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 Posted: Sun Apr 30th, 2017 12:24 am
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The thing is, if somebody posts an ad on an otherwise sane thread, just delete the offending post and leave the rest alone. PM the offender, and in case of re-incidence boot him/her out.
My 1/2 cent.
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 Posted: Sun Apr 30th, 2017 12:29 am
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The rules state no monetary value to be discussed here

Commenting about the price of something is not advertising.
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 Posted: Thu Jun 8th, 2017 11:44 am
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Hi Guys :wave:



Since Herb asked me to take on the role of Freerails 'General Manager' there has been an ongoing discussion regarding advertising.

Some of this originates from before my role as 'General Manager', some more recently.

Freerails has always been a non-commercial Site & is very unique in this respect.

I believe that the majority of Members want to keep it that way.



A number of Threads have been looked at in connection with this kind of problem.

Everything from adverts for 'online magazines', 'building kits', 'pdf downloads', 'electronic equipment', 'services' etc. etc.

Whilst Freerails is not saturated with this kind of use by Members, the problem does exist.

Some 'Members' it has been discovered, have ONLY posted adverts & nothing else !



Woodie hit the nail on the head, as far as I am concerned on this, by saying :-

" I do not like to read something that looks to be something it's not "

Many of the problem Threads have been 'thinly' veiled, as 'scratchbuilds', 'how to do its', 'video links', 'free magazine subscriptions' etc. etc.

It is blindingly obvious in ALL cases that have been looked at, the COMMERCIAL origins of the Threads in question.



John (oztrainz) and myself have discussed the matter, at great length on the phone.

The matter has also been discussed in the 'Crew Forum' by the entire Freerails Crew as well.

If any Members would like to comment on the situation regarding advertising & product placement Threads, it would be good to hear.

Bear in mind, someone has to make decisions about these things, so 1 rule for 1 thing, & 1 rule for another, isn't a realistic option.



I would welcome all & every comment on these matters from Members.

The debate has continued, somewhat tediously to be honest.

But keeping Freerails advert & product-placement free, is worth talking about.

The vast majority of Members are well aware of the commercial-free aspect of Freerails & respect that when Posting.



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Si.



BTW ... None of this affects 'genuine' Members, Posting for example ...

" I like this Tamiya kit & got it for $xx.xxc " etc.

This is a recommendation, is a part of modeling, & obviously Posted by a 'modeler', not an 'advertiser'.

I'm sure that's fairly obvious.

In other words, this does NOT effect what 99.9% of Members are Posting.






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Any free magazine has advertisements inside but the mag itself is free. Are links to the mag itself allowed?. Something like s scale resource dot com/
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 Posted: Fri Jun 9th, 2017 12:24 am
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I'm not against links to free mags like MRH, etc. Just selling stuff here. Now if somebody wants to tell about a Tamiya (etc) 1:48 Jeep kit and describe it and maybe even show a how-to about assembly, that's OK by me also. But if the poster includes "this kit (whatever) is available from me or maybe my website for $XXXXX" then I would consider the post to be selling something. Hell yes, I have lots of crap that I would love to get rid of for money but I won't use this forum to hawk my junk. Now would I post a link to my website, blog, whatever that has my junk for sale? NO! Get my drift?
That's my opinion and I realize that opinions are like a$$h)&^$%...everybody's got one!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 9th, 2017 12:45 am
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Thanks Woodie. Mess cleared up.
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I'm probably in the minority here but one of the things I like best about buying and selling things in forums I participate in is that I'm dealing with people I've established a relationship with. I wouldn't for one moment be concerned about buying from another FreeRails friend and I would like to think they feel the same way about me. Fleabay and some of those other sites, I don't have much confidence in.

Let me ask a hypothetical question. What if I were conversing in a thread with someone that expressed an interest in a modeling product I was interested in selling. Can I PM them about letting them know I have an item that I'd sell?



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I'm just fine with keeping the sales stuff out. There's enough of that elsewhere.



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Can I PM them about letting them know I have an item that I'd sell?

Probably just emailing would be better.

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