To answer the question about why people euphemistically refer to Amazon as "the big river site", it is because formerly, the forum software had that on its "censor" list where it would automatically replace it with a message about the promotion of commercial sites being prohibited. This has been changed and is no longer the case, since someone tried to post about a trip to the Amazon (actually I think it was a post I made!
) and the auto filter put in the message. The Moderator team discussed it with M. Delcamp and he agreed to remove it from the list.
Basically, what is not allowed is a live, direct link to a commercial site
, which is defined by having a shopping cart or "buy now" button on the page where the link takes you. It is ok if it is a "contact us" page without a shopping cart or buy button. It is ok to give search terms that someone can use to find a page.
Also not allowed are live links or web addresses in signatures.
As explained in the forum rules, it is the wish of M. Delcamp that this site be a place you can go where you are not bombarded with ads by people who are trying to sell you things. The sales section is his concession
to the request that members had (who may live far from sources of good guitars), for the opportunity to buy and sell their own guitars. He agreed to allow it under the condition that it was for members who had come to the site and contributed in some way, not just anyone who came for the sole purpose of selling. There are plenty of places on the internet where one can do that and he did not want this site to become the Craig's List of guitars.
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