The members of LawnSite.com who frequent the Pest/Fert Forum know that this is almost like a separate world unto itself. There are certain people in this industry that visit this particular forum and that is fine. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about several brands of machinery used in this segment of the industry. Those who frequent this forum know exactly what I am referring to. Without mentioning names, one company decided to disregard the rules of the site and advertise their product every chance they had. They started discussions, they jumped in on discussions and even directly attacked their competition. How? They made themselves Joe-Blow Landscaper and posted on the site just like everyone else. They stayed under the radar just enough so that it would not be completely obvious. Again, not mentioning names, other companies see LawnSite as a great tool for the industry. They step up to the plate and offer to become a sponsor. Great. No problem. No special treatment. Links, banners, etc... nothing more, nothing less. They help make it possible for members such as yourselves to have all of these discussions. Does that mean they received special privileges? No. Just check and see. They have been questioned. They have been ridiculed at times, etc... But there is a fine line now... from this point on these discussions will not take place on this site if the rules are not followed. If you have never owned a particular piece of equipment, you do not have the right to comment on that product, machine, company, etc... Doesn't make sense, skews the direction of people looking for help, and is just unethical in general. This is a forum to discuss ideas. This is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Instead of whining every chance you get, go to the mfg of the product you are unhappy with. Explain to them the problems you are having. But to park your rear in front of your keyboard and just start throwing out arbitrary statements and accusations and comparisons...well those days are over with. Realize that you only see what you can read on the forum. You do not see what goes on behind the scenes. You do not see what is right in front of our (admin) face daily. Finally, to the particular members who have posted claims that lawnsite is now only about making money and censoring its members... You are entitled to your opinion. To those members posting about Eric(which you are wrong about BTW), and especially those admitting they have never owned the equipment they are bashing, that won't fly here. Use this forum for which it was intended - to learn from and help others, to share experiences,etc... This is not a place to start problems to satisfy your need to read your complaints, and it certainly is not the place where companies will get a free ride. If anyone would like to discuss this with me personally, you can email me or call me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 847-0050.