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 Posted: Thu Apr 27th, 2017 12:10 pm
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Helmut



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You're right when you install mechanisms to save the forum from becoming the playground for all sorts of spam and camouflaged advertising in threads. On the other hand, if I and many others would not have read e.g. DavidT's posts, some fruitful outcomes in BPRC of model railroads would not have happened here. It is difficult to handle contributions that are both very useful  how-tos and referring to the contributor's business at the same  time. Many of those are what MR in a 60's article used to call 'Basement Operators', that is hobbyists who try to market hobby-related items on a rather small scale, too. Mostly they have specialized in one aspect, have developed some techniques and tools which they found useful and timesaving, and try to reap some compensation for their efforts they think others can also benefit from.
Many forums have handled this problem by establishing a classified corner, the rules described a bit further up seem to be a good guideline for that.
Just my 2 cents.

Last edited on Thu Apr 27th, 2017 12:11 pm by Helmut



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