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  • Added on: March 30th, 2010
Just a question, not a complaint. It doesn't happen too often but there were a few occasions of users creating posts or answering questions that had a clear commercial bias. My case in point is the Laos thread in the Asia forum at the moment. There is absolutely no need to book accommodation in Laos in advance - especially not at this time of the year. But a user with a clear background in travel business (see his/her signature) then answers, that it would be better to book in advance. Of course he/she has to say that, because otherwise no one will use their service. It's false/incorrect advise.

So, what's BnAs take on this? I'm not asking anyone to get banned or reprimanded. I'm just curious.

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  • Added on: March 31st, 2010
We do try to keep the commercial interests at bay as much as possible. We're very clear during the registration process that no commercial posting will be tolerated and the link in the signature is all that is allowed. Of course, the system is not foolproof and so we do still rely on the community policing itself to an extent and letting us know when it happens.

In this case I'll be checking out the posts of this fairly new member and seeing if there is a pattern. Already their signature is a little out of control.

Thanks for asking the question and let me know if you have more.

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