Why can't I recommend myself?

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OK so this is kind of a pet peeve of mine.

I frequently see posts that say "I'm looking for _________ in __________." These posts inevitably include a moderator comment that says "Recommendations only. Do not offer your own services."

So I can recommend my competition but I can't recommend myself? On what planet does that work?

I totally understand the "no pitch" rule and I try very carefully to abide by it. I actually appreciate it because I understand that all of our inboxes would be filled with hundreds of messages if it didn't exist.

But, if someone posts that they are seeking a service in my area that I provide, I can't understand why it's such an egregious thing for me to raise my hand and say "hey I do that."

I joined BP and pay for the Pro membership because I want to learn, and I want to network. And a big part of networking is the hope that I can generate some business. If I can't offer my services to someone who specifically states that they are looking for my services, then I have to wonder why I'm spending my money on this. 

The only place where we can pitch deals is in the marketplace section. If offering our services in the general forums is such a big deal, perhaps you should consider creating a "services wanted" sub-forum in the marketplace where we would be free to wheel and deal. And then restrict all posts of that nature to that forum.

Hi @Fred Heller .  I see your point.  I also see BP's point as to why they don't like people recommending themselves.  If everybody is on here selling their own services without being vouched for.....  then folks like me that just want to help where we can and are selling nothing will go bye-bye.    

If you are good - someone will recommend you.  Not saying you're not.  Cheers!

Fred, 

I see you are a Pro Member. You most certainly can offer your service in the Market place. you can pitch your deals offer whatever but just not on the open forums , that is my understanding. So if you go to the Market place I am sure you will be able to post what you are asking about. 

Is it considered against the rules, bad form or tacky to send a colleague request to the person and include a note that we provide __________ in ____________?

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