Is using the wiki for advertising Right?

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steve clark | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Feb 2 2012 2:15 PM

Noticed yesterday John Fallahee modified the Home page of the wiki to link to his site.

Is using the wiki for advertiser's links acceptable by Logos?
He is selling training. (yes he does offer some free items, but where do we draw the line?)

i would hope this is NOT acceptable. The wiki could quickly be flooded with links to advertiser's sites, thus making it difficult to locate real wiki articles.

 

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 2:19 PM

In my mind it is not right no matter how valuable the information might be.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 3:17 PM

Mark Smith:
In my mind it is not right no matter how valuable the information might be.

I'm in two minds about this, because John's stuff (particularly his webinars) are pretty good. But in the absence of any specific guidelines, I feel that the forum guidelines should govern the wiki also, and that the links be removed. I would have minded less if someone else had added them.

That said, I would not object to specific links to individual free videos on John's site from the relevant specific pages on the wiki (e.g. Visual Filters), as the purpose of that link would be primarily to help, not primarily to sell.

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 3:21 PM

Maybe if the videos section was split into two sections, "Free Videos" and "Video Training Products", then people would know what they were clicking on before they looked, and it would keep the commercial links from being intermingled (to make it easier for Logos to clean them up).

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 3:57 PM

Mark Barnes:
I'm in two minds about this, because John's stuff (particularly his webinars) are pretty good. But in the absence of any specific guidelines, I feel that the forum guidelines should govern the wiki also, and that the links be removed. I would have minded less if someone else had added them.

I feel pretty much the same way. I also think it was pretty audacious of him to put the links to his own videos first before all the others.

I wouldn't mind if his videos were listed on the http://wiki.logos.com/Logos_4_Video_Tutorials page, with a parenthetical comment that it's a commercial site not affiliated with Logos and some of the videos are not free.

Mark Barnes:
That said, I would not object to specific links to individual free videos on John's site from the relevant specific pages on the wiki (e.g. Visual Filters), as the purpose of that link would be primarily to help, not primarily to sell.

Ditto.

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 4:27 PM

I don't mind John's link on the Wiki at all.  Every single forum thread that asks for help/videos/training points to Mark Barnes' videos, Mo Proctor's Camp Logos, and John's outstanding (and outstandingly affordable) commercial offerings (qualifier: every single forum thread that I've read).  Two out of three of these are commercial in nature, and yet we respond by referencing them because they are the most comprehensive and helpful training resources available.  Just sayin'.

 

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martin lohstroh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 4:32 PM

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 4:38 PM

I have concerns about commercial products as well but think that it is up to Logos to make a decision.  In fact, John may have asked Logos first, for all I know.

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steve clark | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 4:49 PM

Once you open the door, it can easily get out of hand. i'm sure all of you have seen pages cluttered with Ads.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 7:31 PM

Observation: John Fallahee's web site has been linked on Logos 4 Video Tutorials for many months.  Also noticed another independent trainer so updated => Logos 4 Video Tutorials (now has two for purchase links) plus main wiki => http://wiki.logos.com/ trying to incorporate comments by many in this thread.

Edit: also updated wiki Getting Started with Logos => Learning Logos while being cognizant of several forum discussions about training so have purchase links for official and unofficial training plus links to free Logos 4.5 chapters by Morris Proctor for using highlighting and notes.

Please review and comment.

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 8:28 PM

I don't mind the links. I really don't consider it advertising - its information I would want to know about if I was looking to learn how to use Logos. Having said that I would expect Morris to do the same. I do like the change KS4J did though.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 2 2012 11:50 PM

Joshua G:

I don't mind the links. I really don't consider it advertising - its information I would want to know about if I was looking to learn how to use Logos. Having said that I would expect Morris to do the same. I do like the change KS4J did though.

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David Carter | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 3 2012 5:42 AM

Brother Mark:

I don't mind John's link on the Wiki at all.  Every single forum thread that asks for help/videos/training points to Mark Barnes' videos, Mo Proctor's Camp Logos, and John's outstanding (and outstandingly affordable) commercial offerings (qualifier: every single forum thread that I've read).  Two out of three of these are commercial in nature, and yet we respond by referencing them because they are the most comprehensive and helpful training resources available.  Just sayin'.

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