Its getting hard to help people
I've been seeing alot of hype over people posting their websites in posts and comments and chat. I am aware it is against the rules since so many people have been harping on it. BUT I have to wonder if the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.
It used to be easy, when someone asked a quick question about their website to just ask them what the page was they were having problems with, take a quick look, and give them an answer.
There is a thread where you can ask for feedback and post your website. There is a thread where you can ask for comments and post your website. So if someone needs help with something and the easiest way to help is to take a quick look, why is this a problem?
Having to private message someone every time someone needs a quick look is just another layer to go through. Instead of lending a quick hand (WP is my thing so I like to help with WordPress stuff) I end up passing on alot of things I could help with if I only have a few moments to answer a question.
I feel we have swung too far in the opposite direction. Unfortunately it is because of the few who abuse the system. But I still feel it is really annoying and slightly inconvenient to not be able to ask for a simple, quick link to a page someone needs help on. It is a legetimate scenario where it would not be spam.
But I have stopped asking for links and just go on about my business if I don't have more time, which feels kind of bad actually. God forbid, the spam police should show up and make the person feel bad for asking a question and saying "could you just look at my home page and tell me why this isn't showing up?"
People are so afraid someone might post a link to their site disguised as a need for help.
Believe me, I would be the first person to hit the spam button if I felt I was being spammed. Geesh people.
So I ask, have we swung too far in the opposite direction now?