Adding to the earlier posts, new members should avoid including commercial links in their profiles
, or anywhere else
. Don't rely on a mechanical rule that once you have five posts or more, you're no longer a new member. If you appear to be posting "filler," to get your post count up, we will still consider you a new member. Among other things, anything not very closely related to SBD, or showing no real interest in SBD is filler. Remarks that could just as easily have been posted almost any other discussion board are filler. Remarks that were cut and pasted from other places on the board, or from other boards, are filler. Generic "hello" or "interesting" or "thanks for the info" posts are filler. That's not a complete list - other things could be "filler" too.
A site selling anything is commercial, but even sites that don't directly sell things could be commercial. Some blogs or news re-posting sites don't sell anything to the public, but exist mainly to generate ad revenue by getting people to click on links or look at pages, instead of to get some kind of real message across, share information, etc. Those ad-driven sites are commercial. But other sites could be commercial too, if the point of the site is to make money.
There's a special section called "Promote Other Site Here" where commercial links are allowed. But the same rules that apply to the rest of the board apply there too. It's not a free pass to post links to pharmaceutical or pirated software sites, for example.
In short, if you are a new member, no commercial links anywhere
or you will be banned without warning. The moderators have to use their judgment on this so if you're not sure what's allowed, send a PM to one or more of the moderators and ask first.
In particular, if you include a link in your signature, you are risking being banned and having all your posts deleted. This is especially true for new members - if you include a link, even if you don't think it's commercial, you risk a ban.
The point of all this is to ban spammers, delete spam, and keep the boards free for discussion about SBD, or other normal discussion and conversation by members. We're not trying to ban bona fide members or interfere with conversations the members want to have, whether about SBD or anything else. So please help us with this and we'll do our best.