Lately, Spark, Karda, and the super mods have asked the members here think about their membership level. There is a sticky at the page top, and they have directly contacted some members. It isn't that they are telling people they HAVE to buy a knifemaker membership. It is that if you are a knifemaker...and you want to put yourself out in Bladeforums as one....you have to get a knifemaker membership. If you don't want to do that, you have to remove all knifemaker related conduct here. That isn't a new rule, it has always been the rule. For a long time it has been ignored, and now the number of registered and basic users not following this rule has become very large. What is knifemaker conduct? If you have a business where you sell knives, work on them, or sell knife materials,........ then you are a knifemaker/service provider. If you have a website that says you are a knifemaker, and sell knives there,.... you are a knifemaker. If your user name is something like, "Johnson Knife Works, Frank's knives, Knifemaker61, etc." ......you are a knifemaker. If you discuss knives that you made for sale, sold, shows you sold at, how many knives you have sold this year, etc.........you are a knifemaker. If your profile says you make knives as part of your occupation info.....you are a knifemaker. If you post photos of knives you sell,.....you are a knifemaker. If you sell knives, damascus you make, handle and other materials, etc., regularly in The Exchange....you are a knifemaker/service provider. If you are a knifemaker....you need a knifemaker membership. If you make knives for yourself, and sell an occasional one to a neighbor, that isn't what we are talking about. If you sell a few scales or leftover materials in The Exchange, that isn't the problem, either. If you are in this group, you are welcome to buy a knifemaker membership, and it probably is a good idea if you plan on staying in knifemaking a long time. Sooner or later, about 90% of the folks here will be knifemakers......why not join the group. No one will make you buy a knifemaker membership, but if you don't want one, then stop knifemaker conduct and just read and post basic info only. No home page links, no selling talk, no photos of knives you sell. The Super mods don't want to have to start checking each home page and profile info, and sure as heck I don't want to go there, but if people post with website links in their signature line and such don't comply to the rules that they agreed to when they joined..........they will soon start to get called out for it. I known that this will get a few folks upset, but those who follow the rules probably won't be the ones. It also has nothing to do with someone's content value or quantity of information contributed to the forums. In my personal opinion, those folks should be the first ones to follow the rules, because they are the ones newer smiths look up to as examples.