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Jun-03-2005 @ 11:00 PM                           Permalink
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Any thoughts about awarding forum approval to broadland business that get good reviews here?

"The Norfolk Broads Forum - Approved Pub", or boatyard, or whatever category you care to think of? That way members can spot places we have previously given good reviews to without carrying the whole forum in your pocket ......

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Sounds like agood idea to me.
If it"s good enough for you lot it"s good enough for me.(if broadshaven tavern gets a forum approved,then ignore the above!!!!)

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Absolutely against it, in fact try it and I for one am off. Not being unkind but not only are their going to be people out there with axkes to grind but you would render Richard liable to all sorts of counter claims. I would hope that any moderator would jump on any value judgement and stamp it to death.

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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Bill, We already give opinions, good or bad as we see fit. I say , say it as it is, it gives those not too good establishments our opinion and gives them a chance to better themselves.
If we stop giving such opinions, however good or bad things will never change for the better.
I have no axes to grind,if its good its good and I"ll say so and if its bad, likewise.

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Any member can say what they like, what was being suggested if you look at the first posting was FORUM APPROVAL. With respect neither you nor I could claim such and even Richard would be chancing his arm to do so. This idea should I suggest be dropped stone dead.

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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I  agree that it could be a legal minefield Bill,but on the otherhand who do you know that would complain about having "forum approval" would seem odd to me.


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I think that I take Bill's view on this. Suppose a business asks to be given the accolade.  What happens if it is refused by the Forum? Especialy if a Forum member does business in the same field and gets the thumbs up.

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Richard What's your view??

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oh golly gosh !

I did suggest something similar a few months ago, at the time I was just thinking of a way to acknowledge those businesses that go that extra yard to provide outstanding service, rather like the CAMRA awards. The idea of "Approved" makes me think of my last school.

Well at that time I was v. surprised that the idea was shot down in flames before the ink was even dry on the posting.

I'm not worried about the legal aspect (good thing about the first amendment and ISP shield laws), and in general the comments posted here are constructive rather than flames.

Also you will notice that I do not directly accept advertising from any Broads based business (I have no control over the content of the Google Ads), as I feel this forum should remain independant, and also no one has offered me large wads of cash to promote their business.

Another factor is that awards are highly subjective, for instance I love the White Horse, Neatishead, my neighbours who have similar tastes to me couldn't wait to leave.

On the other hand, Bill who runs a great little yard, would get my vote for something because, he's a small business, is moving with the times, as in getting a great website going, and is being innovative in his pricing structure. But then others might think it's not a great yard because he doesn't hire out 50 berth super tubs with satalite tv and a hot tub. - It's just horses for courses.

I've really got to bow to the views of the members on this one though, there are much wiser and more level headed members on this forum than I, so I really must respect their views as they all make perfect sense.

If there was some common ground that we could all agree on then I'd be more than happy to set up some form of award system, but I guess for now it's dead.

This message was edited by Richard on Jun-4-05 @ 4:18 AM

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I do think that's wise Richard, Boatboy and others can always review the businesses of course The more up to date info the better.

Even on this site we do have differences of opinion and as has been hinted one members character pub is another's dump, one member economically priced boat is another's shed.

Likewise things do change, sometimes quite rapidly and it's not going to do anyone any good if expectations get dashed.

I have to confess that I'm not a great one for ratings there was a bit of a fuss about one initiative when it was discovered that to be listed you were expected to take advertising space.

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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