Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
What good does it do the forum, Are you gonna get a reasoned arguments over boat design and suitability for your use from somebody that sells one brand of boat. I don't think so!
On the other hand it means that someone getting advice knows who is giving it and why they are giving it.
They know from the outset if the persoon offering advice has a vested interest.
If I give advice on radio matters they know I work for Icom.
If I was just on here as Jon Brooks there is a good chance the person would not know who I am or what I do.
Much better to be straight up than offer advice with a hidden agenda.
There may well be people on the forum offering advice but keeping their connections to manufactures well hidden.
There may be people on here who work or have a vested interest with say Simrad, Navman or Silva but do the membership know that?
IMHO it gives a much better way to judge the advice you get.
But understand your concerns Stuart.