Some shop/business owners or brands have accounts on my sports forum.
Some have been here for almost 20 years, and some are newly registered.
They have never been an issue with these accounts, and they’re all well known and appreciated by the community.
However, one of the users created a topic asking if there were any rules regarding these types of accounts):
We started discussing the fact that some message could be considered as advertising and that we should find a way to notify users that these accounts are tied to the industry.
A shop owner and well-respected user replied this:
Some suggested that if there hasn’t been any issue yet (in 20 years!), then nothing should change and I agree. But I think that it could be useful to publicly identify them as “official” accounts anyway, since it can be helpful for some people, like newcomers.
Plus, adding an icon or a title to these accounts by putting them in a public “business” group could also be useful as people will be able to contact these official entities from a centralized place (the forum), instead of having to search for a contact form of each of these shops/brands own official website.
Finally, if businesses have an account here (examples: https://unicyclist.com/admin/users/38261/qu-ax and https://unicyclist.com/admin/users/38280/mad4one), maybe some other business will consider having an official account here as well. I see that as a win/win situation, for both the businesses and the forum users.
What are your thoughts about this?