It's now about three months since the new ad thread rules were announced. I think it's time to ask whether they were an improvement or not. Personally I would say no, for reasons I'll list below, but I would be interested in hearing what other people have to say.
I find the advertising forums very boring now. I almost never read anything there. They used to be interesting.
More importantly, the old advertising threads were very useful to me in selecting escorts. The new ones are largely useless. You can learn quite a bit both about someone's English and about someone's personality from the boards. When I think about escorts I've really liked, most of them are ones I decided to visit partly because of their boards posts. And it was more often the replies rather than the original ad post. Of course escorts can still post to General Chat, but very few of them do.
The new rules are also a minor nuisance in two ways. I used to alert escorts, usually by pm, if I saw a problem with an ad, like a broken link for example. I quickly stopped doing this once the new rules came in, because there's not much the escort can do. She can't post a correction in a reply, and she can't post another thread for 24 hours. She could ask a mod to edit the post, but few of them do this. Also, I used to use the "reply" button even when I wanted to ask a question by pm rather than on the boards. It was very convenient; it gives you a window with the original message in quote tags, which you can then copy and paste into your pm. With the new system that no longer works.
So the new rules make the site less enjoyable and less useful for me. Is there any upside to them? As far as I can tell they were put in place at the request of two groups of people:
- escorts with very poor English, who were tired of losing business to escorts whose English is good enough to carry on an intelligent conversation, on the boards or in person.
- members, neither punters nor escorts, who never understood that this is an escort advertising site and who are shocked to see escorts advertising on it.
Maybe I'm missing something. If you like the new rules, and aren't in either of the two groups above, then please post why you think the new rules should be retained.