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Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
Posts: 42
Can the moderators point to the rules to set the signature and is there any limit on the number of URLs in the signature ?
Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
Posts: 42
I have looked through the ranch and don't see any rules. I hope the admins do send a warning before disabling account if it violates any terms.
Ulf Dittmer
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Joined: Mar 22, 2005
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I don't think there are written-down rules, but it should be short. I'd say yours is borderline already - you might want to remove a few.
David O'Meara
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

That was me. Your signature was so large that I honestly couldn't tell that it was a real post and looked 100% like spam. The short rule is that if you don't want to be treated like spam, don't look like spam, I guess.

The link in your signature contains resources that are not freely and legally available, so I have to ask you to remove them or your account will be closed again.
Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
Posts: 42
Originally posted by David O'Meara:
The link in your signature contains resources that are not freely and legally available

I was wondering what you mean by free and legal here. If you were speaking about the video search technology here, for building these pages, I used Truveo as the underlying technology and using and building such pages with Truveo is legal. If you want me to provide you with further details, please drop me a PM so that I can provide you.

Could you be more clear on what you meant ?
[ July 16, 2008: Message edited by: Sree Chinna ]
David O'Meara
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Posts: 13459

Impossible to say as most of the content appears to be limited to within the USA, but could it be possible that you are sourcing content including movies and full or partial TV episodes?
Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
Posts: 42
I don't have any control over the content. All that my pages that are present in my signature do is setting the videos selection criteria based on user options and querying Truveo.

The results are obtained from AOL's Truveo video search engine. To clarify a bit more, Truveo is AOL's powerful video search engine that gets videos from multiple channels like Youtube, AOL, Myspace and many other channels.

They expose APIs that can be used by developers to build their own applications/gadgets by using Truveo API. Having said that, you can visit http://developer.truveo.com/ to have a look at the API and their video search site http://www.truveo.com/

To be precise, here is the combination of technologies that I have used to make it works

Lingo Translator - Translates the searched video titles and descriptions into one's own language

This uses Truveo API + Google Translator to translate the searched video titles and descriptions into ones own language (Russian, German, French or other)

Hollywood & Bollywood - Gets the video results of movie industry
This uses Truveo API only + UI is customized to provide hollywood/bollywood related videos

Around the world - Gets the video of famous tourism spots worldwide (currently India)
This uses Truveo API only + A lot of manual work to get the tourism places in a country (currently India)

Customize Google Search - Gets the video results as a part of your google search so that you can use Google.com to search URLs as well as videos. This uses Truveo API only

iGoogle video gadget - Gets the video results from your iGoogle account. Again this uses Truveo API only

Hope this makes it clear.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Yeah, I don't really know about copyright violations or what; it does seem that the content is all being provided via Google or AOL's search engines. And I think what you're saying is that these are examples of your work, right? You're using your .sig as a sort of mini-resume. I think that's OK -- it's not like you're the only person to do so.

But I'd really prefer to see just a single link that says "My Truveo Applications" that went to your online resume hosted elsewhere; I have to agree that two lines of links looks a lot like spam. We are very intolerant of folks trying to get free advertising, and what you're doing is really teetering on the brink of that.


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Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
Posts: 42
Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
But I'd really prefer to see just a single link that says "My Truveo Applications"

Thats absolutely fine with me. I can do that.

I have to agree that two lines of links looks a lot like spam.

He was speaking about my earlier signature which had missed the url formatting and not the current one.
[ July 16, 2008: Message edited by: Sree Chinna ]
Ulf Dittmer
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Six links in one line isn't really better than six links in two lines.
 
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