This could well be TLDR for some people, but here goes anyway.
This thread is about a rule on the boards and also, more generally about the question of moderator responsiveness to member concerns.
A couple of months ago, there was a thread started by a rather new member. This new member seemed like a pretty decent guy, and he also works for one of my favorite retail establishments. I noticed in the course of that thread that he had a link to his employer’s website, as well as to his work email address, contained in his signature.
This was something of a surprise to me, as i had always been under the impression that this sort of advertising was not permitted in sigs. I said as much, and moderator Gary “Wombat” Robson pointed me to the rules stating that members may have links in their sigs, but that the link must be to “a site you have a personal interest in or association with.”
I noted at the time that i found this rule rather problematic:
In that same thread, samclem made a response to my concerns, noting:
Taking the second part of his post to heart, i decided to wait and see what that mod/admin discussion turned up.
Fast-forward to late September, and i noticed that the same poster who had originally attracted my attention was still posting, still with for-profit links in his sig. Curious about what the mods and admins had decided regarding this issue, i decided to PM the mods and admins who had participated in the earlier thread, in the hope of getting some feedback. The reason i didn’t start a thread at the time was that i didn’t want the member in question thinking that i was targeting him specifically. For me, the general question of for-profit links in sigs was the issue, not any one specific poster.
I sent my PM to samclem, Gary “Wombat” Robson, twickster, and Gfactor, because they had all been in that thread. I really only expected responses, however, from the first two on the list, as they had been the ones who responded to that particular issue in the thread. In my PM, i raised 3 concerns related to the poster in question, and also to the more general issue of links in sigs.
I received a reply from samclem, suggesting that he sympathized with my position, and would follow up in the near future. And i received a reply from Gary “Wombat” Robson that responded to my point about the individual member, but ignored my other two more general questions completely.
I sent a PM thanking them for responding, and noting that i looked forward to hearing back from sam, and asking Gary if there had been any conclusions reached about the two issues that he had not addressed in his response.
That was three weeks ago, and i haven’t heard back from either one. That’s why i’m starting this thread.
It seems to me, given the frequency with which we are asked to PM or email mods about certain concerns, that the least they could do when we do this is not blow us off. One of the reasons i sent my original inquiries by PM was precisely because i would have been happy to get an answer without airing the issue on the boards again. I know that i’ve been involved in quite a few threads oer the past year or so where i’ve been critical of the mods for various things, so i figured i’d ask about this particular issue in private rather than start another thread in ATMB that could be perceived as critical of the board’s rules or moderation.
But if no-one’s going to answer the private messages, then the public forum seems like the only way to get things done. So here it is. Did your “conversation in the moderator/Admin loop” about the question of for-profit links in signatures actually reach any conclusions on the matter?