User talk:Certified planner
Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites with which you are affiliated, and links that exist to attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam policies for further explanations of links that are considered appropriate. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article's talk page rather than re-adding it. See the welcome page to learn more about Wikipedia. Thank you.--Hu12 (talk) 13:39, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
By definition, any Wikipedia article or for that matter- any encyclopedic article, *must* be *informative*. Since we have a section called External Links in many articles, it is upon us to make it as informative as possible.
I gauge the strength of a link by its ranking on market-tested search engines. If you suggest a better rule, I will accept it. Anyway, adding only 4 links that are *informative* and *add value* is neither inappropriate nor does it make Wikipedia a directory of links.
Note that all of these links are of established websites that attract professionals mentioned in this article and highlight the different niches of that profession, offering a "peek into its professional world". They are not repetitive and certainly not spam. In fact, I have often looked-up a Wikipedia article to then follow its external links to get a glimpse of ongoing dialogs.
And the edit to point this section to an external website is not helpful because we can then justify doing the same to other sections.
Notwithstanding the communal nature of Wikipedia and the importance of talking view-points, if for such minor edits I am dragged into a lengthy back-and-forth, I, and by extension many others, would be discouraged to edit Wikipedia. Nevertheless, I have compromised and accepted the last edits of Acroterion- a Wikipedia Administrator.
- Erm, Hu12's an admin too, with extensive spam-fighting experience. While Google ranking's useful in some cases, it's usually rejected as a means of determining the worth of external links. I haven't reviewed the links, I just removed the ones that duplicated internal links - which is pretty much what Hu12 did. Acroterion (talk) 03:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)