well can you just delete the promotional posts and open it back up? please? it was really resorceful to me and now is gone..
I dunno, but that might not be practical.
The staff here is small, all are volunteers, on a time-as-available basis, and there is plenty of far more critical stuff for the few of 'em to do; this website is huge. There are over 60,000 members, more than 2,000,000 posts, something like 60 distinct forums, and it gets tens of thousands of page views and thousands of posts per day. Whether you've noticed it or not, spam, porn, and flame wars aren't a feature here - thanks to the constant efforts of tis site's small staff.
In terms of traffic, not many sites of any sort, let alone general discussion sites, come anywhere near this one - A2K's Google and Alexa Page Ranks are very respectable, A2K consistently ranks among the top 5 websites of its category per Alexa, and Alexa ranks A2K's average traffic as among the top 20,000 of all public sites on the internet (and there are tens of millions of public websites). All that may not mean much to some folks, but the folks here are pretty proud of it, and this site scores as highly as it does precisely because it has rules which are enforced. Simple, common-sense, easy to follow rules, by the way.