(Closed) Self-promotion reminder

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
Member
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think I violated this policy earlier this week, in this thread.  Can you let me know if this violates the policy?  I apologize in advance if it does.

Post # 5
Member
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Lorienne:  Thank you!  I’ll be sure to just share the link from now on.  🙂

Post # 6
Member
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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. 

Post # 7
Member
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ttn133: Yes it definitely applies to Groupon and other sites like it because if people use the referral link the person who posted it obviously benefits from others using it.  Thanks for asking! 🙂

Post # 8
Member
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

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.  🙂

Post # 9
Member
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

OR

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.

Post # 10
Member
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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.

Post # 11
Member
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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?

Post # 12
Member
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@heathaah: I think it’s a principle issue. Why can someone ask for help with homework but not for help with something for their Etsy shop? I can’t speak for the powers that be, but it does seem fair to me.

Post # 14
Member
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

@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.

Post # 15
Member
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oooohhh I see…I didn’t even think of that.  Thank you for explaining.

Post # 16
Member
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@heathaah: Thank you for asking that question! I was wondering the same thing.

Thank you admin. and hostesses for explaining!

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