Guys, we have our wires crossed.
This project only relates to links in signatures
Links and watermarks on photos are not managed by the VHR's. It is still subject to the forum rules to be managed by the moderators.
Photographers for instance could never post links in their signatures
to their sites if they were in the business of selling photos. Some did and got away with it, others were pulled up which resulted in grey areas as far as the rules were concerned.
Generally speaking the most members links don't do much harm but if it's a free for all the forum might be overrun by commercial advertising. The question came up about how members could be accommodated without risking our neat and tidy forum becoming a rolling billboard.
One also needs to realize that SANParks has to protect their business interests so this had to be controlled in some way particularly regarding the sort of commercial links that could be allowed.
This project would level the playing field for all and would also result in fund raiser to benefit our parks. It seems like a fair solution?
This forum has a high Google rating so the benefit should flow both ways.
Son godin wrote:
I've noted by only browsing a few posts that active and hidden link in signatures are still visible, as well as links in post.
Son godin, you are perfectly correct.
Links in signatures should be removed across the board.
Particularly commercial links in posts were never allowed. I cannot speak on behalf of the mods but I'm sure that they will not rip the pond out from under the duck when it comes to links in posts. I'm sure if a link is posted and it is in content with the post, it will not be removed without good reason. If a member repeats a link in every post or most posts, it has always and will still be seen a spam.
Please help us clean up the forum by reporting such posts and the moderators will make sure to have it removed?
The removal process was done by means of a software run which could only recognize proper links.
Should you apply for a paid (or free) link in your signature, a code will be given to you which should be posted with the link in your signature. That will signal to all that you may post the link with the blessing of the mods and SANParks.
Hope that clears up a few questions.