Thanks for that. It's probably worth stating two things in response.
Firstly, we do allow
links of interest and value. Suggesting we don't is something of a myth being passed around and is out of date.
What we don't allow is any form of promotional and marketing links. Spam is unacceptable. I'm sure none of you want promotional links all over the place.
It's impossible to make a list of every site where links are ok, but, obviously, in most instances, any links to mainstream media, such as BBC (you mentioned) is acceptable, along with industry authority links. Somewhere, someone has interpreted that wrongly to mean we only accept those links to the BBC, etc. That is not correct. I'll admit, way back, we were more cautious, but those of you that participate here will have seen the more relaxed nature for some years, and the emergence of many different sources appearing, especially where it's breaking the news, technical or educational information. Our Terms of Service only state promotional and marketing, and that will remain so.
I'd also point out where linking can go wrong,
[webmasterworld.com] too. That's why there should be some caution, although, that example is one that we won't permit again.
Generally, anyone with a history of posting here (that's you two) always gets different treatment to a newbie arriving dropping links.
Just so there is no confusion about this. Non-promotional links to educational, and original content, especially to industry authority sites, is acceptable. You know what sites are authority without me naming them. The moment it looks promotional, or you have your doubts, please report it to the Moderators to deal with.
BDW, please see [webmasterworld.com
...] Yes, we would have liked it sooner. It's coming, and i'd encourage you to participate in that thread. Let's be positive and help us get it moving forward!
I'm certain there will be many excited by the changes, and there will be many that want everything just as it was. Well, the change is coming early in the new year.
I know i'm excited!