Originally Posted by RaceDude
I thought of this thread this morning when I read this thread. Post #7 bugs me, mostly because the poster isn't a sponsor and is using Epic to directly make money for her business (which looks like it's main competitor is probably this site)
That poster is a supporter -- seems a bit much to expect another skiing forum to actually 'sponsor' EpicSki. I'm not sure the existence of other skiing forums is really viewed as direct competition. There are a fair number of people who cross-post on Epic and SkiDiva.
If you're going to crack down on that sort of thing, I think you'd basically have to create a rule like 'only official site sponsors can post any commercial links or links to other skiing websites'. Kind of heavy-handed. (e.g. is it okay to post a link to a thread on another forum and ask what people here think about the issue under discussion?)
It might a bit different if, say, someone was posting in an ESA-related thread and putting up ads for other ski camps that they were affiliated with.
Voluntary disclosure of industry financial relationships should be encouraged, IMO.