Here is the latest email exchange between TubaDiva and I:
In a message dated 07/24/2005 09:17:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, unclviny writes:
After taking a 2 month “time out” I logged in to the SDMB and looked around a little to see if the “no advertising” rule was being enforced and it wasn’t (sadly I didn’t expect it to be). Several months ago I got an ass chewing and an “official warning” because I had a link to my Ebay store in my sig line and as my homepage link and when I looked around today on the SDMB I found the following:
olenielsen - homepage is selling PENIS PUMPS!!.
elmwood - homepage is asking for donations and selling books.
johnny L.A. - homepage rents camera’s and sell movies.
UncleBeer - homepage is selling broadband network services.
In some ways I actually miss the SDMB’s and I have even considered coming back but I just can’t see paying for the selective enforcement of the rules (which seem to be against me, I guess I should sell penis pumps). I was a big TD supporter during the “thing that we don’t discuss” and I wish you all the best in the future but I suggest to you that you need to do some cleaning up on the boards.
I regret that you were so upset over this situation that you felt it appropriate to leave.
Many of our members list their business webpages in their profiles. Unless it is something so blatant that it’s obviously advertising or is a direct link to adult material (like *****'s feelthy picture business; she used to just have one link to the XXX and we yelled at her for that), we usually let it slide.
I admit, the guy selling penis pumps is treading very close to that line and will be looked at, thanks for alerting us.
The other links are to businesses, but they do not overly advertise or seek to exploit the SDMB.
Please note that we are not able to monitor the listing habits of our members 24/7; in fact, it’s often user complaints that bring these matters to our attention.
We’re not opposed to you being in business; we do object to the SDMB being used as a medium for commerce. This is why you got dinged for using your signature file to flog your ebay sales.
There are a few exceptions – asked for and granted permission in advance – but as a rule we frown on using sig files to advertise a business or other outside pursuit. I guess you could say render unto Cecil, that’s a good way to look at it.
Most of all, we don’t want the board to simply be a vehicle for people and their outside activities; that’s not our purpose. That’s how USENET got to be such a wasteland. We’d hate to see that here and the staff fights diligently to keep it from being so.
I hope this explains things to you in a way that is sufficient for your needs. I appreciate that you took the time to write.
I also hope you return to the board.
I wish you well in all your undertakings
your humble TubaDiva
[end email (that I edited lightly to remove identifiers)]
This seems like a big deal to me and I see this as a nicely worded “piss off and mind your own business” email, so I will be pissing off.
For anyone who is interested there are rules about advertising on the SDMB (second from the left in that little blue bar near the top of your screen) but apparently the rules don’t apply to all.
In a look around the boards I found a bunch more folks with advertising links (including some disturbing porno links) but since the PTB don’t seem to care I’m not “outing” those folks.
It’s been real