I want to thank you for your post. You obviously feel deeply about the community, and you stood up, took your licks (some perhaps deserved, some definitely not), and accepted responsibility for your mistake, and that makes you not only a cool Burner, but a real mensch
in my book.
We hadn't a well-defined policy on posting ads for anything, so I do not feel you should beat yourself up over this. Commerce is a VERY touchy subject with this crowd, and the lack of a definite policy on posting ads apparently made some folks feel like they had free rein to get all righteous with you. (Tho to be honest, those replies were pretty mild.)
I think that your response is a valuable reference for how someone can conduct themselves with grace under fire. I'd prefer to freeze it and keep it around for a case study of community reaction.
There are a couple things, however, that I'd like to clarify:
1 - Posting someone else's personal info on the eplaya for any reason is not ok. The guy who posted to craigslist has the power to delete the posting when it no longer serves his purpose. He doesn't have that option here. Spiders will trawl the site for usabl emeail addresses and add him to spam lists. This is common knowledge among much of our community, but it was my mistake to not make that clear for those who are new to bbs'. I will edit your original post to delete this info.
2 - We have made a policy to disallow any commerce here. It creates needless hassles and contention among the community when they already have better resources. Craigslist does craigslist better than we ever could. Plus having any commerce opens us to spammers, and we don't have the manpower to monitor the boards to keep them off. A blanket "no commerce" policy protects us.
I appreciate your inclination to share what sounded like a good deal, and I don't feel you were wrong in doing so - I think if a burner comes across something that sounds good to them, that they themselves are obviously not seeing, you should have every right to. This is another reason why I don't want to delete the thread.
The policies we will be posting tomorrow will, hopefully, prevent such fuzxy areas that can lead to this kind of inpleasant interaction. I'd be happy to talk about this more if you'd like. Please fel free to PM me if you want to.