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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 31, 2002 at 22:31:57:

In reply to: Shameless Plug!!!! n/t posted by Daniel on May 31, 2002 at 19:13:55:

Jeremy established forum policy on promotional posts long ago:
Suppliers may post their goodies, and deems it a sensible thing
because henna people need to know where to get goodies, and like to
know when something new becomes available. The only advertising posts
that Marguerite Johnson, the forum housekeeping service, are likely to
remove are those that are offtopic. And ... those do get swept away.

However, forum regulars are sensitive to the forum being misused. The
consensus seems to be: if a person is regularly contributing to
discussions, particularly if the posts are helpful, generous,
knowlegeable and to the benefit of the group, occasional promotional
posts by that person are well tolerated. If the person barely ever,
or does NOT contribute in a useful way to the forum (except to promote
themselves), and/or is frequently posting their commercial website and
products ......... the regulars get disdainful of that person, or can
become downright annoyed.

I try to earn my right to post TapDancing Lizard by contributing
generously to the body of henna knowledge, writing articles for the
journal, researching, lecturing, doing rigorous testing and sharing
the results freely so everyone can be a better henna artist. And ...
I've got no qualms at all about raving about how wonderful Alex Morgan
and Erfan Mahlodji's books are! They're fantastic! My books .... they're workhorses, but they're no where near as
good as Alex's and Erfan's.


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