"We have very clear rules about disclosure requirements, which your first posting completely ignored. I was very close to deleting the entire thread as a result. Please be warned: full disclosure is required, and commercial postings should be in Gear Deals."
Ya know, I looked in Gear, and I looked in Gear Deals, and I didn't see any rules about disclosure requirements. I then went and read the Terms and Conditions of Use. Nope, no disclosure requirements there either. So I noticed the "Ground Rules" bit over at the top right when creating this post, so I clicked on the BPL Forum Ethics link and read that post from Ryan. Again, nada about disclosure requirements. The closest that post comes is near the end, when Ryan writes: NO COMMERCIAL POSTS IN THE FORUMS. Of course, that's not really followed, and it doesn't address disclosure.
Now those of us who've been around for a bit know about the disclosure requirements, but how are new folks supposed to know about these clear rules, since they don't seem to actually be listed anywhere? Don't get me wrong, I think disclosure is a good thing, I'm all for it. But it's a bit silly to get testy about a new person not properly disclosing in their first post when, as far as I can tell, there's nothing to tell that new person about disclosing.
Perhaps such language needs to be added somewhere obvious before we get all up in arms? Just a thought.