We seem to be getting some people recently who join this forum only to post a link to whatever it is they're advertising and then never showing up again, and never joining in and sharing their stories. I find it really irritating as I dislike advertising at the best of times, and I don't enjoy coming to a forum if I'm going to be bombarded by yet more of it. I really hope other people can understand my irritation and I will report these types of posts whenever they happen. It also concerns me that genuine people who really do have something they would like to share may therefore be scared to post their totally respectable links. I really am referring only to these people who join this site specifically to post their one advertising link and then never show up again.
For me, advertising includes anything where the person posting is looking to gain something, even if that something is merely clicks on a website or video, as we all know that in this day and age, that does mean something to some people, and can also lead to financial profit if that person can gain a following.
I really do apologise to any genuine person who doesn't agree with me, but for me, rules are rules and I really like the no advertising rule on this site.
I am also curious - how do these advertisers find us? I'm wondering if there's a website which has links to forums particular people might find good to dump their advertising garbage on? They seem to be finding us rather regularly at the moment.