Originally Posted by Dry Run
but if I was a Leeway rib owner right now, I would kinda feel like a 2nd class, foolish and not very welcome member of the forum
If anyone had dissed a Leeway RIB out of hand then your concerns would be valid but luckily that's not the case. Reading the old posts I do see that there were some concerns about the ethics of the company itself, hence the comment. However, it's all academic as there are no active
Leeway owners on the forum (other than Lee in his various guises) with the last post made in 2008.
Seeding the forum with "wanted ads" for the product you build/t and then bigging them up could potentially be construed as astroturfing:
"The US isn't the only country that comes down hard on astroturfing (which violates federal FTC rules, too). Hiring paid shills is an excellent way to get yourself in trouble in the UK, too. In its Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading
guidance, the Office of Fair Trading forbids "falsely representing oneself as a consumer," (a point alluded to in the CIPR's social media guidelines
The Advertising Standards Authority's UK advertising code says that marketing communications must not materially mislead
by omitting the identity of the marketer. 'Marketers must hold documentary evidence that a testimonial or endorsement used in a marketing communication is genuine, unless it is obviously fictitious, and hold contact details for the person who, or organisation that, gives it," it adds."
I wouldn't be surprised if Leeway Composites were going back into production