I see, I see. Is there, by any chance, a list of forum rules posted somewhere on the site? I was trying to locate one, but I didn’t have much luck. -:] Oh! For future reference – that’s all! Not for the sake of argument, I promise. -:]
I completely understand and will, of course, respect the rules! However, I do have to say that I’m not sure that “shilling” would be the most appropriate word to use in this instance. I could understand if you had said, “We don’t allow advertising or self-promotion”. Shilling usually refers to something inherently dishonest; it’s a bit harsh. -;] People who shill also tend not to ask for permission before doing so.
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Thank you for the clarification. I still can’t agree with your use of the word, but I understand. -:] I had seen users in the past post a link to their TeeFury design selling on a particular day, so I was testing the waters. That’s all.
O~h, thanks for linking to that thread. Interesting. It’s been almost a year since anyone posted in it, though. Booster.com is more of a crowd-funding campaign, too (despite the fact that I’m really just using it as a means of seeing something of mine printed), so I’m not sure whether I would really want to self-promote in that thread. Plus, I wouldn’t want to upset any current forum rules, so I’ll probably still refrain.
I’m just musing out loud, though. I appreciate your pointing it out. -:]
Yeah, I noticed that the thread fizzled out pretty hard. Oh, well. To everything, turn, turn, turn … and all that related babble. -;[ Seems like traffic has diminished all across the site/forums; I can’t believe one of my first designs ever got over 600 votes when first place is now printing at under 200. It’s a different atmosphere. (Sorry to get off-topic, though.)