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(Message started by: SMQ on Mar 10th, 2010, 7:10am)

Title: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by SMQ on Mar 10th, 2010, 7:10am
You may not have links in your signature until you reach Junior Member status (50 posts).  If you are a Newbie with links in your signature your posts will be removed as soon as they are noticed.

Sorry if that seems harsh, but there have been a large number of spammers creating an account with commercial links in their signature, posting one or two hello-type posts, and never being heard from again.  These posts clutter up the forums, and serve no purpose other than to spam the links.  There is no problem with active forum members linking to their blog, promoting their favorite website, etc., but this is a privilege to be earned by contributing to the discussions, and the simplest place to draw the line is at the status change.

In addition, any posts by new members with a website in their profile may be removed at a moderator's discretion if they appear to be spam.  This is a relatively low-traffic board and the moderators can generally tell who is genuinely participating and who is just here to spread links around.  If you feel your post has been removed in error, feel free to PM any moderator (click their name, then Send Private Message) for a personal apology.

Of course, exceptions can be made for exceptional circumstances, and there is no intention of making this policy retroactive: that is, old posts which violate this policy will generally be left in place.  Remember, this is a policy, not a law carved in stone for all time.

Thank you for your understanding.


tl;dr: link spam not welcome here--go peddle your crap elsewhere.


--SMQ

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by fizyka on Dec 30th, 2011, 3:39pm
Funny text "tl;dr: link spam not welcome here--go peddle your crap elsewhere.".

Maybe there will be better if You edit code of forum board to make impossible have those links before reach junior status (I know phpBB3 had that possibility).

That would be easier than deleting every time spam and so on.

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by towr on Dec 31st, 2011, 2:41am
Yes, but that would depend on our admin having time to do so, and he doesn't.

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by fizyka on Dec 31st, 2011, 5:34am
Ok, I see.
But maybe someone already coded some hacks to do it or plugins?
(I dont know, so I only say "maybe" - I was never using YaBB so I am not an expert).

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by towr on Feb 10th, 2012, 1:35pm
For what it's worth. Some modifications have now been made to the forum so that you can't have a signature until you've reached 50 posts (and same for setting a website in your profile), and the number of links you can use in your posts is limited as well (to once every so many posts till you reach 50; though this does not mean that if you use them to spam it will be tolerated).

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by flashlearner on Oct 19th, 2012, 7:40pm
Hello,

Just noticed that signature is allowed only after 50 posts ;)

Title: Re: POLICY: LINKS IN SIGNATURES AND HOMEPAGES
Post by benmartorano on Oct 25th, 2012, 3:42pm
I love this idea. I own a site and may put up a link at some point after I hit 50 but people making 2 posts and never coming back is insane and will kill the forum at some point



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