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|View Poll Results: What is your impression of the MDC Diapering board?|
|The Diapering board seems to be spam-free||32||100.00%|
|I occasionally suspect a post of being spam||90||100.00%|
|I often see spam on the Diapering board||7||100.00%|
|Some members spam for each other or for their friends||78||100.00%|
|Let the boards be spammed - it doesn't bother me!!||51||100.00%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll|
|Originally posted by Tree Huggin Hippie
I have to say that I have found this group to be a wonderful source of information. I had never heard of Calgon water softener, but have a hard water problem, so I grabbed some from the store and have been using it since. I never thought of trimming my prefolds, didn't think a snappi could possibly be easy to use, and even had inspiration from a post about silk and the bad things about it.
This group is great, and we can learn many, many things from sticking around here. I am very impressed. I have even learned a ton about wool that I didn't know!
I've had fun seeing pics of babes in cute covers, and reading stories about diaper successes and woes.
I really think this group is IT.... it's perfect the way it is. I wouldn't change a thing, but maybe continue to add more mamas.
I'm really happy to be here... I just had to say that. I've been too sappy lately, I know.
nak - yes, again!
|Originally posted by mamamoo
I just wanted to say I hear ya on the cliche thing. I also see you're point about the advertising...
On a fifferent note...I remember the first auction of your covers I ever saw. I posted it on MDC. I think they are beautiful, and wish I could afford one.
2/02, 4/05, 2/07, 11/09, and EDD 12/25/11
|As for WAHMs being able to name their own dipes in "What's in your stash?" threads or favorite diapers threads. It would be OK if MamaA maker of XYZ Dipes said, "I have ABC Dipes, TUV Dipes and XYZ Dipes." It would NOT be OK to say, " I only use XYZ dipes, which I make." Do you see the difference? I understand that it is a fine line but I think that most people can see the difference.|
|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"|
|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."|
|Originally posted by tnrsmom
OK I would like to address a few issues here and dispel some myths.
Many of you have mentioned posting links to auctions on Ebay(not your own) and mentioning WAHM stockings (that sounds cute, doesn't it?) and are concerned about it being considered spam. We (the moderators and administrators) do NOT view this as spam.
What we consider spam is
a.) a WAHM posting links to her store/auctions.
b.) a WAHM blatantly drawing attention to her product (see below).
c.) a WAHM posting with the sole purpose of gaining revenue from the members here(without wanting to be part of the community).
|Originally posted by Cynthia Mosher
However, we have also noticed what seems to be repetitive covert spam by some members on behalf of others.
|Originally posted by sharonal
Sorry, I didn't know how to do two quotes in one post. I don't think WAHMs spamming themselves is a big problem -- most people are pretty low key and follow the rules. I think the covert spamming is a bigger problem.
But I do love this board. And we will never reach a point where everyone is happy with everything. So I'm going to be quiet now.
|Originally posted by HeatherSanders
Marnie and others . . . there really isn't a 'spam' line with regards to the "Name Your Favorites." In the past, I have seen WAHMs just not respond to those threads, because as you said, THEIR diapers ARE their favorite (it is the reason they sew diapers - they feel they have found a better way). It is much easier for WAHMs that retail (not sew) diapers to list diapers that they 'sell,' than those that 'sew and sell.' Geez . . . speaking of intricacies in wording.
|Originally posted by veganmamma
The whisper Pant, huh Heather??
Don't you sell that in your store? You spammer, you.
|Originally posted by DreamingMama
I guess I am weird cause my favourite diapers are not my own diapers........LOL! I am like the shoemaker who sells beautiful shoes to everyone but does not have any shoes to wear. I am not sure why I am this way but say lavee, oblagee oblagon life goes on.
|But then, one must consider 'tester' diapers. Many mommas here at MDC start up their own diapering business after becoming crazed hyenas and they may send out a few diapers/covers for free to get a feel for how their diaper fits different babies. And as the first time tester of 'said' diaper I might feel inclined to post a picture and explain what I truly like about the diaper and because, as another member has mentioned, I prefer to support MDC mommas.|
|nasty comments in threads when there is spam|
|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.|
|I have often seen posts where it is obvious to me that someone is posting for someone else and it's spam. It doesn't actually bother me though, because I am free to check out the site or not, free to buy or not.|
|i am a big girl and can make up my own mind about what to buy even if i am spammed (ok i do need you all to tell me it is a good idea, lol). this board is quite rigid with it's rules about spam and about posting. i still love it and all, but it is a little intimidating.|
|if someone asks who sells blah blah blah, I think it is fine for the seller to reply saying they do.|
|who doesn't charge tax?" The OP wants to know to help with her diaper buying decisions. Can't a WAHM respond herself to that? it's a legitimate request for info, right?|
|There are a lot of auction links, with someone saying "Look at how cute this auction is!" or "Why doesn't anyone buy this?"|
|There are people right now with auction links in their signatures, and that drives me nuts. I'm not sure if that's against the rules, as it appears as if they've paid the advertising fee to have a link to their business in the signature, but I've also noticed additional ebay auction links in these same people's signatures. I consider that to be spam.|
|Okay my main concern with this kind of 'rule' is how to tell what is spam and what isn't? I, for instance have a newsletter that informs people of sales/stocking/auctions and such, subscribed to the newsletter are friends, customers, and customers I consider friends now. If I were to announce by newsletter that I was having a sale on such and such and one of my 'friends' were to post about it here, would that be spam? I usually include a snippet about sharing the word in my newsletter but don't ask them to post here (or anywhere) about it. I figure if people like the product enough they will talk about it in their own time, but how would anyone know if it were just posted of someones free will or if it was 'spam'? Since it isn't the WAHM posting it, it would be very difficult to seperate the two without banning all linking to deals or whatever.|
|I have had friends that when talking to them about something come straight away and post it to every diapering board the can find, I haven't asked them to do this, but they spam it for me because they 1)like the products (they all have quite a few of my things and 2)they think they are helping spread the word and boosting sales. This isn't something I personally should be punished for now is it? Not to mention I have found that that type of spam doesn't seem to work at all. What works as far as boosting sales is having good product, having good customer service and well my Signature advertising has helped a lot as well.|
Well, now I am starting to wonder if what I post is spam.
I like to find new wahms and try their products... it's an obsession of mine. I also give them feedback about what I thought of their products....
So, I have recommended their products here too. Of course, I like the wahm... I have given them feedback, so we have emailed back and forth. And, my intention of posting about them is usually for two reasons... so that others can find other products out there, and to help my fellow wahms get their name seen. If I like their products, should I not mention their name?
|If I have tried another WAHMs product and I like it, why in the world wouldn't I want to tell everyone else what a great experience I had? I think it's too bad you can't spam your own auctions, because sometimes there are well over 1000 diaper listings! It's hard to get your stuff noticed when there are so many auctions to wade through...|
|I believe great service and great products will in time help spread the word. BUT if you can't reach people how can that happen??? I would love to be able to reply to a post asking for spam about a product that I do make or sell. But then again I see the point of having to pay for a sig and then wondering about those that do not but will still post to those spam requests. Kinda not right for those that have paid for the sig package. So I am kida torn. I love the lack of spam but also at times I think for buyers and consumers it would benefit for a bit of rule tweaking..|
|Originally posted by lifetapestry
I don't believe another rule is needed and if implemented, would have many more negative consequences than perhaps a few SPAM posts.
|If it was just once, I wouldn't notice it, but when it is repetitive it becomes obvious to regular members.|