I often see riders using the username field to promote their website.I don’t think this should be used for advertising.
Agreed, if they haven’t paid/received approval for that right it should not be allowed.
50/50% on this one. If it’s someone promoting a relevant website, I don’t see the harm. If someone is promoting something malicious or inappropriate then that should merit a violation.
Example: A local bike shop in my area has a Zwift demo unit setup and has their website in their username. It makes sense in their case.
They should have to be approved by Zwift (maybe paid for the privileged) and their names should be a different color like Green instead of normal users being white.
This needs to be controlled.
I disagree Paul, changing color for “commercial” riders would soon turn the rider section into a mess.
I kind of agree with I van, let’s say 50/50 ;-), I see no harm in demo units using the name of the bike store they are located at. However what I do not agree on is people having full websites in usernames.
If the software is free then I don’t mind “being the product” (like facebook for example), however we all pay for Zwift, $15 starting next month… when I pay for a product I expect it to be as good as add free. I don’t mind Zwift partnering up with companies doing challenges etc but I would be well annoyed if during the entire ride there’d be website names in the riders, especially if they were then marked in a different color as well.
Totally agree with not wanting to be the product on Zwift, Evert. Although I do see a potential problem with local bike shops advertising their name on Zwift: if an in-store Zwift session is a good way to reach local bike riders, it would be good for the store to leave those Zwift sessions running 24/7. This could eventually lead to Zwift getting filled with riders stopped along the road.
Thinking about this a bit more: it would be trivial to have an ‘advertisement avatar’ actually riding on Zwift 24/7, using an ant+ development kit simulating a power meter. With the neon-colored outfit and the tron bike, this would be a very cheap way to advertise in Zwift, and a very easy way to annoy actual Zwift users.