Originally Posted by Polwart
Its an interesting point, my gut feel was chuck him out for being a charlatan, but where do you stop? BruceB is having some issues with Humber, one of the Scandinavians felt agrieved because Ribcraft didn't send a team of engineers out to fix his 2nd hand boat FOC.
As I understand it his MO is that when anyone complains / threatens trading standard he says hes now retired and no longer trading (although I note he continues to advertise in RibMag). On that basis he should have no real objection to being removed (and any such objection would presumably support a claim to trading standards).
However, if you do take one person out, then by implication its suggests that the trade directory is vetted, which would be a bad idea - as clearly it can't be and you don't want the blame for bad experiences.
I wonder if you could add "user feedback / reviews" type functionality to it (many shop sites offer this sort of thing)? that would let both good and bad feedback on all the trade members with e.g.score out of five stars, and a brief "review". if those were attributed to forum usernames then all the better...
Sorry I wasn't involved more in this discussion - I was working abroad and had limited access to the web.
Yes - his MO is as you suggest. In my case he told me that due to some interference from a similarly named company in Holland, he had to put his company into liquidation and then proceeded to tell me that, as a result of that, I had no claim on any warranty.
I understand how difficult it would be for the 'powers to be' to monitor this but I do like the idea floated above to add a "user feedback / reviews" type functionality to the adverts in the Trade Directory. A bit like the feedback that is employed by eBay, perhaps. Just a thought!
It's a shame that good suppliers like Paul Tilley and others are on the same list as Gemini with no method of differentiating between them.