I read the post by hosteltina, about the hostel, in Bucharest.
I know that a lot of the advertising that people post here is idiotic, but i think this one is ok.
The price for this hostel is very good. I stayed in a hostel in Bucharest around 9 years ago, and payed 10 US dollars, for a dorm bed, in a 10 bed dorm.
Thanks for the post - and whilst l appreciate what you are saying we have to have one general rule in reference to advertising/spam, and it all has to be treated in the same way. The forum rules state no advertising or promotion and all TP members sign up to these when they join the site.
If someone is asking for help in a thread such as recommendation of a hostel members can make suggestions or if you want to be more specific the Personal Messaging function is the way to go.
Well-spoken, Heather. Still, what about this post that I put in the Europe-forum some time ago? According to the rules, I guess it's definitely spam, but what if I want people to know my good experiences with one service or the other?
This post technically breaks the rules, but in the light of the fact that you are a Travel Guru and have been here for a while shows that this post is intended to the benefit of the members.
The rules are enforced much stricter with first time posters to discourage spammers and promoters.
Im with Phil and you are not out for personal gain therefore its not "spam" persay but l suppose it is promotional! Yet as a Travel Guru of our site you do get a longer leash!
And l must of missed that one when it was posted!!!!!!!
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 9, 2006 9:18 AM by Purdy ]
I'm afraid I missed seeing the thread...
As both Purdy and Pardus have pointed out, many things go into deciding if a thread/posting stays or is deleted. Sometimes wrong decisions are made when deleting, but that tends to be rare and far between. Respected Members and Gurus have "earned" certain "unwritten" priviledges and the benefit of the doubt is one of them. Posting history, forum ettiquette, and profile are all considered when deciding what is spam and what is not. It's quite amazing to what length spammers will go to make their posts look genuine. I'm afraid the username alone raises suspicion for most of the Moderators. If she was truly sincere - she will either return and question it or maybe read the forum rules and repost in a less promotional manner.
Purdy summed it up quite nicely already. We don't spend time 'reviewing' whether what is being offered is a 'good deal' or even whether it is a commercial promotion. That would simply be far too much work. I removed that thread and can say that the post was purely promotional. It didn't even fall into a 'grey' area like some other posts that we've had to remove. The fact that it is a 'good deal' is not really relevant.
Whilst happily frolicking around on the longer leash I have been granted, I must conclude that my question still awaits an answer. What should one do when one encounters a great (though commercial) service with which one has good experiences that one wants to share with the TP-community? Seems to me that we don't really have a place for that, do we?
Why don't you just ask anyone interested to send you a PM?
What should one do when one encounters a great (though commercial) service with which one has good experiences that one wants to share with the TP-community?
Assuming that you can declare the service great, you probably have experience with other places offering the same service. I think it'd be perfectly acceptable to compare the pros and cons of other services to the one you would recommend. That way people can see the thinking that went into it, and also will have some information as to what service would be the best for them.
I've a few times in my trip reports posted links to commmercial services that I used. I haven't been accused of spam yet.