Some good points for discussion being made here…which would seem to demonstrate that an “Advertising” page, may bring with it, further issues that may not have been considered - it may not be straight forward and does, I think, need further community discussion. The alternative suggestion to “suck it and see” is not the first step - discussing possible issues and problems that could arise would be in my view - as with any other change that could affect the forum user experience.
This is the question that needs discussing, prior to sucking and seeing I think. I’m in agreement with @happybeing here, though I think essentially this is a community decision, rather than a modding one. Not sure how it works now, but originally the off-topic section was intended to be un-moderated to a large degree - putting the section there would not impact modding resources…and even if it did, another person could be found to mod it - I’m sure @Warren would love to mod such an Advertising section for example…
Just thinking about it, the off-topic section itself came about after me railing for ages about all kinds of topics promoting pseudo-science, Religion, Quackery etc were permeating the forum. I think I suggested something like a “Bollocks and Bullshit” section…what harm could it do? It needed discussion first, before implementing.
I’m also not a fan of mods changing things without community discussion either - for all the same reasons…there may be un-considered consequences. If it’s an important issue, then the arguments should be made prominently (like a banner thing) then voted on by community I think.
PS…How do you do them smiley faces again.been ages and I forgot again!
Just a top of the head idea, but if this is just mainly about “marrying” devs to funders etc, could a coloured dot or something just be added to profile to indicate to others roughly what they are looking for? This way at least some kind of “reputation system” would be involved and matches/groups could evolve naturally by PM. This avoids the potential Spam issue.