I had just 'penned' this response to the thread that has just been pulled, but couldn't post it. Typical, I always get in the debate two minutes after admin! Anyway, I have cut and paste what would have been my post in that thread below. Perhaps it can be used for discussion?
I can see both sides on the 'should-this-be-allowed' debate. In fact, I had a thread pulled some time ago that was advertising a Kenyan Street Kids charity that I'm involved with. I wasn't appealing for donations - just pointing to a link that earned small click-through amounts for the charity. Personally, I think a community like this is defined by its members' collective good spirit. We might all moan at each other and disagree at times, but we basically enjoy the communications we have , even if they are not face-to-face. In such a situation, it seems reasonable to allow 'movements' to grow from within, built on the trust and respect that is earned over time. In the case of my post, it was right not to be allowed because it was posted at a time when nobody knew me - it could have been something that I personally benefited from for all people knew then. In the case at hand today, the OP is a fully-fledged member of the community and is trusted and respected, and it is clear that this is a real cause. In such clear-cut cases, I think compassion should rule the day. Sometimes the heart should rule over the head, and this is one of those occasions. Good luck with the collection; I'll make a small donation and hope many others will too.
EDIT 14/05: Perhaps HUKD could add a 'charity' section under the heading of Giving something back? Could just be a list of links to charity homepages, ones vetted by the mods and deemed to be genuine, but with some association to members' interests. In fact, it would also be good for the site to be seen to putinng something back too. That really would be deals anarchy: people putting a little of what they've saved from the big retailers back into worthwhile community causes.