The rules are very clear:
No sales posts or "Want to Buy/Trade" posts of any kind. All such posts will be immediately deleted. There are Sales Corners at WatchUseek for this express purpose. If you have a special offer you would like to make directly to forum members, e-mail the moderator(s) first to discuss it.
For most of the time that I've been a Moderator, I've hardly had to deal with infringements of this rule, but in recent weeks I seem to be doing it on a regular basis.
I don't do it because I'm a crazed bureaucrat, I do it because the rule is a good one, and breaches of it can be terribly unfair on other members.
The reasons for the rule are:
I know that some mention of sales is inadvertent and innocent. It might simply be part of a conversation that two members are having in their posts. It might be intended to be helpful to someone. On these occasions, I will simply edit or delete posts and send a reminder to the poster.
- We have a Sales Corner specifically for this purpose.
- The brand forums would soon get cluttered up with sales posts if we allowed them.
- Someone alerting members to sales or trades in a brand forum has an unfair advantage over someone who has followed the rules and advertised a similar item in the Sales Corner.
If you want to let someone know you have a watch that they might be interested in - send a PM.
If people become repeat offenders, or if I have some reason to believe that the post is a sneaky attempt to evade the rules, I might well (as I have done) suspend their access. Ultimately, a member could be banned.
One other thing... Moderators are unpaid volunteers. I come onto the forum to read interesting posts about watches, not to spend time editing posts, deleting posts, and writing PMs.
I might be slightly grouchier than usual at the moment, because my bad back means that I can't spend long at the computer before needing a winch to get me out of my chair...
Best wishes to each and every member,