Today we're announcing a change to the terms of service to disallow vendors. We're going to give 5 days for people to adjust to this new rule before we put it in to effect. So on 6/9/2018 there will be no more vendors allowed on saidit, nor any ads for vendor sites, nor any links to vendor sites.
We are making this change for a few reasons:
We have come to realize vendors and vendor subs may very well cause serious legal problems for saidit in the future. We do not want saidit to potentially be shut down, so we are doing this to protect the site. We've put a lot of hard work in to it so we want to protect it.
We built this site for news and discussion, not to be a bazaar of vendor links. It decreases the quality of the site.
This is similar to the no pornography rule, in that it is to protect the website against people posting illegal content that could cause the site to be shut down. We cannot be expected to know the laws for every region and thing sold regarding vending, and we have no real way to ensure that blatantly illegal content isn't being posted and sold.
For these reasons we'll soon be putting the new "no vending" rules in place, and they will begin to be enforced on the 9th. This wasn't a decision we made lightly, because many of the users associated with the vendor activity are very nice people who have helped the site grow, but we have decided it is necessary for us to take this step for saidit to move forward.