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Steve Freides

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May I include links in my posts?

Please follow this policy:
  • It’s ok to mention non-StrongFirst brands of merchandise, including kettlebells.

  • Please don’t provide links to non-StrongFirst brands of merchandise, including kettlebells.
Please be completely up-front and honest about what happens when someone clicks on your link, especially if the link itself says nothing about its content. As a general rule, we don't allow links in a new member's first few posts.

The same holds true for links with affiliated ID's - if you benefit from the link then you must, at the very least, state that fact clearly in your post.

If a link is NSFW - not safe for work - then it doesn't belong here, either. (NSFW is Internet-speak for a link to a site containing obscenities or other things you wouldn't want your boss to see if they walked by your desk.)

May I post advertisements for other web sites, products, etc. ?

No. We do not allow posts made solely to further commercial or business endeavors outside of StrongFirst and its partners. If it looks like an ad, or is just words but reads like an ad, please don't post it here.

May I promote myself, post links to articles I've written, web sites about me, etc. ?

You may as long as you disclose the full extent of your involvement. You may not, e.g., post a link to something you wrote and say, "Hey, look what I just found!" Be honest - some amount of self-promotion is OK as long as you are completely up-front, honest, and transparent about it.

Is it OK to post links to other fitness-related sites?

This is a tricky one. As students of strength, we are always open to learning, but StrongFirst is a business. Some fitness-related sites you might wish to post about are the work of our competitors. We hope you will recognize that the StrongFirst Forum exists to serve you, our community, and we hope you will therefore choose not to advertise on our competitors' behalf by posting their links here.

Please follow this policy:
  • It’s ok to mention non-StrongFirst brands of merchandise, including kettlebells.

  • Please don’t provide links to non-StrongFirst brands of merchandise, including kettlebells.
If you have any question about whether a particular link might be appropriate, please don't hesitate to ask - you may reach out to Forum Administrator, @Steve Freides. We will give you our honest opinion and we'll do our best to respect your point of view, but we reserve the right to remove a link or post if we feel it takes away from the cause of our community of strength here at StrongFirst.
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