Show me one other site in any field that lets me search for anything as specific as "a girl within 7 miles of postcode x who likes anal and CIM but doesn't do bareback, who has blue eyes, a 30" waist, huge tits, no tattoos and will charge me less than £120 an hour to bang her".
The AW search is fantastic, and I don't care how many people label me a fluffy for calling people out on this bullshit. Sure, the site isn't perfect, and of course they're only in it for the money. But you only have to look at how shitty and barely functional the alternatives are to see what a good job they've made of it.
I tend to agree. Is AW perfect? No, but it's easily the best at what it does.
It also doesn't claim to be punter orientated (unlike prossienet) so it has to try and tread the middle ground. If it was geared 100% to the punter (say enforcing full verification, compulsory face pictures and phone numbers, etc.) then you just wouldn't get a lot of prossies advertising there.
It is also a business and they have a duty to themselves. They want to make money and I don't have a problem with that.
The search facility, for what I want it for, is good (pleasure gives a good example). I agree with sedlmayer that searching for specific usernames can be irritating, but I don't tend to need that facility.
Competition is always good. Might make AW try harder and improve some of its features, but I think they do a pretty good job at appeasing all sides. Which is what they need to do.