Here's one that I just had to flag. I'll copy the email reply so you get the idea.
Dear TripAdvisor Member,
Thanks so much for letting us know about your concerns regarding the Saipan forums, and for your helpful participation.
At TripAdvisor we do our best to allow a wide variety of members to voice their opinions, but at the same time keep the forums friendly and helpful to all. We appreciate your help in doing so.
At this time we're evaluating the situation and have already taken fair action to reduce the number of disruptive and inappropriate posts in the forum. We will remove posts that directly violate our forum guidelines or significantly disrupt a directly travel-related discussion. Please note that we have updated our guidelines, they may be viewed by following this link:http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html
Thanks again for sharing your concerns.
DanTripAdvisor Support Team
On Wed, 20 Feb 2008 08:25:39 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> User: Ken Phillips (email@example.com)>
> Forum ID: 2885
> Topic ID: 1584975
> Topic Title: Need a good hotel for 3 weeks
> Poster Name: patron-silver
> Poster ID: 32ABDD2C07324150AD2E9FDB50F089A1
> Post ID: 9825529
> Post Body: Saipan has gone too the dogs.
> Water and electricity are intermittent.
> Tourism has ceased to exist.
> DONT swim in the lagoon, its polluted with raw sewerage.
>Link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60716-i2885-k1584975-l9825529-Saipan.html#9825529> >
It overstates the problems. While the local utility is indeed stretched too thin, intermittent is a great exagerration. There are infrequent partial outages because of inadequate backup. They are planned to have minimal impact on tourist areas.
Tourism is down, it has not ceased by any means.
The beaches are red-flagged more often than I, or anyone would like, but it is an overstatement to say they are polluted with raw sewage.
The post is a hit job, for some reason.>
Maybe I should have replied to the post instead of complaining, but that's like replying to someone who asks if you've stopped beating your wife. You start by being on the defensive and I'd rather just have it removed. And yes, I spun it as positively as I could without lying. This is what potential visitors are reading about the island, folks.