I have great respect for you, but disagree strongly.
If you read a bunch of reviews here on CT, what you'll find is that very few people know diddly about knives but that they LOVE the knives they bought and think they're all 5/5. To my mind that's a bigger waste of bandwidth than reviews written by people who know something and are able to make meaningful comments, comparisons and create a meaningful context -- whether or not the knives were comped
That's mutual BDL. Just because every one here doesn't always see eye to eye on every topic it doesn't imply there's any loss of respect.
Having said that it is my personal belief that those who get paid for reviews, receive discounts, loaners or any other form of compensation should simply refrain from commenting on those products or suggesting those vendors in other threads.
If they can not or will not, I think that says far more than I could ever put in to words.
If all those folks who are happy with their knives or other purchases stop participating or posting reviews on CT simply because a paid reviewer doesn't think they know "diddly" then I'd venture a guess that participation here will only slip further.
At least that's my .02 (adjusted for inflation)
Edited by DuckFat - 3/21/12 at 1:58pm