Amir lacks honesty and integrity. One example, when he falls behind in a debate, he has no problem in resorting to dishonest debate tactics. When called on it, he cries personal attack and calls for the moderator. Ironically, he says nothing of the constant personal attacks on manufacturer reps on his site.
Another of his many character flaws is that he’s got a fragile ego. He almost never concedes a point, nor admits to being wrong, no matter how wrong he is. He’ll just resort to more blatant dishonesty in order to give himself and his followers the impression of “winning” an argument. Of course his followers never call him on it. No doubt they recognize it, they just look the other way, intent on maintaining their standing within the group.
The cultish behaviour has become more apparent in the past few weeks with these recent developments with his moderator (Thomas). The moderator seemed to be a man of integrity and his moderating style mostly fair and unbiased. He would even join in criticizing Amir on occasion. He was tolerant of opposing views, allowed constructive criticism and didn’t mind tough questions being asked. Of course, this is not good for Amir. Amir needs loyal, unquestioning followers. This type of moderating style will expose his many character flaws. Amir was not happy with the moderating and he and Thomas had a disagreement. Amir wants more censoring and swift banning. In response, Thomas left the position for a time, wanting to maintain his integrity. Unfortunately, Thomas recently decided to sell out and become Amir’s moderator puppet. He must’ve been lured with promises of large payouts once the sponsorships and advertiser dollars begin to roll in. The site is now quick to censor and ban at the slightest hint of any perceived deviant thought or question, as it is with any cult.
One last point worth noting. The members there often talk about people fooling themselves. Ironic that they fool themselves into thinking that Amir does what he does just out of the goodness of his heart. Don’t be fooled, faithful Amir followers, it’s all about the money. He’s interested in building a site to make money. Always follow the money, it’s what motivates action. All review sites start off giving the impression of good intentions, but they all end up serving themselves in the end. He’s already proposed the idea of Amazon product links, manufacturer sponsorship, advertiser endorsement, etc. It’s only a matter of time. And when you current regulars complain that he’s sold out, or changed direction, he’ll just label you a troll and have you censored and banned. Then, a new group of loyal followers will replace you. It happens the same way, every time.
For those interested in an objective perspective, there are plenty of others out there who have the character and integrity to go along with the data.