Sorry if you view it as spamming - I was just answering a couple of recent posts concerning MMOs. As for advertising, well, I suppose we all are when we recommend something to someone.
I've read a bit about the complete chaos around the early life of AO. Can't say I blame you for being put off by that.
Yes, the free accounts on AO was a marketing tool. Funnily enough, it seems to have helped. I know several people how tried out the game for free, and have now upgraded. I would have done so myself but for my current RL(tm) situation, which I will not bore you with.
Anyway. AO is an option that can be tried for free. Nothing lost (except time