Hopefully I can sort some things out here . I wasn't too clear in the policy about the user title bit - I've edited it to make it more clear after getting a lot of confused emails. The vehicle for disclosing commercial affilation is the user title, or the small black text that appears beneath your username (most of you have either "registered user" or "supporting member". A commercial user would have his or her's changed to something that discloses their commercial affilation, such as your business name - see policy). If you are a supporting member the usertitle is editable via My TalkBass -> Edit Profile. If not, you do not have the ability to customize your own usertitle, so please send me an email to specify your choice and I'll set it for you. The purpose of this is to move LOUD, colored, linked commercial signatures from the equation (though not seen on this side of the forums much they were becoming free adverts on the BG side), while still disclosing commercial affiliation. I sincerely hope that this policy does not hinder any of you from offering this community the insight and experience that it has thus far gained from your participation. If you have any questions about what this policy limits as far as forum participation, please don't hesitate to contact me or your friendly DB mods Jeff - I too look upon the 'old days' with favor. But back then all I needed to do was keep the server running, answer a few emails, and the site would run itself. Now I spend all day working on the site, and usually about 20 days out of the month I've got a symphony or opera gig at night (thank goodness I recently discovered slow-breath meditation, otherwise I think I'd be insane ) That coupled with the dramatically increased costs associated with pumping out gigabytes worth of bandwidth daily have made it an absolute necessity to accept advertising such as you see. I'm proud to be able to offer relevant advertisements, vs the "PUNCH THE MONKEY!" generic ads that once graced the site, and I'm extremely grateful for our many sponsors, as well as supporting members that keep this operation alive.