Off-site Links - Please Read

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by tulsajeff, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Jeff for adding this to the TOS and reminding everybody about it.
     
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Kat it's not irritating to me, pinning a thread is something many forums will do to keep important info from drifting away.  I was simply pointing out that this can be set up for this forum as well. 
     
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am sure the Admin's have seen this...and I will bring this up later to them.  I don't know even how to begin to do that...just a Crazy Southern Gal....with enough computer experience to get me into trouble. [​IMG]   Thanks for the suggestion tho.

    Kat
     
  4. Would pinning it be the same as making it a sticky? And btw, the Updated Terms of Service is "featured" on the Carousel.
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Pinning it in this case would keep it right at the top of this page...new posts, or at the top of any page being viewed for that matter.   Forums will show a "pin" holding it.   When it no longer needs to be pinned then it could get un pinned and drift on down. 
     
  6. I could be wrong but I don't see that option for threads here. Thanks for the explanation.
     
  7. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    No it's something that the techies would have to add.
     
  8. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    I've seen that on Vbulletin but I haven't seen it on Huddler, I'm sure it can be done but getting Huddler to change something like that would be like cooking a chicken in 5 minutes (and we aren't getting it in a box)!
     
  9. Guess we'll just keep bumping for now...thanks for the info though.
     
  10. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bump again!

    Kat
     
  11. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    bump!

    Accidental Links: I usually post an article on my website then will do a copy paste to SMF, so I don't have to do the same post twice.

    On some of these posts on my website I may have links on the post to something like the FDA guidelines or something, when I post on SMF I am pretty careful to remove the links.

    I totally respect this rule and appreciate a moderator deleting a link I may have missed.

    Keep up the Good Work my friends.

    SQWIB
     
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Kat beat me to it!
     
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just curious what about several links that are used all the time here. Those being the links to Martins cure calculator, and the links to the smoker firebox calculator, Im sure there are others (both of which are still present in tons of threads). Is there a way to get those type of links allowed??? I also think that links to the FDA guidelines should be allowed or the language needs to be in a sticky thread that we can direct users to. Of course that information would have to be maintained and updated.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
  14. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am curious about the same thing. I have used links to several Fodd Safety sites to back my responses with proven data. I feel links have been used in both good and bad ways. Yes I understand the need for control and respect of our paying sponsors and members. However if we totally block the use of adding web sites it will hinder some of the great things this site has done and will do. If we do not allow for people to back what they are saying with proven data on food safety we will end up with a lot of " but my mother, grandmother or cousins friends uncles dog said" and we could end up with a lot of bad unsupported advice given.



    I will follow what the guidelines are for the site and not link any sites. But as a Chef for over 20 years I will be very hessitant in the future to advise on any food safety related threads.
     
  15. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group


    Jeff could you Please make a clarification on this for us???
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
  16. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes please, there are many sites that are not commercial related and are loaded with valuable information.  This could soon no longer be the one stop BBQ and cooking forum and that would be a shame in my opinion.   I will wait and then start going through my post and delete the ones with links involving safety to help the moderators clean the site up. 

    To back jarjarchef's comment up as I have the same fear and there are already some recipes that are pushing the limits.

     If we do not allow for people to back what they are saying with proven data on food safety we will end up with a lot of " but my mother, grandmother or cousins friends uncles dog said" and we could end up with a lot of bad unsupported advice given.

    Along those lines, my HACCP instructor would say,  "Learn to deal with the facts, not tradition or sympathy".

    As far as straying goes, one can find good information and bring it back, at least that's what I try to do.

    What ever your final decision is, I'll support it. 

     

    Tom
     
  17. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Great points everyone and yes, I am completely ok with links to the USDA/FDA website for safety purposes and perhaps a few others.

    I am not trying to limit the posting of those few extremely helpful links but I AM trying to eliminate the posting of links that are not absolutely necessary, do nothing to promote or help the forum or it's members and are only there to promote a personal or commercial website while not paying for the right to do so.

    We are trying to be as consistent as we possibly can about this but there are a lot of members and only a handful of staff. Obviously some will most likely get through from time to time but we will do our best to find them and keep the the forum clean and orderly.
     
  18. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Whew, thanks Jeff.

    Tom
     

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