of our commitment to earning the trust of affiliates all member affiliate forums have agreed to be accountable for their adherence to these standards.

    If you ever observe an affiliate forum operating in a fashion that is inconsistent with any of these principles then we kindly request that you report the situation in our forum for prompt investigation.
    An important goal of the alliance is to introduce objectivity and transparency into the way affiliate forums support their affiliate members. If you have a personal situation where you believe any alliance forum (or non-alliance forum) has not acted properly with respect to an affiliate, I invite you to post the details on the alliance website where open discussion of the situation is allowed with the goal of holding affiliate websites accountable for their actions.

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    cheers for this Michael

    its great to see that more forums support us affiliates

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    Looks good Micahel, and fantastic news.
    Its good to see groups working together for the betterment of the igaming industry.

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    Would be nice if you could use the same login you have at the other forums that are member to login to the new one, know it is not possible since you havent had a shared data base.

    But a very good initative.

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    I see the forum has been removed? I know it's been the Holiday so I understand it's hard to find the time.

    If an affiliate or affiliate program has a concern to express, what is the procedure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    I see the forum has been removed? I know it's been the Holiday so I understand it's hard to find the time.
    Mojo,

    Thanks for pointing out the issue. We had a configuration problem where the website was pointing at an earlier test version of the site before the forums were added. We've now corrected that configuration issue and the forums are now visible once more like they should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    Mojo,

    Thanks for pointing out the issue. We had a configuration problem where the website was pointing at an earlier test version of the site before the forums were added. We've now corrected that configuration issue and the forums are now visible once more like they should be.

    Michael
    I am wondering how one goes about lodging a complaint. Is there a 'board' who will examine a case? I don't think we want random incident reports without a clear definition of the procedures and rules?

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    I think we will evolve a process over time based on experience.

    However, the process I was expecting to use at the very beginning is something like the following:

    1. After an affiliate makes a post about an issue a thank you for the post reply would be placed in the forum stating that a request to the forum in question to respond to the complaint is being forwarded, and that the thread will be locked until a reply is received and posted.

    2. When the appropriate forum is ready to post a reply, the thread would be unlocked for them to make their post. If no reply is received from a non-member forum some reasonable period after a request for a reply is made that fact would be posted in the forum and we'd move to step 4.

    3. If the result is a resolution of the issue that is satisfactory to both the forum and the affiliate, then I would think that would be the end of the matter.

    4. If not, then both perspectives would be out on the table for all to see, and I think the thread would be opened up for comments from affiliate forum alliance representatives in the context of also having a private forum where affiliate forum alliance representatives could have discussions prior to posting in the thread and could discuss and reach a concensus about how to respond there and what actions might be appropriate.

    5. If that did not reach a satisfactory resolution with the affiliate, then I would anticipate opening up the discussion to affiliates and their views on the matter. After all, an important part of the process is to have appropriate representation for affiliates.

    6. I think the process would be an open one where suggestions for improvement were actively solicited and used to improve the process.

    I'd welcome feedback on the first couple items in the process outlined here. However, the proper place for this discussion is really in the affiliate forum alliance forums for affiliate forum alliance representatives.

    I am taking care of setting up a private forum there for the purpose of discussing matters relating to the operation of the alliance such as this.

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    1. After an affiliate makes a post about an issue a thank you for the post reply would be placed in the forum stating that a request to the forum in question to respond to the complaint is being forwarded, and that the thread will be locked until a reply is received and posted.
    I appriciate that. I believe no one wants to see mass 20 page threads over one complaint. It should be fair and unbiased. Us affilaites get very passionate and in my opinion, active moderation is required.

    There is not one other place like this that we could express our voice in one venue in a fair way.

    There needs to be a place where ALL affilaites can come together, without fear of banning, where we can have a REAL say. Affilaite Managers as well. A "Free Zone" so to speak.

    Thank You.

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    There is not one other place like this that we could express our voice in one venue in a fair way.
    I disagree with this statement.

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    Is anyone moderating the AFA forum? It's being spammed to death at the moment...
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