[wp-docs] Links to commercial solutions

Lorelle on WordPress lorelleonwordpress at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 01:14:51 UTC 2011

Just to clarify as that was taken a bit out of context, links to commercial
sites for the purpose of commercial link juice, credit, sales, marketing,
etc, anything that could be seen as an endorsement for them or by WordPress
is prohibited.

A fantastic article that helps spell out the details of the Codex article
on a site that isn't selling "commercial content" other than hosting
advertising and such (normal stuff) more than producing free, "open
source," shared content is allowed as it is considered external reference
material. These are set usually in the "More Resources" section not within
the Codex article.

Personally, I have REALLY high standards for including those as they have
to be "timeless" in quality. I want that article to still have value 3
years from now and not turn into a dead link we have to check and clean up.

Anything fish, spammy, scammy, or violating the WordPress Trademark are not
allowed, such as sites with WordPress in their domain name.

I like to think about it from my own site perspective. I like running a
"class act" and if I wouldn't put it on my site, why would I want it on the
Codex. :D


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 4:27 PM, John Blackbourn <johnbillion at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 7 November 2011 23:53, scribu <scribu at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Are links to commercial solutions allowed in the Codex at all?
> >
> > The instance that got me thinking of this was links to ManageWP in
> several
> > pages related to Multisite. For example:
> >
> > http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_Multiple_Blogs#Other_Resources
> This was brought up a while ago [1] with regard to links to commercial
> training resources [2].
> Quote from Lorelle [3]:
> "In general, we link to individual articles on sites that might be
> considered commercial by the strictest sense as they host advertising
> or sponsored content. Individual articles may be acceptable if they
> meet our case by case requirements for "quality," integrity and
> durability, as well as appropriate helpfulness. But we don't link to
> entire sites, not allow one site to have a majority of links in the
> Codex."
> [1] http://lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-docs/2011-August/002578.html
> [2]
> http://codex.wordpress.org/Talk:WordPress_Quick_Start_Guide#Need_help_.2F_guidelines_about_commercial_content
> [3] http://lists.automattic.com/pipermail/wp-docs/2011-August/002581.html
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