Note: we’re aware the policy needs some tweaking/clarification - see this post.
The “one per week” stipulation is “on average”- see the section titled “How Does This Work”.
As Blender continues to get more popular, we’re seeing more and more people come to this forum and treat it as just a platform to promote their products or services, but do not otherwise engage with the community. This is not a healthy dynamic for a forum. This kind of behavior adds very little value to forum members while at the same time it makes the overall experience less pleasant. After observing this for a while and collecting data, we have decided it’s time for a new policy on such posts.
Self-promotion is a post or reply that advertises you. Specifically, this may mean:
- A #support:tutorials-tips-and-tricks topic linking to your YouTube channel, blog, or personal website
- A link to your YouTube channel, website, or blog in a reply to another topic
- A BlenderMarket/Gumroad/etc link to one of your products
- A topic in #coding:released-scripts-and-themes sharing an add-on you’ve made
Note that we count replies to your self-promotions too as these bump your topic back to the top of the message list.
This does not include links to your social media, or YouTube videos posted in your own #artwork:finished-projects - this is an expected part of sharing an artwork. For example, you post an artwork in #artwork:finished-projects and add a link to your Instagram, as well as a art breakdown video on your YouTube channel. This is not self-promotion, for the sake of this rule.
However, if you make a reply to that topic sharing the model on BlenderMarket, that is self-promotion.
We will delete self promotion posts that exceed the 1/week rule and we encourage forum members to report posts that appear to follow this pattern.
That said, it’s worth noting that exceptions can be made if a user has a high level of community involvement. As said in a reply below:
If you have a good week and you post 3 items, but you also have great community engagement otherwise, and you haven’t been promoting for a while, then I have no problems with it. We will look over a longer 30 period before making any decisions.
You can reach out to @bartv if you’re interested in commercial opportunities for promotion, such as site banners or advertising on the Blender AdNet.