Even though I'm semi-retired from punting, I still search the UKP reviews section in the fading hope of finding that golden nugget hidden under the mountain of over-priced and over-hyped manure that fills AW.... but my question is this:
Do other members ignore reviews from punters who only do positive reviews?
Surely a credible punter will have a decent mix of positive, neutral and negatives?
Are they really lucky, rich, fluffy, easily pleased or just lying to avoid embarrassment / being blacklisted?
No I don't ignore their reviews, I read them and take them on their merits as I see them. It IS possible using UKP to punt with only WGs recommended by punters a reviewer finds credible which can decrease the chances of a bad punt. How you punt can make a big difference of course, for example I might fancy a punt in search of a gem which sometimes pays off but sometimes doesn't, a less risk averse punter might just stick with WGs with many reviews on here.
Some will though be what you mention, especially fluffy, lying to avoid embarrassment or the fear of being blacklisted. A punter is indeed fortunate to not have a bad punt as even with recommended WGs who have loads of good reviews things can easily go wrong, or they don't get on for whatever reason. Punting with only regulars is another way a punter might have only or mainly good punts if he is lucky.
I personally don't find fluffy reviews much use, all I want is confirmation the WG offered such and such services with a good attitude for the cost advertised with no extras, her description, age and dress size along with location area wise. These long and winding reviews are far far too long for me, but they aren't for some so if some others find them helpful that's good.
I punt as anonymously as possible but still wishing to post on here not telling the WG I post on here and when I do a review I am purposely vague when I punted with her as I don't want her to know who I am, though I imagine some could work it out if they wanted to. It amazes me how many punters aren't bothered by this, some ask the WG if she wants a review, I do a review to help other punters primarily, its neither here nor their to me whether the WG wants a review or not. Cosying up to WGs isn't always good in my opinion, I punt and leave and that's it in the main. As ever different punters will see things in different ways obviously.