Originally Posted by Blade
Problem? Advertising isn't harmful.
Well... yeah it is.
When the board has spammy links google downgrades our ranking and we attract fewer readers.
When we have spammy links regular members are annoyed and stop logging in.
If someone wants to post links to their FOR PROFIT biz, we consider that advertising. Advertising should generate revenue and so we also consider this sort of underhanded link dropping, theft. We pay for bandwidth - link spam is mining that resource.
Our member agreement (that everyone agreed to when they joined) specifically calls out this kind of posting as spam. It is NOT permitted.
That said, it's ok to post links to commercial sites that are in response to a question and on topic - so long as you don't have a commercial interest in the site you are linking to.
Please report spam.