I can see that this may get confusing if you are looking for a hard and fast rule, because it's often a judgement call. In fact, moderators frequently have extended discussions about whether a particular URL should stay or go.
The main point is that we guard against anything that might be promotional or open the door to future promotion. That includes even the generic "please review this site" kind of post.
Not all promotion is blatant. Crafty "guerilla" promoters may try to swerve topics in their own direction just so they can drop their own URL or one of an associate -- and that kind of thing quickly dilutes the value of a conversation.
Other URLs may be innocent enough in themselves, but would set a precedent that would be bad news. If we allowed it, this board could become a Spam Fest pretty quickly (the web is full of examples) and we are protecting what everyone has created here.
The spirit of all this is to keep our conversations focused, easy to follow and truly useful for all involved. I know how much I value our high signal-to-noise ratio, and this policy is one of the main reasons for it.
So, if you have a question in a particular case, the best bet is to drop the forum moderator a Sticky Mail and ask before posting.
what tedster said
There are those that can see what goes on on the BBS's
There is a pattern that can develop
whois is a great tool ebgreen - try url snipped please Mr Mackin ;) ...
Learn here and prosper!
(edited by: Mike_Mackin at 12:23 am (utc) on Feb. 10, 2002)
(edited by: Macguru at 1:01 am (utc) on Feb. 10, 2002)
What does this url snipped have to do with what domains are allowed on WebmasterWorld?
(edited by: Macguru at 1:03 am (utc) on Feb. 10, 2002)
tedster, take a look at the thread that was just posted on foo. critique my website. there again is another domain. i am lost as to what is allowed and what is not.
That URL just hasn't been removed yet. It is definitely the type of post that gets clipped.
We are usually pretty quick to when it comes to those types of posts, but keep in mind that it is the weekend. :)
ebgreen here is the link to WebmasterWorld's terms of service.
Hope it helps
from reading, what the other chaps have said, and TOS.
Basically url's that can be listed are useful to the members of the forums, and in some cases may be of a commercial nature, when a topic is raised having an impact on the members of the forums, not just any commercial site. i.e. software, learning resources.
Best thing to do is start a new thread, but not in FOO, and talk about your site, be honest, and invite individuals to email you to get the url and have a look at it, you may get responses from this.
|brotherhood of LAN|
dont refer to your site solely to promote it. This is what I done in my 1st post :)
I suppose referencing a page on your site to illustrate a topic / problem is OK
A LOT of weight is given to a member's history, too. On rare occassions, a member with a track record of quality posts will drop an url that raises concern but you can trust that we don't bristle over it. We just clip it and send a stickymail trying to explain why. The core members usually understand when they hear our concerns. Many, many times it's because we're thinking about the precedent or what kind of fire it's likely to draw downstream.
>>>We just clip it and send a stickymail trying to explain why.
Sure you do ;). Even my profile URL was removed with no explanation.
From the Terms of Service:
|We do not allow review my site posts. It is impossible to deduce which posts are honest requests and which are just promotional drops. |
This same principle would apply to reviewing other people's sites. There's virtually nothing that can be done that hasn't been done before, and time is taken to check each one out, whether it's the index page or an interior page on a site. It could be someone promoting someone else's site, or maybe even "exposing" a competitor. There could be any number of reasons, but the same principles apply.
It's actually all covered in the Term of Service - maybe not precisely because that would take a book not a page, but the basic principles that apply to every situation are all there, in addition to specifics in the individual forum charters.
(edited by: Marcia at 3:40 am (utc) on Feb. 10, 2002)
>referencing a page on your site to illustrate a topic / problem is OK
If there is ANY way to avoid using an url, please do so. Back in the 'old' days when this was all-seo-all-the-time we'd let a "Help, my site has crashed and burned!" post stay up... sort of a taking care of the wounded mentality. That's really about it.
I participate in a half-dozen boards and, as tedster says, you really come to appreciate the low noise level here.