I think he means replies with no content other than, "My business specializes in your problem. Drop me a line." In most forums, that would be inappropriate, but I think it`s acceptable here. I would only caution the members who reply like this without posting direct information elsewhere, that they face an uphill battle.
What I mean is, after reading threads here, I`ve gathered impressions, for better or worse, on the value of most people`s statements. If you post a lot, and now and then you ask me to contact you if I need any help, I`ll contact you if I need any help. If the only posts I`ve seen from you are asking people to contact you if they need any help, I`m going to contact one of the people who put their reputations on the line posting publicly.
I`ve gotten two offers of one on one communication - one from Mfackrell, and one from RobertJ. These two frequently offer their knowledge/statements to public opinion, and public opinion more often than not ratifies these. If I need help later, I`ll certainly keep them in mind. There are a handful of people who cold-call, and why would I need that when I have proven knowledge offering the same service.
So anyway. I think offering promotions of services that fit the nature of the site is great. I think offering the services without proving your worth is counterproductive, simply because for every professional offering consultation blindly, there are a handful of members offering proven knowledge openly. Post well and your consultation services will probably do well. I don`t think self promotions should be prohibited. I think they should be encouraged to do well - to do well they have to put their money where their mouth is and prove their worth, and the only way to do that is to post valuable information. We both win.
MattTurpin2/21/2009 7:40 PM
Making limitless possibilities much more limited.