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madandra

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Hi guys and lady members, I am getting a bit miffed by the number of 'newbies' posting links to other sites that have no relevance to this site or the ethic of the forum. It is obvious they have their own agendy and are hoping to increase the profile and exposure of their own projects by cutting corners and hijacking this forum.

I propose we should be issued with and e-mail address to an administrator or moderator who can freeze these guys out and delete their posts. I have a friend who is a web designer and he told me some companies only pay their web designers when their site has had a certain number of hits.

This would not aply to forum members offering FREE advice such as greenkeeper and d_clarke.

Would it be possible that newbies could not post their first topic until they have added to existing threads?

Whatdya think guys???
 
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Couldn't agree more Madandra, I complained about the 'mind coach' guy earlier and was shouted down - it's so transparent but alas some forum people think he's innocently offering advice!!!!
 

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As long as all advice given is open and on this forum for us all to see I have no problems with it. I do have problems when it is quite obvious to all that the person is strategicaly using this to further their own agenda.
 

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I am not normally gullible but I thought the head doc was waiting for us to ask a Q and he would answer it. I didn't think he was directing folk to his web site. If he is, he should be blocked out.
 

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I am not normally gullible but I thought the head doc was waiting for us to ask a Q and he would answer it. I didn't think he was directing folk to his web site. If he is, he should be blocked out.
Agreed. I've seen nothing in d_clarke's posts so far that actively directs us to his site. I asked him a question and he answered it fair and square. I don't see what the problem is with that.

If he starts posting about how great his site is or what great deals he's offering for new customers etc, that's a different matter altogether.
 

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This is a problem at every forum I've ever been a member of, there's not much to do other than ignoring the spam. The more replies a thread gets, the more it propagates itself. If ignored it will soon disappear.
 

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Guys

I have the ability to block members and lock particular posts - I think we have been quite lucky on this forum so far as I have only felt the need to lock one post. I agree that we do not want any one using the forum for pure advertising purposes. At the same time I think d_clarke's post is offering an interesting insight into psychology and there is no harm in putting a link for his web site on his posts.

If any of you feel like the forum is being misused pleased send me a private message highlighting the particular post and I will take a look then delete and block as the GM office sees necessary.

Hope this helps

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I agree, i noticed that there is alot of new members who are asking for the websites of courses etc. Glad that Paul can block them.
 
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