Howdy @Atwater_Mary - thanks for your inquiry. I responded to you privately, but I thought it might make sense to highlight publicly my perspective on commercial postings.
First to define a “commercial” posting. A commercial posting is any posting that seeks to solicit interest in the purchase of a good or service. Of course, I recognize that any commercial posting takes up the inbox space of participants, and therefore I want to be careful with what we allow and do not allow.
What we do now. As folks are getting used to the new Orchid system, @leah-ganoksin-admin and I have allowed reasonable and limited commercial postings that we felt were relevant to the Orchid community or that the Orchid community would be interested in. This is much the same as the way @Hanuman handled such things. I’ve limited those postings to one per member. Right now, I’m using my discretion. In the case of @Jeffrey_Herman2, he is well known to me and is well reputed, specifically as it relates to anything to do with polishing silver. Given his reputation, I thought the community would be interested in his offering.
What we will do in the very near future. In the very near future, my intention is to create a new category – something like “commercial postings and for sale” Any goods, services, workshops, or other items for sale (basically anything that isn’t for the sole purpose of knowledge exchange amongst Orchidians) would go into this category of being “commercial” in nature. This sub-forum would only be available to Gold or Platinum members, and any Orchid subscriber could change their settings to be notified or not via email of postings in that category (the default being you would be notified). Any member could see the postings, but only Gold or Platinum members would be able to post in that particular sub-forum. The idea is to add more value for those members, while creating an incentive to support Ganoksin/Orchid. As you know, Ganoksin.com remains entirely free and devoid of third-party advertising, so it is now entirely supported by members and jewelry manufacturing companies like @RioGrande and many others. I intended to do this upon launch, but @leah-ganoksin-admin and I have been quite busy with customer service and the full re-work of our article organization system on Ganoksin.com (so that articles and videos are searchable with the same category system). I expect this to be in the next 30 days or so.
For anyone who thinks they may wish to sell things or market anything of a commercial nature on a limited basis, now is an excellent time to avail yourself of the 50% discount on Legacy Gold, Legacy Platinum, and Lifetime Platinum plans that are only available for a limited time. If anyone has any questions about upgrading, kindly email "firstname.lastname@example.org" and we will get you squared away. It is $4 per month for Gold with your discounted legacy rate, and it would mean a lot to us - every dollar helps us! Details of membership are on this page, and we are going to be adding more and more for gold and platinum members over time.