The few examples listed below are the ones we've encountered on the site on a few occasions over the years.  There are many other examples, but very luckily, they've not come our way to date.

[19 May] - Terms of Membership | Reminder on Solicitation


Hi everyone,


Sorry for the boring stuff, we don't enjoy putting these out ourselves, but once in a while it's necessary in order to be sure we're all on the same page.  A pleasant and enjoyable environment for everyone who uses our site is really important to us.


So, this is just a reminder about our Terms of Membership's section on Solicitation.


A few examples of solicitation : 

Being asked for money, Being asked to buy a product or service, Being asked to join another website, etc. - Receiving any contacts going against our site's purpose/best interest.  


For obvious reasons (ie it's inconsiderate and bothersome), this type of activity is not allowed on PoetBay.  Anyone engaging in such an activity in our community will be removed without notice.  


If you are on the receiving end of any kind of solicitation, please do let us know so that we can ensure no other member gets bothered in that manner.  


Our space is simply not for that kind of activity, and we feel strongly about wanting to keep it that way for all of us (members and admin).



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D G Moody The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi Editorial team

"Being asked to join another website, etc."

Could you please clarify this? As you'll know some us are and have been members on other poetry sites. While commenting on a members work it is possible that the mention of another site occurs; for example "I have posted this previously on ........."And if this leads to the recipient looking at the other site, does this constitute soliciting?

Personally, I would not wish to encourage another member to forsake PoetBay; but it is also the prerogative of members as to where they both browse and post - surely? I would be most grateful if you could respond on this.

And keep up the good work.........Dougie