Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 493 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1283 times:
This is an old, yet question of mine: what exactly consitutes an "advert" for a web site?
The reason why I ask is back during April or May of this year, there was a large debate on airliners.net about the lack of "serious" discussion on technical matters. (It was what led to the creation of the Tech/Ops forum, as well as the Non-Aviation/airliners.net comment/criticism/suggestion forum)
One poster asked where he could find professional/technical information, and I posted a link to another web site which contained that information. It was in direct reply to a user's aviation question. It got deleted by Johan multiple times, and he informed me via email of this. I emailed him back politely asking clarification, but never got a reply back.
Now, at that time, there was a lot of complaints directed towards the administration of the site, so perhaps Johan had his hands full with dealing with those users. However, I hope I can get an answer now, in this forum.
Also, besides my question, I have a suggestion: in the rules page, give some specific examples of what is considered on topic, and what is considered an advertisement. I notice that in the rules, examples are given of non-acceptable topic names, and examples that are acceptable. If Johan can also do the same elaboration for the advertising policy, it would make this rule much less vague for many users. including myself.