Yeah, but clearly back then direct links to official websites type of posts were the thing. There's a lot of that in both threads you just shared. It's really no big deal. In this thread there are tons of posts completely unrelated to the NAMM and music industry altogether. Not to mention posts about suicide and stuff!
I've got some strange reactions (at least twice) when I've posted something totally related to the topic...where that person(s) could've easily moved on to the next post, or directed their attention to off topic posts. Both instances could've been avoided with a little patience and possibly a private message.