Friday 22 July 2011 9.48pm
Bankside1 - I'm sorry if you've had a bad experience, but as your post was some time before the Leather Exchange one (which is rather OTT but I have no reason to suspect foul play - being enthusiastic isn't a crime yet), I'm a bit puzzled as to what you are talking about.
Please either reply here or contact me
with details of what/who you think is wrong, and I'll look at it.
What are the "amazing questions" to which you refer?
I think you're being a bit dramatic in saying the forum is "completely unreliable" - it's neither reliable nor unreliable - it's as good as the people who take the time to participate. Yes, of course you have to apply your critical faculties to any recommendation, but the same goes with all sorts of things in life.
I am grateful to those who regularly report messages they think are dodgy - I always follow up reported posts, and if there is evidence of foul play I will name and shame (and/or just delete the post if it's plain spam).
However, if there's no evidence of foul play, then I won't comment publicly or cast aspersions.
There's nothing worse than a genuine first-time poster signing up to the forum to recommend a local shop or whatever and being greeted with a barrage of cynicism that puts them off ever commenting again.