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Rules for MVVG Facebook page

We have one of the most popular local veggie/vegan community Facebook groups in the UK. This is because the MMVG volunteer moderators limit posts to those our readers want to see.

If we allow through everything then the useful posts get quickly buried. This helps nobody and slowly kills the group as people stop visiting. 

What can you post? Well, the rules are really simple: you can post about veggie/vegan topics or issues provided it has a link to Greater Manchester or its environs. 

Ultimately posts are allowed through or deleted at the discretion of the group's volunteer moderators, of which there are three or four active at any given time. It's a difficult and unscientific task (often time consuming too!) but we try to give the benefit of the doubt. 

  • Questions, queries or requests for help relating to vegetarianism and veganism in Greater Manchester (e.g. "Where can I get a vegan tattoo?") – this includes questions from people visiting the area. 
  • Vegan or vegetarian finds in Greater Manchester (e.g. "I found this really great place selling vegan shoes!").
  • Warnings about veggie/vegan issues relating to Greater Manchester (e.g. "I ordered a vegan burger from this cafe but they gave me beef!")
  • Events or causes relating to vegetarianism or veganism AND that are taking place in Greater Manchester or its environs.
  • Ads from businesses* or other concerns directly relating to vegetarianism or veganism in Greater Manchester (but each business should limit itself to one posting per week). 
  • The posts of Mancunian bloggers about vegetarianism or veganism in Greater Manchester, especially if they relate to veggie/vegan finds or reviews. 
  • General discussion amongst Mancunians interested in vegetarianism or veganism, including recipe sharing.
  • House or flatshare requests or advertisements for veggie/vegan households/communities in the Greater Manchester area. 
  • Job ads for veggie/vegan opportunities in Greater Manchester or its environs. 
  • Missing pet notices for the Greater Manchester area.
  • National/international events, causes or businesses (including cafes/restaurants).
  • General issues/events/news relating to Greater Manchester. 
  • Pictures, videos or descriptions of animal abuse, cruelty, suffering or gore (at a push you can link to these on another group or web page IF YOU PROVIDE A VERY CLEAR WARNING). It doesn't matter if these are being posted for a good cause.
  • Bloggers spamming Facebook with their posts, especially on the following topics :
    • healthy eating
    • lifestyle veggie/vegan stuff, e.g. celebrities who have gone vegan
    • well-being
    • yoga
    • religion (including Buddhist/New Age beliefs)
      ... even if these are related directly to veggie/veganism. If they ARE directly related to veggie/veganism AND there's a genuine clear link to Greater Manchester then there's no problem!
  • Menus or photos showing meat products. Seriously, we're a veggie/vegan group – many of our members find that kind of thing vile.
  • Franchise resellers such as Tropix or Arbonne. Sorry but we get a lot of these. We tend to let through maybe one a month at the discretion of the group moderators. 
  • Pet rehoming or giveaways. Our advice is always to approach sanctuaries or rescue centres for this kind of thing. 
  • Classified-style ads for second hand goods.
  • Posts advocating illegal actions, including certain kinds of direct action events or causes. 
  • Events that are local to a city or town that's just too far away from Greater Manchester, such as those in London, Birmingham,  Edinburgh etc. However, places closer are often OK, such as events in Yorkshire or Liverpool. Ask yourself if people can REASONABLY get there from Greater Manchester without hassle or spending a long time travelling. 

* Our stance on business or commercial interests
We're really keen to help businesses that actively promote and support vegetarianism or veganism in Greater Manchester or its environs. Examples include cafes, restaurants, food or cosmetic manufacturers, fitness coaches, beauticians and more. Unlike many Facebook groups we don't automatically delete posts just because they're commercial in nature. However, there are limits to this and people sometimes abuse the system just to get publicity. As mentioned above it's dead simple. Examples of postings that we have in the past rejected
  • an omnivore cafe that offered one or two veggie/vegan options (although ordinarily omnivore cafes offering dedicated veggie/vegan events or that have created dedicated veggie/vegan menus are often allowed to post); 
  • a mindfulness event that featured a vegan buffet lunch (although if the event was, for example, about veggie/vegan cookery within the context of that religion or culture then it would probably be OK); 
  • somebody selling cosmetic products made from coconut that happen to be vegan (although a similar cosmetic range that promotes veggie/veganism or compassion for animals as a key selling point may be allowed through).