Last post Apr 24, 2013 06:30 AM by ToughMan
Apr 20, 2013 08:50 AM|ClarkNK|LINK
I have recently had a couple of posts refused by site administrators because my posts link to a site containing some free and some not-free members-only tutorials.
The explanation was that posts are only accepted if they link to free assistance.
Now my tutorials are very detailed step-by-step, and a lot of time went into creating them, especially the ones in the members-only section (which requires a one-time $5 membership fee).
No one is forced to take them, they can read about their contents before deciding whether or not to become a member. And I have never received a complaint from someone who paid the membership fee to access the members-only tutorials.
So my question: Why this rule of only linking to free assistance?
I see lots of posts that say "read this" with links to (yes, free) pages where the reader is still left with a lot of heavy lifting to try and figure out how or if the post answers his problem, and how then to translate the information to what he needs to
Yes, I agree that free is good. But some are happy to pay for the kind of detailed step-by-step tutorials I provide.
Please explain the justification for this rule.
Apr 20, 2013 12:55 PM|AidyF|LINK
In order to foster a community spirit, people have to come here and help simply from the wish to do so, and also to learn from other people's questions and answers. If the site moderators allowed people whose motivation was financial then that comes with
all sorts of risks. People could set up poor quality websites with fees and spam the site with links to information that is poor quality. I'm not suggesting that is what you do/are doing, but there are plenty of people out there that *would* do this just
to make a quick buck, and if a precedent was set then the quality of this site would rapidly deteriorate.
Remember when you only got email of value? Now 90% of email is scams for money. We need this website to be the former, not the latter.
Apr 20, 2013 03:57 PM|WombatEd|LINK
What you want to do is equivalent to advertising your products on this site. That is not, and should not be, allowed.
No disrespect intended - I'm sure your tutorials are worth far more than $5.00. But that's not the purpose of this site.
Apr 21, 2013 09:57 AM|mbanavige|LINK
As others have indicated, the intent of these forums is for members to have open and free discussions related to their asp.net development questions. So within the forums, we do avoid posts that are advertising or promoting pay-for services.
As you do have some publicly accessible tutorials, those would be acceptible to link to if the tutorial you're linking to answers the specific question(s) asked in the thread. If members end up being helped by your free content, then they can decide whether
or not they might want to explore your other content. I'd suspect that's why you opted to include both free and pay-for content on your site.
Note that the site does have an option to get more exposure for your commercial/pay-for content. At the bottom of the pages is a link for advertising on the site.
Apr 24, 2013 06:30 AM|ToughMan|LINK
Free discussion DOESN'T MEAN RIGHT OR OF A GOOD QUALITY....
But everyone will try his/her best to do so;)