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To whomever this may concern,

My name is Will Chu and I must admit that I really enjoy this forum. I did notice that many of my posts that linked back to my blog were deleted and I've been warned a couple of times not to do that again. I am a big food fan since 8 years of age and have industry experience. I don't understand when other persons' posts like http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763473 do not get deleted like mine did. Can you explain this to me?

Also, my website is filled with multimedia (hd vid, pictures, etc) and would like to suggest a place where members can post videos on chowhound. I believe the food fans want more eye candy than just reading descriptions of other persons' dining experience. Please, visit my blog for more of an understanding to what I mean.

Thank you,

Will Chu
"Real Food, Real Wine in The Real World"

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  1. Etiquette for Bloggers and Other Journalists ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36760... ) outlines the requirements. If you're going to post a link to your blogs for pictures, you must also include the full text of your blog entry here. If you're going to link for video, you should include your opinion of the restaurant and summary of the video here. Essentially, your post should stand alone with your blog as a place for additional information that can't be easily shared here -- if they must go to your blog to get the information, it will likely be removed.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        A lot of Manhattan posters paste their blog address as their signature, but don't get deleted. I have nothing against it though it seems to be a violation of your rules.

        1. re: peter j

          My understanding is that one can put a simple "signature' at the end of your posts as long as you aren't utilizing CH to "promote" your blog or website. What seems most problematic is to say something along the lines of "I just went to restaurant XYZ and you can read all about it by going to my blog." But simply having your blog link as a signature is fine as long as you don't cross into "blog flogging" territory.

          1. re: Servorg

            >> My understanding is that one can put a simple "signature' at the end of your posts as long as you aren't utilizing CH to "promote" your blog or website. What seems most problematic is to say something along the lines of "I just went to restaurant XYZ and you can read all about it by going to my blog." But simply having your blog link as a signature is fine as long as you don't cross into "blog flogging" territory.

            I understand that that is the policy. However, it seems that the Chowhound Team is either enforcing it selectively or ignoring it entirely. The Chicago Area forum has one poster whose posts frequently consist of one or two sentences followed by a link to his blog. This pattern, when repeated frequently - what you aptly refer to as "blog flogging" - seems to violate the intent of the stated Chowhound policy, but at least in this case, those posts are consistently permitted by the Chowhound Team.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              There are two kinds of links under discussion here. One is a link to a specific entry in a poster's blog, asking someone to visit the blog to get information instead of the poster sharing the information here. The other is a link to the front page of a poster's blog, used as a signature on most or all of their posts. It seems you're mostly concerned about the latter type of link, but expecting us to use the rules that apply to the former.

              When it comes to signatures, what we don't want to see are frequent content-free posts from the same poster (such as "That sounds good!", "I agree.", etc.) with a blog link appended at the end. In those cases, it seems the intent of the post is not to participate in the discussion, but to get visibility for the link to the blog. If someone exhibits a pattern of that type of posting, we'll ask them to stop using their signature.

              If a poster is a frequent contributor, who often engages with other posters in relevant discussion, they aren't posting for the sole purpose of promoting their blog -- so their signature isn't a violation of our rules. Even so, as we say in our posting guidelines: "Even if your goal is not to promote yourself or your blog, we ask you to use discretion when appending your sig to your posts, because the repetition of your sig can annoy your fellow hounds if not accompanied by significant content." We're not generally going to consider such posts a violation, but out of respect for other posters, we do hope that such posters will use discretion.

          2. re: peter j

            A signature is specifically permitted in our rules, provided it isn't abused.