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 Post subject: Prohibit shilling in the forum user agreement
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:59 am 
Coppermine
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I have recently been involved in a thread where it is patently clear that a one of the posters was shilling for a software product without revealing the fact that he is an employee of the company that makes that program.

This issue is perhaps a bit different from the problems I have read that the forum is having with spam registrations, since in this case it is an actual human composing targeted responses that all point towards one solution (his company's products), and not a bot.

The forum rules only state "no spamming," and I think that could bear an update to spell out what that means in greater detail. For example, I would suggest that failing to disclose a direct financial relationship with a company or product that a user recommends be grounds for banning, and that this disclosure must be made in every post that contains such an endorsement.


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 Post subject: Re: Prohibit shilling in the forum user agreement
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:27 am 
Smithfield
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In our eyes spamming and shilling are the same thing.

I removed the related posts from that thread and banned the user.

In the future if you see posts like that there is a Report Post button at the bottom right of posts.


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 Post subject: Re: Prohibit shilling in the forum user agreement
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:54 pm 
Coppermine
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Thanks Satchboy


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