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I have noticed that some users use their profile page to advertise their blog or the books they have written.

Should we have restrictions on what users can include in their profile page? If so, what should they be? If a user is found to be in violation of the restrictions, what should be the consequences?

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    Why can't someone be proud of what they've written? As long as they're not spamming posts, it's fine. – simchona Jan 12 '13 at 22:14
  • To the downvoters, why don't you reset your votes? The question is clearly important. I know you don't like me, but the question has nothing to do with your liking towards me. I'm saying this because the negative votes have bad effects on readers. – user19148 Jan 12 '13 at 22:51
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    @Carlo_R: Why is it clearly important? Am I one of the offenders prompting this proposed restriction? – John Lawler Jan 13 '13 at 1:21
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    Downvotes on meta mean disagreement. Come on, you know better. – simchona Jan 13 '13 at 2:33
  • @JasonBourne I knew I'd seen that "Your user page belongs to you" somewhere. – Andrew Leach Jan 13 '13 at 13:16
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    What @simchona said. I've downvoted because I have no objection to users "promoting" themselves on their profile page, not because I disapprove of this question being asked. – FumbleFingers Jan 13 '13 at 18:47
  • Some things written in profiles seem strange, but none yet seem to me to be objectionable or actionable. Maybe you should give an answer since it seems that there are some objectionable posts to you. – Mitch Jan 13 '13 at 19:21
  • While on the subject, Carlo; what does my enthusiasm has finished in your profile mean? Normally I would take it as 'I no longer care about EL&U, and won't be here any longer', but from context that would seem mistaken. "I'm no longer an amateur"? Or a joke that went over my head? – TimLymington Jan 16 '13 at 15:59
  • @Tim, thank you, I am pleased to hear from you. No, there is no joke in my profile, to which I added my ... finished after having asked this legitimate question: english.stackexchange.com/questions/76876/… As you probably know, the question was closed and I was suspended for a procedure violation dealing with my comments. Alas, but the question, which was surely an expert one, is still blocked and I cannot post my ... – user19148 Jan 16 '13 at 17:06
  • ... own answer en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonestheme that I have found after a lot of efforts. So, while I'm waiting ELL starts, I have decided to keep a low profile here. – user19148 Jan 16 '13 at 17:07
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You can't really decide what users put in their profiles because they're free to insert what they want. It's your profile and you're allowed to publish about anything:

Your blog, your own everyday diary, a picture of your cat, enigmi, the 5th prime number, a funny face, etc.

What you can't include are those things that might create problems: personal attacks against users or mods, links to bad sites, etc.

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    Etc. in such a context rings alarm bells with me: is there a list of what is unacceptable? – TimLymington Jan 12 '13 at 21:31
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    This MSO question covers exactly this. Caution: the images may shock. – Andrew Leach Jan 12 '13 at 21:36
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    @TimLymington As long as you don't go beyond the common sense, anything is fine. – Alenanno Jan 12 '13 at 21:41
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    Hey, I get royalties on the fifth prime number, so I hope you will all use it more and more. – Robusto Jan 13 '13 at 17:10
  • @Robusto: I just gave Alenanno's answer its 11th upvote, if that helps. – J.R. Jan 15 '13 at 10:48
  • @Robusto I think I deserve a percentage at this point. – Alenanno Jan 15 '13 at 10:54
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I wouldn't characterize such links to blogs or books as advertisements; these seem more like a CV to me. Moreover, I wouldn't discourage such links, in fact, I'd encourage them. They tell me more about the people I interact with on ELU, they often point to helpful resources, and they serve to establish community credibility.

There's a difference between "I wrote such-and-such a book," and "Please buy my book." I'd consider the former entirely relevant and apropos. I might consider the latter a little tacky, but I still wouldn't see a need for moderator intervention.

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