Good afternoon all.
There seem to have been a number of new posters recently, pushing website that offer tipping, education, trade ideas etc. Some of them are pretty blatant, others try to be a little more discreet about what they are doing, but I expect that most of us can spot them. I know that there will always be a few, but there seem to be more than normal, recently. Between those threads and a few new/newish users digging up very old threads to get their post count up (I assume that that is the reason, in most cases?) it is often the case that good, current threads can quite quickly be knocked off the main page, which can lead to them being lost when the discussion they contain might still hold interest. Taking a couple of days away from BP (a shocking thought, I know!) can even cause people to miss new threads altogether.
So - and with due apology if this has been covered before and I am simply retreading old ground - has thought ever been given to setting up a 'marketplace' (or similar) thread on BP? This would be somewhere where anyone wanting to push a website (or, for that matter, any other trading-related service) could post the details, while keeping them off the main discussion boards. This would give the Mods sound justification for moving any such posts that still appeared on the main boards over to the marketplace section. I am not a lawyer, and do not know the legal ramifications of this - if any - but perhaps there could be a big caveat at the top of the page along the lines of 'BP do not endorse any of the stuff posted here'.
Anyway, it's just an off-the-cuff thought, so there might be many good reasons against this idea that I have not thought of, but as we seem to get a regular stream of people pushing services this struck me as maybe providing a way to ringfence them.
If it's a terrible idea then apologies!