Originally posted by The Eristic
I've never had a problem with WTB posts. One of my original policies (WAY back) was that spam was allowed only in a WTB thread. The reason being I did not and do not want people coming here just to make a buck off of our community.
I didn't allow ANY F/S/T for a long time, but I talked with some members I've known and respected, and decided a Spam Thread would be an effective way of allowing our members to sell and trade with each other, enhancing the community experience, while letting me (and admin when I'm not here) control the flow and quality of spam easily.
Keeping it all in one thread discourages some of the hit-and-run types who do not contribute to (or even hang out in) the forum, as they know their ad will not get much visibility compared to individual threads (that should not be an issue to those who are active here and see it as the community's trading post); should they choose to willfully ignore the forum convention, they will be exposed as nothing more than pure spammers who will be dealt with both by the forumites and the moderation.
How about a 'For Sale/Wanted' forum? Just a thought...