I suppose when I look at the forums, an interesting topic catches my eye, reading the posts. I attach more or less weight to the replies/opinions according my familiarity with the posters or their repliers. The opinion of some posters I take as valid, balanced and educational, others can become the pub bore.
I wonder if we can profile new posters. Initially it’s frustration with poor service that drives a few people to their first post. `Sometimes they don’t comeback, sometimes they warm to the ‘little club’ and become repeat contributors. I checked my first review on trip advisor, I flamed a hotel that I considered to be particularly customer unfriendly, my subsequent views on trip advisor have been more appreciative. It appears I conform to my own profiling theory!
On some topics I’m sceptical about new posters, they appear to be pushing an agenda or service. I’m really interested in a particular thread, hoping to a valid opinion post evidence of a successful outcome.
I don’t think I’m suggesting an ebay style start system for posters.