- 7 years ago
I just decided to do this for the heck of it since it was suggested by the mods as something they might consider – it only took a few minutes. Also, I really think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and needs a conclusion. I understand where User876 and the other pros are coming from – the TOS is confusing and unclear. I only understood the vendor rules myself after the mods clarified it – so why not clarify it in the actual TOS? Here is my attempt, i will flag it so the mods can come check it out and please let me know if i should post this elsewhere, but i thought this was a good place to get feedback. Feel free to edit/add/remove/give your opinion.
Under the vendor participation section of the commenting policies, it currently states this (i am only posting the original of the parts I made a change to):
i. Promote their websites or businesses on Classifieds only.
ii. Post to the Boards, DIY, Gallery, and Bios (but not promote their business in any way).
I THINK WE NEED TO ADD THIS POINT #3 TO WHAT VENDORS ARE ALLOWED:
iii. Offer technical and professional advice and opinions based on their area of expertise.
UNDER THE SECTION WHERE IT SAYS “Vendors may not”, IT CURRENTLY STATES:
ii. Post to the boards to promote their website or businesses (including using signature lines, watermarked photos, or posting links to their business or blog, including in the monthly Share Your Blogs thread) or industry (e.g. a planner posting about how hiring a wedding planner essential to the success of a wedding, or a DJ trash talking iPod receptions).
I THINK THIS SHOULD BE BROKEN INTO TWO POINTS TO TO SAY THIS:
ii. Post to the boards to promote their website or businesses (including using signature lines, watermarked photos, or posting links to their business or blog, including in the monthly Share Your Blogs thread).
iii. Explicitly post on the boards that an investment in their industry is the only means by which an individual can have a successful wedding. (e.g. a planner posting about how hiring a wedding planner is essential to the success of a wedding, a DJ trash talking iPod receptions, or a photographer stating that hiring a non-professional will result in unusable/bad wedding pictures), and that any option other than a professional would guarantee failure.
AND I THINK THIS NEW POINT SHOULD BE ADDED IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN NO SELF-PROMOTION:
vi. Create a username that reveals their business name/website.
ETA: looks like i can’t flag my own post (duh!), so can someone else please do so to bring it to the attention of the mods?