Rule No. 1: Spam
We despise Spam. This includes joining up for the sole purpose of advertising your website, product, or service. We don't tolerate Spam and Spammers get chucked off.
Our presumption is that any URL (web address) in a message is an attempt to score a free advert. We don't have the time to check out the bona fides of every URL posted.
So please don't post URLs in your messages until you've been round here long enough to make a worthwhile contribution to these boards. We're talking weeks or months here, not days or hours.
URLs in messages by new members will be deleted, whether they're working links or just typed in without a hyperlink. (Links to sites belonging to governments, inter-governmental, academic or other public
bodies are OK, however. NB - "academic" does not
include prospectus pages for fee-paying academic institutions; these constitute adverts.)
On a related point, messages asking for recommendations (for estate agents, websites, professional people, whatever) simply encourage spammers to try and score a free advert. So please don't post this kind of request. If you do, your request is likely to be deleted without explanation.
We also take a dim view of direct marketing approaches. Replying to a query with "PM me/Email me/Phone me for help" adds nothing to the stock of shared knowledge which these fora are intended to provide. Nor do we appreciate being used by cheapskates who won't stump up the small amount needed to advertise legitimately. The signatures/websites of these people are liable to be removed, and any further attempt to tout for business likely to lead to that person being banned.
Attempts to hoodwink the Site Admins and the bona fide
users of these fora by signing up as a "sock puppet" (pretending to be a member of the general public) and posting a "recommendation" are illegal under the EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. Any such attempts may be reported to the relevant law enforcement authorities.
If you're genuinely interested in advertising with us, please read our advertising policy
. We look forward to hearing from you.