Hehe. Totally agree Felix. Unfortunately you yourself have been not without blame (hehe
) but you've learnt quickly!!
Problem is, there is an extremely fine line which hosts have (accidentally or deliberately) stepped over in terms of web hosting offers. Unfortunately some of these hosts don't know any better.
Allow me to say the following though. There is a forum specifically for posting offers of web hosting of ANY KIND. Go back to http://www.webhostingtalk.com
and choose on the 'Special Offers' forum, and place your offer there.
Don't try to sneakily put it in the body of your message, because that's what us regulars really hate (and as a consequence, our opinion of that host diminishes).
Take for example, Optimal Servers. Note that I have absolutely nothing against them, but this is what I've observed. In the ICOM topic, they may be trying to help the people out -
You may want to look at our service, we have a plan that is cheaper, and offers more space than the hostsave.com package, feel free to email us with any questions.
Unfortunately in this case they've stepped over that thin line. The original poster may be interested, but virtually everyone else is not. It's also a Netiquette rule of Usenet (newsgroups) and message boards that you don't put your offers in the main text. Put it in the signature and respect the rules.
Even though Sean from Burstnet has unfortunately copped a lot in recent weeks, his signature is the perfect example.
To place an order, or for more info, contact;
BurstNET Technologies, Inc.®
1-877-BURSTNET - (570) 389-1100
firstname.lastname@example.org --- http://www.burst.net
P.O. Box #400 Bloomsburg, Pa 17815-0400 USA
The Best Value For Your Dollar On The Net!
Now that's better.
It's a thin line, but web hosters, if you want to attract customers, then don't try and post offers in your msg - put it in the sig, give a good representation of yourselves in tech support, questions, et. al., and you'll have a better chance of getting customers.
In short, be courteous to others, and know Netiquette please!
And now I shall shut up before I take up more valuable real estate......
[This message has been edited by BC (edited 05-23-2000).]