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No brand or sourcing suggestions please!
We apologize, but we can't post suggestions of brands or sources or contact info (except clearly labeled paid advertisements) -- for time-proven reasons!
- People are only human! Seeing their competitor praised here has led to public insults and races to the bottom -- the opposite of the aloha spirit we're striving to promote.
- Spam destroys every website that doesn't work tirelessly against it; we already receive several hundred spams each day (some days >1000)!
- One industry segment operates spambot computers which tirelessly post robotic "comment spam" on forums.
- Another industry segment does computerized scans of all websites like ours for keywords, and then pays people to post recommendations of their products whenever they find a thread with keywords related to their product line.
- This site is free, for camaraderie & technical info, courtesy of supporting advertisers … but how could they possibly justify to their boss that they paid for a forum which steered potential customers away from them and towards their competitors who don't support the site?
- This website is "no registration required", so it's easy for salespeople to pose as satisfied customers (many times the IP address of a supposed 'satisfied customer' has been the same as the vendor's website). No one can tell actual satisfied customers from people with vested interests.
- Because this site is "no registration" we can't prove that a slam is from an actual user rather than being brand assassination by a competitor under a fictitious name, so we've been threatened with legal action over slams several times already. And posting praise unbalanced by criticism would mislead and dis-serve the readers.
- This site is for technical education, so advising our readers that some vendor offers a secret formulation of proprietary ingredients would be a mighty thin gruel of 'technical education' anyway :-)
Please use this site for camaraderie & technical discussions -- but try Consumer Reports, BBBs, friends & neighbors, educational associations, industry trade groups, Amazon, Yelp, or the like for product reviews and brand recommendations.
Thanks for your patience and understanding!
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