All that which you said there is great. Fine and dandy. There is a general “tradition” always in all of the official forums, and that is that non-SketchUp discussion either goes in Corner Bar or Extensions categories.
Forum posts accruing the requisite number of flags are not automatically deleted. They are collapsed (hidden) … BUT still available to ANYONE who wishes to read them, simply by clicking on the “temporarily hidden by the community” notice.
The “blog post” I know nothing of.
I also do not like the lack of feedback from the Discourse forum engine. It just leads to erroneous speculation. Add to this that the automated system messages are asking us to fix the posts, but yet we sometimes do not know where we’ve done (or said) wrong.
By the time I saw the post in the “What’s up with Make?” thread, it’d already been collapsed (hidden) and no more flags are allowed. BUT IF they were, I’d have also flagged it Off-Topic.
I wish the system would tell transgressors “x number of members flagged as off-topic”, … “n members flagged as spam”, … etc. It would help to know.
And this is double posting, is against the forum rules, which gives readers another excuse to flag them.
Don’t think I’m against you posting about Blender <-> SketchUp workflow. (Because of your other thread, I took a new look at Blender and downloaded and installed v2.8 and decided to learn how to use it. Who knows I may even leave SketchUp behind myself.)
But when you hijack someone else’s topic thread for your own “campaign” it is disrespectful to the other members participating in a topic thread.
So simply being a bit more diplomatic, and creating linked threads instead of posting like that within the thread would have been much better.
In addition to the forum rules, there are even more legalistic Terms of Service for the forum, which has a clause that prohibits driving traffic to other websites.
This prohibition is the thing that someone’s advertising posts blatantly violated.
This person also started a rant thread in this category, and also blamed moderators.
This caused severe self-inflicted damage to the person’s reputation.