- 9 years ago
Hey Mrs. Spring, thanks for posting and asking.
Technically it does, because you are benefitting from the referral.
However if you were just sharing the link because it was a site you liked and thought others would enjoy as a resource, that wouldn’t be a violation.
Hope that makes sense!
@Lorienne: This applies to Groupon, Living Social and other similar deals too, right?
The ones where you can post a link and if a certain amount of people click on it, you get your deal for free.
If you want to share a good deal, I believe you can post Groupon and living social deals, if you list the public site, like groupon.com/deal12345 that anyone going to groupon.com could see.
Also HauteLook, Gilt, ideeli, and sites like that.
Basically any invite link is included in the policy. The good thing is that all the “invite only” sites actually allow you to apply for membership. I got in to all of them by 6am the next day! So you can post that HauteLook is having a deal, but you can’t post your referral url, just the frontpage url to the site. 🙂
Right above where you make a post it says:
Vendors are allowed to comment, but please do not blatantly promote your company (or spam). Also, please avoid personal attacks and snarkiness…
I think that if you changed it to where you could see the policy above the comment, that would help. When I first came here, I read “please do not promote your company” as please don’t say “hey I’m a vendor, check out MYCOMPANY”. I got a PM when I did something that was against policy, but I didn’t mean to go against the rules & felt pretty bad. I think I wrote in a thread that the OP could PM me if they needed my help because they were kinda local & their vendor totally failed them. I think something like this may help?:
Please review our self-promotion policy (which would be a link) before posting. Vendors are allowed to comment, but please do not blatantly promote your company (or spam). Also, please avoid personal attacks and snarkiness.
Vendors are allowed to comment, but please do not blatantly promote your company (or spam). Please review our self-promotion policy (which would be a link). Also, please avoid personal attacks and snarkiness.
Wow, I never knew the policy included Groupon, etc. referrals, that’s taking it a little far, in my opinion, but I guess I understand.
Can someone explain why asking someone to take a survey you created as homework a no-no? I completed a survey for someone recently, and I was happy to help out. I would think weddingbee would be a great way to reach a lot of people?
Sad as it is to say, many times competitors or even the media will pose as a student to get data from an online Community. We don’t want to see our readers used in that manner, which is why we disallow those kinds of posts.
Also wanted to add, it may sound uncharitable to be strict about some of these things, but unfortunately if you allow a little of it, before you know it a board can be overrun with those kinds of posts – which I think we all can agree would not be ideal.
@heathaah: Survey companies (once upon a time) used to spam the boards. “Take a survey, win money!” It became a big pain trying to figure out who were regular board users and who the spammers in disguise were. In order to keep the boards spammer-free, we had to make a blanket rule. It’s also why we had to stop allowing blog links.
Everytime our users find a way to reach out to each other, spammers figure out how to take advantage of it. Sometimes it means we have to make broader policies to keep them out. We don’t like to do it, but it does help immensely in the effort to keep them away.
Some users started to post “Help me with my homework” threads which then linked to surveys and other things. So again, to keep it fair, we had to extend the policy.
We love that the Hive is a tight-knit community of people who can depend on each other and ask each other questions! Keep in mind that these policies only apply to the boards, and you’re free to post under the Classified section if you want.
Oooohhh I see…I didn’t even think of that. Thank you for explaining.
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