New Code Sharing forum As of today there is a new Code Sharing sub-forum of the App Store forum, for users to share family/friend codes and for developers to distribute free promo codes to interested members. The Code Sharing sub-forum is for: users to share family/friend codes for cooperative iPhone and iPod touch applications iPhone and iPod touch application developers to give away promo codes for their applications All family/friend/promo code threads and posts must be in this sub-forum, not in the main App Store forum or in any other forum. This applies to posts by developers as well as posts by other users. Posts made in the Code Sharing forum do not count toward your post count total. Thanks to the work of our moderators, recent code sharing and promo giveaway threads have already been moved to the Code Sharing sub-forum. If you plan to post codes, first review the rules stated in the Code Sharing Forum Rules and FAQ. If you see any further threads for codes in the App Store forum, or individual posts containing codes in the App Store forum, please report them to the moderators, who will move them or remove them. We know that it will require a transition period for people to get in the habit of posting codes only in a separate sub-forum, but our users have requested this separation to keep the App Store forum less cluttered and more useful. We balance requests for new forums with requests to keep the main forum page from growing ever larger. In this case we've decided in favor of the new forum. Before posting codes, read the Code Sharing Forum Rules and FAQ and observe the rules stated there. Thank you for your cooperation! New App Store guidelines for application developers MacRumors has for some time given special support to developers of iPhone and iPod touch applications, by permitting them to promote their applications in the App Store forum. These privileges were experimental at first, but proved to be a benefit to the forum community. Application developers, many of whom are individuals or very small companies, got a chance to talk about their applications. Our forum members got a chance to interact directly with application developers, discuss features, ask questions, make requests, etc. We were pleased to find that almost all iPhone and iPod touch application developers have been responsible forum members. Only a few have cluttered the forums by starting too many threads or making too many posts. We are now making the App Store privileges for iPhone and iPod touch application developers an established part of the forum rules. We are giving these developers official permission to use the App Store forum for announcements and for promotional information about their applications. At the same time, we are requiring that they start a limited number of threads, post promo codes only in the Code Sharing sub-forum, and observe a few other requirements. The details are spelled out in the new Guidelines for iPhone and iPod touch application developers. We hope the formalization of the rules for iPhone and iPod touch application developers will work to the benefit of both developers and the users interested in their software. Note that we have not given equivalent permissions to vendors of Mac software or hardware products, in keeping with past policies and to be fair to our paid advertisers. Forum members who are interested in iPhone and iPod touch applications are invite to visit our sister sites touchArcade and AppShopper, where we provide reviews, discussion, and information about iPhone and iPod touch applications. As always, we appreciate the suggestions we've received from forum users, the volunteer work of our moderators, and the cooperation of application developers.