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    I thought that people were not allowed to post affiliate links on the forum, even if it is for this web host. I never did it since most places don't allow it. Just curious.



    *note, I split this from the original thread: http://forum.powweb.com/showthread.php?p=478120 [Croc]
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    I think you're right Yvette!
    This is a Powweb customer
    helping Powweb customer forum.

    I am a customer just like you!!

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    I think "they" allowed a loophole where someone can PM the link, though. I'm not trying to get anyone into trouble, but when one person does it, others will follow until/unless told they can't. And it gives the mods more work to edit the posts. I vaguely recall a conversation on this forum started a while ago where a few people were abusing this which was why I mentioned it.
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    You said it yourself Yvette, three years ago
    Links to sites with affiliate links OK.
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    Of course you can have Powweb affiliate links in your sig. Never ceases to amaze me how people who have no idea just make answers up. You cannot have banners or links to alternate affiliate programs or hosting. Users with big ugly flashy images are usually asked to tame it down or have it removed.

    Doc C, thanks for mentioning my affiliate link, it's a good program, I'll go spread some rep
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    Thanks, Croc.
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    I did not make up anything. Someone moderating the PowWeb forum and/or a PowWeb staff member told another PowWeb forum member that he could not post affiliate links, even for PowWeb, in their posts.

    If the rules have changed since then, I wasn't aware of it. There should be a sticky post on the subject for new and existing members to know the current rules for this forum.

    The post the Ian found was not the one I recalled. Many people PM me when they are booted from the forum or their posts are edited or deleted. I'm not a moderator and can't really help them, but I guess that they need to vent. I didn't keep those messages, but if someone can post an official rule that is current, that would help others.

    I suspect that if other people started posting their affiliate links, they would be edited by moderators as they were in the past. To save the mods time, I don't bother posting them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YvetteKuhns View Post
    I did not make up anything. Someone moderating the PowWeb forum and/or a PowWeb staff member told another PowWeb forum member that he could not post affiliate links, even for PowWeb, in their posts. [snip]... but if someone can post an official rule that is current [snip]... I suspect that if other people started posting their affiliate links, they would be edited by moderators as they were in the past. To save the mods time, I don't bother posting them.
    That's pure hear-say Yvette. Show me the post and I will remove it as affiliate links are allowed on the forum. The forum rules are posted in FAQ. Sigs and some other aspects of the forum however are open to Mod/Staff discretion as no one hard rule fits all. For example, there was a user found to be PM'ing any and all first time posters telling them to use his affiliate link. It was discussed in private, Mods/Staff agreed it was inappropriate, after refusing to cease he was banned from the forum. No "affiliate links in PM are baned" rule was made as it was an isolated incidence. For the most part Powweb forum users are very respectful and well behaved.
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    Okay, if the rules changed or it depends on the person, fine. I didn't mean to start an argument. I didn't bother to look for the posts since they were not current. I wanted someone to post the current rules. Because now that they see you do it, others will do it. Be warned.

    And no, I won't be posting affiliate links here. And not just because the mail hasn't been working properly for weeks. I am sure that someone would delete the link if I posted it.
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    No arguement Yvette, I'm simply correcting you. The rules have not changed. Powweb affiliate links have always been allowed. That IS the rule. Perhaps you misinterpreted the Mod/Staff post. It's only when abused or deemed inapproprite action is taken. You say you won't post, fine don't. A Staff member suggested to me affiliate links on the forum are useless anyway as users come here because they have a Powweb account or for one off tech help.

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    I do remember a while back someone came in and was posting a signature with the link in it BEFORE they had earned the privilage of a signature. It seems to me that same individual was trying to mask the link so it didn't look like an affiliate link. I could be confusing 2 people though.
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    Croc, I didn't mean to single you out on this issue. I didn't even notice it until Doc mentioned it in his post. I simply remember a few people who were deliberately lurking the Pre-Sales Forum and other posts in order to get affiliate sales. You contribute help on the forum and don't just "post for money", but other people do. That is why I thought there should be a rule or warning to prevent people from doing that.

    We don't want people to recommend just for profit. I recommend different solutions based on each individual's needs. We wouldn't host MySpace, YouTube or porn sites here, yet some people will recommend this host to ANYONE. One guy used his MySpace page to tell people to host MySpace and eBay images here. (Yes, I know this guy's username.)

    entrecon, the guy I remembered made several posts including rude website critiques where he insulted people. I think Ian had to ban him. There have been a few of them here. Other forums don't allow it at all, so they don't have to keep track of how many useful posts a member has made.
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    I guess I shoulda kept my mouth shut and avoided this can of worms.
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    Sorry, Doc. I probably should have ignored it. I was cranky with the rain, the mail problem and other things. Again, I apologize to Croc for posting it here. Maybe I should have sent a PM to Ian or a staff member for clarification.

    The issue is like talking about chewing gum in class. Some teachers allow it unless you have to see it or hear it. Then the rules change and either that kid can't have it or no kids can have it. My son's teacher allows them to chew gum but when I was in school, that was not allowed. If the teacher saw it, the student would have to stick the gum on the end of his/her nose!
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    No need for regret, the forum is for questions discussion and working out problems guys. No need for apologies either Yvette, I took no offense and understand where you're coming from. The general consensus of Mods/Staff and I believe most forum users is -- to use your analogy -- it's not the gum that's a problem chew it all you like. It only becomes a problem when you stick it under the desk or in little suzie's hair. Rather than punish everyone by banning gum just the people who abuse privileges can expect to be banned.
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