TheMadScientist - 4:14 pm on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:17 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]
You're OK'ing each rule as your scroll down until you reach the part about signatures. And it reads something like this: "No links to thematically related sites". And I thought signatures with links to unrelated sites were spammy! Disallowing affiliate links / commercial sites is one thing, but this?
So, they would rather have people who are interested in freely contributing to a community than those who would just sign up for what they get out of the deal? Sounds like good thinking to me...
It probably saves quite a few issues for them, including keeping people from trying to steal their traffic. Not everything people do is about or for search engines... You only decided to sign up to promote your own website, and personally IDK if I would want you around if that's why you joined my forum either.
Your whole reason for joining was self promotion and they stopped you from joining (it sounds like) I think they might be a bit more 'savvy' than you think.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 4:17 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]