We just added a new section to our SquidDon’t policy. The best way to describe the new SquidDon’t is: mundane (or everyday) products that are similar in design.
We’re seeing an influx of lenses about shower curtains, tablecloths, garbage bags, cotton balls, etc. These are topics that have produced spam in the past and while not every lens about shower curtains in spam we’ve decided to make these and similar products a SquidDon’t to improve the overall health of the site. We did this last year with coloring pages because they started to take over the site in mass quantity. The same thing is happening with shower curtain lenses. Unfortunately there are certain topics that encourage spam on the web like Acai Berry, weight loss and making money from home. Shower curtain lenses (and similar products) are now in this category.
Here’s a bit more of an explanation. The purpose of Squidoo is to create lenses that enrich, entertain, review, recommend and add value to the web. It’s easy to do that with things like books, movies, music, collectibles, games, gadgets, and unique products like this, this and this.
The problem with shower curtains (and other similar products) is that they are the same item only in different colors. So what we’re seeing are lenses about pink shower curtains, Halloween shower curtains, woodland creature shower curtains, etc. These are the lenses we’re locking under this new SquidDon’t policy. If your lens is locked under this new policy you will receive the royalties owed as explained here: What happens to the royalties on my lens when it gets locked?
It is OK to create a quality lens about Star Trek Gifts that’s includes a Star Trek shower curtain however to just create lens after lens about every shower curtain style on the market is now what we’re calling a SquidDon’t.
This is a site wide policy that will affect both Giants and non-Giants.