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We've been getting more than the usual amount of people signing up to dump music links and other odds and ends around the place lately, so it's time to revisit our guidelines for sharing music and other content. 

First, TL;DR: bands, solo artists, recording projects, friends or relatives of bands, promoters, labels: IT GOES IN THE "PROMOTE YOURSELF" SECTION. Anywhere else and your account will be shut down.

Now then.

1: Read through the forum a bit. It really helps if you get to know the community before you join.

2: Introduce yourself. Not your band, your music, your artwork, or your website... yourself. No need for tons of personal details, but at least tell us a bit about your music taste and what brings you here. If you signed up to promote, it's fine to mention that, but NO promo links are allowed in the intro section - personal introductions only.

3: If you want to promote something, do it in the Promote Yourself section. Don't do it anywhere else. We keep fan discussions and promotion separate; promotion outside of the promo section isn't allowed.

If it's yours, it's promotion. Your death metal band does not go in the "Death Metal" forum. Your new DSBM track does not go in the "Depressive Suicidal Black Metal" thread. Your Youtube review channel does not go in "Best Metal Youtube"; your Spotify playlist does not go in "What Are You Listening To". Same thing for your blog site, friend's band, label, PR company, streaming radio, graphic art services, mixing/mastering business, internet comic, self-published novella, metal-themed board game concept, etc... All of this belongs in "Promote Yourself". One thread per band/project/business/website. Update your thread when you have something new to share, but no bumping to keep it on top. Nobody here cares what's on top anyway.

What about gray areas? There are always gray areas. If you're being compensated for posting in any way, or your main goal is to get clicks/views or drive traffic to another site, you're not in a gray area; that's promotion. If you wrote an article or list that you want to share, and we have to click through to another site to read it, that's promotion. The "Album Reviews" section is for posting actual reviews, not glowing PR copy. The "Your Artwork" thread is for sharing your personal art, but if you're posting there to drum up interest and get work, that's promotion. The "Vocals Talk" and instrument discussion sections are ok to post music in if you actually want feedback or advice about technique or gear, but they're not for sharing finished music. Similarly, it's ok to post a sample of what you do in the "Looking For A Band Member" and "Looking For A Band" sections, within reason, but don't turn it into a promo thread. A text link in your signature to your website, FB page, Bandcamp, etc is ok; a music video or Soundcloud player in your signature is not. This isn't an exhaustive list. Use your head.

If you're actually in doubt about whether what you're posting counts as promo, ask one of the moderators. But frankly, if you're here to promote, just be honest about it and keep your posts in the appropriate section. There's nothing to be gained by trying to game the system. There's no system.

4: If you're not here just to promote, and you really want to hang out and chat about metal, it's a good idea to have some conversations with people before you start posting links. It helps us understand where you're coming from. It helps you not look like a spammer.

5: Whether or not you're promoting, WRITE SOMETHING about whatever you share. Describe it. Don't post a link by itself; that's virtually guaranteed to be deleted. Don't just say "what do you guys think of this?" or "looking for feedback". Put some more effort in. This goes double for newcomers, and triple for people sharing anything in any of the recommendation or discussion threads. Everybody loves a good recommendation, but if you can't be bothered to write a bit about it, don't bother posting it.



Why should you care about any of this? Simply put, you should care because otherwise the staff will delete your posts and you might get banned. We treat promotion outside of the promo section as spam. This is a music discussion community. The more you contribute, the more likely it is that some of us will get interested in your stuff, and the more likely we are to cut you some slack if it looks like you're out of bounds.

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