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51. Posted by indigoliz (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

bentivogli

Interesting to read your response. It is well known by now that forums are abused by spammers, nay sayers or competitors with loads of time on their hands.

I believe though that some threads - such as from 'aham' - are real. It seems your immediate reaction is to shoot it down and promote your own site. Hmmm... sure this does not help the integrity of this site.

Problem with forums is, that they are anonymous. So everybody, I repeat everybody, can and will post anything. Even if true issues have been resolved, people issued the post, will most likely not return to update past threads.

I recently joined a conference on travel, where there was extensive talk about the abuse on forums. Travel operators are sick of it, hotels are sick of it. The value to travelers has become doubtful. I trust the only way for forums to stay informative is to find ways to filter out abusers of this otherwise great site.

52. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting indigoliz

Interesting to read your response. It is well known by now that forums are abused by spammers, nay sayers or competitors with loads of time on their hands.

I'd like to add to that 'hotels promoting their own property/site' :) This thread is a good example as we had to remove close to half the posts (say 80% of the positive ones) because they were all stemming from within the wired destination offices. When something can be proven or beyond reasonable doubt, action is taken by our moderators and admin. Personally I feel that no one should take posts from one time users too seriously if they are overly positive/negative. But if someone comes back and follows up on their posts, I'm much more likely to agree. For moderators and admin on TP, it's relatively simple to see a pattern occurring over time if certain members continuously plug one site. That's one benefit of running a community over just a ratings type site as member credibility can be established over time, not just in the forums but also through blogs/photo uploads etc..

Quoting indigoliz

I believe though that some threads - such as from 'aham' - are real. It seems your immediate reaction is to shoot it down and promote your own site. Hmmm... sure this does not help the integrity of this site.

I agree with regards to aham, and I think this is why it is important that first time posters aren't always assumed to be competitors/company reps. This thread ranks quite highly in search engines for wired destinations related terms and people searching for that term do come across it and decide to comment if they have some experience with the company. FYI, bentivogli doesn't have his own site (that I am aware of) and I think his little plug for Travellerspoint, a site I can only assume he likes, is more meant tongue-in-cheek than anything else :)

Quoting indigoliz

Problem with forums is, that they are anonymous. So everybody, I repeat everybody, can and will post anything. Even if true issues have been resolved, people issued the post, will most likely not return to update past threads.

Yes and no. As per above, I think some sites offer more possibilities in terms of verifying someone's credibility. Over time I can only assume we will see increased use of those forums over ones that aren't moderated (although those might see heavy traffic from spammers ;) ) as travellers realize the chance of getting solid information is better than on others.

Quoting indigoliz

I recently joined a conference on travel, where there was extensive talk about the abuse on forums. Travel operators are sick of it, hotels are sick of it. The value to travelers has become doubtful. I trust the only way for forums to stay informative is to find ways to filter out abusers of this otherwise great site.

Agreed. We hope to keep TP the great informative site it is today by finding even more ways to filter out abusers. Personally, I think we already do a pretty good job at it compared to 99% of the other travel forums out there (it helps when you code your own site and can build in whatever safety precautions you need) but there are others that are working just as hard as us. These should over time be the sites that are most useful as travellers become aware of the differences.

53. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I fully second Sam's reply; I never meant to question individual posters' integrity, but only wanted to restate the point Sam made earlier in the thread.

By the way, Indigoliz seems to think that I am somehow formally connected to TP, which is not the case. I'm just a user, only more active than some, and as some friends of my are in the travel business, I know how much damage internet hoaxes can do.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 23, 2007, at 12:51 AM by bentivogli ]

54. Posted by jake_77 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

The worst travel related site, ever!!!
I am one (probably among hundreds ) of their victims. I have used scores of travel sites in the past for all my domestic and international travels both for business and pleasure. The experience I had with my hotel bookings using wired-destinations.com is the worst experience in my entire life.

I am compiling all my nightmare with these people and publish it on this site shortly. I created this site for me and others to express their travel frustrations with wired-destinations.com which I would not wish even on my worst enemy!!!

55. Posted by dolittle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

The worst booking experience I ever had They requested me to fax a copy of my passport(both side) and credit card (both side) for varification. After I have done what they asked, they reply to me that the hotel that I requested are fully booked and they have arranged another hotel in Sigapore for me. Guess what? they rate is more than double of the original hotel rates...I am absolutely shocking to see their reply. I cancelled my booking immidiately but I also starting to worry now if they would have use my important documents for scam and put me into trouble...what shoud I do?

56. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

thank you for sharing the info

57. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

Quoting jake_77

The experience I had with my hotel bookings using wired-destinations.com is the worst experience in my entire life.

if this is the worst thing that has ever gone wrong for you then count yourself lucky!

58. Posted by BennyG (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Quoting dolittle

The worst booking experience I ever had They requested me to fax a copy of my passport(both side) and credit card (both side) for varification. After I have done what they asked, they reply to me that the hotel that I requested are fully booked and they have arranged another hotel in Sigapore for me. Guess what? they rate is more than double of the original hotel rates...I am absolutely shocking to see their reply. I cancelled my booking immidiately but I also starting to worry now if they would have use my important documents for scam and put me into trouble...what shoud I do?

I booked 8-10 Feb 2008 but booking receipt showed 1-3 Feb 2008 and I immediately went into W-D to change the dates and also received an email from W-D 6 mins after the booking receipt asking for a copy of my Passport & Credit (fax or SCAN!!!) within 24 hrs after it claimed "inconsistencies" with my credit card. I found this practice strange. Then I immediately google W-D and found this website. Gosh! Am I glad to find this website. But unfortunately I made 2 bookings. One on 8-10 Feb 2008 and another on 10-11 Feb 2008. The second booking receipt had the correct date. Anyone could suggest what to do next?

59. Posted by BennyG (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Quoting BennyG

Quoting dolittle

The worst booking experience I ever had They requested me to fax a copy of my passport(both side) and credit card (both side) for varification. After I have done what they asked, they reply to me that the hotel that I requested are fully booked and they have arranged another hotel in Sigapore for me. Guess what? they rate is more than double of the original hotel rates...I am absolutely shocking to see their reply. I cancelled my booking immidiately but I also starting to worry now if they would have use my important documents for scam and put me into trouble...what shoud I do?

I booked 8-10 Feb 2008 but booking receipt showed 1-3 Feb 2008 and I immediately went into W-D to change the dates and also received an email from W-D 6 mins after the booking receipt asking for a copy of my Passport & Credit (fax or SCAN!!!) within 24 hrs after it claimed "inconsistencies" with my credit card. I found this practice strange. Then I immediately google W-D and found this website. Gosh! Am I glad to find this website. But unfortunately I made 2 bookings. One on 8-10 Feb 2008 and another on 10-11 Feb 2008. The second booking receipt had the correct date. Anyone could suggest what to do next?

19hrs later, I received another email from W-D informing me of the change in the room rates (about 80% higher). I logged in their site (around 23hrs after I received the notification to send a copy of my passport and credit card) and found both my bookings cancelled. Anyway, I replied the W-D email that I declined the room at that price.

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