Originally Posted by mdivk
First post on this forum: why I can't see the real URL but instead see: <URL snipped>?
I can see how this can be a little confusing. The rules of this community prohibit self-promotion or advertising anywhere except the Marketplace section of the forum. So when moderators either feel that a particular post has an unnecessary self-mention (or an advertising plug) or find out with a high degree of certainty that said post was a direct attempt to advertise, moderators would remove an active URL or a company name from a post, defeating the purpose and aligning the post with the forum guidelines. To mark that such edit was made, moderators usually leave a note: <URL snipped> or <company name snipped>.
Over the years, advertising on forums became a lot more complex with a lot of hired freelancers (often referred to as "shills") to pose as fake customers who either ask questions or suggest companies to others. This was a classic attempt at that.
This thread should have theoretically been deleted from public eye, but it was instead left to serve as a signal that we do in fact monitor the forum quite actively.
And on this I am going to close this thread as it will serve little purpose to keep alive.