Newsvine's primary purpose is to provide a place for people to share and discuss topics relating to the news. Self-promotion, seeding links to your own site(s), and advertising are not allowed.
- Posting full articles (using the "Write Article" feature) that also appear on your blog or web site is acceptable but seeding your own stuff is not.
- Do not seed links to any sites you're affiliated with.
- Posting links to drive traffic elsewhere for personal or financial gain is prohibited.
Below is a screen grab (RSS feed) of some links seeded on Newsvine by "msnbc.com". Isn't that a violation of the second and third bullets? It sure is!
Now, don't we expect this from a large company that owns another to pass traffic back and forth? Of course we do. But not if it blatantly violates their own ethics.
I bring this up because I seemed to garner a bit to much traffic from Newsvine yesterday and must have raised a red flag. My post on the iPad 2 features did well by my standards; it received about 350 hits yesterday with 190 coming from Newsvine.
Before I deleted my account it contained about 10 movie review articles that I wrote and that were not linked back to my movie review blog (not active). I seeded about 50 stories of which 4 did direct back to this blog. Four carefully chosen seeds to this blog over a month out of the 42 blog posts made. I do not consider this spamming, just a touch of self promotion mixed in with other activity. Does it violate the Code of Honor above, yes, I admit that. (This is a cache of my page at the beginning of February.)
Newsvine emails me today:
from: Newsvine Team firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM
subject: Using Newsvine
Please note that Newsvine is for collaborative discovery and discussion of the news -- not self-promotion. As such, it is the community's policy to prohibit seeding links to your own web site, or post material deemed to be advertising or of a promotional nature. You are welcome to list a web address under the 'personal home page' field in your account settings. A link to your home page will then be available on all of your articles and seeds for other users.
This policy -- and all other guidelines from the Newsvine Code of Honor (see below) -- is designed to help keep Newsvine an honorable place. We fully understand if this particular guideline wasn't immediately clear.
Regards,They also deleted all my past articles, seeds, etc. but left the account active. I donated my earnings to the Wildlife Conservation Society then closed my Newsvine and MSNBC accounts while removing my Twitter and Facebook authorizations.
- Newsvine Team
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