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#1 Azies

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 19:05

Hey guys, I had a friend who is in need of some help crowdfunding something, and I was curious if it was against the rules to post a thread here to try and garner support for her. I won't go into details, but I want to make sure that it's allowed and really follow the rules on the forum. Question is basically this...


Am I allowed to post a crowdfunding link, in a related topic that I create to try and get help from the Neowin community on something for my friend? The crowdfunding page is not mine, and I am not getting anything in return for it, it's all her. What's the policy on this?


#2 OP Azies

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 14:59

This is fairly important, anyone have any ideas?

#3 +djdanster

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 17:51

If it's just you asking for some people to help out, I personally don't see the problem; although I am not a mod so I couldn't speak for neowin.

#4 +Phouchg

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 18:02

Ask mods directly. They're actually a friendly bunch... probably.

Just note, if you are permitted (and that goes also for any other site you might want to put this) - do your friend a favor and describe what the thing (or whatever the crowdfunding's for) is, what it does, how it helps anyone - generally why should anyone bother and care. See, my college inbox gets things like these often, and from people one might think are creative and socially active, but usually there's just "please vote for this" or "please take a look at that". Sorry, you're not trying good enough. And if it's voting, be fair - describe the competition and its goals rather than just your thing. It does take away the focus but you also come ahead as an honest person that does it all for other reasons than winning.

#5 metallithrax

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 18:05

There have been articles and links to Kickstarter projects, so I wouldn't think there would be a problem. Although as stated above, contact a mod directly for a quicker answer.

#6 vetJohn S.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 18:23

Whether or not it's you directly, it would be pimping the user base for someone else's profit which is no different than spam.

#7 OP Azies

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 21:24

Whether or not it's you directly, it would be pimping the user base for someone else's profit which is no different than spam.


Okay, that's kind of what I thought, that's why I asked first rather than just create a thread and have it closed later, creating more drama. Not really someone else's profit, though. It was a fundme link to my friend because she's in need of a STUPID amount of money for getting four impacted wisdom teeth removed, jerkoff Dentists won't do it without upfront money, it's not even my page. >.<

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 15:33

^ Whiskey & Pliers are cheaper.

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#9 slapfacemcdougal

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 16:05

That kinda sounds like an abuse of crowd funding. That's for their personal gain. Crowd funding usually ends up being beneficial for the crowd who funds it.

#10 +Phouchg

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 16:17

The best half of people in the whole damn world have no timely (or none whatsoever) access to medical services when required, mainly because of increasingly outrageous costs. This course of action is inappropriate and encourages inequality and favoritism.

#11 Kami-

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:20

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Not really someone else's profit, though. It was a fundme link to my friend because she's in need of a STUPID amount of money for getting four impacted wisdom teeth removed, jerkoff Dentists won't do it without upfront money, it's not even my page. >.<

Err, perhaps she should've gotten dental cover? Ah well, you can remove them for her with some pliers - have fun.

#12 +Nik L

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:34

That is not what crowd funding is for. That is someone begging for money!

#13 Coagulated

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:23

It's a rubbish state of affairs, but this isn't appropriate for crowdfunding.

http://www.justgiving.com/ might be worth checking out, but other than that I don't know of any other ways apart from working extra hours or seeking out a charity that helps cover medical costs.

#14 Steven P.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:48

Answered.