If you think that the editor of Revenews was just "making it up" even though several of the users of his site were at the affiliateforce even then the SI marketing machine is working better than I thought. Robert from SI had been very vocal in the thread there until that post was made - he never rebutted it and that speaks volumes for a company that has a very aggressive policy of deflection (look at how their ad dollars influence geek).
First off, one of SI's members were banned from GV. So I would hardly say SI as a whole, and as individual staff members, are exempt from the rules. Steve does not tolerate any shit. Even if it puts his Advertising campaigns in jeopardy. However, I would say there is that slight
favoritism. But if you intentionally break a rule, and show any kind of defiance publicly. You will be banned. Advertising dollars or not.
As for "Affiliate force." Ha.
You got to be kidding me. Its a boat vacation for all the wannabe players in the Ad industry. When has a CJ rep been there? Better yet, Burst or DoubleClick representative been there. Just a whole bunch of nobody's giving one another inspirational speeches.
And as for SI, whatever. I do not currently use them. Nor im I this avid supporter of them, or any other Network for that matter. If you dont want to take my advice, don't. But im not going to fend for a company I dont own or have any affiliation with.