Warn, Report, or Ignore?

@olydove (1209)
United States
July 28, 2009 1:28am CST
If I understand correctly, I could be wrong but we are not supposed to start discussions for the purpose of getting referrals to other programs. I believe this follows under the discussion guidelines in the "Don'ts" category# Post for commercial or advertising purposes, including classified ads in the discussion area. Now to me this means do not start a discussion saying "I just found program A and it pays $10 per referral if you would like the link add me as a friend and pm me." And of course with have those that post their referral links in their discussions, or they go through and post them in a response to other peoples discussions.# Post any links promoting other affiliate programs or that do not pertain to the discussion. Posting the same link over and over or posting links that have no relevance to the discussion is not allowed. In my opinion these are the 2 guidelines in mylot that are repeatedly violated. Even users that have been here for some time and have a rating of 1600 + are doing this. Even users that have been previously warned by other mylot members, they continue to do this. My question to you is do we warn them nicely including the link to the guidelines (which a few members have been kindly doing) or does there come a time when we just get sick and tired of these same people doing this over and over again even though they know it's wrong? I understand a new user might have read the guidelines but might have forgotten that it's not ok so they make a mistake. To me we warn those users. But there are some users here that every single discussion they start is for promotional purposes. Is it possible these people have been reported, and had discussions deleted, but they don't realize it because they don't pay attention to their discussions? They just post their discussion to get referrals and deal with the rest via pm so it would make sense if they don't know a discussion or 10 were deleted right? This is why I think when mylot takes some sort of action regarding a violation they need to let the user know " X discussion or response was deleted because it was in violation of X guideline." I know many won't admit to reporting people, but how do we deal with this? Do we warn them, report them, or just ignore them and let them keep on?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I generally just ignore them. If I see a referral link in the little bit of a tease that is on the new discussions page I will go and warn them
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• Indonesia
28 Jul 09
great advise
• Indonesia
28 Jul 09
i don't know how to do, I am a newbie here. maybe some advise for me...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jul 09
I don't have a problem with the first one as long as it promotes a discussion about the pros and cons of the site, so I wouldn't report it at all. People who indiscriminately send referral links around should be reported though. That's just annoying. If it's a new person I will just warn them though.