With the thread over in the TV, Movies, Anime & Books forum devolving into a **** match and my questions going unanswered, I figured I'd post here in the appropriate forum regarding the upcoming rule implementation regarding Kickstarter threads.
While I can understand having a rule in place on the expectation that a rash of Kickstarter spam threads occur, I think that an exception should be made for posters having obtained a requisite number of posts on the forums. For what it's worth, this should also apply to survey threads and any other "you must ask permission" types of situations.
Somewhere in the range of 250-500 posts, a poster should be viewed as a contributing member of the forums, and it should be acknowledged that they are not simply a spam or advertising account. The moderators here do a very good job at removing such accounts well before they sniff that kind of a postcount. I would propose that an exception be written into your survey, Kickstarter, etc. rules that would allow for such a poster to create a thread without having to seek permission first. If I make a post about a Kickstarter, I'm not an advertising bot; it's something I'm genuinely interested in and want to share with my fellow forum-goers.
This type of clause would also allow you to have a built-in moderation rule for things like contest posting where a forum poster asks everyone to vote for their choice on an external site, making a thread to inform everyone about their online shop, or any other posting that can be looked upon as borderline advertising.
Since the new rule will specifically target Kickstarters, I'd like some clarification regarding them, mainly:
What differentiates a Kickstarter thread from any other thread in which a poster informs others of a product they themselves are interested in? Is it the link to a site in which a user is asked to spend money? If so, how is that different from a thread about a video game, movie, book, or other product in which a link is placed, leading to a site where that product can be purchased? Can it not be said that any post which contains a link to a non-ZAM-network site could be considered advertising? What specifically about Kickstarters requires implementation of a new rule?
Anyway, I'd hope to get some input from other people here, both users of the forum and various moderators and administrators.
Edited, Sep 27th 2012 8:32am by Spoonless