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Google NEWS and ANALYSIS.
The current focus for the Google Forum is on "news and professional analysis"
--it is, and will continue to be, a work in progress. Consequently, more proactive moderation is necessary. Thanks for your support.
In the meantime, here are some quick guidelines as to post types and phrases that might trigger an action or prevent a pre-moderated post from being approved:
About the Moderating Process:
! Given that some informative threads still end up very large and unwieldy due to accumulated sidebar comments, we also plan to do some serious "fat-cutting" as they move into archival status. Threads 2 hours to 2 weeks old will get all "me too" similar comments removed without notice.
Newcomers, please read through the Google Knowledgebase [webmasterworld.com] and Library [webmasterworld.com]. We are glad to help, but as we've grown, repetition has become a problem.
News and topics related to Google search services world wide. That includes getting your site listed as well as using Google search services effectively.
SPAM reporting issues.
If you have spam to report, please report it to Google. We are not the Google spam reporting system or the place to "shop the competition" knowing that Google techs may read it. Posting someone elses url or a search term is no different than violating them by posting their name and address. Again, that includes posting of Google search terms.
For that same reason: please No site review requests or direct requests for Google techs.
For spam reporting, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Be very brief in your email with Google. Report both the actual search keywords and explain the problem briefly. Or here Google: Search Quality and Your Feedback [google.com]
WebmasterWorld is, first and foremost, THE place for webmarketing professionals. While opinion¦editorial¦google-is-great¦google-is-bad rants may have their place somewhere on the web, the noise level they create here makes it impossible to filter through for gems.
Please remember this forum is frequented by many of the top SEO professionals and is the oldest established Google forum on the internet. Before posting the first time, please take time to read back through the forum's library [webmasterworld.com] and get a feel for the level of information here.
Applies to Search Engines in general.
Topics that apply to multiple search engines or web technologies may be moved to the forum best covering the broader scope of the questions involved.
No Tools sites or urls please The explosion of Google related free and commercial site tools has opened a flood gate of url dropping to "tools" sites. Therefore, we request you don't post links to "Google tools" (there are dozens if not hundreds of them now as a result of the Google API).
"Sticky Me" posts are not appropriate. Those who want to converse privately with another member should initiate private correspondence with that person.
Please remember that SEO is a fluid profession. Techniques and tactics are always changing. Hard and fast rules are in short supply. There are only educated opinions. Often, you'll find those opinions can run counter to one another.
Please be mindful of the original topic of discussions and be respectful and courteous to other members. Posts that are rude, insulting or belittling toward others will be considered inappropriate and will be edited or removed.
Politics and Religion
We have people from all over the world. Different systems of government and various religions. Please leave the political and religious discussions for elsewhere.
To Google.com for building such a great search engine, and thank you for all the referrals!