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  • eujunseo
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    • April 06, 2018, 10:53:01 pm
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Or is that against the whole subscriber thing?

Or is that against the whole subscriber thing?

Some people have done it, not sure if the mods clean those posts up.
You could also check out *another website* if you're looking for powerpoints. That's were a lot of the creators went when overnight, the mods started charging for our content without asking.

MOD NOTE: Please don't defy TOS by naming other sites on this website. You may PM the OP a recommendation to another site, but please, respect the site.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2018, 12:11:35 pm by nzer-in-gyeongnam »

  • kyndo
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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
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The subscription was implemented to subsidize the server costs, so I can't imagine that anybody would be offended if you use googledrive or whatever to post your powerpoint links etc.

  • nzer-in-gyeongnam
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    • August 07, 2010, 01:23:29 pm
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While I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, I don't believe we are allowed to stop you from doing that. I haven't heard anything from the Site admin that says users can't post googledrive or dropbox or any other site links to where said user is hosting the information themself.

The paid subscription is to allow access to files that are being hosted on this website, and to support the Site admin in the server work he does.
"It's better to have tried and failed, than never to have tried at all!"
Teach this to your students... they'll thank you for it later! user eujunseo, it is clearly permitted to use third-party file sharing service links.

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Last Edit: September 14, 2017, 05:25:15 AM by Arsalan

Sorry for slight detour from original topic, but very relevant to the current discussion:

I hoped for some clarification on this note from a moderator about this reference.
MOD NOTE: Please don't defy TOS by naming other sites on this website. You may PM the OP a recommendation to another site, but please, respect the site.
Last Edit: Today at 12:11:35 PM by nzer-in-gyeongnam moderator nzer-in-gyeongnam kindly asks user tommyb.goode not to 'defy TOS by naming other sites on this website," but after reading through the most recently updated terms of use (posted above for quick reference), I couldn't find this specific rule. The closest I could find was:

Lesson Plans, Games & Templates
- All posted lesson content, games and templates must either be uploaded directly to the site or linked via a third-party file sharing service such as Google Drive, etc. No links to personal blogs or sites are allowed

But that specifically forbids only links, and also personal sites or blogs, not community sites or blogs.

If someone could point out where the mentioning of other websites is in the Forum Policies, Rules and Terms of Service, it may help other users avoid making the same mistake in the future.

Thank you!

  • eujunseo
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    • April 06, 2018, 10:53:01 pm
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Wow, thanks everyone for such detailed answers!