I'd really be grateful for some "moderation input" on this subject, please, Paul and/or others.
I know that I'm not alone, here ...
(i) Is it, or is it not allowed for Warriors who don't know you, with whom you have never had any previous contact at all, to use the forum's private messaging system to solicit reviews (e.g. for their forthcoming WSO) by writing to you out of the blue on the grounds that "you look as if you know what you're talking about" and/or "you have a high post-count" - meaning, obviously "I'd like a testimonial from you in my thread because it would obviously carry some weight"?
(ii) When people do this, is it appropriate:-
- (a) Politely to decline without giving a reason
- (b) Politely to decline and to raise the question of whether the requester thinks his future customers deserve unincentivised testimonials from people who've actually bought the product rather than incentivised ones from people who've just been offered a free copy because a testimonial from them will obviously carry some weight
- (c) To report the p.m.
- (d) To not reply at all
- (e) Something else (please specify!)