Originally Posted by kbarnes701
Why is it important to have owned a unit in order to be able to comment on it? As Max ably pointed out a few posts back, if he reads article after article saying that XXXX brand of tyres have a very bad record for tread separation, causing numerous vehicles to turn over, does he need to go out and buy those tyres and risk his life before he has the right to comment on whether tyres should behave that way, or whether the manufacturer should take this step or that step to correct the situation or whether other people should or should not consider buying that brand of tyres? Indeed, does he not even have a duty to point out the issues with tread separation and rollovers to prospective buyers, to save them from making the same mistake as the others who have
bought brand XXXX?
I realise that you were making a slightly different point (and I do agree with the sentiment of your post) but very often in this thread one will see someone lambast another member because he actually dared comment on the UMC-1 even though he doesn't own it
. It's as if ownership of the unit will suddenly shed all manner of light on the numerous faults and problems with the unit - problems which have been reported on by numerous people who do actually own it.
Amusingly, the main culprits who say "if you don't own a UMC-1 you shouldn’t be commenting on it"
are usually the very same people who then go on to comment and point out faults and problems on Onkyo units that they don't actually own either
Which, I think, brings me back to the point you were making...
For me, (I can't really speak for anyone else after all) previously or currently owning a product adds credibility to his or her opinion.
It helps sort out those with a shall we say "negative" agenda that only want to add trolling like comments when someone is genuinely looking for help in a technical thread like this.
Is that really helping the poor soul looking for advice?
This thread isn't the only place where this happens.
unfortunately it is a problem rampant here at AVS on certain threads.
However, depending on the particular section, mods sometimes do (and at times very quickly) intervene.
Just try and say something troll like (quick negative snippet just to chime in) in the audessey section for example.
Since that thread is visited by the good folks at Audessey themselves, AVS just won't put up with it.
Can you or anyone else honestly say the same has happened in this long thread for example?
And if so, where is the mod cleanup?