I find this especially in San Francisco as they thumb their noses at people. How do you become an expert?
If you have concerns about a particular forum, you should contact the moderators to discuss it. You can use this link:
Forums, Private Messages & Traveller Articles > Help using the forums. If there are concerns about a particular Destination Expert (e.g. not following the guidelines/concern about behaviour), then select Question about a Destination Expert
As I'm sure you understand, you can't discuss it on the forums as there's the potential for identifying someone.
In terms of how DE's are selected:
How destination experts are chosen
You can always nominate a Destination Expert:
In the Help Center you'll find several articles if you do a search. Hopefully, this answers your question.
^ I've just usd the www.tripadvisor.com/GeneralSupport link. Hopefully my complaint will be seen quicker. There does seem to be different ways of complaining and seemingly some more effective than others!
Unfortunately, you do get such things on a lot of forums from time to time and some are known for it and DE's are not exempt from taking part
Sometimes when a poster posts some information and the next poster corrects that information, it is not a put down, it is making sure the OP gets the right info for their visit.
IMHO there is a polite and an impolite way of " correcting " another poster, I have read some( very nearly ) nasty replies often..... gaining impetous with the clique mentality.
It's not a pleasant way for often " newbies " to be introduced to the world of info sharing and not for the fainthearted on some forums !!
I have also read some such replies to newbies on the support forums as well
some people are just more sensitive than others.
it's impossible to cater to everyones feelings.
exactly the same situation in life. take it or leave it.
I have to agree about the San Fran forum and one DE in particular - can be very surly and patronising to say the least.
Use the links provided to speak to TA about it, there is no excuse for rudeness or insolence.
If people are having a bad day they should refrain from posting, simples!
>>>they thumb their noses at people. <<<
Don't take anything these people says seriously or personally. You have nothing to prove to them. Sooner or later the regular contributors of a forum will get the measure of these putters down and ignore them. Bypass their posts and concentrate on those who are being helpful, they are after all in the majority. 8)