Commercial Shops Rule

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  1. demeler

    demeler Well-Known Member

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    Hi,:)

    I am a new member and need a little help.

    I am having trouble understanding what exactly a "shop" is. I had posted a
    couple of links to a thread which ended up being split as they were considered
    a "shop". One was to an Archive, which I thought was okay. Can someone explain
    what is considered a shop and what isn't. I'm just not getting it.

    Also, if it is considered a shop, can I still post it, but split it...and d'oh:confused: how do
    I split it.

    Thanks,
    D:)
     
  2. Chimp

    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    A shop is deemed as a site that has links to stuff they sell or external links to selling sites or ask for donations. Places like TNA (the National Archives) and ScotlandsPeople are ok.

    To split a link, say for example TNA

    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

    if you go to the beginning of 'national' and hit return it will split the link like so

    www.
    nationalarchives.gov.uk/

    This will stop it being a clickie. Sometimes it doesn't work (tuh computers) don't worry we mods and admin will sort it for you. That is what we are here for :)

    When we edit your post and split the link we leave a message telling you. This is not a reprimand, it is just a letting you know why we have done it.

    I still make mistakes :( sometimes in the rush I don't check to see if they are a shop.
     
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    demeler Well-Known Member

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    Oh my, that was a quick reply.:) Sorry I am still scratching my head. I
    posted a link to B.C. Archives, they don't sell or ask for donations.

    Wow, look how simple that was to split the link...d'oh.:D:D:D
    www.
    nationalarchives.gov.uk/

    So if it is a commercial shop, can I post a split link?

    Thanks very much Chimp,
    :)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Yes, split links are fine. It's a sort of 'they don't advertise us so we don't advertise them' situation :D

    Have also sent you a private message.
     
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    Thanks Chimp, got your PM as well.
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Sent another, you will see why links have been split :)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    They have a shop ;)
     
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  8. demeler

    demeler Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, now I understand "shop". And why I haven't noticed that before,
    well....that's a whole other matter.:p:p

    D:)
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    At least you've saved me an hour on housework :D
     
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  10. demeler

    demeler Well-Known Member

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    You're most welcome, those dust bunnies aren't going anywhere,
    they will wait for you.;)
     
  11. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    @demeler If you are ever not sure, then the best thing to do is to not post a clicky link. ;)

    Either post it as a split link like Chimp has explained (people can then copy/paste it into their browser) or post it as a code. Using the National Archives as an example:
    Code:
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
    Just type [code ] (but without the space) at the beginning of the url and then [/code ] (again without the space) at the end. That will make it appear as the example but not clicky. :)

    Fret not - we are here to help. :D
     
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  12. demeler

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    :)Thanks Daft Bat. The word "shop" threw me for a bit, but I think
    I'm good now.
     
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    OK, guys, now I'm confused, and I don't think it's just a senior(-ish) moment. (By the way, welcome, Demeler.)
    Surely BC Archives should be treated in the same way as the British National Archives (TNA)? And ironically when I clicked the Shop link at the top of the BC Archives page just now, I got File Not Found:
    Or am I missing something (other than a few brain cells and an increasing amount of hair) o_O:D?
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    I don't post any links. My splits never seemed to work. :D
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Try just making a space after the www. works as well, but mention what you have done. ;)
    http://www. genealogy-specialists.com/threads/commercial-shops-rule.6212/
     
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    I got that too, but at the top of that page it has "Donate" and you can buy "Tickets"
     
  17. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Easy, just break the link in any link you post and then you're covered.
     
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    Mealymoo A Busy Lizzy

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    I agree, Sis. I tend to break all links as saves me having to spend time checking whether a site has a shop or asks for donations. Also I am amongst the confused :confused: here as The National Archives site sells books; safest for me to break any links I post ;).
     
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    Yes - ^^ is the best way to do so. It saves a bit of time too having to try and split the link.
     
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    Thanks everyone for all your help and advice. Much appreciated.:)

    Thanks Arthurk for my welcome.:)

    D:)
     
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