Advertising on the chat room - PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

We have recently found people advertising on the chat room by pretending to be genuine users and recommending their own companies and services.



ANY form of advertising on the chat room is prohibited and may result in users being banned from the site.



We are aware that this is only a very small proportion of users, and that the majority of recommendations are genuine and made in good faith.



So we would ask that users are vigilant and inform the Web Editor of any advertisements within the chat room so that they can be removed.



Thank you for your cooperation

Best wishes

Web Editor
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  • Hi,

    I have had a photographer contact me direct via my personal e-mail-did you release it to anyone?

    Melanie
  • webeditor01webeditor01 Posts: 1,514
    Hi Melanie



    We don't give out people's email addresses, so I suspect that it was sent using the email button at the bottom of one of your posts.



    I have sent you a private message with my email address so please forward the email on to me along with the email address so we can contact this photographer and stop them sending anymore advertisements in emails.



    We would recommend that anyone else receiving advertisements in this way contact us with the details of the supplier.



    Best wishes

    Web Editor
  • FooukFoouk Posts: 24
    HI "webeditor"

    I did see an advert yesterday but as new to the site didn't feel it should be there but wasn't sure of rules. I can't find it now and hopefully that is because it has been removed - it was someone advertising their hair/beauty services. Whilst looking around I found this posting which appears to be an advert to me - wasn't sure how to report it without giving them further space! Should I just hit the moderator button? Anyway, enjoying yoru site, and here it is...



    Posted : Apr 10, 2007 9:47:08 PM Subject : Makeup Trial - Disaster! Hi Girls, Have anyone tried Mary Kay products (America's leading brand of skin care and colour cosmetics). One of the reasons when I joined MK that they taught me how to apply my own make-up. We offer to try before you buy plus if you don't want specialist to do your make-up we teach how to apply make-up. Plus we offer 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. We have so many different looks you can choose as well . Have a look on our page for brides on www.marykay.com or visit my webpage www.marykay.co.uk/nlewis. For any information or trial please just send an email.
  • webeditor01webeditor01 Posts: 1,514
    Hi Foo




    All you need to do is click the report to moderator button beneath any post that you feel doesn't comply with the chat room rules, then I'll take a look and take action if necessary. Don't worry if you report something that turns out to be fine - that's not a problem, it won't get automatically removed just because you've reported it, it just means I'll look into it to see what (if anything) needs to be done. The post you've pasted is advertising a service, so I'll remove it.




    Hope that makes sense, just give me a shout if you're not sure of anything.




    Web Ed
  • FooukFoouk Posts: 24
    Thanks Web Editor



    hitting the moderator button felt a bit serious but another time I will just do that. BIt simpler than mucking about writing a message!



    Foo
  • Hello,

    I actually didn't see or read the "chat room" rules before posting today. For that, I am so sorry. I got two upset e-mails from two brides. I really am sorry! I wanted to let you know from my end I jumped in to soon without reading first! II was so excited and passionate about my own wedding that I started writing wedding songs for wedding due to the lack of "new material" out there. I was so excited at the response I was getting, I wanted to share that with the girls. Our "official website" isn't even up, it's just my own personal site where I have posted the songs for download. I am only sharing this so you know the situation. Again I am so sorry for posting.

    Also, I am logged as "bride to be" I have tried to change that since I got married in 2002! Any advice. Thanks

    Renee Lopez
  • siobhanowensiobhanowen Posts: 177
    Hello

    I'm finding it difficult to track my previous responses to various topics. Is there a quick way to do this without having to go through each topic or choosing to be notified of a response? Also, where do I ask general questions like this?!!

    Cheers

    sos

    [Modified by: sos on May 12, 2007 04:15 PM]
  • Hi, I have advertised my buisness on here, but only to help people find what they are looking for. Seems odd if i have them, i cant tell them were to find them?? Anyway i wont be doing it again, just wanted to help that was all image
  • kate342kate342 Posts: 3,358
    Well look at it this way, us brides to be like to go from recommendations from other bride to bes' personal experience so we know that potentially if we choose to use that company/service we are likely to be making a good choice.



    There is also the point that companies pay an awful lot of money to advertise their company and products on here so why should you get to advertise for free?



  • Saint-BertieSaint-Bertie Posts: 6,678
    well said Lil! Have to confess - blatent advertising irritates me! Least when they make the username obvious you know to avoid them image
  • purplebabespurplebabes Posts: 179
    Web editor, I posted about my wedding dress and it had been edited saying I was advertising, I am confused as all I was doing was trying to find out if anyone else was having the same make dress as me and I then described my design, I looked at other posts beforehand and other people discuss the designs and colours as well as posting links to pic's, so what was wrong with my post, it wasn't any different to other brides posts.
  • I'm both a photographer AND a B2B, therefore I see it from both points of view. I understand that we'd all like to be able to use this site without being inundated with adverts for services, but at the same time, I think there should be some leniency for those that were actually asking about others' services.



    And if I want to recommend my friend as a photographer, surely I should be able to?? I have had a working relationship with her, but we studied together, and I have hired her to photograph my brother's wedding this Saturday. Would this be seen as advertising, or a recommendation? It's not always clear.



    I haven't advertised myself here, as I'm not offering my services. I'm just here to plan my own wedding, and not to make money.
  • MissGSMissGS Posts: 13
    Oops-sorry I broke the forum rules.



    My apologies.



    Could i suggest having a for sale section on the site?



    My wedding was cancelled and I have a lot of brand new items that I thought users on here may be interested in purchasing as clearly, i have no use for them now.



    Once again, apologies webmaster
  • BeeLBeeL Posts: 42
    Quoted:
    well said Lil! Have to confess - blatent advertising irritates me! Least when they make the username obvious you know to avoid them image


    IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE ON HERE ADVERTISING THEMSELVES OR THEIR CIRCLE OF FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES AND THEY JUST SEEM TO SLIP THROUGH THE NET! THE THING IS THEY SEEM TO BE OFFERING HELP/ADVICE BUT THEN JUMP IN AND ADVERTISE THEMSELVES!



    I THINK THE WEBED NEEDS HELP MODERATING! TOO MANY NEW POSTS/RESPONSES TO KEEP UP WITH.







  • AliceSukAliceSuk Posts: 134
    What about people whose avatar shows their profession?
  • AliceSukAliceSuk Posts: 134
    Wow! Thanks. My very first welcome. I am chuffed to bits now. :\)

  • hanzy101hanzy101 Posts: 136
    Hi



    Am I not allowed to offer my services free?

    I put a post on offering my services of photography free but it was removed.

    I did not advertise anything and I was not charging?

    Many Thanks

  • BabybonBabybon Posts: 198
    ...I'm also selling my brand new items that I didn't use for my wedding (i got married but have a lot left over as I bought extra) I put a note on the best buys forum saying I was selling a planner on Ebay..is that not allowed either? I have other things that I'd like to let B2B's know about! ...I think a for sale forum would be useful!
  • I was wondering whether a wanted for sale section, only for brides selling not commercial, would be a good idea?



  • LJP4JBLJP4JB Posts: 11
    Post removed: breach of chatroom rules

    [Modified by: Web Master on January 29, 2008 02:03 PM]
  • Hi there,



    Just to let you know I posted a Save the Children auction of our wedding dress on your site but as it is for charity and I am not going to benefit in any way, I hope this is OK.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320217828879]#



    Please check the link to see it is genuine.



    Best Wishes



    Claire

  • (This post has been deleted.)
  • hey, im a newly wed, and i have a dress and silk bouquet to sell, can you recommend anywhere to do this? regards x
  • HestiaukHestiauk Posts: 135
    Hi Web Ed, I'm not sure if this is the right place to write this, but there's a user called firstfloor on the hair and beauty forum that is blatantly advertising their wares!
  • Hiya

    just noticed someone advertising their busines in a chat room

    theyre username is SFC_beauties



    http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/index.php/chatroom/topic/105564



    thats a link to the forum its in

  • Hi WebEd,

    I was just wondering if you might be able to start up a section for people offering their services for free? I know it is advertising of sorts, but there was a post by someone offering free photography (I think you have deleted it), which I would have thought would be amazingly helpful to some brides. He was a professional photographer without wedding experience, and was reasonably looking to get some of that by offering his skills. I guess it would be hard to control, but it just seems such a shame when so many brides are working on such a small budget, not to get help from people who are willing to offer.

    Best wishes,

    Ally
  • delightfulukdelightfuluk Posts: 737
    Quoted:
    Hi WebEd,

    I was just wondering if you might be able to start up a section for people offering their services for free? I know it is advertising of sorts, but there was a post by someone offering free photography (I think you have deleted it), which I would have thought would be amazingly helpful to some brides. He was a professional photographer without wedding experience, and was reasonably looking to get some of that by offering his skills. I guess it would be hard to control, but it just seems such a shame when so many brides are working on such a small budget, not to get help from people who are willing to offer.

    Best wishes,

    Ally


    That would be a good idea. Sort of a free to a good home type of thing. Would also help people who after their wedding are giving bits aways to get rid of them to someone who could really use them. That way they could also take any financial transactions off the board.
  • amybaxteramybaxter Posts: 225
    i would like to sell a lot of my wedding bits after the wedding and here would be an ideal place, a for sale forum would be perfect, also would of been great when looking for stuff as it can take hours to trawl through ebay.
  • collyuk1collyuk1 Posts: 79
    I think that the lines are a little blurred through..... I mean for example, I met with a great florist this morning and I think others may like her but if I mention her here, is that against the rules?
  • minxymichminxymich Posts: 5
    Hi,

    I am selling my wedding shoes, is it ok to let people know about them on here?

    They are new and I have just changed my mind about them.
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