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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys, I am donning on my mod hat and my Marketing Director hat to please ask you to not use the boards in any way to promote your talent, your craft, your writing ability in an attempt to make money.

We are no longer on a free server, it costs to keep this board running and we get heavy targeted traffic that advertisers now want and they pay for.

If you read our guidelines we talk about this. If you post about your crafts, or your work, your post will be removed and you will be informed. It is simply not fair to the advertisers here, and some are members as well, and cherished ones at that. They don't promote their products except in the correct fashion, by contacting either Anne or myself and paying to put an ad in the Market Place or on site somewhere.

There is one thread that is being allowed only through December and there are strings attached to its being here:


http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38797


Thank you for listening, and making our board the great place that it is-
post #2 of 29
No problemo!
post #3 of 29
Read and understood MA
post #4 of 29
Firts to all :bump:

Roger that!
OKY DOKY
10-4

No problema...
post #5 of 29
Can we show our artwork, if we aren't trying to sell anything, but just sharing?
post #6 of 29
I certainly hope so.
Thanks for the heads up Hissy. Does the site need any member donations??

Later,
Brandon
post #7 of 29
I already mentioned in another thread hissy that i would like to donate to TCS! to keep it running.
TO be honest this is the only site i would donate to among this big internet cyber space thing!
The thing is i dont know how to donate since yous are in america :|
post #8 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
If you post about your crafts, or your work, your post will be removed and you will be informed.
Hissy, can we post about our crafts if we aren't selling anything? I was going to put together a photo "quilt show," primarily of my charity quilts, since there seem to be quite a few quilters on here. Though I used to sell my items, I stopped in June and am taking at least a year or two off, so it is not like I'm trying to advertise my items.
post #9 of 29
M.A., what if we post a link to a commercial site we personally have nothing to do with, simply because we think the product is funny, useful, stupid, or whatever. For example, the "Chewish treats" thread I started this evening. Is that out of bounds? I went back and added two more links to try to prevent misunderstandings.
post #10 of 29
You got it Boss!!!!!...though i have no crafts...or a job that i could advertise on here......I ghosthunt....but i dont think that is a product i would nessesarly advertise here...lol
post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
The problem is this- if you post your wonderful crafts, and we have so many talented members as it is, then someone posts who wants to buy your item then that will then make the thread into a promotional type of item, thus turning it into an advertisting type of thread even though that was not the original intention of the thread.

I really feel like a grinch, but again, this bulletin board is much more than just a community of cat lovers, over the past four years it has grown into a business and it does cost us to keep this going, which is why we offer cost-effective advertising in The Market Place.

The monies we get for advertising goes into keeping the site running, the tech team on board and the other expenses this website and meowhoo incurrs on a monthly basis. We get a lot of traffic through our forums and website on a monthly basis,and Anne and I are sorry, but we cannot afford to just give away the advertising rights here-


Thanks for understanding-

If you would like to help support the website, drop an email to anne@thecatsite.com or one to me maryanne@thecatsite.com and we can let you know how you can help.
post #12 of 29
That sucks. Just two days ago I was compiling a screenshot of the main characters for my game and the only place I was considering showing it was here because they're cats and I don't care what anyone would think anywhere else on the internet. It's nowhere near being a saleable product either. I won't be releasing it until late next year if it ever makes it that far, but I guess since it "could" be a product for some unknown date far in the future then some advertiser woud get cranky or some member would get jealous and complain.
post #13 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
That sucks. Just two days ago I was compiling a screenshot of the main characters for my game and the only place I was considering showing it was here because they're cats and I don't care what anyone would think anywhere else on the internet. It's nowhere near being a saleable product either. I won't be releasing it until late next year if it ever makes it that far, but I guess since it "could" be a product for some unknown date far in the future then some advertiser woud get cranky or some member would get jealous and complain.
When that time ever comes, Hydoaxe, you could advertise on the site. (Just a suggestion. )
post #14 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
That sucks. Just two days ago I was compiling a screenshot of the main characters for my game and the only place I was considering showing it was here because they're cats and I don't care what anyone would think anywhere else on the internet. It's nowhere near being a saleable product either. I won't be releasing it until late next year if it ever makes it that far, but I guess since it "could" be a product for some unknown date far in the future then some advertiser woud get cranky or some member would get jealous and complain.
You could also just show some of us privately, through PMs or email, I know I would like to see it
post #15 of 29
alrighty then mum i understand
post #16 of 29
You got it MA. :-)
post #17 of 29
Can we talk about the crafts and hobbies we do if we're not posting pictures etc? I can sure understand about advertising and that we shouldn't take advantage of the site for free advertising. And that the thread you mentioned probably crossed well over that line! For many of us however, crafts and hobbies are a huge part of our lives but not necessarily as a business or to sell and we just like to talk about what we're doing, what projects we're working on and maybe sometimes share ideas. So I just wanted to make sure I understand before I post something inapropriate!
post #18 of 29
Yup, read and understood...
post #19 of 29
Okey-Dokey!!

I'll try to contain myself from all my creative impulses!
p.s. MOST of my creative impulses have already been put on hold, since I seem to just keep sitting in front of the darn computer so much!!
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
Just share them in a chat room or on IM, but please keep your crafts off the board because homemade items do sell and are coveted by many people including me. It just isn't fair to the folks who put money down to advertise with us, if we allow some of you to do this for free in the same type of space.

The Market Place is really cost effective. To run an ad there is only $15.00 a month. If you want to promote your crafts, I would strongly suggest that you do it there. You can pm or email me for details.
post #21 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrsd
When that time ever comes, Hydoaxe, you could advertise on the site. (Just a suggestion. )
I should have guessed someone would overstate the obvious. Of course I'm going to advertise here. Where else would I advertise, but my favorite site about cats? I love TCS.
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ryan,

I am bumping this because it needs to be bumped-
post #23 of 29
That for that important info hissy.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
Ok I am amending my one statement above about sharing your talent in PM's. And further explaining why here.

If you use PM's to send your product information to people, then it is considered spamming and is not allowed.
Guys we know that all of you have talents, but please don't use this board as a way to promote your products and put money in your pockets. And that includes PM's as well.

Sorry to sound like such a Grinch, but this board is now a business and as such, we have to treat it differently than when were on a shared server and it didn't matter back then what was posted.

If we do find you are spamming members, appropriate action will be taken- Please contact me about advertising legitamately on this board, there are ways you can do this.
post #25 of 29
Thank you everyone for your cooperation! If you wish to support the forums, please read this -
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37659



Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
Ok I am amending my one statement above about sharing your talent in PM's. And further explaining why here.

If you use PM's to send your product information to people, then it is considered spamming and is not allowed.
Guys we know that all of you have talents, but please don't use this board as a way to promote your products and put money in your pockets. And that includes PM's as well.

Sorry to sound like such a Grinch, but this board is now a business and as such, we have to treat it differently than when were on a shared server and it didn't matter back then what was posted.

If we do find you are spamming members, appropriate action will be taken- Please contact me about advertising legitamately on this board, there are ways you can do this.
post #26 of 29
Hissy, I can understand the "no advertising" bit if one is selling items. But this is getting really frustrating. I am NOT selling my items, I am NOT taking special orders nor do I plan to do so in the next year or two (if ever), I sew or quilt at least 300 days out of the year so it is a very large part of my life, my cats are fed and spend much of their time with me in the sewing room, so naturally they have interaction with the quilts. Yet I can't even mention quilts or quilting in my posts or even show pictures of my cats with the quilts. And now I can't even share talk and pictures related to quilting in PMs either, even though, since I'm no longer selling my items, it is not technically spamming.

I know we could go off to some other site and talk to different people about our projects. But I'm sure there are others who feel like I do that this is the group of people with whom we have the most in common on the web. There must be some way we can stay in contact.

How about if I start a thread "Crafts: Give Your Permission if You Accept PMs"? People would only need to show their thecatsite nick on the thread to give their permission to receive PMs from other members about crafts. After the initial contact, those SELLING their products should seek and receive email addresses instead, so correspondence regarding commercial transactions is taken off thecatsite server. Would that work? (Please, please, pretty please?)

EDIT: Okay, after thinking about it, even that initial contact through a PM could amount to free advertising on a small scale, and if people are selling their items they should probably advertise on the site. But could we do that for those of us NOT selling. I mean, there is no way I'm going to pay $15 a month or more just to show off the quilts that I donate to charity, yet I'm sure there are people here who be interested in seeing them.

And Hissy. I know it is your job to be a grinch. We still love you.
post #27 of 29
I see that there is a business issue here. On another note though, I also see that the members of the forum want to share parts of their lives with eachother - there are real friends here, and sort of a given "trust" between members that I have seen thus far. I know I am brand new and know only one person on here, but as an example, just from this post, I would be interested to see pictures of twofatcats quilting, I would like to see the feline video game characters, I would LOVE to see any pencil/ink drawings of cats that people on this site might do. All of those are also things I would purchase - especially and even preferentially if from a friend. I think people should be able to share pictures/stories about their crafts. If they sell them, I would more prefer a system like twofatcats suggested above, rather than not being able to experience them at all.
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
OK guys- I am really trying here. But I have to be careful at what is allowed. I know that a lot of you draw, create, stitch and do all sorts of wonderful things. I do scrimshaw to relax. My problem comes when you show what you do, that someone on the board wants that item at a price. It goes from a simple sharing of crafts to a business ad. If you can see it from a business side, this is not fair to advertisers who pay to get your attention with products they either carry, or that they make and sell themselves. Some of our advertisers are just homespun people and even though they are members here they don't promote their products anywhere but where they paid for them to be shown.

Perhaps next year we can put up special forum for crafters only prior to Christmas and for one month everyone can show off their talents. Unless Anne overrides me on this, this is the best that I can do for all of you.

I am sorry to be so hard-nosed about this- I truly am. But my PM box fills up mighty fast when this type of thing starts to happen-

And now if you will excuse me, I have a cat to pick up from surgery-
post #29 of 29
Ah, shucks. Well, I tried.

Crafters, I'm working on another place we can go, but don't have it totally worked out yet. If you have your own ideas, please PM me. Your idea might be better than mine.
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