Well, I'm sorry you don't like our forum but I'm afraid that we, the owners, have very little control over other people's behaviour. Sure, we can delete their spam but we can't change their motives.
If you look at our Malta forum, for example, you'll see a thriving community of people helping each other in any and every way they can. Sadly, the Brits in Bulgaria don't seem to be like that. Most of them only post here if they see a way to tout for your business. There's not a lot we can do to stop them being so selfish.
We work hard to keep this a spam-free environment. Otherwise the forum users would have to wade through a quagmire of self-promotional posts.
|I thought this site was here for expats and potential expats to help each other and show some community spirit ! Mean spirited i would say . |
It is. But if that's what most Brits in Bulgaria are like then ask yourself if you really do want to go and live there.
|I am truly wondering what this site was really set up to do ? |
This site is owned by British Expat Ltd, a private company which owns many websites. It is part of that business. It's quite normal and usual for forums to be owned by businesses. Our main competitor, for example, is owned by a US publicly listed major corporation.
Many forums start off as back-bedroom hobbyist places and if they're any good they get bought up by the big boys. Believe me I have had several offers for BE but have resisted so far because we still want to be involved. It's harder to feel that loyalty to our visitors when one the one side we get people touting for business and on the other side we get complaints from users who say the place isn't useful.
It would be useful if people participated in the community rather than just trying to take what they can get or score free adverts.
Why does it cost money to advertise on here?
Because we have bills to pay too, and we spend a lot of time keeping this place clean.
Because if we did allow self-promotion this place would be swarming with the odious types who want to part you from your money, regardless of any benefit you may or may not gain from their "help".
Why is no one helping you?
Most likely because they're being frustrated in their attempts to tout their business to you.
Just think about it for a minute. Someone shows up and pretends to befriend you. Next minute they're recommending their business to you. Do you think that's a friendly and helpful person or perhaps someone who wants your money.
I'm sorry but there's nothing I can do to change the selfish nature of people who behave in that way. All I can do is a bit of deleting the self-promotion which the forum rules state clearly that we don't allow.