Terms and rules

Forum Rules

DNTRADE.COM.AU PTY LTD both welcomes and thanks all of you for being a part of this growing Australian domain name community. In order to maintain the smooth operation of the forum and prevent problems we ask that all of our members follow these simple rules at all times. These rules exist to benefit all DNT members. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact us.


    1. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE - Most of the rules below should be fairly obvious and common sense to most people.
    2. ENJOY AND SHARE - DNTrade is all about promoting and sharing information related to the .au domain space in Australia and any other relevant industry news. If you come across something you feel will benefit others in the community please share and discuss it! DNTrade is a place for everyone to enjoy, share and learn from one another.
    3. SHOW RESPECT - While debate and discussion is fine, please remember to treat fellow members in a respectful, civilised and adult manner. Members should respect and adhere to the promotion of harmony within the community. While DNTrade encourages free speech, disruption of the harmony is not good!
    4. LISTEN - If the admin or moderator has requested something of you, please listen to them and remember it is not personal. They have a duty to maintain the harmony of the forum. Abusive comments to the admin or moderators will not be tolerated.
    5. KEEP YOUR WORD - If you do buy or sell domains through the marketplace, please ensure you complete your side of the deal. Complaints about non-completion will be viewed very dimly. If you do plan to sell domains, they must be your own and do not sell on behalf of someone else.
    6. THINK TWICE - DNTrade will not delete posts unless they violate the rules. Members have up to 10 minutes to edit or delete a post after it is made. However, after this time has lapsed the post shall remain so please don't request changes from the admin or moderator.
    7. KEEP YOUR FORUM SIGNATURE SHORT - While we want to encourage users to express themselves, we would also like to remind them to keep their DNTrade signature as short as possible so that they do not detract from the posts on the forum. Guidelines for signatures: - Max 3 lines - Max 250 characters - No promotional language - One link is permitted (up to 4 links permitted for Trader or VIP members) - No duplicate links to the same URL - No affiliate links - Conforms to DNTrade rules - DNTrade reserves the right to delete or to ask you to revise your signature
    8. CLEARLY IDENTIFY EXTERNAL CONTENT (OR LINKS TO) - Please use the “quote” functionality on the forum software (the Insert Quote button or the "[QUOTE]the copied content here.[/QUOTE]" bbCode) when referring to content from other sites. Please do not just post a link, or just use copied text as the main content for your posts. Unlike many other forums, we do encourage people to share relevant and interesting content from other sites, however it’s important that you add some of your own unique comments and make it clear what content you have copied by using quotes and a link to the original source. This type of content is also better received by members.


    1. NO BULLYING - Please do not post material that harasses, insults, belittles, threatens or flames another member.
    2. NO RUDE, ABUSIVE, DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, RACIST, DISCRIMINATORY MATERIAL - Please do not post material that is obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, and/or otherwise in violation of any laws. This includes links in your signature, profile, posted images, photos and avatars. Admin will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not. We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.
    3. NO TROLLING - Please do not post any topic that aims to disrupt the peace and harmony of the forum with the sole purpose of starting a dispute. This includes messages in profiles, signatures and avatars.
    4. NO SPAMMING - Please do not double post or cross-post the same message in multiple forums. Nor should anyone mass-PM or mass-email multiple members of this site with the same message.
    5. NO BUMPING - Please do not repeatedly bump your threads (or other members threads) to try and get attention.
    6. NO ILLEGAL BEHAVIOUR - Please do not post material that is fraudulent, deceptive, misleading or that is in violation of any laws including copyright, privacy or confidentiality breaches.
    7. NO DUPLICATE ACCOUNTS - Each member is allowed one login account only. Registering with multiple accounts is not permitted, with the exception to this being members representing DNTrade sponsors, in this case they are allowed a personal account and an account acting on behalf of the sponsor company (however we require full disclosure in your introduction post).
    8. NO COMMENTS IN SALES THREADS - Please refrain from comments in sales threads. Only questions pertaining to the sale at hand. For other queries, please PM the seller.
    9. NO PROMOTING OR LINKING - Promoting or linking to other domain name or webmaster related forums (or any forum that resembles the structure and/or content of DNTrade) in your posts, signatures, avatars or in any way on the forum is not permitted. The exception to this rule is DNForum.com because we have a friendly cross promotion agreement with them.
    10. NO AFFILIATE LINKS OR ADVERTISING - Please do not post affiliate links or other advertising in any manner or form. We keep this forum going by advertising revenue from our sponsors and therefore competition is unhelpful and not accepted.
    11. NO REPRODUCTION OR DISTRIBUTING OF CONTENT - All content on DNTrade.com.au may not be duplicated or replicated anywhere other than on DNTrade.
    12. NO DISCUSSION OF MODERATOR ACTIONS - Whether you agree or disagree with actions taken by admins and moderators on DNTrade.com.au, we request that you do not discuss on the forum. If you wish, you may discuss the matter privately with the Admin via email or private message.


  1. NOT TO DELETE ACCOUNTS - If you no longer wish to participate in the forum, your account will remain including all existing posts. In the case where members are banned, the account and all posts will remain.
  2. NOT TO CHANGE USER NAMES - User names are a way for the community to recognise each other and to build rapport and trust. You may submit a request to the admin to a change your user name but please detail the reason for the request. We reserve the right to share the user name change with the community.
  3. NOT TO GET INVOLVED IN 3RD PARTY DISPUTES - This includes other members or sponsors. All opinions and posts made by members do not necessarily reflect those of DNTrade. We are a discussion forum where members have the right to free speech. Please resolve domain sales disputes off the board. If you have an issue with someone on the forum, take it up with them privately. Please do not attempt to involve DNTrade into your discussions. While admins and moderators do attempt to keep objectionable messages off the forum, it's impossible for us to review all messages. All posts are the views of the author and DNTrade holds no responsibility for the content of any message.
  4. TO DECIDE WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND NOT ACCEPTABLE ON THE SITE - Ultimately, Admin has complete discretion over what is and is not acceptable on the DNTrade. Admin decisions are final. Admin reserves the right to remove offensive posts without notice. If you have any concerns or queries relating to a decision, please discuss privately with Admin via email or private message. Posts arguing about DNTrade policies; or admin /moderator actions are not allowed.
  5. TO BAN ANYONE WHO WILFULLY VIOLATES ANY OF THE FORUM RULES ABOVE - Admin reserves the right to ban anyone who wilfully violates any of these forum rules without warning. Such ban can either be limited or permanent at our discretion.
  6. UPDATE THE RULES - Please note that these rules are subject to change without notice.
While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. We therefore reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure DNTrade.com.au not disrupted or abused in any way.

Terms and Conditions

1. General

1.1 DNTRADE.COM.AU PTY LTD (ABN) 15 152 545 518 (‘we’, ‘us’, or ‘our’) operates and maintains this website.

1.2 These terms and conditions (‘Terms’) apply to your access and use of this website. By accessing and using this website, you agree to these Terms.

1.3 We may change these Terms at any time by publishing the changed Terms on this website. Changes will not operate retrospectively.

1.4 The law of Australia governs these Terms. We do not warrant that this website or its contents complies with the laws of any country other than Australia. If you access this website from outside Australia, you do so at your own risk.

2. Site contents

2.1 This website contains information of a general nature. We do not promise that the contents of this website are accurate or up to date. We reserve the right to correct errors and make changes to this website or its contents at any time.

2.2 We may permit users of this website to add comments, post on forums or contribute other content (‘user-generated content’) to this website. We are not responsible for and do not approve or endorse, any user-generated content.

2.3 If you contribute user-generated content, you promise us that it is fair, reasonable, bona fide, and does not break any laws or infringe the legal rights of any person.

2.4 You indemnify us against any harm, loss, cost or expense we suffer arising from user-generated content you contribute.

2.5 We may delete or modify all or part of any user-generated content at any time at our sole discretion.

3. Copyright

3.1 Unless otherwise indicated, copyright in this website and its contents belongs to us.

3.2 You may:

(a) publish a link to this website;

(b) make a temporary copy of part or all of this website on your computer for the sole purpose of viewing it; and

(c) print a hardcopy of a whole page of this website as long as no part of the page (including any copyright notice) is edited, modified or deleted in any way.

3.3 Unless permitted by law and subject to clause 4, you must not, without our prior written consent:

(a) otherwise reproduce, adapt, store in a retrieval system, transmit, print, display, perform, publish, broadcast or create derivative works from any part of this website or its contents; or

(b) cause any part of this website or its contents to be framed or included in another website.

4. Content sharing and social media

4.1 Subject to clause 4.2, you may:

(a) share any blog posts and articles published on this website on other websites or via social media websites or social media services; and

(b) share any other content on this website via social media if we provide you with the means for doing so, e.g. if we provide a hyperlink, button or other means of sharing it via social media.

4.2 You may only share content from this website if you:

(a) include a hyperlink to the original content on this website;

(b) do not claim, suggest or infer that the content belongs to anyone other than us; and

(c) do not commercialise it, e.g. by charging people to access it or including it in a paid publication.

5. Trade marks

5.1 DNTrade is a trade mark of Hypercraft. Other trade marks on this website are the property of our respective licensors.

5.2 You must not use any trade mark on this website without the prior written consent of the relevant owner.

6. Links

This website may link to websites at other addresses. Unless stated otherwise:

(a) we do not control, approve, endorse or sponsor any such websites or their content; and

(b) we do not provide any warranty or take any responsibility for any aspect of those websites or their content.

7. Disclaimer

7.1 Your access and use of this website is at your own risk.

7.2 The internet is not secure. Material passing over the internet may be intercepted, altered or corrupted in storage or transit.

7.3 We do not promise that this website:

(a) is free from errors;

(b) will operate without interruption; or

(c) is free from anything which may damage your computer or data including viruses and malware.

You should always ensure you have up-to-date antivirus and firewall security in place when using the internet.

7.4 We may at any time, in our sole discretion and without notice to you, restrict, suspend or limit access to and use of this website.

8. Limitation of liability

8.1 The Australian Consumer Law sets out certain consumer rights and remedies that cannot be excluded, restricted or modified. These Terms are subject to the ACL and do exclude, restrict or modify them where it would be unlawful to do so.

8.2 Subject to clause 7.1 and to the fullest extent permitted by law:

(a) this website and its contents (the ‘Service’) are provided on an ‘as is’ basis and we exclude all implied conditions, warranties, guarantees and representations of any kind;

(b) where any law implies a condition, warranty or guarantee into these Terms which cannot be excluded, our liability for breach of such a condition, warranty or guarantee will be limited to:

(i) the resupply of the Service; or

(ii) the payment of the cost of resupply of the Service; and

(c) we exclude and you release us from all liability to you for loss or damage of any kind (however caused or arising, including by negligence) arising from or in any way connected with this website, its contents or your use of them.

9. Indemnity

If you breach these Terms, you must indemnify us and our officers, employees and agents, against all claims, demands, damages, costs, penalties and liabilities that we or any of them may incur as a direct or indirect consequence of your breach.

10. Privacy

10.1 You do not need to disclose your identity to view this website, except in the case of locked areas, in which case you are required to log in.

10.2 We may require you to provide personal details, such as name and email address, in order to use some of the functionality on this website, e.g. in order to contribute user-generated content. We will not share your contact details with anyone else without your consent but you agree to us using your contact details to send you information that concerns or is relevant to this website or its contents.

10.3 Personal information is otherwise handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

10.4 We may log details about any computer used to access this website, including IP address, host, location, browser type, the date and time of access and details of webpages accessed and information downloaded. This information is used for our own statistical purposes, to improve this website, and for use in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

11. Rules

11.1 We use Rules and or an Acceptable Use Policy (‘AUP’) to regulate the operation of the website.

11.2 You must comply with our Rules and any AUP.

11.3 If you do not comply with our Rules or any AUP then we may suspend or terminate your access to the website.

12. Contact

12.1 Publication of email addresses on this website must not be taken as consent to receive commercial electronic messages.

12.2 If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.