cheron98 wrote:After all, we are now only linking to a common, open spreadsheet that contains the links, and not posting the referral links themselves here anymore...
Oh bollocks, they want to police the back stage too? Might be something to do with my being "got" on the front page forums. Evveryone here really assumed it did seem as if it was all ok over here, as long as it was kept just here (like, no dedicated threads to other sites etc.
I believe that the feeding frenzy for the livingsocials should be fine for them here, because it keeps us coming back to here, but just in this forum. I suspect that the spreadsheet approach should work, unless specifically prohibited. They'd be nuts to close that down, IMHO, because we'd all bugger off somewhere else to share this fun.
I have on recommendation of someone here also moved over to wineberserkers.com which might happen wholesale if they do decide to ban the linksharing frenzy. .Wineberserkers is just an enthusiast site, not tied to people selling stuff, but it has a lot more actual winemakers and people of rpm's experience there than there are here. They do have a lot18 thread when it comes to lot18 time. We'll see next time there's a link if we have to decamp wholesale over there.
The rule on no referral linking (which I'd forgotten about until ambushed last week) is mostly to stop spammers, but also to keep comversation clean and "disinterested" here. But they think of it the same way. I'm surprised the mods decided to police referrals entirely in this thread too, as the community norms in this "exception" thread help us bond closer and have some fun, and save money (for me purchases here too). Except this new obsession of the mods may be my fault, given the referral link currently in my sig...
Unfortunately, if you don't allow the people to own the norms of the messageboards, they do start to become disaffected and leave. I was incensed (and sent WD a message) when given no warning before a 4-day ban. And I may yet bugger off to somewhere my communications aren't so subject to the whims of mods. They're generally pretty good, but I like intelligent and flexible policing of rules, and to be informed of the conditions before being punished. We're not kids. I was a most supportive person. :glasses:
EDIT: Spark, indeed I realised that and was editing as you replied.