wilburpan Absolutely, but our members can only warn others, sometimes the lure of a much cheaper deal hooks them in.
To give a clearer idea of what I wouldn’t want to see from commercial users, is a standing long running advertorial/marketing thread, which simply contains the same retailer posts copied across multiple forums worldwide….
That’s not really helping the community here. I think the moment a forum takes money from a retailer, that relationship and their status on a forum changes. I have seen this many times on other forums.
We “coffeetime” do not need money from donations to keep going. For freeflarum of course, that is how they survive as a non profit and I suspect they have to dip into their own pockets at times as we are possibly the largest contributing forum.
To end, if at any time you feel a business is going too far, just let us know.