The original micropayment discussion June 21, 2000 2:10 PM   Subscribe

It looks like affiliate links will be the next no-no that goes in the guidelines. Does anyone have any objections to that?

(I know my original paypal post was straddling/crossing an etiquette line already, but grumblebee's "gimmie $5" post was a bit too much)
posted by mathowie (staff) to Etiquette/Policy at 2:10 PM (3 comments total)

Yes, I totally agree. It won't happen again. I'm very sorry.

(In my defence, it looked worse that it was: I had NO idea that there was a big post about paypal on MeFi already, and I was totally shocked and embarrassed when I saw it.

I try to read every post on MeFi before I write anything, but sometimes I slip up. I think someone suggested a new feature in which the program would tell you if you were about to post a pre-posted URL. I would LOVE such a feature!

But I realize that your main objection was not my double posting, but rather my asking for a handout. Which I knew was in bad taste the second after I clicked the POST button.

I was going to apologize, but by that time Matt had already removed my post. I really thought I was sharing something new and cool, and I didn't really expect $5 from anyone, either, which is why I posted an alternative link and was up front about the $5 thing in my post.

When my post vanished, I wasn't sure what had happened. Obviously, Matt deleted it--which I agree was a good idea--but at the time I thought it was a network glitch or something.

I bring this up, because a couple of weeks ago, I posted something to MetaTalk with a bunch of suggestions, and it also vanished. Was that deleted too? If so, why? I can't think of anything offensive about it.)
posted by grumblebee at 11:29 AM on June 23, 2000

while it's not in great taste to do any affiliate junk, i would of imagined it would of been better for you (grumblebee) to have posted a direct link to paypal first (knowing that is the link most people click on) as opposed to offering a direct link afterward.
posted by sikk at 12:41 PM on June 23, 2000

Can't argue with that, sikk. You're right.
posted by grumblebee at 12:57 PM on June 23, 2000

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