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Old 2nd May 2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Before becoming active in any forum, it's always a good idea to read the forum rules. Some of the rules for this forum state:

# Do not post articles in the forum. They will be removed without notice.

# Do not post partial articles with a link to your site asking members to read more.

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Because we've seen so many people submitting articles on their own, we've had begin just deleting the articles without sending a private message to explain why.

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Old 3rd February 2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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So I'm a bit confused.

Is an article a blog post? Like www.seoish.com has some very long blog posts that might be considered articles, but they are blog posts.

If I find a sweet article that would be relevant to people here, I cant link to it?

Or are you just saying that I can't start a new thread with that article being the subject of the thread?

Or are you just saying, "dont self promote...thats what signature files are for".

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Old 3rd February 2008, 12:42 AM   #3
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Another quote from the rules:
Are links ever allowed? As long as a URL is informational (pointing to an authoritative source) and not affiliated with you it will probably be acceptable.
I can't speak for everyone, but I tend to look at each link/post on a case-by-case basis. It's considered pretty rude to use a forum post to try to divert forum traffic away to another site, so if I'm the one looking at it, it's got to be a pretty darned useful link -- extremely relevant to the existing conversation -- for it to stay.

And for it to be the conversation starter, IMHO it needs to be significant breaking news or something of such overwhelming value it just can't wait to be shared. Honestly, the vast majority of articles (and blog posts) don't meet that criteria.



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Old 4th February 2008, 08:38 AM   #4

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If you go by the rule Torka referenced you will be ok. The original post was written before we changed our home page so others could submit articles there, so let me answer your specific questions.

If I find a sweet article that would be relevant to people here, I cant link to it?
Yes you can link to it, as long as it is not your own.

Or are you just saying that I can't start a new thread with that article being the subject of the thread?
You can as long as you want to discuss something or have a question. If you are just interested in posting the article for reference here, our home page provides digg style articles submitted by members. You can submit articles to be included here - http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/submit.php

We prefer articles to submitted at the home page primarily.

Or are you just saying, "dont self promote...thats what signature files are for".
Yes, we are saying that. If it is your own article, you should not include here but instead at our home page.

To clarify, I believe the first post was a reference for those who were copying and pasting full articles to start a thread. Linking to an article for reference is very different from copying/pasting your own full length article here. Copying and pasting an article here are always removed.

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