Leaving Your Own Links on Product Details Section

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Hello Everybody out there! It was recently brought to my attention that Product Wiki will be changing there linking policy a bit and I wanted to get some feedback from the community regarding this...

I have been leaving links of my own reviews from my own website on some products and have been told to stop doing that. I completely understand the reasoning. It's quite a shame that spammers who post worthless links ruin a good thing for everybody... I really do feel that my reviews add value to the site and at the same time I am helping ProductWiki to expand their product database in cases where I add a product I have reviewed.

I guess my question is What should be done about this? I feel that my links are legit (administrators have agreed) and don't see how me not posting links in going to deter spam in any way.  The only way I can see them solving this spam problem is my eliminating the feature that allows you to leave links or by adding some type of catch in their system in order to stop spam links. 

I guess it comes down to whether we feel that having those added links is worth enough that we have to deal with at least some spam.  Because we all know that whether my links are posted or not there will still be lots of spam attempts.  Especially as ProductWiki continues to grow and become more well known.

What is your feeling on this whole situation? How to you feel about my personal links? If you want to see my site and decide for yourself of whether or not my links should be allowed then either send me a message or check out my activity in my profile, there you can find links to my site.

Thanks and any input is greatly appreciate.  This is a member driven website so hearing what other members have to say about it is usually the best way to get it right.


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I would say that there should be a clearly defined policy and it should be followed and enforced by everyone.  For example, there should be a clearly defined policy that you either SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be allowed to add links to your own site.

I read through the Links policy, and it is pretty vague.  It basically says that the Mods can decide what they want to delete and want they want to leave ... which isn't really a policy, it's more of a discretionary judgement call based on what each individual Mod wants to do.


I agree with jwhitakr, we need a policy, not a disclaimer. My thoughts about external links are closely related to Wikipedia's policies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:External_links

Here's my proposal:

How to link

Links to external websites should be primarily be restricted to the "External Links" section of the details tab. Inline links within the opening paragraph or the details are reserved for products, categories, articles, and threads residing on the ProductWiki domain.

What to link

  • the manufacturer's product details page
  • in-depth product reviews written by experts or consumers who have direct hands on experience with the product that go beyond the depth and scope of what would be considered a "Featured Product Report" (we need to define the term, but, basically this is a product report that is good enough to be feature on the ProductWiki home page)
  • in-depth threads on forums that go into detail beyond the information listed on the page and/or support the pros/cons, details listed on the ProductWiki report
  • links to the manufacturer's press release about the product if the product is new
  • Wikipedia's corresponding article on the product has more information than would be in a Featured report

What NOT to link

  • blog posts, articles, threads, user reviews that do not contain more information than what would be contained in a Featured Report
  • stores that sell the product
  • links added for the purpose of promoting a website
  • content that is factually inaccurate

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