Originally Posted by Alm
I think adding that to the rules (which I can't seem to quote) would only mean that no promotion of games would be allowed. Which wouldn't work well on a games forum. Who determines who is pretending? (EDIT: on every count of promotion).
if you can't create a thread doing a hit and run it means you either need a more complex bot to post multiple posts to spread your sig about, but these bots are very very easy to spot (even the good ones)
so one you remove the self promotion threads (it's even obvious to spot the "OMG! I just found game X" threads) and the bots the only real way to self promote becomes to post your self contributing to the forums, now if it is too much work for them to contribute to the forums they will bugger off, if it isn't they will post become a part of the community and we will actually care about their stuff if it interests people.
as for the problem of it being a games site and people posting about games, you can see a mile off the people who post about a game and actually want to have a discussion about it, so really it isn't a massive problem.