I've just seen a user profile page which contains the following text:

Donations are welcome via Paypal. Paypal account is the same as my email address.

There's no context to suggest this has anything to do with supporting the user's favourite cause - it's a direct request for money.

Is this acceptable?

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    He just copied and pasted the text from his website where he developed a tool it seems
    – juan
    Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 19:33

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No one is making you give that user money.

As long as it is not against the Terms of Service, anything goes on personal user profiles.


Sure. Some users have Amazon Wish Lists in their profile. Nobody is forcing you to donate/pay/buy anything. If you feel generous enough to reward someone for their help, go right ahead. If not, feel free to ignore it.


I feel this same question can be applied to any answer someone posts as a response to a question... You don't have to apply the solution that was offered.

"Solicitation" is something done actively, if a user asks you for money in exchange for his help, that would be a problem.

In effect, this website encourages users to Solicit each other for votes in exchange for answers, which is perfectly acceptable.


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