Guys, you know I love you all.
That, however, does not change the fact that I am not fond of how you have responded to this person.
Let's be clear: it certainly appears that the original poster is a sales person who is looking to profit from the collective experience of a group of van enthusiasts. That is not the kind of forum membership we encourage, and most forum members are not going to want to give away their expertise under those circumstances. Fair 'nuf.
I see every reason to let somebody know that this kind of interaction with the forum is not something that we want to see here. However, that information can be conveyed politely and without a snark factor.
We have an amazing history of being kind and respectful to each other in this space. That means more to me than I can ever express in words. I would love it if we would continue to do that.
Here's an alternative response to the original post that allows us to communicate our boundaries while still treating each other with respect:
This forum is a place where folks who love these vans get together to share their knowledge--and share the joy of working on, and traveling in these amazing machines. We actively discourage participation that is strictly commercial in nature--and that is what your post appears to be.
That said, you are more than welcome to read any material in the forum.
A bunch of slightly nutty van lovers
I'm climbing off of my soapbox now. Thanks for listening.