Rules are rules and I appreciate Daves protection of the vendors who play by the rules. BTW The vendor fee is very reasonable as compared to other sites. Hopefully Dave won't have to increase it to cover his expenses.
I just wasted 10 minutes describing how I feel about the direction this site is taking but decided to delete it because I figure I'd be banned before I could sell some knives.
If this site is headed in the wrong direction it's because of people like yourself pushing it that way. Case in point - you post on another site that you won't ever post here again yet days later you show here up to sell your knives. What's that about? Another user....
I've posted a lot of stuff that I have made and I'm still here. I don't see the problem with following the guidelines here.
It seems to me that Salty has had a very negative attitude about this site from the very beginning.
"The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain."
Well, I too like darkhoek's input and love seeing his work, but I also look at it from the other direction. A lot of forums don't allow any type of self-promotion of personal sites (blogs, commercial etc.) and posting links to your site is a big no-no and will usually lead to a PM and post deletion. The way this site is set up with a commercial/vendor side, it almost makes sense to eliminate links to personal sites altogether (in the signature line and posts). Let people link to their blogs in their profile or maybe have a blogroll thread where people can have a one-time blog promotion post. But after that, resign yourself to not being able to promote your knife work, writing, pictures, or food porn -- unless you pay to be a vendor that is.
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