Al33nut, and the admin team
a level playing field, as previously mentioned would be nice, but its not happening on here.
Does Rarebear get this trouble? No.
yet any thread he is invloved with starts out as an advice, and results in the sale discussion of his OBD Diagnostic cables. It comes up time and time again, i know, ive read loads of them when on the 156 section.
everyone knows he's selling something, and this forum is his access to customers. as far as i'm aware, he does not retail them anywhere elses, or through any other medium.
and personally, i think its great, its a product and a service that has saved forum members countless fortunes.
so i'm not snitching, quite the opposite, i'm all for it, because the end justifies the means.
Not so long ago we had a member of the admin team, full on selling his car on the technical forum, not even bothering to used the classifieds. This wasn't done by mistake, it was 100% deliberate, no denying it.
Which forum section has the most traffic? is it the classifieds? No, could it the technical rooms, Ooh! I think it might be.
i posted at the time " i shall remember this post the next time i want to sell something"
and when it was pointed out, the issue was even argued! and one of the forums very active members who thought it a blatent advert was nearly struck off for his commenting on it!
Then we have the other, supposedly innocent type of promotion, such as directly above.
BigAl, god bless him, has come up with a potential retail outlet to try for the much needed gaskets that AR will no longer supply, flamin fantastic, we are all safe from the brink of extinction again, and thank you very much Al, i shall be looking into them, following my latest Rant!
But where will admin draw the line?
The suggestion of somewhere to try for something, is a sales promotion for the retailer, all be it secondhand, but what is the difference really.
I will now be steered by the suggestion of another forum member towards that outlet, and potentially spend some money. It happens all the time, and where is the harm in it, it is simply knowledge, theres no gun to my head is there?
so, if didn't say anything myself, but a forum member announced my boxer manifold for arguments sake as a possible product to keep our ageing beauties stay on song, with a members only discount, and group buy options, would that thread be pulled too? or is that ok because i didn't say a word?
there is no level playing field, if there were, this would hever have happened.
comments admin team please
or just pull it, whatever