tangor - 8:42 am on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
And one benefit of the current links policy is this - it tends to make our discussions self contained, with all the essential information on record right there in the thread. That's a real benefit that I'd hate to lose.
I've said this recently, though not quite as well stated. What makes Webmasterworld important to me is the EDUCATIONAL side: force one to think, read a bit of the history/library, and come back with best effort to ask experts for the fine tune.
The as-need-link has always been there and mods do oblige, but I don't see a need to require the mod of each forum to endanger their machine to check out potentially thousands of links to give approval. And if anyone is interested, my thought of when to even allow links is 200 messages.