Ok please let me explain this 1st before i get flamed! :):)
I will use an example I posted and got removed:http://www.steampowered.com/v/index.php
(By 'valve' the people that produce the world renowned games such as Half life and half-life 2)
Have an online software deployment and update platform called 'steam' and through this you can buy games and play them. its developed over a few years and is now very effective with hundreds of thousands of people using it.
I posted a deal for this:http://www.steampowered.com/ati_offer1a/
Which is a deal they with ATI that allows ATI graphics card users to get 2 of the normally paid for games for free. (Which i thought would be nice to share!)
My post was removed since it breached the forum guidelines (fair enough! - i dont have a gripe - I should have read them better i guess!!!)
I have posted this here to hopefully start a discussion on whether 'digital media deals' as I would call them need to be reviewed.
I work in IT and can clearly see that digital media in all of its forms is growing (MP3s, downloaded games, web TV etc).
As such is it time that the forum rules were looked at? or perhaps a new subforum created to cover these 'deals' ?
1 - Allow deals for digital media that has been sold and is not always free (eg the above offer but not AVG antivirus free edition) --- I appreciate this could be hard to moderate though.
2 - Create a new subforum for digital media deals - which would allow all of these digital media deals (free always or not). This would allow people to post links to web streaming of new albums too which is something else on the increase. ---- perhaps this forum could be bloccked from the front page unless mods 'ok' the deal. thsi would stop any spam of the front page..
3 - tell me 'Thanks for the input and being part of the community, we'll take it into consideration. Now have you seen the time? you should be in bed!' -- I probably should be in bed!
The sorts of deals i envisage being covered by this, but currently exempted:
Free Games (as above via steam)
Free mp3's (eg via itunes who regularly offer them)
Free web tv (eg via http://www.joost.com/
Finally I appreciate this isnt an easy thing to sort out / clarify (hence the present rules i guess) but I thought it may be wise to have some discussion on it.
Wraith / Dan :)