Olson's Tinware

Authentic Campaigner FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

What Are the Rules to Posting on the AC?


1) Sign Your Name - At the Bottom of Every Post, Sign Your First and Last Name - A username which contains your full name does NOT pass muster.

2) No Farbism - All discussion must strive toward authenticity. This is not the forum for status quo reenacting or status quo thinking. Discuss the proper period methods, material culture and the documented history. Discussion which stray from this principle will be moderated.

3) Play Nice - Members donít always agree, but members shall conduct themselves in a courteous, non-confrontational manner. Moderators wwill not tolerate personal attacks.

4) Your Avatar - If you use an avatar, it must be an actual and identifiable picture of YOU in period attire. A tiny picture of you in a huge background or a picture of you in a group does not pass muster.

We are a unique community. Using a picture of you adds a personal touch to your membership. Youíd also be surprised how many times people you have never met will greet you by name at an event because they recognize you from your forum avatar. You can add another picture of yourself on your personal profile page.

5) No Modern Politics - Period discussions about the intricacies of liberalism or conservativism are encouraged, but not beyond the calendar year of 1865.

6) Mind the Swearing - Swearing is not prohibited, but we do ask that it is referered to in a Civil War Period context.

7) Free Speech is Not Guaranteed Here - While we welcome constructive criticism, this is a private forum. If you can't handle the way we do things here, you're welcome to create your own forum.


Event Organizers Post Their Own Announcements - This means that only the lead organizer or a person designated by the organizer may post announcements. If you want a separate folder for an event, please contact Eric Tipton by sending him a Private Message. If you're not an official event organizer, your announcement will be removed.

EBUFU Event Criteria - In the Event Folders:

1) Date/Location
2) Identified unit impression
3) Impression guidelines based on historic data
4) Established organization, structure and reasonable goals for numbers
5) Activities outside the event standard schedule which add value to the event
6) Traditional EBUFU activities : rations, guard, drill, some level of immersion, overnight picket, short march and et cetera.
7) Website, Email List, FB page, etc

Adjunct Event Criteria:

An "Adjunct" event is one where a known authentic group organizes a battalion sized adjunct for a mainstream or "mega" event. All elements required here for an EBUFU event are also required within the battalion structure. Announcements for these efforts must be from the commander of the battalion or someone designated by the commander.


When an event does not meet these criteria, constructive feedback will be sent to the person who submitted the request. Our objective is to ensure that the AC community has some level of assurance that events promoted here will conform to a common set of minimum expectations.

III. BUY, SELL TRADE RULES - In The Market Place:

The Buy / Sell / Trade folders are a market place for members to sell extra items to other members. It is not intended as a place for commercial sales. Active participation in the discussion sections of the forum is mandatory for those using the AC Classifieds. If you post in the Wanting-to-Sell forum on a frequent basis without otherwise participating in other discussion forums, the staff will assume that your only reason for being here is to conduct commercial sales for profit. Commercial sellers must contact Eric Tipton, about becoming an approved vendor. You can send him an e-mail by clicking here.

1) You must be a paid subscriber to sell gear. The cost is fifteen dollars per year and helps this market place available to members. To become a subscribing forum member, please go to your Control Panel in your User Profile.

2) Civil War period items only.

3) You must identify the name of the manufacturer of the items offered for sale.

4) Not For Mainstream Gear & clothing. Find a different forum to sell your old sutler grade gear.

5) No commercial sales.

6) No listing items for friends. You may only sell your own items.

7) Ads stating that PMs will not be accepted will be removed.

8) Failure to honor payment or sale will be grounds for permanent removal from the AC.

9) Individual threads offering items for sale/trade, or looking to buy items, are not the place for discussions about makers or the products they offer. We reserve the right to delete any ad, at any time, for any reason.

10) Establish TERMS in advance, such as an inspection period and right to return. Accurate descriptions, full disclosure, and clear photos make life simpler for everyone!

11) Leave sale prices in your ad after items have been sold. Leaving prices allows members to learn the value of similar items they want to buy or sell.

12) Sellers are encouraged to inform moderators to close a thread once all sales in the posting have been completed.

13) Absolutely no auctions. This isnít Ebay. Commercial Sales are Not Allowed Except by Approved Vendors. ONLY Approved Vendors may make commercial advertisements on this forum. If you want to advertise here, become an approved vendor.

14) All sales here are buyer beware and do not come with any implied warranties from the administrators or moderators. Do your own homework. Understand what you're buying. Know from whom you are buying.

15) Use at Your Own Risk - Purchases/Sales made here are not guaranteed by the Authentic Campaigner, administrators or moderators. Should something go wrong with a transaction, we will render assistance, but we are not responsible for a failed transaction.

Contacting the Moderators

If you feel you need to contact all the AC Moderators, you can use etinohio@msn.com.

Why Do I Have to Sign My Real Name?

If you want to post on the AC, we want you to be accountable for what you say. There are internet forums out there that allow anonymous posting. We do not. If you say it on the AC, you should be willing to say it to someone in person. Stand behind your name.

What Do You Mean by "No Farbism?"

One of the original two rules (in addition to sign your full name with every post) was "No Farbism." At the time of the creation of the original AC forum, there was a plethora of forums and websites which appealed to mainstream reenacting. The hardcore/progressive movement was the counter-culture. We didn't want just another forum where mainstreamers argued with hardcores. We wanted a forum where hardcores could come and discuss issues of authenticity without having to dodge the jeers and invective of mainstream trouble-makers. Thus the rule - No Farbism. Admittedly it's nebulous rule but if we made rules to address every single aspect of farbism imaginable, we'd run out of space on the server. The No Farbism rule is concise and for fifteen years, it's worked pretty well.

Must Log In for Full Access

Friends - If you don't create an account and login, you will not be able to get to all the folders. Further, you will not be able to access all of the folders until you become an active, posting member. My intent isn't to punish those of you who can't login from work or whatever. Long and short of it: If you're not logged in, you won't be able to see many of our folders.

Do Not Post Copyrighted Materials on the AC Without Permission

If an image or a book is under copyright, we cannot scan said images or said pages from a book and post them online. By doing so we're setting ourselves up for a major fall. Mind the copyrights please.

Approved Vendors Program

In order for vendors, or anyone for that matter, to advertise commercially on the forums they will have to be subscribers and meet the authenticity requirements of the forum. This is done by making application to Eric Tipton. Do not send any money until you hear back from Eric that you are approved, and do not advertise your business unless you are an Approved Vendor.

The fee is $100 for a year's subscription and Approved Vendor Subscribers will be able to advertise on the forums, use their company logo as an Avatar, have access to a private folder for discussion as well as list their company name and contact information in their signature area.

To subscribe to the service, you'll find a "Paid Subscriptions" link in your User CP. Don't subscribe to the service unless you know you're Approved for membership. It should be tied to a PayPal account so you can use MC/VS/AX, etc. If you wish to pay with a check or money order, please send me an email and I'll get you an address.

If there are any problems getting signed up, please be patient and we'll work to get them resolved as quickly as possible. We'll use these dollars to pay for the website and therefore be much less reliant on donations.

Our Position on Plagiarism

The admin staff considers plagiarism to be detrimental to this hobby and to our website. Copying someone elses work and directly quoting it or paraphrasing it without attribution is considered plagiarism. We urge everyone to do their own research or give credit where credit is due. We have banned users for blatant plagiarism of research articles in the past and will continue to act on plagiarism allegations in the future.

Authenticity Disclaimer

This website was started by Paul Calloway to help people interested in improving their impressions by providing quick access to appropriate information.

I, the administrator of the AC site, do not purport to be the most authentic person in the hobby or to be the most knowledgeable about all things in the hobby. I'm just another guy with interests similar to your own - to understand and portray the Civil War soldier as accurately as possible. I try to run a website for serious discussion... that is all.

The AC Site is run, not only by myself but by a team of co-administrators, moderators and contributers. Without them, this site wouldn't exist. If you don't care for the way we run things here, you're welcomed and encouraged to start your own site. We have never attempted to monopolize authenticity or to nudge out other discussion forums. If you're going to play here though, you're going to have to follow our rules. Your right of free speech is not guaranteed here.
Matt Woodburn www.authentic-campaigner.com

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