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After setting this up and making the required first post, I read the sticky post about how all links are considered spam, even signature links.

So, I went through, edited my post, removed the link and decided to post here about it.

Due to problems with spam comments, several years ago Google introduced an attribute for links, usually used on user generated content, like forum posts and blog comments that is know as "no follow."

It prevents search engines from passing credibility to those links.

If you don't want spam, you should use it on all user generated links...it's easy enough to do, most modern web content platforms do it by default.

Or, at a minimum, build the site in a way that doesn't let people create links in signatures, instead of treating every user as a spammer right out of the gate.
 

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I've been on the forum a long time, and I haven't had a problem with the link rule. Members link to articles, pictures, web sites all the time in threads. I think the administration mostly gets grumpy when you try to advertise stuff or link to contests (i.e. vote for me here!) or post click bait.

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Basically, if it appears that someone has registered primarily to promote a product, an agenda, a blog, etc. they will enjoy a very short visit. We're looking for members who are here to participate.
 

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Most forums have rules about new members that require you to post a certain number of times to earn certain privileges- posting links, editing posts, posting pictures, etc. Those rules are in place due to harsh lessons taught by idiots who spam, enjoy posting porn, etc. Just obey the rules, earn your stripes and you're good to go.
 

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I think It is much important to engage with forum and need to help someone If I could or ask help If I need help.
people can post links to help out in conversations, I have posted hundreds of links, as long as they are not done to advertise they are usually ok. But links in a a signature are almost guaranteed to be advertising so they are not allowed.
 

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Even those of you who have been here for a while probably never realized how much spam ended up on this forum before some new systems and rules were put in place. As a moderator, I would spend a few hours each day cleaning up spam and I think the other moderators did the same. That left very little time to actually participate in the forum.

Honestly, if things had not changed, I wouldn't be here now.
 

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Hi, I am new member and I can't post anywhere but in the new members area, can someone explain why?
 

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Even those of you who have been here for a while probably never realized how much spam ended up on this forum before some new systems and rules were put in place. As a moderator, I would spend a few hours each day cleaning up spam and I think the other moderators did the same. That left very little time to actually participate in the forum.

Honestly, if things had not changed, I wouldn't be here now.
yep I remember sometimes half of the "new posts" were just spam

Hi, I am new member and I can't post anywhere but in the new members area, can someone explain why?
Spam control is the reason.
 

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Oh, okay. I'm sorry. I'm not trying to spam anyone. I just have this really big issue with my puppy that I am hoping to get help with.
 

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I've been on the forum a long time, and I haven't had a problem with the link rule. Members link to articles, pictures, web sites all the time in threads. I think the administration mostly gets grumpy when you try to advertise stuff or link to contests (i.e. vote for me here!) or post click bait.

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That is false, I got in trouble for having a link to my Furry Paws kennel in my signature.
 

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That is false, I got in trouble for having a link to my Furry Paws kennel in my signature.
I was referring more to links in posts/threads.

Maybe having Furry Paws in your sig was considered advertising another site?

Anyway, I personally haven't had a problem.
 
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