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Old 03-20-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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Note: This self promotion policy has been revised:
New Self Promotion Policy - July 16, 2010

The self promotion policy in this post is no longer applicable; this old policy will remain here for a short time for historical purposes only.


Regarding Self Promotion. Wildlife Gardeners would like all members to step out of their marketing shoes and into their work boots or gardening clogs when starting a thread or posting in threads. In our Fine Print we stated posting anything on topic and consistent with the focus of the board in which one was posting was acceptable. Wildlife Gardeners has no google or yahoo syndicated ads and we have no third party ads anywhere therefore it would be inappropriate to self promote one’s own publication, product, service, website, or blog in the main forums.

Simply stated, self-promotion of one’s publication, product, service, website, or blog in threads will not be permitted in any of the main forums at WG. Although we do not allow the promotion of "green products and services" in our main forums, we have provided this area of our site to approved registered members:
http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/forum/green-products-service-providers/

Are you an author? Ecological service provider? Are you a member of a “green” .org? Do you have a “green” product you would like to advertise? Are you a nursery or garden center offering nearly 100% North American native plants with no invasives tossed in to make a quick buck? Are you a wildlife or natural areas artist? Do you create works of art focusing on native species? Are you a wildlife rehabber? If you are a registered member of WG and were able to answer yes to any of the above questions, please contact an Admin for how you may be able to shamelessly promote your product, service, website, or blog. 'Green Blogs and Websites' participation is by invitation only.

When you contact us, please provide a link to your site.

With the exception of .orgs, the strings attached to the above offer will be that those who are given a free slot be "green" and remain "green" and that they do their best to share their gifts and talents when possible by posting in the main forums regularly and particularly if they see someone who could use a helping hand. It's a great thing when knowledge and experience can be shared. A linkback to Wildlife Gardeners from approved sites is appreciated.

For .orgs we ask that any threads started in our ‘Green Products and Service Providers’ area be monitored. By that we mean check in on your thread to see if WG members have posted questions or comments.

By “green” we mean publications, products, services, websites, or blogs that are consistent with our Mission Statement which may be viewed at our home page:
http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/forum/
We determine if a publication, product, service, website, or blog is consistent with our Mission Statement and our decision is final.

Hopefully; this will keep our main forums free of offers to get a criminal justice degree in just two years, free of cheerios flying across our monitors, free of offers to buy fake rolexes, and free of blogs peddling invasives or potentially invasive species while providing an appropriate area to enable our own members the opportunity to shamelessly self-promote themselves for no charge without undo competition.

November 3, 2009 update.

Wildlife Gardeners has begun its first annual review of website operations. We are evaluating several changes to our website. One of the areas under consideration is our Green Blogs and Websites area. With the exception of one site currently under review, we will not be adding any more listings to this area until we have completed our review process. We anticipate that our annual review will be substantially completed in June 2010. We expect to announce and implement the results of our review shortly thereafter.

A portion of the annual review has been completed. It has been determined that participation in the "Green Blogs and Websites" forum is now by invitation only. This is one of several changes that are being made in order to reduce the administrative load on our small staff.
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A portion of the annual review has been completed. It has been determined that participation in the "Green Blogs and Websites" forum is now by invitation only. This is one of several changes that are being made in order to reduce the administrative load on our small staff.
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