Thanks folks for weighing in here and reiterating our policies - it is much appreciated.
When we see posts that violate our policies, our initial goal is to grant the poster the benefit of the doubt (within reason) because we know from experience that few people actually take the time to fully read the rules they agreed to when joining the website.
But when a member clearly demonstrates a total disregard for the rules and posts the same basic message 3 times (and they only have 3 posts to their credit) and each message is an attempt to exploit the forum for free advertising then we "notice" and "we deal with that member".
SailExplorer's other two posts are now history and we will let this one stand for the time being. We encourage SailExplorer to become an active participant and contribute to the body of knowledge of the forum through opinions, the sharing of wisdom, asking questions and participating in a meaningful manner.
We know from experience that members who are "in the business" who are active on the forums and not just here to exploit the "eyeballs" stand a much better chance of promoting their business if they are viewed by other members as participants, not interlopers.
Last edited by administrator; 02-23-2006 at 10:25 PM.