Commercial threads need to be separated by at least seven days; only items in the DAZ store may be posted to the Carrara forum (or other application-specific forum) or the Commons.
That’s great and I appreciate that Daz doesn’t want to be a platform for advertising other commercial sites. That’s just peachy. But as others have pointed out, the Carrara community is small enough that most of us don’t hit the commons. My life is rather busy with family, work and—I dunno—my hobby of creating things with Carrara. I’m not in the forums that often (and my post count reflects that) so I generally hit the Carrara forums. Sometimes the Commons, but not that often. OTOH, I spend virtually all of my disposable income on 3d products (dazaholic for sure). I rely on the newsletters and the Carrara forums for learning about things. I realize that the TOS was rewritten with the new site, but there was a reason Daz relented last time.
Because Fenric’s Carrara plugins require a product only available through Daz then promoting them and an external site selling them can, at worst, only have the effect of reducing sales of his plugins here. Which is worst case and, by the sound of things, has come to pass due to frustrations with the Daz rules and processes.
Fenric was kind enough to revise the color balance shader to accept subshaders instead of only using sliders (a request he’d gotten from me and possibly others). I guess it was okay for us to use Daz’s PMs for what resulted in non-Daz commercial activity (or are you going to claim he could have posted the revised plugin for the unbundled cost here at Daz), but nothing like that can be visible to the public?
His sales here have benefited Daz as well as Fenric, and if you checked my posts (I’m not that frequent of a poster) I’ve had multiple occasions to encourage people to get his plugins. I’ve done the same with Digital Carvers Guild items because they are good. So in both cases Daz will no longer gain from the commercial activity? That is really sad.
It is too easy to view the past through rose-tinted sunglasses, but it sure does seem to me like Daz is drifting away from being a community oriented company. Maybe its just me or maybe it is inevitable. But I do find it sad.
(and I probably rambled on too much, sorry, I don’t even remember what I came to the forums for)