From the guide lines to this forum. ......Hobbyist and homeowner woodworking questions are inappropriate.
Why are we subject to hobbyist / home owner retail advertising.
We are pros that's why we have wholesalers.
I haven't noticed it but wouldn't care if there is. These forums don't create themselves, so the money to run them has to come from somewhere. If it's not coming out of your pocket and you still get to use them, you probably shouldn't care either;)
My point is that if a hobbyist or part time garage run small business guy asks a question he is told " this is a professional forum ask your questions else where" so if it is a true " professional " forum I shouldn't have to see a HD advertisement. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Not all the advertising here is from woodweb. Some of it looks to be google driven.i can't remember the exact term for it, but you might be seeing ads based on your own browser cookies. You search for purple widgets and google knows that so it remarkets to you in other places and you will regularly see ads for purple widgets.
Dan, you're conflicted and exposed. The HD ads have nothing to do with woodweb as Derrick mentioned. I don't shop at HD so I've never seen a HD ad here. The reason you're "subjected to hobbyist/home owner advertising" is for the very fact that you clearly search and shop at HD...stop being a hypocrite.
There is nothing in the guidelines that requests that only professionals read the forums. Reading of the forums would be welcome, and I'm sure there are plenty of non-professional woodworkers that use the forums and Knowledge base to look for answers to their questions.
The advertising will reflect that. Far better to concentrate on the content of the forums than the nature of the advertising.
By the way, I have found it quick and easy to click on the right hand column for all sorts of things needed in the shop. I like to patronize the sponsors since I like the forums.
You're creating an issue that doesn't exist, read the forum guidelines...ANYONE can ask an informed question. Hobbyist and homeowner woodworking *questions* are discouraged. There's tons of diy/hobby forums, you seriously have a problem that this, being one of the only woodworking sites geared towards professionals doesn't want the forum filled with "my $150 bench top jointer isn't jointing properly, what's wrong? what size nails should I use to hang my cabinets with? can I use liquid nails to glue my pine table top together? type questions?! And you raise your issue under the guise of "non-professional advertising" which you have subjected yourself to because you frequent the Home Depot's website...come on man.
I strongly support that only professionals can post on this forum. I can go 40 places on the internet to read about table tops made from pallets that are cracking because they were screwed to angle iron, or why my Minwax stain doesn't stain hard maple a dark mocha color, or what is the name of this wood. But here we usually start with a fairly experienced group who are trying to make a living from their skills. Still some basic kind of questions from young professionals, but it's not 50 questions a day for free professional advice. I made my living for 26 years working wood, after 15 years as a mechanical draftsman and designer. It's just plain refreshing to have discussions with those who have done the same and are like minded.
If you don't like the ads don't look @ them. I see plenty of questions asked by people with little practical experience, and some times answers by similar. If you have broad experience or know it all maybe that will bother some. I have a little experience and will try to help when I can. Ignore what you can't control.
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