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Old 07-16-2010, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default New Self Promotion Policy - July 16, 2010

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 ads controlled by third party entities anywhere on our website, therefore it would be inappropriate to self promote one’s own publication, product, service, website, or blog. Posting a link to your personal website in the main body of a post is considered self promotion.

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. The “Green Products and Service Providers” is a separate area of our website that is controlled by a different policy.

If the above friendly notice is enough to gain your understanding and cooperation, you need not read any further. If it isn’t, then you need to read the remainder of this post.

Wildlife Gardeners will not allow it’s forums to become an advertising billboard for the millions of personal websites on the internet that are trying to attract attention to themselves. Our forums would quickly fill with posts that would say little more than “HEY, LOOK AT MY WEBSITE!”. That would annoy our members; and it would annoy us.

The first violation will result in the poster’s link being edited out of the post, and the poster receiving a PM with a link to this notice. The second violation will result in a one week suspension of membership privileges at Wildlife Gardeners. This will include the removal of any links in the poster's signature. The third violation will make the suspension permanent.

We realize that a firm policy like this is inevitably going to lead to a situation where we are going to step on some “friendly toes”. But we have a small staff that doesn’t have the time to review and debate every post containing a link to a poster’s personal internet presence. If you are those friendly toes, work with us to keep the forums enjoyable for everyone. And help us reduce the administrative workload required to maintain the Wildlife Gardeners website.
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