I referred only to a page with free tool downloads and descriptions of how to use them. The page contained no adverts or promotions; just straightforward information about the problem and the links to download the tools.
I had to put the tools somewhere so that they can be downloaded. How do you suggest I make these free tools available in such a way that meets these guidelines?
The policy states:
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I don't see how my link violates this policy. The intent is give away free tools. There is no attempt at monetary gain, no services are offered, and no solicitations were made.
Good thing every other site I posted this on was happy for the information. Guess CNET is going to the dogs now that CBS bought them, huh?
Guess I won't bother posting here any more. Give a moderator a litte power and he/she becomes a little Nazi.