If there are people who are in possession of relevant information that will help to sway their purchasing decision in order for others to avoid losing financially or suffering some other form of hardship then there lies a moral obligation on the part of that individual to disseminate that information to the community.
Censorship based on misguided loyalties and commercial bias simply needs to be put aside for the greater good of the community itself rather than pandering to minority (typically financial based) interests from those who primarily operate in the shadows of pinside with little to no actual substantive contribution.
Quoted from ForceFlow:
Certainly, as long as it remains somewhat respectful and doesn't turn into a tirade of swearing and insults--which doesn't usually happen in most cases.
There is also a "broken record" rule in place--posting the same thing over and over again in the same thread or across multiple threads. There are certain people who have a serious axe to grind about certain games/companies, and they sometimes get carried away. Anyone who reaches that point will get a warning if it starts becoming excessive, followed by thread or sub-forum ejections if it continues. This isn't a problem for most people, though.
Of course the imaginary threat of an international lawsuit from a bunch of Aussie bogans will most certainly expedite that process to the point of overzealous pettiness.
Quoted from Maken:
Those who say it's not ok to criticize manufacturers are doing so for their own personal benefit. They are usually either making money off of pinball or trying to protect their own personal relationships.
Extend that observation to include commercial retailers and dealer importers and you have the Australian pinball scene in a nutshell.