Not so simple, Lawson! I believe it's wrong to go around bad mouthing a forum and then saying "oh, no big deal". I am a regular poster at both forums. I, along with quite a few others, HATE stealth advertising. If there are gear company 'posers' engaging in stealth advertising -- we will sniff them out and report them. Your little thing about "pay to play" is completely groundless -- and frankly, irresponsible and unethical on your part.
You are welcome to prove me wrong by citing any kind of pattern where Backpacker forum allows the big boys to advertise but not you. All the posts are there. They go back years. Feel free to search by name. You know who the big boys are. If you can't provide any support -- then Lawson, I expect we will not have to read any more of your baseless rants here on this board.