|I think I should be allowed to say what products I used, even if they happen to be mine. Though I choose to say "I really like the diapers I make" I would think that falls under the rules since I dont say "I really like ______ diapers"
It's true, I am afraid to talk about products I love because I work with that WAHM on my site- even if I don't carry that particular product, I am afraid it will be read as spam since I carry something of theirs, or if I say xyz insert is more absorbant than abc insert, even if I carry both I am afraid someone will post after me that I suck and am a spammer, when I really just want to state my opinion. I think part of that is because I have seen people get torn apart for perceived and actual spamming. I don't feel like I have to walk on eggshells because of overmoderating, i feel like I have to walk on eggshells because somone might follow up my post with a nasty note. The worst part is, even if I edit my post, they won't, so their nasty comment would be below mine, even if everything was all cleared up.
I really think the nasty notes after spam or perceived spam should be edited as well, and mods who are on the lookout for spam should be on the lookout for those kinds of posts too. I recently saw one, and it's sharp tone made me wince.
Once a member misunderstood an OP in a post in another forum. She attacked the OP and was way out of line, IMO. I called her on it in the thread and when she edited her posts, I edited mine so that once the misunderstanding was cleared up, no one would think bad stuff about her.
I don't think the boards are overmoderated, I think that there is a good balance here. I do think that spam is pretty well under control- if we see it, it gets edited right away, what more can you do?
Also, the idea about all WAHMs having mandatory paid links in their sig- That is SO unfair! What if I were a diaper wahm and I didn't want to pay for advertising here? I would not be interested in coming to a boards that I could be kicked off of for not paying just because I made or sold dipes. I don't think that we should pay to spam either, our sig line advertising should be enough. I think the sig line advertisign is really tasteful and nice, but if I chose not to have it, I shouldn't have to censor myself. I mean shot, since I became a WAHM I have to censor myself enough as it is.
|With all that said, I am frustrated when I see two WAHMs in what seems like a repeated exchange of 'support' for each other's businesses. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with what they purchased, etc. . . but instead, "Oh, Bubble-Bum Diapers carry those" or "Bubble-Bums is having a Baker's Dozen Sale."
I always say stuff like that baout my fave WAHMs, I want them to do well, since they have served me so well with great products. I agree it would be hard to police, since I think the mojority have good intentions.
Anyway, I like things the way they are. :LOL Pretty conservative for a liberal like me!