I hear all your different thoughts and opinions - appreciate it. My experience is pretty much the same - also with sharing content within your social media accounts. As soon as you refer to an article you have been working on: YOU ARE A SPAMMER.
It makes sense to read the community rules - but quite frankly - if I am part of a forum or community that shares the same interest and topic - why would you make community rules that if you share an article you have been working on and you link to your own page - it's going to be deleted or marked as spam ? Holly Molly - that sounds pretty intense.
I mean.. that's maybe just my opinion - but if a community has such policies - it's missing the whole point why you actually started a forum or community. It is about communication, reaching out, having discussions. That doesn't mean, that you always have to have the same opinion. It will always be like that. Some people prefer Vanilla Ice Cream - others prefer Chocolate. So be it - that's not why I would start any fight at all. Different flavors, different taste, wonderful.
You also mentioned that some users have been posting links to articles that have been well-intentioned but misinformed. Well, that's happening - but I wouldn't also see that as a problem. And I wouldn't need to set rules and policies about it. Why ? Again, I refer back to the ice-cream example. Vanilla vs. Chocolate - different flavors. Well, maybe.. sometimes you can tell that some opinions are truly wrong - but most of the time, especially in SEO I see that people are fighting about different opinions - different flavors. And in my opinion, that's nonsense. Who ever likes vanilla - ok - let him like vanilla without threatening him: You are sooo wrong with your vanilla flavor. lol; I hope it makes sense how I try to explain it. And also, who decides what is right or wrong ? This is very subjective, isn't it ?
I can see some valid points. That users might only share links after a while - what means, after you can really see the real intention from a user.
If someone is really into that topic, asks questions which are all related - and also tries to give his thoughts - why not allowing him referring to his own articles ?
so yes, I agree with Chris, and let me ask the question again: Why not linking to your own article ? If it's authentic and helpful and serves a good purpose - what's wrong about it ? I think everyone should do it.
Again, I think what Chris mentioned earlier is simple a fact ... people are soooo hyper sensitive about links because they are sooo pissed about Sapmmers.
But again, somewhere has to be a finish line and if it's ending up in a situation where you can't even post any links anymore - that seems to become a Spamophobia situation - or call it what you want.
And then I have to ask what's the whole point having a community ?
If I am creating a community and my policy says: Posting Links not allowed. lol; doesn't make any sense ... at least, not for me !!!
I have to say, I just don't really understand in which direction it goes. And people are more concerned about Spam and make more comments about that then about an actual interesting topic. lol;
If people are sooo paranoia about Spammers and it looks like that's their main concern:
- Why are people then asking questions in forums or communities anyways ?
- Why are they actually participating in public forums ?
If you are so scared about spam, links, comments - wouldn't it make much more sense you simple do not participate ?
It reminds me with a recent scenario:
I went for sushi, very crowded place. It was very noisy and loud. Music was running, TV's have been turned on and the space was filled with about 100 people.
Right after I ordered my sushi, I got a phone call - I pick up the phone and start to talk (my 8 year old son called me by the way).
A guy right next to me, attacks me, yelling at me totally pissed: "Hey, turn off your damm cell phone. That's to much here. There is anyways already to much noise. You dickhead."
Ok.. I am usually a very polite person - but I couldn't resist and right after I ended my phone conversation - I gave the guy the following answer:
"Hey man, if it's to loud in here for you, then take your dead fish, leave, go home, turn on your candle light, lock your door and sh... the f.... up !"
I guess he did not expect that answer, since his head was running fully red and he didn't say anything anymore - he was speechless and left right after.
But heck, what is it ? If people are so damm aggressive and pissed these days ?
And yes, that's my honest opinion. If you are going out to a crowded sushi bar, and it's loud there - hey what do you expect ? Don't go out if you can't handle noise and if you don't want to see or hear other people !
Or rent a Sushi Bar for yourself ? lol; Whatever, if you can't handle social crowded public places - then just stay at home - or order sushi for delivery - period.
And that situation reminded me a bit with situations with online-communities - as soon as you participate in interesting discussions:
BOOM - they attack you for no reason. It almost feels like people take it as an opportunity or tool to shout out all their personal frustration. lol;
It almost feels like, it became a sport - like when hooligans go to a soccer game - and if their team is losing - they do have a reason to beat someone up !!! lol;
I can't explain it any further - and policies - I strongly believe you don't have to have any policies in particular for spammers.
Why ? It's crystal clear if someone spams - he will be history shortly - he set's his own death penalty - period.
So why all this pain and drama about it ?
I rather focus on all good comments and people who clearly show their interest - are authentic and mean what they talk and write about.
And I also like to get links from them - articles, ideas, thoughts, hints, tips and tricks.
If those people post and share in every single comment their personal links - excellent - why not ?
Over time you can anyways evaluate their value - their true meaning - and if you like them and it's useful for you - you'll continue reading.
And if not - so be it - then it's obviously not your favorite content creator - different flavor I guess.
Ok.. that being said... sorry for this monster comment here.. but as you can see... in my opinion, accusing every single person as a spammer when he is posting a link to his own articles - in my opinion, it just simple goes a bit far.
And heck yes, so that's my tendency, that's my vanilla flavor I like ! lol; happy posting and commenting !!!
Edited by reseo, 22 August 2014 - 02:39 PM.