Solicitation Threads

First off, I am *not * pitting OpalCat, and I am *not * pitting the organization involved. I have nothing against either of them. At all. Maybe this should be in ATM - but here I am.

I know OpalCat says she received permission to post this thread. That’s not the problem. I don’t feel the organization is not worthy enough for validation on these boards. That’s not the problem either. The problem is that future solicitations will need to be validated by the mods. I for one feel the board an inappropriate place to solicit a donation. Some may disagreee - that’s fine. But at some point, there will be enough types of solicitations that everyone will find at least one of them inappropriate.

And that’s not to say that the mods have forced themselves to allow all solicitations - I just feel that it’s not a good policy to allow any of them.

Again, no hard feelings to OpalCat, or her cause, or anyone who supports that cause. I encourage everyone to have a cause, and to promote that cause in their own way, short of a gift solicitation.

Totally agree. I don’t think the board ought to be used to solicit donations and I don’t think the Mods ought to set themselves up as the arbiters of what charity is worthy of being linked and what charity isn’t. It sets a bad precedent and is a recipe for bitterness and resentment should the Mods decide not to allow some members’ personal pet charity. “No solicitations” was one of the few rules we had back on the old ACLU boards when I was modding them and the rule worked beautifully.

That’s why we’re making people ask for permission first. If we get inundated with requests, even if they’re all for worthy causes, we might decide we’re not going to allow any. For now, though, we don’t see that the occasional solicitation does any harm, and it may do some good.

I can understand that. I still don’t envy the mods if this should become an actual issue.