Yesterday in the road bike forums a member boasted that he had a catalog that listed various bike parts, and complete bikes at dealer costs. The member then went on to list a few various parts at dealer cost. Soon the thread was edited for content, then locked. The reason was "For violating trust" or some variation of that.
How does everyone feel about closing that thread. I thought keeping a thread like that open could help local LBS more than hurt them. Suppose we found out there was only a 25% markup on products, so we should support them because they are as offering as fair a deal as reasonably possible.
When did it become the purpose of bike forums to protect the business model of local bike shops? I am not advocating never closing threads, or creating threads that could potentially be harmful to sponsors, I am merely trying to understand how the forum feels about closing threads such as those.