Community Posting Guidelines


What and How to Post (and Not)

The Golden Rules For Contributing To The Chocolate Life

TheChocolateLife community ("TCL") consists of thousands of members in hundreds of countries. Members have all kinds of interests in chocolate and cocoa from the very general to very highly technical.

TCL is an open community. Members do not need to pass a test to join.

This diversity is one of the key benefits of being a member of the community - the chances are very high that there is at least one other TCL member who shares your specific interest with whom you can connect, share, and learn.

Community / Posting Guidelines

Pretty much anything can be posted, brought up, and discussed - as long as it's about cocoa and/or chocolate and is not illegal, intentionally deceptive, or is solely a request for friendship IRL. TheChocolateLife is not a dating site.

Promotion / Sales

• Members may not add any form of content or message other members that:

• Is an offer to sell or buy equipment, ingredients, or services;

• Promotes or links to non-chocolate businesses;

• Recruits members into any MLM/network marketing program;

• Promotes products sold by MLM/network marketing programs;

• Invites members to participate in contests or polls.

Classifieds is for the use of members who want to buy and sell equipment and ingredients. It is intended solely for the use of members whose business includes offering products and/or services to chocolate makers and/or confectioners.

Notwithstanding, offers to buy or sell cocoa beans or semi-finished cocoa products (liquor, butter, and/or powder) can be posted in Classifieds by any member. Offers to sell finished chocolate are not allowed.

Members who wish to promote their business on TCL are asked to visit the About page and get in touch with us, explaining what you’d like to do.

SPAM andAbuse

If you SPAM, your posts may be deleted and your membership in TCL may be summarily suspended. Spam includes sending inappropriate personal messages to members as well as posting comments, not just creating new posts.


Burying links is not cool. When you link to an external site, the text that the link surrounds must be relevant (to TCL community and to the external site) AND obvious. Members should know why the link is there and where it goes without having to guess or to read the status bar of their browser.


Conversations, comments, or other content must provide value to the community and not just contain a link off to another site. Conversations are supposed to promote conversation. In general, include at least one paragraph explaining why you think the content on the page being linked to is interesting; if it makes sense, cut and paste no more than one paragraph of content from the destination you are linking to.

Do not feel free to post/upload off-topic photos, videos, or animations anywhere on TCL. You may think they're cute. Others may not.

Respect Other Members

FLAMING of any sort is not appropriate and may be grounds for immediate suspension of a member's account.

If you find yourself engaged in extended one-on-one conversations with other members as comments to a story, consider using private messages or regular e-mail instead of comments.

Reporting Inappropriate Contact or Content

If you believe you have been contacted by another member in a way that is inappropriate please FLAG it is SPAM or Abuse using the menu item provided.

Reporting Copyright Issues

If you believe that someone is using your copyrighted content without permission, please read the DMCA notices page.

Actions / Remedies

The creator and moderator(s) of this site exercise sole discretion to decide when something crosses the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate content and behavior. The general approach is to engage a person who posts potentially unwanted (SPAM or abusive/inappropriate) content or behaves poorly (e.g., flames) privately to make a determination. In cases where it is truly obvious, unilateral action may be taken to revoke the person's membership which, at our discretion, may also delete all the content they have contributed.