I've been away for ages, and I hate to jump straight into complaining, but...
Forum posts are now "decorated" with random links to Amazon products. It appears to be a forum bot that goes through posts and inserts irrelevant product ads.
For example, in this post of mine, the phrase "arm action" was turned into a product link to a bike crank arm.
**EDIT** The links only appear in the thread view, not a single post.
This feels really cheap and nasty. It undermines the forum discussion, because people are going to start ignoring genuine, useful links when they realise that most links are just spam.
I can't imagine these links converting well either, because they are completely irrelevant to the topic of discussion. So unless they're making a lot of money for BC, could we please kill them?
I've nothing against ads on the site, such as the ones in the sidebar (which happen to be relevant and should convert much better). But this link-bot has created a self-spamming forum, which I never thought to see.