Well .. isn't that an interesting post by you Anne ......
Quoting you ... This is what happens on DOL. Mess up, and you're out or banned. I have had so many warnings over there I constantly have my warning metre lit up!"
FYI Anne ..... I've never had one warning on DOL for any post I've made. My "Tasty Treats" thread, whilst moved from "General" to "Commercial" at the behest of the moderator, continues to be active .... & indeed members posted again just this morning ... to which I have replied.
By my own admission .... I was ignorant & ill informed of the rules in relation to conducting a "business" when I joined DOL. Having said that ... when I joined DOL, the treats were hardly what I would call "a business" at all. How was I to know someone external to DOL .... would like them, buy them, be a member & start a thread on DOL ?
Not knowing "The rules" of starting a thread on DOL, I just let things "run", happy that people were just loving the treats & giving them a good rap. What would you have me do Anne ?? With the first positive post of my treats I should ... "Alert the media" ..... "We need to close this thread down just in case Lynn might make money out of it ??"
Show me the "bench mark" between ... "These treats are great & I want to tell everyone about them " and "Sh!t !! She's making money. We have to stop her" and I'll gladly comply with "the rules" Anne.
I've admitted my blissful & somewhat naive ignorance & I've suffered the consequence of that apparent ignorance by someone who's had an "axe to grind" with me & clearly knew "the rules" of DOL better than me .. and applied those rules to their emotional & revengeful advantage to effect my financial disadvantage.
And just to reiterate ... I checked the "protocol" with Morgan regarding myself & my treats before I even made that first post on this forum.
Anne .... I hope you think about supporting the businesses that are presented on this forum rather than just thinking about "the rules" when they ... start a thread, offer a web link to another site, reply to a topic with a link under their signature, sponsor a competition, blantantly advertise their business, ask for help in starting a business or any number of ways that they "stumble" on to this forum, get going or ask for help ....
Most of the "businesses" discussed on this forum are "fledgling" and should be supported 100% to get up & running .... I say "Bugger the rules". In the last week or so, there has been some great discussion about "business stuff" that I've contributed to & learned heaps from.
I'm happily adding web links to my site for members of this forum as they give me their details. If it helps them get business ... damn, fine excellent is what I think.
Oh ... & about them making money off my site without me getting a "cut" ... it's just fine by me.