The need has arisen to discuss some posting behavior which is inappropriate on our boards. Certain classifications of threads are to be given a different treatment by posters replying than is the norm in most of our forums which we will term general discussion threads. Those classifications are the: Classified Forums which include For Sale Wanted Employment Merchant Classifieds The different treatment that is now required in these forums is: On topic replies only No direct negative comments of any kind No referrals to other sources for what is being discussed No hijacking of the thread PERIOD The thinking here is that these types of threads are the threads of the originator of each thread. They are not general discussion threads. Anyone having a problem with the person originating the thread or its content should bring it up to me for a resolution or start your own discussion thread if there is a point to be made. Some instances of bad etiquette: A member here offers a piece of used equipment for sale. Another member has strong, negative feelings about the particular line of equipment and voices those feelings. A flame fest follows and the member requests me to delete the thread and his membership. A member here offers a piece of equipment for sale drawing some on topic questions. Another member here drifts off topic by announcing that he had something similar but cheaper that he just sold for a lot less money. Yet another member jumps in and offers a referral to a dealer that sells a competitive brand. A merchant, having paid a fee for the right to talk up his products and in general to promote them gets assailed by several members who, for whatever their reasons, do not like the individual. The merchant is drawn into negative exchanges and everybody loses. So let's all observe better etiquette on these types of threads. It makes everybody's experience here a better one and it's just the right thing to do.