spam owls policy
To all members,
It has been drawn to the attention of staff that some of you have been receiving Owls telling you to join other web forums for whatever reasons given. The recent sudden increase in this type of behaviour has resulted in the following policy being drawn up by staff in order to combat this annoyance.
From this point forth any members who spam inboxes with adverts for websites of any kind will be banned immediately
from the site. There is a place on CoS Forums for all members to advertise their sites of interest (providing they are family-friendly) called The Daily Prophet
. That area was created for the sole reason of preventing the type of action that some are undertaking now. If you receive an Owl from someone advertising their site, please forward it to a member of staff
who will then take the appropriate action necessary.
Another incident of spamming that has come to our attention is members who mass Owl other members asking them to read fanfics in Flourish and Blotts
them or look at art work in Magical Masterpieces
. Whilst we encourage you to write your fiction and upload your artwork, people who do not know you and are not aware of your efforts will not necessarily want to view your work and (as has been the case) will report it as spam. Though this action will not be met with a banning, it is likely that the spammer/sender will be warned to restrict their advertising to individuals that know you. There are always fellow fan fic writers who will read and review your work, so you will not be without feedback for long.
Finally, members are also to be aware that under no circumstances whatsoever will a staff member ever give approval for any individual to send multiple Owls to users advertising their site or work. If you are told this, please refer it to a staff member.