LifeinAsia - 3:37 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
<putting on hat of a USER>
I certainly agree with MrFewkes' point of view in this case. User A has a need, person B has a fix. A PM would allow user B to offer his fix to user A. But there may also be users C, D, E, etc. who also have the same need. In this case, PM between B & A doesn't very well serve the needs of the other users.
However, let's say users F, G, H, etc. also think that their software is the end-all-be-all to fix the problem (but their opinions are highly inflated). They all post links to their software. There are also hackers I, J, K who have malware or viruses or adware built in to the software. They also post links to their software. Other users come and see many links to software that supposedly fixes their problem. They download them. Their computers are infected. They get upset that WebmasterWorld would allow postings to such stuff. Again, the situation doesn't meet the needs of the users.
(And if I were user A, I probably wouldn't want 50 people PMing me about their software. One or two, if they worked, but after that I would be annoyed.)
In other words, the current rules cause problems in one scenario, but work in another scenario.
<putting on hat of MODERATOR>
The overall usefulness for ALL WebmasterWorld users has to be considered when making and enforcing the rules. As has been pointed out, the Internet is constantly evolving, and WebmasterWorld also needs to periodically change, which is why Feedback Days is being run right now.
However, just because one person wants a change does not mean that change would be good for the entire community. And I'm not singling out MrFewkes or any one user, nor am I dismissing his or anyone else's ideas.
<wearing BOTH user and moderator hats>
The idea here is to come up with ideas that can benefit the community as a whole.
One current option that has always been available, but probably not as actively promoted as it could be, is that you can ALWAYS PM the moderator of the forum and ask for permission to post a link.