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Bankside1 Friday 22 July 2011 7.32pm
Have been away then come back and realise londonse1 has been taken over by "people" asking questions about their own business. So depressing that people are using this to advertise by pulling people in and getting friends to say "I've had the best experience......." shame. Sorry to the one advert I responded to but then had to leave the country :( Guess I will be leaving this site as now completely unreliable.

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jackie rokotnitz Friday 22 July 2011 7.43pm
Bankside1 I dont know what you're on about. James is VERY draconian about anyone using the site as a place to plug his/her business, and the person is usually booted off with a harsh repremand...perhaps you could point me to the latest posting where someone is trying to flog me something.
Bankside1 Friday 22 July 2011 7.45pm
I'll post them to James. Unless you work for him?
Bankside1 Friday 22 July 2011 8.16pm
btw check out 8.56pm today. If I was eating not exactly what I would write, sounds a bit too much PR for me, or is the whole of London SE1 that naive?
Tolstoy Friday 22 July 2011 8.24pm
My guess is you're referring to the Leather Exchange post?
James Hatts Friday 22 July 2011 8.48pm
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.

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Bankside1 Friday 22 July 2011 9.10pm
thank you for you response. Please could you tell me where I say "amazing questions". No need to respond, this is why I am leaving. Freedom of speech no longer exists even in SE1. I had followed this site for a long time, even when out of UK, but if you need people to point out where there are misuse of this website, then even more of a point for me to leave. thank you for a good website in the beginning. See you in the Evening Standard x
Gwynaethva Friday 22 July 2011 9.38pm
James, you can't win them all...

We know what a great job you do about all those dodgy spammers!
phoney Saturday 23 July 2011 8.33am
Did anyone read the 'Comment' section on Page 15 of yesterday's ES- Fri 22- regarding feedback posted online.
In short, all feedback, positive and negative, must be taken with a pinch of salt. But the best adviser of them all? Your own instinct.
Common sense really.
sarahse1 Saturday 23 July 2011 12.48pm
Bankside1 wrote:
thank you for you response. Please could you tell me where I say "amazing questions".
Errr it's in the title of your post Bankside1
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