Well, James, when I, some months ago, wanted to know if someone wanted a flat in the Aylesbury Estate, you rapped me over the knuckles and said that you didnt want that sort of thing. So...sorry but unless there's been a change of policy I have understood that flat seekers and renters were not to use this site for the purpose. If things have changed, I wasnt aware of it.
Fair point, Jackie. I tend to take a hard line with people starting threads offering their own property for sale or to let (we've always said 'no advertising') - but have generally allowed threads from people LOOKING for accommodation - especially if the message is couched in such a way that it invites general advice on agents or where to look etc.
Granted, bluefish's post is very specific and doesn't invite that sort of wider discussion that's likely to be of relevance to more people than just the question-asker.
But if you consider that a message is inappropriate or breaks the forum rules, please use the Report this message button to flag it up for attention rather than posting sarcastic or unfriendly remarks.
I struggle to see why there should be any difference between:
Here is my flat to let, please contact me so I can avoid paying agent's fees; and
This is the sort of flat I want to rent, please contact me so that you can avoid paying agent's fees so I will get a better deal.
In both cases this site is acting as agent, but for free. Economic benefit is being provided to both parties, but it is very unclear to me that this site benefits in exchange. It is quite different to 'please can you recommend me a plumber'-type posts.
Personally I am becoming rather bored with the number of very similar threads. Now, if the editorial decision is to encourage advertising within the forums as a way of driving traffic to this site, well as a non-paying punter who am I to complain.
On the other hand, perhaps it is time for a separate 'trading' forum - maybe a property-specific one. Or else a suggestion that people should try Gumtree.