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Guidelines - Commercial Members and External Links
« on: June 19, 2006, 06:14:07 PM »
As a direct result of some confusion and questions related to a couple of important points, I decided to commit these to writing - so that everyone might see, and understand, how these issues are to be treated here at RWD. They deal with the following topics:

* Advertising on RWD
* Agency Owner / Commercial Member Participation on RWD
* Competing/Alternative RW Boards
* External Links in General

Taking them in order:

Advertising on RWD

RWD was established as a free-to-the-members venue for the exchange and sharing of information related to pursuit of relationships with women from the Former Soviet Union, and it remains so today.

As the site has grown from a simple set of Discussion Forums into a more robust and broadened offering, a variety of facilities have been made available to the members for advertising their services and products, including the option for paid advertising. Presently, the TopSite offers banner advertisement, the Reviews Section offers the opportunity to say a few words and offer your service/product up for review by members, and we continue to have one dedicated section in the Forums (Member-to-Member Exchange) for periodic listing.

With the variety of advertising sources available on RWD, it is inappropriate for members to use RWD Discussion Forums as an advertising medium. We have experienced very little problem with this in the past - but it is worth reiterating that the Discussion Forums should be off-limits to those seeking to advertise their wares.

Agency Owner/Affiliate (Commercial Members)

Agency owners, and other commercial members, have always been welcomed on RWD, and that will not change. We ask that all Commercial Members self-identify their status (via PM to me), so that we might 'flag' their profiles with the phrase "Commercial Member." Some of you may have noticed that most, or all, of the agency owners, and other commercial members, participating here are already identified. This practice is to insure there are no misunderstandings as to posible hidden agendas and later ill-feelings.

Owing to the intense competition between various Commercial members - and to insure that Commercial members are here at RWD, first and foremost, to make a productive contribution to our members - the following:

Commercial Members:

(1) May not have a signature or avatar or any other obvious reference to their website or business
(2) May not engage in ANY contentious exchange with any other Commercial member
(3) Shall restrict themselves to utilize only those RWD facilities explicitly established for their PERIODIC and INFREQUENT promotion of their products/services.

Any activity outside these bounds should be reported and will be reviewed by RWD staff.

Competing/Alternative RW Boards

Competing/Alternative RW Board Owners and their Representatives are welcome to join RWD and participate as any other member. Competing Board Owners/Representatives are NOT to use RWD as a source for recruiting new members. If they wish to post a link to any alternative competing board, they must agree to post an equal number of references to RWD on THAT board/site. If they cannot agree to this, then they must not post links on RWD. At any time, if any of the RWD/IR management asks them to demonstrate link reciprocity, they shall do so. Failure to do so will result in their RWD membership being suspended. This policy applies to links posted in messages, and to any PM's they send.

Posts Containing Links to External Sites

First, a bit of background - RWD owners and members have put a great deal of effort in building what we believe is the premier site of its sort on the internet. We further believe that RWD members and visitors should offer some consideration for the venue which has been created for their use by not making a habit of providing links to alternative websites - especially those which may be considered competitors to RWD. This includes posts on the open forums, and use of the RWD Personal Messaging system.

RWD members are encouraged to provide reference to RWD resources wherever possible. In those instances where other websites have superior information, links to external websites are allowed. If a member is observed to be making repeated postings to an external website (or sites), particularly a competing website, the provisions for a Competing Board Owner/Representative will apply.

Please advise of any questions.

- Dan
« Last Edit: September 26, 2010, 11:23:20 AM by Admin »


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