I was told by the moderator to bring this up for discussion. I did so. Before I could even log on and check the official answer I was given a punitive warning and a nastygram from the Moderator.
I wasn't even given a chance to read this and remove the links based on your ruling (which I would have, even though I disagree with your logic and your rule).
If I ran my message boards like this, I'd have no members. I'm extremely angry at how this was handled.
I WAS TOLD to bring this up for discussion, when I did I was reprimanded and then punished. It is personal and it WAS a punishment. Even though I was clearly told in PM to bring it up for discussion first.
And policy where members are allowed to spam, but a link to a product is forbidden is just a stupid policy. It's hypocritical.
I won't be back.
Originally Posted by Olivier
First of all, the moderators have to deal with a constant stream of spam. It comes in tons daily. We set rules for this, and one of them was no links to commercial sites (except poly-oriented). We could possibly start discerning between established users linking to sites, and non-established users linking to sites. However, there might be folk that try to 'blend in' and then link. I also understand that a link to a site like google is pretty harmless, but we have to draw the line somewhere. Macbeth's thread about the wooden 'toys' is a nice example. He does not link to his sales page, but if people want to contact him to get one they can. It will be up to the moderators to discern if he's actually here to just sell his toys or not. Not being allowed to link or requiring users to look up an item forms a bigger barrier to prevent potential spam. The more effort it requires, the less effective spam becomes. Only if the user is really interested will they put the time in doing it. So in my opinion, Rarechild perfectly applied the rules, and there is no need to change them. Also, don't look at it as a 'punishment' or 'slap on the hands', it's just a gentle reminder that these are the rules, and that people here have to abide by them. Nuff said, it's nothing personal
I hope this clarifies it.
Here's the punitive action that was used:
You have received a warning at Polyamory.com Forum.
Level 0 -- Warning Shot Over the Bow
You were asked to remove these links within 24 hours. I hate doing this, but you can't just ignore the rules, then ignore moderation, and I can't let the commercial links which are disallowed on this site to remain up any longer.
There will be discussion about your opinion, but that is a separate thing from my warning of yesterday.
Those look nice. I have 2 wooden toys - one was given as a gift and one I bought for myself becuase I liked the first one so much. Then again, I'm a big fan of various and sundry different substances - I have glass, wood, metal, etc .. and I have to say they each have their unique benefits.
BTW, here's where I bought mine from : (link for babeland)
Edit: Here's the manufacturer's website: (link for nobessence). Maybe you can get some ideas on pricing and so forth.
Warnings serve as a reminder to you of the forum's rules, which you are expected to understand and follow.
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