There have been quite a few blatantly, self serving commercial posts on the Public and Members Forums lately. I would like to remind all that the Marketplace Forum is the appropriate place for this type of activity.
COPA is a non-profit, member supported organization run by volunteers. By posting commercial adds, you are in effect asking the members and volunteers of COPA to subsidize your business. We appreciate that the products and services you may offer may be of great benefit to our membership, and for that reason, we do provide space for you to communicate.
At this time COPA does not offer paid advertising, but at some point in the future we will probably do so. Our intention will be to provide advertising opportunities, which will offer good visibility and attract interested Â‘eyeballs,Â’ yet respect our members by presenting the ads in an unobtrusive fashion. Instead, we currently offer, free of charge to all members and registered nonmembers, the Marketplace Forum. Please try to respect our members and volunteers by restricting your commercial announcements to that venue.
To date, COPA management has never edited nor removed a post, for any reason, but we always reserve the right to do so. We feel that this policy is clear, well explained and in no way constrained by any freedom of speech issues. However, we have and will continue to try to give the utmost respect to all opinions.
Marty Kent, Pres