Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Bikes: 2000 Bianchi Veloce, '88 Trek 900, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '92 Schwinn Crosscut, '03 Diamondback Tandem, '94 Yokota Grizzly Peak
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Usually, a posting about a product from a brand new member will be perceived as someone thinking they are being subtle with building some word of mouth on their own product or web site. It's usually pretty transparent.
Spam posts are a problem with all forums and what you experienced is a natural reaction of forum members to a real problem. Internal policing by the community, if you would like to think of it that way. It isn't just this forum. If you were posting an honest review, you simply got caught up in fitting the usual profile of a spammer. If you were a member who had already been on BF for a time and had a fair amount of other posts, nobody would have questioned it.
The solution used on a photography forum I am on is that every post has a "report as spam" button. One person clicking it will only message the site council to have a look at the suspect post, but if a certain number of members report it as spam in a short time, it gets automatically removed from the forum until the site management can review it.
Welcome aboard, and sorry you had a bad first experience.
2000 Bianchi Veloce, 199x Bianchi Volpe, 199x Bianchi Boardwalk, 2010 Bianchi Milano, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '88 Trek 900, 198x Benotto Triathlon. '88 Schwinn Crosscut