Site Talk forum: Not sure about this new member

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 5:40 PM CST
@dave
This new member is posting new multiple threads with links to his/her website. Is that okay?
http://garden.org/users/posts.php?user=greatgardener
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
May 28, 2016 5:43 PM CST
well unless I am missing something it is a link to a site that has instructions, but I don't see anything for sale?

Just stuff that shows how to make a chicken coop?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
May 28, 2016 5:53 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

It's a spammer. They had a different account last year and now this year have a new one. I'm going to delete all their posts - it's just a bunch of spam.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Who is USA Gardening? All of the different links posted take you to this website.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 5:54 PM CST
That is what I thought. Thank you Dave.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
May 28, 2016 6:05 PM CST
While the site doesn't appear to be selling anything directly (there is a lot of advertising). What seems spammy to me is it seems this member is using NGA solely for the purpose of advertising there site and direct traffic there.
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 6:10 PM CST
I agree
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Cat Lover
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2016 6:17 PM CST
Thanks for reporting that, Lynn! Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
May 28, 2016 6:32 PM CST
valleylynn said:Who is USA Gardening? All of the different links posted take you to this website.

I googled and came up with their Facebook Page saying: American Gardening & Homesteading Reference
and the very first post says "Giving Forward, Please Like and share this page, Thank you. Some posts show step by step instructions for building a paver walkway, building a deck, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/USAGardening
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 6:32 PM CST
You are welcome Sandy.
He posted in a number of different forums. I only found one in the three forums I moderate, Containers. But it looked suspicious so I went to his profile page and found that the only things he posted were links to that website.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 6:33 PM CST
Thanks for the link Lin. I still think it is very suspicious.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
May 28, 2016 6:33 PM CST
Me too ... looks like they were just spamming to get people to their website!
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
May 28, 2016 6:52 PM CST
plantladylin said:Me too ... looks like they were just spamming to get people to their website!


Exactly! If this was someone who interacted on a regular basis and only dropped an occasional link when it was relevant to the conversation then it would not have been a problem. I do that myself, but references to my sites are an extremely small fraction of the post I make.
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
May 29, 2016 5:55 AM CST
I bet they get paid for how many hits to that link they posted.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
May 29, 2016 6:44 PM CST
I wasn't offended by the person, but also not particularly interested in their web site (too busy, too many ads), so just scrolled past subsequent posts.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
May 29, 2016 6:53 PM CST
beckygardener said:I bet they get paid for how many hits to that link they posted.


While that is possible, typically when someone has an paid or affiliate link, there is an identifying code that shows in the link. I did not see that in his links.
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


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