I understand this. I don't mind it - we all appreciate that the site has to make money from advertising. I'm not complaining about that.
Only about the fact that it takes many months to get an explanation of why the blatant, persistent spam in some members' posts is endlessly tolerated, when it so clearly breaks the rules.
Undeniably, the forum appears in some cases to be protecting the spammers while removing posts from other members (such as in the very clearcut case of the example I mentioned above, which is just one of many). This leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.
If the answer is "We need the income these members give us to be allowed to promote their signal services here", then fine: say so, label them as "sponsors" or something, and we'll understand. But to pretend for so long that it isn't happening, or that it's a "grey area", or that it "needs a full discussion" (what? for a YEAR?!) just isn't cutting the mustard. Not after all this time. Sorry.
If you allow recidivistic links to commercial signal-services, then please own up to it and tell us, so we can stop reporting them, rather than occasionally thanking us for reaching out and for our feedback, while actually continuing to ignore us completely.
If you don't, then please remove them.
Your members care.
And without your members, you don't have a forum.
And you create ill-will out of goodwill. (No "cheeky tone" intended, but what kind of way to run a business is that? ).
People are concerned about this because we actually care about the place, and like it (or at least used to, though admittedly many have departed because of the persistance of these issues and the staff's apparent very persistent lack of willingness to address them). No secret there.
Traffic and participation are declining here while increasing at some "competing sites". Fact.
I suppose so, yes. A shame. As so many of us have now been saying for so long (albeit that there aren't many of us left, now, to say it), it could all fairly easily have been avoided.
I'll be honest: I'm torn between sometimes really wanting to know what's going on and why, and whether something can still be salvaged from it, and at other times just getting completely sick of it and leaving. :28: