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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote norty303 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2009 at 8:53pm
I don't think a website should be used to judge someone's credentials re: posting about speakers.  If you post good information then it speaks for itself.  I certainly don't judge anyones text based on whether or not they have a website or not - simply by what i see/hear from them over time.
 
This doesn't have to be difficult I don't think, just use your common sense.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jbl_man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2009 at 7:59pm

How about you just remove the web address Robert,you could allways put your web address on your profile page ,im sure anyone wanting to contact you would be able to find it there?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote robertnisbet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2009 at 7:45pm
I would query this.  I think its important that not only can people see poster's affiliations, its also essential that they are able to get easy access to the poster's company's website to see how qualified they are to make whatever statement/judgement/opinion they are spouting.  I know the answer to this is that the information is in the poster's profile, but how many times does one post a for sale add only to be left with a million messages asking for the location even when it is a) in the profile and b) often on the original posting anyway.

Similarly, where does this leave user's such as myself, who are self employed sole traders, who trade under their own name?  Essentially my business is my name, but my name is already shown as my user name, so the only way I have of showing my credentials is with my web address.  Hmm, didn't really explain that very well.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote norty303 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2009 at 7:26pm
We've decided to put up a policy on the use of signatures for advertising on the forum.  This is in response to the fact we think there has been some slow creep of standards in the time since Rog departed, and we'd like to try and bring things back on track if possible.
 
The following should be fair for all:
 
Members may now only put the name of their company/companies in the signature bar, as a way of identifying who they are and what associations they may have.
 
There may be no contact details or hyperlinks, and no images relating to the companies or lines of business.  The areas provided in the profile can be used for this sort of detail if required.
 
We're not going to get all heavy handed about this - some members visit irregularly and may not look at announcements when they do.   Regular users will probably be aware fairly quickly, (especially if this decision causes much debate!) so we'd expect changes where appropriate reasonably quickly.
 
I'm going to see if I can drop a blanket PM to all members about this, so that members will get a notification when they next visit.
 
Hopefully this shouldn't upset too many people as its entirely in keeping with what this forum was always intended to be about.
 
Don't forget we do have the resources section for DIY related services.
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