Thanks. I managed to find the rules and read over them. I think the rules should be posted up on the heading, alongside Forums, Groups; that way new members could spot more easily that there are indeed rules in place. I had to snoop around and get more familiar with the site before I stumbled into them (too late).
What are the chances of loosening things up for those of us who do have philosophy websites, or links to interesting philosophy sites that are educational. For instance, I belong to another philosophy forum, and came across a link posted by a member for the King's College podcasts of philosophy without any gaps, and it's a free service, and very professional. I don't know what percentage of visitors/members are actually working philosophers, or students, but there may be some, and I for one would welcome access to their works. For myself, I contribute to philosophy journals, and find this prohibition about links to other philosophy sites too strict. Also, if you visit my site you'll find my work fully published, and it is freely available to anyone. There is no advertising, only useful links, like the one to the "Review of Metaphysics," and a few sites where people can find complete on-line versions of Kant's "Prolegomena" and "Critique of Pure Reason." I think the forum should indeed be moderated carefully, but at the same time, more open.
At the same time as writing this, I however, posted something to the moderators concerning an advertisement I stumbled across, incidentally to a site selling sex toys. This is blatantly against your rules. So perhaps the site isn't as closely scrutinized after all.