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Author: blford Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 118  
Subject: Re: who does databases and Web sites professiona Date: 10/19/2004 1:24 AM
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Hey Jan,

is including a link "blatant self-promo"?

Well, the way you posted this subject, it could easily be seen as self-promotion. That is against TMF's TOS. We are not allowed to promote our businesses here on the boards.

I am a hardware & software reseller. If someone posts on a board looking to purchase hardware, I can e-mail them offline and ask if they're interested in my recommendations for hardware that I sell. However, I can not post any recs/links/whatever on the forums that might promote my business. And, if the person I e-mailed offline tells me they don't wish to pursue this any further, I must abide by their request and not promote my business any further or TMF can remove my account for violating their TOS. (TMF informed me of this years ago.)

just asking, trying to understand the policy.

Understandable. Try reading;

http://www.fool.com/help/index.htm?display=community03

sorry if i offended in any way. just wanted to find some Birds Of A Feather. i hardly think The Fool is a great place for looking for prospects.

Well, it happens occasionally that someone asks for recs for hardware, software, Webmaster's, whatever...plenty of chances for us to self-promote if it were allowed. We do compare the services we offer our customers and ask about "better" ways to aquire new customers, but we do not openly recruit new customers on TMF because of the TOS.

The Website Design and Webmaster's Corner;

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?bid=115200

are great boards for learning new techniques for acquiring new web site customers and new technology for running/creating/maintaining our web sites. IIRC, there is also a "Small Business Owners" board on TMF that the posters discusses "Small Business Related Issues", etc, so it's not like we can't discuss business related issues on TMF...we just can't self-promote.

i was more interested in comparing notes with folks on their experiences running businesses, costs, and such. is Fool inappropriate for those kinds of discussions?

No, it's not inappropriate to compare notes and discuss business related topics, you just have to think about the context used so that you're abiding by TMF's TOS.

I think you'll find that most people here at TMF are more than willing to help people with any subject mentioned. I help people with Disability, BBQ, Computer, and Sexual Issues throughout TMF, so no subject is taboo, just don't self-promote your business. That's easy enough.

HTH

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P.S. The "Help" link can assist you with many TMF rules, functions, and Advanced Features;

http://www.fool.com/help/index.htm?display=community01

http://www.fool.com/help/index.htm?display=community02

http://www.fool.com/help/index.htm?display=community02#Styling

http://www.fool.com/help/index.htm?display=community04

HTH

ßillƒ
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