Katherine - posted on 12/09/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
Soliciting is not allowed on Circle of Moms, and we have a zero tolerance policy.
Members posting ads or solicitations will have their threads deleted and may be blocked from posting in that community for repeated violation of the CoM guidelines.
If a member has a suggestion or tip, it's ok to POST it. The community is to provide resources for moms, NOT offer them a business opportunity.
If a member asks other members to contact / message her for more info, we will assume that they are trying to make a sale or recruit members / salespeople for companies, and their comment will be deleted.
Comment signatures promoting their business / website / company will also result in the deletion of their comment / thread.
The Following are Considered Solicitations and are NOT Allowed:
- Work from home recruitment pitches
- Dieting ads
- Personal business ads
- "Contact me for more info"
- Posting diaper codes
- Posting requests for votes in a contest (such as requesting for members to vote for your child in something).
- Creation of a community to promote/advertise your business or product/service
Allowed Under Certain Circumstances:
1. Research requests
-When academics or people who claim to be academics post asking members for info or to fill out a survey, their posts should be deleted.
-Please then ask them to write to Herna at the Community Management team (herna (at) circleofmoms.com) to have their request evaluated. If we determine that they are genuine and well-intentioned we will then have them seek permission to re-post their request directly from the Admin of the specific community, and then it is up to the Admin to decide if it would be interesting or beneficial in some other way to her community.
There are TWO places on the site that solicitations are allowed:
Work-from-Home Business Opportunities Community:
The Mom's Store (where a member can purchase an ad for a year):
All of these rules apply to profile walls, as well. If you see a solicitation on another member's wall (unless their own), copy the link to their profile and send it to The Community Management Team.
Blogs are allowed if the blog is a personal parenting blog. Blogs that sell or advertise a product or service should be considered a solicitation.
If you are unsure if a post qualifies as a solicitation or not, please copy and past either the link or the post into a new thread in this community.
Please post links and blogs in the link section.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Katherine and Geralyn