Quoted from irobot:
I hope people comment honestly on anything I post on pinside or any other forum.
The whole value of internet forums is that people can be honest instead of being overly polite. Note the word "overly".
You still have the social obligation not to be a rude jerk, or to be pointlessly negative, but the requirement to be excessively polite is reduced. The net result is beneficial.
A lot of online discussion is noise, but sometimes people will say things that you don't like but you should hear anyway for your own benefit.
Classified Ad threads like this one are a grey zone. Normally I would make no comment at all, because I don't have any skin in the game, a sale between two other people is literally none of my business.
But on the other hand, if people are going to play cheerleader for the seller, then I think it's appropriate to balance it out with some commentary.
People seem to feel an obligation to stick their nose in to help the seller, but why doesn't that obligation extend to the buyer?
Guess I understand what your saying regarding forum comments. Regarding a FS add, what you see as cheer leading for the seller is Actually support and assurance to the Seller! As these are Huge purchases often times with people you have Never met that is a seller benefit to know if the individual has a track record of being a shill or a saint. As for constant ridicual and question regarding price I see no value in others input as it is determined by the Buyer and Seller what is fair not an audience of back seat judges. If the game is known to be crap/defective chime in. If you know nothing about This game listed or the seller there is No need for input other than an offer. This thread is a for sale listing not a courtroom to be judged on decision and fairness. Just my opinion.