Let me see if I get this.
Please go to the first page of this topic
and note the timeline of replies.
1. A Global Announcement was posted on Wed Jan 22
, 2014 11:06 am.
No one can claim to have missed it because it was pinned as an announcement to each and every forum.
2. No one commented and on Tue Feb 11
, 2014 12:11 pm a reminder was posted.
3. First reply came on Wed Feb 12
, 2014 11:57 pm and it was processed immediately.
4. No further replies until a mod posted that the wheels were about to be set in motion, this was on Fri Feb 28
, 2014 12:25 am.
5. 3 Mites took note and had questions. Steven posted that the script was run. That was on Fri Feb 28
, 2014 8:34 pm.
6. The topic again went quiet until Tue Mar 11
, 2014 8:21 am when a member highlighted and suddenly had a problem with rule 5.
5. The link may not be promoted or included in posts.
This was exactly 6 weeks and 6 days
after the first announcement was made.
I'm now going to make my own deduction based on the above.
We gave members 5 weeks and 2 days to understand and to voice their opinions about this project (before the script was run).
5 Members (from an active core of about 120) asked questions, of which I believe only one was affected. He was sorted in no time and has an active free link in his signature.
I'm asking myself: What sparked this huge debate after a day short of 7 weeks from the date of the first post?
The only reasonable answer I can find is that some members might have thought that they can side step this by posting links in their posts instead of supporting a fund raising effort by the VHR's.
Well, it makes sense because some got away with commercial links in their signatures before so why not in future?
Seems like I completely missed the mods' spot on gut feel!
My sincere apologies to the mods!
For the sake of transparency I will make the following suggestions.
1. Leave this project in place and allow only non active links to private websites
, like watermarks on photos. Please remove links to all or any commercial sites because this is the first time that members may have such links and it is via this project. There is and has never been any other way.
If the mods and SANParks would agree, consider allowing all members who support this project on topic links in posts (as highlighted by PRWIN above) as long as it does not represent marketing or spamming.
2. Request the VHR's to withdraw this project.
Adjust the rules like they were before with the understanding that no, absolutely no commercial links will be tolerated again. No grey areas thus no matter how innocent a photo website seems, if there is any option to buy photos, it's commercial and has to be removed. (Those were the rules before this project saw the light of day.)
This project was started in good faith.
As I have proven to you, a reasonable time period was given before it went live and there were no comments from the current core of unhappy members. No one can claim that they were taken by surprise, it was a Global Announcement!
Mods, I suggest you take this to your chambers for review and lock this topic until it has been resolved.
Should you think it better to resolve it in any other way than my suggestions above, I'll support that.
I'll leave it up to the mods and SANParks to decide......