Originally Posted by John Kennett
I have no problem with bona fide RIBnet members occasionally posting offers like the one that started this thread. The Guidelines for commercial posting
even include this bit:
I have already expressed my viewpoint - but I aslo included a quote from your guidelines - which clearly indicate that direct promotion of your business is for trade members only... time to make up your mind or quite rightly your other trade members will decide not to renew - and have one off, ad hoc offers!
SCM isn't a hit-and-run spammer, he's been a member for over 5 years and I have no reason to believe that this isn't a genuine offer. Whilst I would be delighted if he wanted to join as a trade member, a one-off post like this isn't a problem.
but presumably you are not suggesting that trade membership entitles you to spamming or posting non genuine offers.
I recognise that there is a fine balance between a one-off offer which is in the interests of forum members and a promotion for commercial benefit. Frankly 15% discount on a course a few days before it was due to run is not about benefiting the forum - but making the course commercially viable. So I guess what I am saying is - make it a great offer (not a token jesture) and I wouldn't object either.
The reality is RIBnet costs time & money to run and therefore needs trade members (unless we are all willing to put our hands in our pockets - which will definitely discourage new members). I therefore accept that occasionally people will be selling something. Just as when I buy a magazine it will cost less if it has adverts. I would prefer people were upfront (as SCM was) and make clear that they have a vested interest. Actually compared to some other fora - I think RIBnet is not too bad for the "hidden agenda" posts. But I do object to someone directly promoting their business if they are not even willing to support the site. There are a few posts in the boats for sale pages which also, IMHO, are commercial rather than primarily a service to individuals in rib community.