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where to post vendor opinions?

>Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2001 02:56:30 -0800
>From: Steve Pushak <teban at powersonic_bc.ca>
>Subject: APD guidelines
>I say again, I believe that the APD is not the place for
> criticizing vendors regardless of whether the criticism
> is based in truth or lies. 
	The above snippet of Steve Pushak's message has 
inspired me to voice something I've been thinking lately, 
what with all the lawsuit events.  I lurk most of the time 
on this list, but I find it invaluable.  
     The APD serves the purpose for me of getting 
information, help, and yes, opinions from others who 
keep planted aquaria.  If the APD is not the place to 
voice negative vendor opinions, then we need a place in 
which to do that.   In the computer homebuilding scene 
on line, the web site http://www.resellerratings.com/ 
serves such a purpose for that slice of the online 
community.  When people post to this site, they rate 
their experience of doing business with a comptuer 
compnonents vendor.  They give a numerical rating, and 
then they may also post their opinions and a summary of 
their experiences.  An average of the  ratings is 
presented, so that that each company is given an 
"overall" numerical rating, then you can click to read the 
individual postings.
	The online aquarium community needs a site like this, 
don't you all think?  I've seen computer companies 
bragging on their homepages about  getting good ratings 
on that site.  It is an invaluable resource.
     Is a site like this on different legal footing than the 
APD is?  
-Chrys Amy Dean

"and i try to laugh at whatever life brings
cuz when i look down i just miss all the good stuff
when i look up i just trip over things" ~ Ani DiFranco