Re: Advertisements in Group Forums.
Interesting to read your comments. I agree with Edward, that those who post ads in the forums are reaching people they otherwise dont reach in the classifieds.
I have posted in the forums myself, to attract people who may suddenly find interest in my services, that i otherwise would not reach. However I only do this when I find that members are not seeing my Advert in the classifieds. I have also found that there are certain people who deliberately advertise on the events pages, as a way of reaching specific groups of members. Of course it is easy to delete the posts as soon as they appear.
A solution to this would be to put the commercial things to do at the front page as this covers all areas. Im sure that glocals members do not view the commercial things to do as the norm, only if they are looking for specific things.
As a regular organiser of events, and an active member of glocals, I can see both sides of the argument. I would prefer not to see adverts in the forum, but then this must apply to all people. I would be happy to pay an nominal sum to advertise on the main page if this were possible.
As for adverts within group postings, the people responsible should be removed from the group, and maybe even removed from the site.
Groups are for the members to organise events, and I would remove any people advertising on an event page that didnt ask me first for permission.