In response to questions and requests for clarification from forum members, here are some frequently-asked questions and their answers:QUESTION 1:
For my signature to comply, I understand NO outgoing link to a blog or other site may be included, right?
This is incorrect
. The rules are quite specific:
No links to other forums -- it's very bad manners.
Are personal contact details allowed? (Telephone, email, personal messenger, Skype, etc.)
No telephone numbers, Skype usernames, email addresses, personal messenger IDs, etc may be posted in either posts or signatures. They're far too open to abuse by predators and parasites. We have a LOT of newcomers to the Internet (and to online business) who visit these forums, and we won't allow blatant scamming, spamming and other abuse of these folks.
The purpose of these forums is to provide help
and quality content within the forum itself,
not to simply send visitors off-forum to other sites. (See rules about "pump-and-jump"
There may be occasions where posts are too long, or too personal, to fit within forum limitations. In cases like these, a second post may be added (with a note saying "continued in next post" at the end of the first post and "Continued from previous post" at the start of the second post).
Alternatively, a "continued" link to off-forum resources (free, not paid) may be provided with prior moderator approval, provided it complies with the conditions in the answer to Question 3.
Where more private information or contact is appropriate, the PM feature is available. Please be sure not to abuse this feature
. You may NOT use it to promote offers or spam forum members. Offenders will be banned, permanently.QUESTION 3:
Is offering people access to free training allowed if it means them going to an off-forum site to collect or view it?
It depends on the individual case. Provided that…
- the off-forum site provides FREE access to the training or information,
- without requiring a purchase, a sign-up or other form of personal data collection,
- the forum post itself is NOT just a "teaser" promotion to "pump-and-jump" viewers to the off-forum site, and
- the off-forum site complies with our rules and Terms of Service,
there should be no problem.If in doubt, check with a moderator BEFORE posting
. It's a nuisance, I know, and it adds to our own workload, but we've found that anything less than this soon has abusers crawling all over these forums... and visitors leaving in droves.
(There are reasons why Google Bot and Yahoo Bot crawl these forums so frequently — current indications are that they are effectively in permanent residence.)