BeeDeeDubbleU - 2:51 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think allowing links in the body of a post is essential and it is really restricting not to do it.
I have been here for more than six years and never found it to be a problem.
I think that having draconian policies draws curmudgeonly audiences. the kind of people you attract here are the kind that are rulebound and like to shut others down. more freedom means more spam overhead, but it also leads to a sense of ease and a quality of friendliness that this forum just doesn't have. and as we can see from social media, friendliness is the future.
That will be why this is probably the most popular and respected Web Design forum on the Internet then, eh? More spam means lowering the tone and the quality of this website. If that happened I would look elsewhere I am afraid. The conservatism in here is what makes it special.
I also have to say that I have found the "kind of people" that use this forum to be a different class. I have had my differences with some of them on the odd occasion but on the whole I doubt that I could have made it in self employment as well as I have without the assistance of the good folks in this forum (and all without links).
If you don't have the nous to direct someone to a website without showing them a link you can PM them. ;)