Time for some straight talk, people.
I remember when I first joined MERB over 6 years ago. I discovered it the way one usually finds anything on the internet, by hopscotching from site to site until finally landing on one that captures your attention.
At that time, reviews were free-flowing, plentiful. Discussions could be heated, civil, informative, frivolous.
Information on South Shore incalls was wide and varied. The infamous Econolodge agency alone bursted with so many reviews and generated so much traffic it was eventually split off into separate threads for each girl.
The Café Cleopatra thread was just weeks away from becoming the powerhouse all-time single thread winner, and still running today. I like to think I helped it a little bit in keeping it lively. Its closest contender back then was for club 10-30 which has been mostly inactive in recent years.
But primarily, MERB's escort reviews section, its bread and butter, was a monster at the time. Every single day a plethora of reviews, with nary an agency girl that didn't get discussed, profiled, or "dissected" as each got their turn at the wheel. If there was something to know, it got found out...
So what happened?
No one can argue that this site is as healthy as it was 5 years ago. Hell, even a mere 2 years ago we were doing a LOT better.
Most blame a struggling economy for the current situation. "People have less money to play with, they're tightening their belts"...
Really? You wouldn't know it when taking a glance at most shopping malls whose parking lots are still packed with cars every single week-end, even Thursday and Friday evenings. Condo construction projects are still sprouting up with reckless abandon. We don't have food lines or tent cities like there used to be in the 1920's. People seem to still be spending their money like they used to.
So why doesn't this site reflect that situation? Why does it seem like it operates from a retirement ward these days? (with MERC, its closest rival struggling with a life-support respirator)
A few things really...its primary mission statement, reviews, has almost been effectively choked out. Backchannel exchanges between select members, what used to be the exception and not the rule, is now effectively standard modus operandi among many of us. Backchannel has become the rule and NOT the exception...
Guys, some of us are NOT stupid, we do notice and comprehend certain things. A recent blatant example occurred yesterday in the Tania from GOF thread: immediately after Joe T.'s review there is a now-deleted post from Igna69XXX posting of a hot tip for Joe. Another member wrote in right after(also now-deleted, and I don't remember his name), sarcastically telling Igna about sharing the same info publically for all to see.
I'd like to say this is a rare occurence...I can't. This happens almost daily.
Is this what MERB has become? Scraps discarded to the floor for the peasants while at the head table sit only the "truly worthy" (i.e.: those who spend hours and hours each week in the pursuit of paid pussy)? And to everybody else who dabble only once in a while, or who don't aggressively network, or whatever other category of member, a big FUCK YOU to you?!?
Guys, its a known but unsaid knowledge that a secret board likely exists out there in cyberspace, filled with all the reviews and data that used to flow publically around here. I'd be willing to bet it includes our vanished-member JohnMBot's infamous CIM list of a few months ago, still being updated on a regular basis. (Are you still pouting, John?)
To me, this whole idea smacks of groups like Yale University's Skull and Bones society, or worse yet, the Klan...
I sort of understand how backchannel exchanges gained momentum as an idea a few years ago, with girls routinely seeing 8 to 10 clients a night and some members wanting to keep their cherished girl available for themselves, or safe from undesirable clients, or discouraged from turning independant and raising her price...
But the circumstances of 4 years ago are NOT the circumstances of today.
What has now happened is that MERB (and MERC) has been transformed from an information-gathering and sharing tool into, simply put...a WEAPON!!
By concealing and containing reviews and opinions away from the great unwashed's eyes, Merb members in on this whole deal are effectively stagnating this board from gaining potential new members (why would intelligent and respectful new members join us when they really have nothing to gain- barely any current info to be had). The latter never graduate up from low-rent Annonces 123/Journal de Montreal/Hour newspaper ads.
As a result, despite having the spending power, they will stick with the ads they know, never daring to try a higher-grade of lady that is advertised here. Hence the current membership WILL have their pick of the current TOP ladies, but their finite numbers means less bookings for the ladies, to a point where some make a choice between barely making any money at this gig and become ripe for manipulation, enabling wannabee pimps and/or Sugardaddies to scoop up their pick of the litter, for themselves only of course...To use and abuse them sometimes: witness the infamous Brittany of Eleganza/Brandy of MSC situation and her public discarding by jilted sugardaddy Dr. Edgar Who-- funny how he also disappeared, no?
The results? Observe the rosters from all of Montreal's top agencies from less than 6 months ago. So many, MANY girls that basically vanished into thin air. We can believe that a few try their hand at this biz and retire...but so many?!? More than likely they are somewhere just off the grid.
Another example of MERB being used as a weapon: the shameless use of strategic reviewing...
I sincerely hope I am not the only longtime member that has noticed how certain members, by coincidence of course, chime in with a string of conveniently-timed favourable reviews for certain girls who...SURPRISE!! suddenly make a career change soon after by changing agencies or turn independant!!
(My gosh, that was soooo unexpected!!)
Not as flagrant a move as using a phony handle to shill for a random girl, but strategic reviewing is so obviously designed to curry favour (favours!?!) from a favourite girl.
Basically, Merb members need to return en masse to fulfill its basic raison d'être, writing public reviews! And I don't mean one review out of their six encounters, reserving it for their most wowzer of all of them, but any and ALL possible reviews, on all girls from ALL agencies from across the board (double meaning intended there).
Failing to do so, I only see one possible future: Scarce reviews leads to much less money for most of the girls save the few HOT girls du jour. Less money leads the smart ones with alternate career possibilities to take them instead, winnowing the pool of outstanding escorts to a trickle. Gone the outstanding escorts leads to the return of the dominance of non-GFE, much lesser-educated, crack- or ketamine addicted call girls.
If there's no money to be made for the future BEST ESCORTS of... whatever year, the smart sexy healthy professional girls...don't expect to be able to book them in about 3 years...
I appeal the senior membership to lead the way here, turning away from backchannelling (where they certainly DID lead the way). Guys, I've been disappointed in some of you for the last little while...Make me proud, ok?