Can I post my website, email, or personal information in my answers?
In certain circumstances you can. Common sense goes a long way here, but basically, you cannot spam, advertise, or solicit on Answers.
- Personal websites or email
The preferred method is to provide the information on your profile page. However when it is directly related to the answer you’re giving, sometimes it is helpful to include personal links or an email address in the answer. For example, you’re the proud owner of a couple of cats and run an informational web site about caring for cats. You answer a question about cat grooming and include a link to a page on your web site with detailed information on the topic, as well as your personal email address for people to contact you with more questions. If you host sponsored ads on your site, be careful about posting links to your site in every answer or you risk crossing over into spam territory, which is not allowed.
If you post your personal web site (including your MySpace page) and email in every answer whether or not they’re related to your answers, you could be in violation for solicitation or spam.
- Personal information
Please remember that Answers is a live site. Any personal information you post can be found by anyone on the Internet, so please use discretion. It’s OK to sign your answers with your name as long as you’re not violating another rule while you’re at it.
- Business websites or email
There are many professionals and business owners providing valuable knowledge and experiences on Answers. By identifying yourself as such and providing great answers, you are building credibility and positive brand image. You may also provide your business URL and contact information on your profile page. However, please do not link to purchase pages in your answers, include your website and contact info in all answers, give low-quality answers coupled with links to your site, or solicit for clients. Do not answer questions directly related to purchases that can be made at your business (i.e. you own an electronics business and you answer a question asking where to buy iPods, or you’re a dentist answering questions about which dentist to go to), as this behaviour can be considered spam.