Members can post the name of any company they deem helpful to the community. Forum policy states direct urls are not allowed.
So are you going to start erasing the links to Craigslist that ChopTop posts in the classifieds constantly?
What about links to parts on ebay? Those are pretty popular on the forum, and you can't pretend that eBay isn't making money if the item sells.
AutoGuide loads this forum up with advertisements, even to the point of turning individual words in our posts
into links to ads. (If you weren't aware, try browsing the forum while logged out.) They are making a profit on this place with or without supporting vendors. They're not going to close it down due to a lack of forum sponsors, but the people who come here are harmed by this ridiculous restriction on sharing information. Besides, out of the 9
vendors who have their own subforums, ONLY 4 actually make Solstice/Sky specific products, the rest are just selling generic parts that happen to also fit our cars, and there's no chance any of those guys will actually make any specialized parts that we need.
It's not like becoming a supporting vendor guarantees some level of quality control or vetting; If that were the case there's one vendor who deserves getting booted off after Robert Ashby's experience. Specialized parts availability is a critical issue for Solstice & Sky owners, and the volunteer moderation team should be taking the side of the forum membership owners, not the side of the company that bought the forum. They can hire a paid moderation team if they care enough. Just turn a blind eye, and maybe someone like Kappadapt will have the chance to grow to the point where becoming a forum (or even better, an EVENT) sponsor is economically sensible.