It seems that there is an extraordinary amount of spammers lately and I can imagine the headache this present to our Admins. Many of these ads are accompanied by a small blurp relating more or less to the topic and thread, and sometimes they seem appropriate to the discussion. The advertisement itself of course spoils the posting and requires the removal of the post.
A thought occurred to me where this nuisance might be turned into a benefit.
By creationg a seperate “ADVERTISEMENTS” topic requiring a small monthly “donation” to CFI, giving the company a place to link to its site (only a link with a small identification of the product), while gaining a member who is allowed to participate in the general discussion. If he is a “commercial contributor” he may refer to his ad in ADVERTISEMENTS in his signature line.
If practical this would generate financial support for CFI, but keep advertisements separate from the General Forum, yet allow individuals to join in the general discussions if they so desire.
Just a little capitalist musing…..