Whisker, my comment may not be liked. Based upon my recent experiences with and from other forums, I do not think creating a separate or a special section for affiliation is the greatest idea.
Sometimes it works out.
You have been on forums with those affiliate sections and those attached rules.
This is just my opinion.
Your opinion is most welcome, @womenonly! Some people here have expressed an interest in having an affiliates section. I am still mulling over the idea. Have tried out one or two plugins on a test forum I have and have not found one that I find works for me. There is a required number of posts a person needs before posting a link to their forum in their signature. A small image is preferable to a large one. Please bear with me while I try to look up where that rule is explained.