Of all the folks that use MountainBuzz to promote products they represent, you are probably the most difficult to deal with. This is because you are often on the site giving info to folks, joining in the conversations that take place, chiming in on things. As opposed to others who merely use the Buzz from someplace far away to get free advertising for some kind of boating related stuff. You are real, live, contributing member of the boating community in Colorado and always have something good to say or add to the conversation.
When you post to promote Jackson Kayak products we assume your goal is to improve Jackson's profitability and your own. If the post isn't there already, it'll probably get moved over into the "Commercial Posts" section. This part of the site exists because all through our day, we have a zillion companies crowding our consciousness trying to sell us stuff. Some of what we get hit with all day long, like the line you represent, is stuff Buzzards may be interested in buying, most of it is crap. There's already enough advertising on the Buzz but unfortunately its necessary in order to keep the site up and running without members having to pay. So the admins move anything that looks like a promotional post over to the commercial posts section to give folks that just want to read "Boaters Forum," or others, a break from more advertising. This gives folks a chance to read through funny stories about their buds, get info on runs or access, or otherwise kick back and savor boating or skiing-related banter without being sold stuff. Folks seem to be able to find your threads where they get put, as evidenced by the thread on Jackson's kids boats in which you had a lively discussion, Dave posted video of Riley doing a hand roll, etc.
Its a double-edged sword that the site is complex enough that its tough to find your posts sometimes and has lots of ways to view things. When I log in, I usually blow past the home page and click on "new posts" which is how I found your post here. I don't usually notice where a particular post is when I log on this way.
But for other folks that use the site differently, we've got all the areas so its not just one big mass of posts about all kinds of things. I just looked and of all the different subforums available from the forum listing
, every one had at least two people viewing it (even the "Buzz Announcements with the most recent post in January - WTF?), and the Boater's Forum getting about 150 viewers. I know the way the site's set up is complicated for some folks but anyone should be able to figure out how to use the site in a way that suits them.
Ian - regarding the specter of a "hermaprodite C1er forum" is this a subtle way to come out of the closet and tell the world you're a C1er at heart?