If we allowed adverts - sale, wanted, jobs etc - we may as well rename the site EBAY!
I locked your thread but left it in the forum so you can contact those who posted replies.
Can you imagine what PPRuNe would become if you had to search through a plethora of "for sale" and "wanted" adverts to find aviation interest threads?
There is plenty of internet sites specifically for wanted and for sale adverts. PPRuNe is not one of them.
Many, many sites I frequent - mainly sites for musicians, and motorcycle and performance car enthusiasts - have very useful for sale/wanted/job sections. In fact, not one of the sites I frequent DOESN'T have them.
In the past, the excuse for not doing so on PPRuNe was a simple commercial one - Danny wanted people to pay for advertising, If they weren't willing to pay, then bugger off, was pretty much the oft-repeated line. Probably find plenty of examples if you could be bothered to search the archives.
However, now that the forum is commercially owned and run (albeit with help from a bunch of unpaid Mods), there might be scope for suggesting that the increase in site traffic would be worth the small effort required to moderate it.
It would very definitely be an asset to the forum and very useful to PPRuNe's members.
To say that it would make PPRuNe like Ebay is drawing a very long bow indeed.
I bought my Jepps through someone who mentioned they had a set for sale on here about 3 - 4 years ago. I think that it is essential to allow this sort of thing to happen, of course within reason. Certainly it commercial ventures shouldn't be allowed to advertise for free on here, but for the genuine pilots wanting to offload or buy gear I don't see a problem.
As remoak has mentioned, most other forums have a section for this which in itself creates much site traffic.
Whilst I agree that many threads in jetblast meet the requirements for that label so revered by the moderators......."waste of bandwidth"......... such as
Limerick Thread Three Word Thursday Last two letters start the next word Really really boring and useless snippets of information Finish the sentence thread The person below me Formula 1
To abolish the likes of JetBlast and spotters corner would only serve to encourage hoardes of whinging poms to infiltrate other forums such as DG&P. It would be like trying to stop a mouse plague by throwing a blackboard duster at them, sure they'll run away but they'll just keep popping up somewhere else.
No it's owned by Internet Brands (INET) which is a public company. As you say, Danny sold it a few years ago.
It always amuses me that you guys continue to moderate it for nothing. You are basically working for free for a US public company. Well, maybe they pay you now, I wouldn't really know...
A smart internet company would get that a key way to drive traffic to your site is to offer free advertising to individuals. Internet Brands do, apparently realise this, because other brands they own have free advertising for individuals - for example, Acura Forums and Hummer forums, to name but two INET-owned forums, both have private classified ads. In fact, most of their forum brands do.
So I'm guessing that it's less about the forum owner, and more about the forum administration (ie the UK guys) not wanting to be arsed to set it up.
But then, they are working for a US company for free, so...
Hey yeah! Or we could allocate each Pruner a number of ads per annum based on how much they have contributed to the industry, ie add the total number of posts they've made on this site to their total flying hours, devide by 2 and then rank everyone from highest to lowest.It will be like a neat 'club seniorority list'. The UK mods can allocate the appropriate number of adds ....it's simple really, why do you guys make things so hard for yourselves?