WMF Frequently Asked Questions
WMF is a friendly online community that exists to discuss matters, share information and aid research
relating to military service, events and items from around the world.
How do I join WMF? Is it Free?
Yes, WMF is completely free to join! There are no paid features on WMF. This means there are also no paid member levels for "added perks".
Joining the WMF community is very easy, and we look forward to meeting you.
Is there a "Premier Member" level that I can pay for?
There are no paid member levels or perks on WMF. The forum is free to all and all members are equal. Certain sections of the forum may have requirements, but these apply to every member, and they are not monetary requirements.
Can I Buy and Sell militaria on WMF?
Yes, members may sell, buy and/or trade on WMF. A member must have 30 or more substantial posts to be allowed to use the Sell/Trade/Wanted boards. Any member may offer to buy an item (via PM with the seller) that is listed for sale.
Do I have to pay to be allowed to post Sale threads?
No. Any member who has met the requirements for using the Sale/Trade/Wanted boards (as laid out in the forum rules) is free to post threads in the Sale section.
Of course, donations to the forum are appreciated (as that is how the forum continues to be a free site), but they are not required at all!
Can I get my website/business advertised on WMF?
Forum Sponsors are allowed to have an ad banner on the WMF front page, ad rotation along the bottom of pages, and a stationary banner ad on the Sponsor page.
Do WMF Moderators and Admins receive a salary?
No. All WMF Staff are volunteers and receive no salaries of any kind. All the work these staff members do to make this a nice community is entirely done on their own time.
Do WMF Staff Members have access to all my private messages?
Moderators cannot access your private messages unless you choose to add a staff member to a message string (in the same way that you can add any member to a PM).
Do Moderators and Admins get advance notifications of sale threads?
No, they do not. Posts do not require Moderator approval, so sale threads/posts are active and viewable to all members with Sale Board privileges as soon as they are posted. If you ‘Follow’ any Sale boards, you get the notifications at the same time anyone else receives them (including staff).
Is WMF a Non-Profit (501c3)?
No, WMF is not a registered non-profit. This is a privately owned forum that is completely run by volunteers. WMF is supported by private sponsors and donors, and all "profits" from these donations go directly to forum running costs, upgrades, and advertisement.
Who do I contact if I need help?
Go to our STAFF PAGE for easy contact options, and they will be more than happy to assist you.
I have been locked out of my account. How can I get help?
If you scroll down to the very bottom of the forum page, you will see a "Contact Us" button. You do not have to be signed in to use this contact form, so simply explain your issue and provide contact information, and an Admin will get back to you.
Do I upload images directly through WMF or should I host them on an outside Image hosting site?
Images should be uploaded directly through WMF (easily done when posting). Outside picture links and/or hosting is not allowed. WMF is a reference site, and if an image is hosted on another site and is then removed or the link becomes obsolete over time, then the meat of the thread is lost.
How do I edit my own content?
You are allowed to edit your content for approx. 10 minutes after you submit your post. After that, if you need content edited, please contact a Moderator.
Can I change my username?
Usernames cannot be changed by members. If you need your username changed (i.e. your username is your actual name and you would rather it not be public), please contact an Admin.
Am I allowed to discuss US militaria?
The US militaria board will redirect you to our sister site - usmilitariaforum.com. USMF is run by the same staff as WMF and is free to join.
If I am a member of US Militaria Forum, do I need to make an account on WMF?
Yes. The two sites are run and maintained by the same staff, but you need an account on both sites in order to post in both places.