When we started the ESL Podcast Blog over two years ago, we decided on a policy not to allow links in the comments sections. The following is an excerpt (section) from our original post about this:
We have received some posts recently with website links (addresses). For security reasons, we prefer not to post any active links in the comment sections. The reason is that it takes extra time for us to investigate these links and make sure they are not spam or are not redirecting you to another site. (We receive a lot of spam messages on the comments section!) For that reason, we have decided not to put active links in the comments. We know this is inconvenient, but most things can be found using a simple Google search, so if you mention something you saw (such as a YouTube video or newspaper article), most people will be able to find it another way.
Since that time, we have become lax (not strict) about this policy, mainly because of the interesting things our listeners post. However, as much as we hate to do it, we will need to ask you once again to leave out links, so that we can focus our time on producing the best podcasts we can!
Thank you for your understanding, and we appreciate your comments very, very much!
~ Jeff and Lucy