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Troll posts aren't unique to this forum however this is an open forum and that makes us appear to be an easy target. We choose to be an open forum in order to help the largest number of people. A new visitor is more likely to post a question if they don't have to register first and questions and answers are the lifeblood of the forum.
Advertising - The main intent of the forum is to provide information on the U-boat war. In that light it is Ok to announce books, TV shows, articles, web sites, etc. (within the bounds of things not considered off-topic) that are relevant to the site. Persistent advertising or deceptive advertising is not allowed and will be treated as troll posts. None of us wants to wade through a bunch of advertisements but we all want to hear about that new book or TV special etc that is coming out to help answer our questions and that is the spirit that should govern any advertising posted on the forum. It needs to be relevant and it may be removed by the forum moderators if it is not.
As the forum grows with new posts the cost to maintain it and back it up increase too. Additionally nobody wants to find a bunch of personal communications or off-topic information while using the forum search engine. Those types of posts also slow down the search.
We all make mistakes and break rules occasionally and that will be tolerated (the offending post might be deleted though) but persistent offenders will have all of their posts deleted by the moderators regardless of content, i.e., they will be barred from posting on the forum as will all who are suspected of being a Troll.
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