Msg#: 3611135 posted 2:23 pm on Mar 28, 2008 (gmt 0)
Depends on their intention. If you do not care about organic search traffic, making money, or credibility, then who cares... why not make it an open spam fest. There is hundreds of sites out there already that allow the same, but maybe they just don't know it... ;-)
I would look at this from another direction and suggest that it's actually remarkably un-generous.
If you don't offer your community any form of support then you're not actually giving them anything. What most forum creators and owners give by way of their personal generosity is their time and knowledge. That's the value-add that builds community.
Allowing that knowledge to get buried in noise devalues it for the audience.