Hi, I'm the German part to Mikey's Premium Templates.
I have been a member of this forum since a very long time. Usually only a reading member.
You're a good community, whether you earn money with CMSimple operates as hobbby or, or...
A community only works if everyone does not take everthing so serious - respect for the elderly is also part of this - like in real life.
The Forum has already sorted out a lot of members all over the years, a lot of names they tried to control things not in the sense of community.
I think it is stupid to talk about intentionally deleted threads, rankings in the template posts, paid advertising space - in this case it's just a forum.
Who wants to buy Mikey's templates does it because he likes them and it is not a matter of first place in the ranking.
The same goes for Mæg, Torsten, Gerd the customer is buying/loading what is usefull and looking good.
I write this few lines only because it's a really great forum, everyone here is kind and helpful.
Do not make the mistake and you embroiled in nonsense and strange accusations.
The success of your work up to this point gives you right, CMSimple is huge. Even people can make money with it. That´s what you all have done.
Just an idea to solve the problem:
Add a new categorie in the forum an call them advertising
Split them up for to be paid versions of cmsimple, to be paid versions of templates and a linklist for members which prvide any kind of CMSimple stuff.
In this categories no rankings
side by side with a fixed maximum adspace.