Yep, I figured it would be a mixed bag, with people who are cool with mostly-commercial builders posting at a DIY forum, and others who find it to be in poor taste. Obviously, I'm not a fan, although I'm sure they're nice folks. To me, Do It Yourself really means Do It For Yourself, and when you've stopped doing it for yourself, you've stopped DIYing. Obviously, plenty of room for differing opinions.
I'm not suggesting that certain people shouldn't be allowed to post, or anything even close to that. But there is a whole forum for pictures now. It seems reasonable that the people who are building more for sale than for keeps could have a topic for their commercial builds. They could post pictures of their 50th build of the month or their "custom shop" pedals without burying the posts of new members who, brimming with pride, generally end up being ignored.
Should have just started a new topic...
I think people on the forum would get restless if I posted the SAME TS circuit 20 times in a month with only different knobs or a different paint job!
March 28th: Here is my GREEN Tubescreamer that I built for Joe Smith (12 pictures to follow)
March 30th: Here is my BLUE Tubescreamer that I built for John Jones (11 pictures to follow)
April 3rd: Here is another GREEN Tubescreamer that I built for Bob Thomas (9 pictures to follow)
April 5th: Here is a combined LPB and Tubescreamer that I built for Ronald McDonald (13 pictures to follow)
I am not saying that "commercial" builders should be banned from posting. Quite the contrary! I agree with Mike that they should have their own section of the forum. Sometimes, the more "commercial" builders have tips to offer.
As for the multiple pictures. I really do not see it as anything more than a vanity/advertising thing. I don't buy into the "greater appreciation for detail." idea. I mean.... does anyone really want ot see closeups of the white washers and the 3PDT?
I would say that an overall picture and a gut-shot is good enough for just about anyone. Maybe a 3rd pic to highlight some odd feature of the build (Like a skillfully placed midi port)