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Quick Tip: When Is It Ok to Link to My Blog, My Web site, Etc?

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We've been getting a number of postings along the lines of "I just wrote about that restaurant on my blog...read it at link below."

We understand that there's a fine line between 1. sincerely wanting to point your fellow hounds to good info which hapens to be elsewhere and 2. plotting to steer our large audience elsewhere for promotion/self-promotion. The problem is that we have far too many users and far too little time to draw this distinction. We need to stave off the considerable desire to use our loud microphone for promotion, and so we ask even veteran participants (whose motivations are beyond question) to help by not setting examples that could be seized upon by people with selfish agendas.

Chowhound's mission is to be a trove of opinions and information, rather than a nexus of outbound links to opinions and information. So please opine here rather than direct our audience elsewhere for your thoughts. Please either cut/paste your blog opinions or encapsulate them in your Chowhound.com postings.

Users may include a low profile, non-hypish "sig" below their postings, linking to the main page of their blog. Of course, posters whose motivation seems to be to hype their sig (or to hype anything else) will have the privilege revoked.

As always, if we've failed to notice anything problematic (we can't keep up with the flow, and count on the community to help us support the community), please email URLs to us at moderators@chowhound.com

Thank you!

Your Wait Staff

  1. We'd just like to bring this post to everyone's attention. Thanks.