This is going to be quite long but in your own interests, set aside some time and have a read. Get yourself a brew and that last turkey leg or a couple of mince pies and read on. Many people view the New Year as the start of a new beginning and I share that view. So I thought that this was as good a time as any to bring a few points to the attention of forum members. This is a forum where members can exchange information about HYIP’s, autosurfers etc. and not a free for all advertising medium. Many newcomers to this forum seem to think that this forum is here for them to try and gain referrals to the programme that they are with. With this thought in mind their posts in General or I Have Been Paid By … or Autosurfers or anywhere else, often become an advert for the site. Some will include a referral URL and some just the URL of the site but all will include the details of the site and quite often comments like “you should join this site” or “use my signature to join” or some other thinly disguised hint that the reader should join under them. There is the Advertising folder for that purpose. Please use it and nowhere else. What’s that? No one takes a great deal of notice of the Advertising content? Hardly surprising really, because the person posting is usually a newcomer and we haven’t a clue who they are. Also because of the many daily posts in Advertising your post gets pushed down to the bottom and off the page very quickly. It’s called life! OK! I know! We would all like a downline to be envied so that we can get a decent reward for our labours but pseudo advertising will not get you there. Why would anyone join a programme being pushed by a member with just a handful of posts to his/her name? To get other forum members into your downline you need to build a good reputation for yourself on the forum first. But that takes time and you are in a hurry to make a fortune. The more experienced and reliable forum members will not push a programme. Instead they rely on their reputation and their post signature to invite someone to join under them. I’m not going to name names but there are a number of forum members whose opinion is trustworthy and they tell it like it is, good or bad. They have built a good reputation on this forum and are more likely to get a referral without even trying than a blatant advert from a relative newcomer. So who are these trustworthy and reliable members? You dear reader will have to decide that for yourself by reading posts. Recently there has been a spate of posts being dumped anywhere, usually in General because as one member tried to explain to me, that he thought that a post in General would be more likely to be read. That is nonsense, as a member will go to the folder that he is interested in. For instance if someone is trying to find out if xxxx has been paying s/he will go to the I Have Been Paid By … folder. It isn’t always easy to decide where to place a post but in general that is because the post contains two or more subjects. Like talking about 12 daily and then drifting off into E-Gold paying problems. Please try to keep your post onto just one subject, although a brief reference to something else is OK. Please help us to help you by following the forum rules at http://goldentalk.com/t7526.html. There aren’t all that many and are mainly common sense for the good of all. Here’s looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2006.