Friday 1 February 2013 8.56am
If familyfriendlyse1 would like to have a sensible conversation about what we might do to make the forum friendlier I'd be very glad to listen to his/her ideas.
I am well aware that some people find the prevailing tone of the forum off-putting, and that does trouble me a great deal. I'd like the forum to be as accessible and welcoming as possible. (But you can't please everyone.)
Perhaps starting a thread over in the Feedback
section or contacting me directly would be a good way to proceed if anyone would like to have a constructive debate on that issue.
That said, people who dish out caustic remarks should not be surprised when they receive caustic replies.
This thread is very specifically for chronicling incidents of astroturfing.
As for giving small businesses carte blanche to post fake recommendations, I think Rambling Phil's earlier post sums it up perfectly: "Why would we want to support a dishonest business, regardless of whether it's big or small?"