I would like to know what criteria and reasoning went into the decision to remove the signature. Will links to other sites also be prohibited?
For instance, I have a link to Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas in my signature; multiple other members have links to other rescue organizations in their signature, Tippykayak and others have links to personal blogs or photo sites in their signatures.
What links in signature blocks are allowed and what type of links are not allowed?
It's the for-profit nature of his site that makes his link break the rules about personal promotion and linking to sales-oriented websites. Those of us that link to personal sites that don't make us money aren't breaking the rule.
I demonstrated, rather amply, in his other thread
, that some, if not all, of his articles were plagiarized and that he lied and told us that they were original and written by him and, in his words, people he has hired. He then started this thread to claim that he was attacked unfairly, but he has yet to address the fact that his site is full of ripped-off, inaccurate articles used to sell ad space and clickthroughs to sales sites. He also hasn't addressed the fact that he told a blatant lie to the forum. I suppose that's what he means when he says he was attacked "for no reason."
He's using this forum to generate views for his site and to bump up his search rankings. That's totally different than linking to a charity or to a personal site that doesn't provide financial benefit to the poster.
Over and over again, the community and the mods have agreed that personal promotion for money, whether you sell directly from your site, whether you're begging for money for yourself, or whether you're selling ad views, goes against the interests of the forum. The message is clear: don't use us to make money for yourself.