Over the last year, several product developers have contacted me asking for an exception. Others have simply posted their offering, assuming that it was acceptable to post Kickstarter-type announcements. Members and moderators alike have flagged these threads, often by first-time posters, as commercial posts. This led to me getting offline complaints about the clarity of the rules and their limits.
Therefore, as another experiment, I've introduced a new kind of thread -- a paid [PROMO] placement. It offers an alternative for those who want to gather feedback for a commercial venture, but aren't ready for full sponsorship that comes with Marketplace access. For the duration of the placement period, the innovator/vendor is free to provide information and gather feedback in this thread only, even if its of a commercial nature. Outside of the [PROMO] thread, the innovator/vendor must adhere to all the usual site rules regarding commercial posts.
Questions or concerns about the experimental [PROMO] threads are welcome.