And in this area of the forum I don't see it being over run with people signing up solely to advertise. Plenty of longer standing members are posting here.
I think it's good to embrace change, try new things and to try to keep up with the Internet as it progresses and adapt with how people use it and so on. I'm looking at admins new policy with a bigger picture viewpoint and try to see the positives to trying new things out and giving them a chance before writing them off. I'm still posting elsewhere round the forum and helping people where I can. This change hasn't put me off posting elsewhere here. Having first time ad posts from new members isn't an issue for me from a personal POV. As a mod, admin have okayed it and I don't have an issue with it so long as its within the rules for this area of the forum.