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    Signature link on general discussions forum? your thoughts please

    I am running a general discussions forum where people can talk about anything like entertainment, sports, funny jokes, images...etc

    Since it is not about "Webmasters" so the people who come and join the forum will be mostly non-webmasters, means they will not have their own websites. So should I allow links in the signature to attract webmasters too or not?

    It does not have any strict rules on postings, people can post just anything... even "Thanks for sharing" kinda posts are also allowed.. do you think if this kind of posts are allowed then webmasters can join the forum and to get maximum sig links they will spam the forum with "Thanks for sharing" posts?

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    Signature links won't necessarily only be used by webmasters. "Normal people" will use 'em to link to anything they find interesting (funny YouTube videos?).

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    I don't think webmasters will be interested in joining your forums if it's a general discussions forum, they are only interested in joining webmaster forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DotComBum View Post
    I don't think webmasters will be interested in joining your forums if it's a general discussions forum, they are only interested in joining webmaster forums.
    No way!

    People are allowed more than one interest.

    We have a General Chat section here, right? If none of our members were interested in general conversations, we wouldn't require a General Chat section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jani View Post
    I am running a general discussions forum where people can talk about anything like entertainment, sports, funny jokes, images...etc
    Sig links are a tool that allow people to personalise themselves in your forum. Similar to Avatars.

    Keep them, encourage your members to use their sig to express themselves or their interests.
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    I think nothing wrong in allowing them to have the signature links, it can be the choice of the members weather they want to use it or not.

    Even webmasters would also like to join the general chat forums if they like it, as they always want the relaxation time between the heavy work load or a waiting period of their posts or threads to be replied IMO.

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    @Jani webmaster also like to create website on your forum niche, so allow signature you will not loss anything,

    and entertainment forum signature link availble in very low cost so many webmaster will buy from your user,
    webmaster happy becaz he get links in low price.
    user happy becaz he get paid for entertainment.
    you also happy becaz user will help you to buildup a active community.

    now let me know what you think/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DotComBum View Post
    I don't think webmasters will be interested in joining your forums if it's a general discussions forum, they are only interested in joining webmaster forums.
    Well, I agree with you !
    Most of webmasters won't join a general forum. Only few have interests like that!
    Even I don't have any interest in general ones !

    And OP can allow links in signatures !

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    I am a member of a wide variety of forums. It frustrates me to not be allowed to post a link in my signature. I say allow it! People like sharing websites with others, even if it isn't their site.

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    Let people play in their signature I think, especially in a general topic forum.

    You can always warn or ban people that abuse your site.
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