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Embedded Links in Posts

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Embedded Links in Posts

I have asked this before and apologise but I still don't know the answer and remain curious.
Why do some forums ban outright the posting of links either live or otherwise......not here I hasten to add as it's quite common on this forum.
Someone must have experience of this as a moderator or administrator and have an answer.
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Re: Embedded Links in Posts

I've used a number of online forums and moderated a couple, but never come across such curious behaviour. Huh Can't really think of a possible reason for it either, although no doubt there is one.
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I've seen it on another forum where it is currently being used to censor any reference to other websites which give information telling the truth about a change it is introducing in it's services. The company concerned is a very large corporation and it is hoping to slide something in which will give it a small increase in income but which is very detrimental to it's customers.
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Re: Embedded Links in Posts

whoever sets up and administers a forum polices it to its own levels of prejudice.
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The rule is on satellites.co.uk site
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Links and Advertising
* Please do not post live links to ANY external sites whatsoever , disable the links by using an underscore as in the following _http://www.example.com, this also applies to photos, please use the manage attachments facility at the bottom of the posting template and upload your pictures, don't use image code or link to them.

I hope they don't object to linking in to their site Undecided
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Would / could it constitute a security risk?
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Re: Embedded Links in Posts

In open forums, they may block posting of URLs in order to foil spammers who might post spam messages that promote dodgy pharmaceuticals and such-like. Some block URLs to prevent image theft, copyright issues, and bandwidth stealing by hot linking information on someone else's web site.
I suppose that it is also possible that some do not want their forum URL to be shown to the linked web site as the 'referrer', for a variety of reasons, such privacy and spam prevention again.
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Thanks Alan. What constitutes an 'open' forum as you have to register and log on to the satellites forum in order to post.
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Re: Embedded Links in Posts

Some forums only allow you to post links or send PM's after you have a number of posts - presumably to stop spammers
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It's hard coded in the rules so I assume it's not time limited.
When you get your legs slapped for doing something it's nice to know why.
Ok...Ok...I know I should have read all the rules but I'm usually impatient to get going. Embarrassed
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Alan may well have hit the nail on the head, it's a way if crude to stop spamming the forum with `Live` links.
I know that one of the forum Mrs Chilly frequents does not allow posting links to other forum on the same subject, I guess in case the members migrate never to return.
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I did ask the admin on the site but received no reply. He probably considers it's none of my business Sad
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Thanks Alan. What constitutes an 'open' forum as you have to register and log on to the satellites forum in order to post.

Sorry, I was using the term to mean a forum that is open to everybody. Either a wide-open forum that either doesn't require registration, or requires registration but without any checks on the validity of the membership. (i.e. almost wide-open, but not quite.)
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That's what I thought Smiley
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I've seen it on another forum where it is currently being used to censor any reference to other websites which give information telling the truth about a change it is introducing in it's services. The company concerned is a very large corporation and it is hoping to slide something in which will give it a small increase in income but which is very detrimental to it's customers.

Is that BT beta forums that you are referring to?