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Edmunds forum link removed

I maintain a list of links to FFH forums.  I have been posting in some of these forums and referencing this blog when it seemed relevant to the discussion.  Today I received this email from PF_Flyer at Edmunds:

You cannot use the CarSpace forums to drive traffic to your blog and forums. Please don't post a link to your blog as a part of your posts.

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They also removed all my posts.  I wrote them back:

Since the internet is all about linking and cross-fertilization your actions seem decidedly short-sighted. I'm not advertising anything. My posts were adding value to your web site. None of the other car forums I participate in think this is a problem. They even provide an easy way to put my blog address in my "signature" line.

I doubt you'd mind if I posted a link to your forum from my blog. Which I did here: Guess its time to remove it, with an explanation as to why I did.

I'm removing the Edmunds link from my list of FFH forums.  I hate this kind of nonsense.

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Reader Comments (4)

I used to use Edmunds lots but like you found them too heavy handed

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrfruth

I had something similar happen to me in the past. They have a policy that in the car forums you cannot mention a specific salesman or phone number or email, I was unaware of this and was told a couple days later that this was against the policy and that the moderator either edited my message, deleted my message, or told me to edit it (I don't remember how it shook out, this was 3 years ago).

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeff_h

I absolutely hate Edmund's policy as well. They are extremely protective about siphoning traffic off their site. I was actually sued by them but that's a long story and not appropriate for this blog.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDave Windsor

Wow, that's really interesting. Yours is the third comment confirming my experience with Edmund's. Too bad they are so protective and short-sighted.

July 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterBill Wood

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