Welcome to RO! Its been basically shill free since Sept 2000.
But let me say this! I don't recall a manufacturer ever being out of line here since we opened the door though. If anything, I have to invite them or they don't show up! When they do, its always to set records straight ( which I welcome because we don't allow BS here) and/or to elaborate on a question directly related to content with their name in it. Thats the right thing to do. They stay out of shilling their gear or ever pushing it on anyone.
I make it a priority to support manufacturers and help them best I can because I know, without them, we don't exist either. Its a circle that we all share. We need to remember that.
But.... Its been dealers that have been a challenge right from our grand opening. They used to think forums were a free place to shill gear. They would use the line "we are here helping members". I welcomed dealers until I saw how it degrades a forum. I've had to blacklist some dealers because they wouldn't stop shilling. Some have been absolutely cut throat and vicious. I have a lot of stories about dealers and how they use forums and the PM system to move gear. I could write a book on all this.
Anyways, thanks for the kind words, I'm sure the mods and I too, appreciate that indeed. We all work hard on keeping this community real. There seems to be a common understanding with our community over spamming and shills.
Happy Birthday !!! and wow... yankees stadium. have fun
What sparked this comment BTW?