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Can we really talk whatever we like in this forum??????

Travel Forums Off Topic Can we really talk whatever we like in this forum??????

1. Posted by htf (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I was really disappointed when my survey posted in this "Off-Topic" forum was deleted by 'Travellerspoint'. I was being accused of posting a thread which "promoting a survey".

The subject of the survey is " Are you happy with buying tourism product, such as hotels, airtickets online?"
Do you think I am promoting anything???

Please have you say. (before this post is removed by 'Travellerspoint')

htf

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Well, it would have been nice for you to perhaps ask permission to post your survey request. Afterall, you're not here to contribute are you.

3. Posted by htf (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Oh james, it's you again!!

So what you mean is people who want to post thread in this forum must "CONTRIBUTE" first!!

What make you think I am not going to "CONTRIBUTE" ???

By the way, I bet you don't know I have checked the rules before I post my survey!! If it's not in the rules then how am I suppose to know???

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

I gotta go with James on this one. As listed here http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=20677 under "General Talk" you need to contact Admin before posting a questionnaire. As well, if the first thing you do as a member is post a questionnaire, it just seems a bit fishy. And while the "Off Topic" is that, there are still rules, so the answer to "Can we really talk abut whatever we like in this forum?" is nope.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 17, 2008, at 10:18 PM by Wonkerer ]

5. Posted by htf (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Thanks Wonkerer, Peter has sent me this link.

The story is: this "Off Topic" forum was the first forum I visited and the one I was intersted in posting my survey.

So I clicked on the 'forum rules', which is at the bottom of the page, to check for restriction for posting and this was what I got:

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[i]Travellerspoint Forum Rules
Last Updated 30.3.03

Admin
Travel Forum Rules:
To help these forums be as useful and interesting to users of Travellerspoint, we have implemented some rules. These rules deal with several common problems that forums deal with; spam, duplicate posts and abusive language or discussions.

We want this forum to be a pleasant place for all our users, so here are the rules we ask you to abide by:

1. NO swearing, derogatory or inflammatory remarks are allowed. Any such comments will simply be deleted by admin or moderators.
2. NO email addresses are permitted. This is to prevent spam harvesters from lurking at Travellerspoint.
3. NO website postings for promotional purposes are permitted. If the postings are genuine responses to questions, we will permit them. Any website postings that look like they are only there to promote a website rather than help other members will be removed.
4. NO advertising is permitted. These posts will be simply deleted.
5. NO personal contact information is permitted. We value your privacy even if you don't. If you want people to get in touch, ask them to send you a message through our messaging system.
6. NO double posting. Post your question in the forum that suits best. Posts that ask the same question or start the same topic twice will be removed without notice.

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I do respect the rules of this site and I have clarfied this with Peter in another e-mail.
My last concern is about what james mentioned: 'CONTRIBUTION'!

htf

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting htf

Oh james, it's you again!!

So what you mean is people who want to post thread in this forum must "CONTRIBUTE" first!!

What make you think I am not going to "CONTRIBUTE" ???

By the way, I bet you don't know I have checked the rules before I post my survey!! If it's not in the rules then how am I suppose to know???

Well, you didn't say that you were going to contribute in the future. There was no indication from you that you were ever going to. In fact, you didn't say anything other than requesting people to complete your survey. I'd go so far as saying that if your original post wasn't flagged, we'd never hear from you again.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Personally, I did not see the first thread so I can only really comment to the discussion in this one. But, since you received a PM from Peter, I think I can safely assume he is the Administrator who deleted the original. As rule #3 states:

3. NO website postings for promotional purposes are permitted. If the postings are genuine responses to questions, we will permit them. Any website postings that look like they are only there to promote a website rather than help other members will be removed.

The posting of a link to a survey, whether in Off Topic or any of the other forums, is not a genuine response to someone else's request. It is also not a posting to prompt discussion but rather you promoting your survey to help with whatever project you're involved in at this time. Had you just posed your question ( Are you happy with buying tourism product, such as hotels, airtickets online?), the discussion it would have evoked probably would have given you the answers you are interested in receiving.

Since most members with surveys post in General Talk, the thread Wonkerer and Peter linked to you was posted in that forum. Off Topic rarely sees a survey request. You state Off Topic was the first forum you saw so you posted. Sometimes it pays to be an observer first and cruise around the site to get a grasp of what is or is not found throughout. Surveys fall into the "is not" catagory. You probably would have also found the thread about requesting permission.

I do tend to agree with James too. Looking at your profile (which Moderators and Admin do frequently), you joined yesterday, placed no information in your profile and posted a survey link. Granted, not everyone fills out their profile but those who are interested in actually participating in this site usually do. As for the "Can we really talk whatever we like in this forum??????" question - yes, within reason. The key word there is talk. Posting a survey link is not talking.