Haha, yes it's true, my account has been suspended until 2024 on the Pub review site www.beerintheevening.com. Why? I don't know, although it could be to do with the latest thread I started on their forums, which was openly critical of the site admin, Chris. Why be critical? BeerInTheEvening is a pub review site I have been loyal to for many years - I have contributed several reviews to the site, and rated many more pubs.
Last year I spent the time to add several pubs in the Norfolk area to the database. This is done manually, by submitting the pubs to a "Pub Additions" thread on the forums, which are then transferred to the site by the admin. Five months later these pubs have still not been added to the database. Why? Well no one knows, but what is clear is that there is a single admin, a chap called Chris, and he has given very little time to the site since last year. There are many "old hand" types on the site who have offered to help Chris, but he has always refused help (according to the forums).
So now, with BITE approaching half a year's backlog, I started an "Open Revolt" thread where I said that despite my wishes, it was time to move on to another site, and I invited suggestions as to which site to move over to. Another poster said that I shouldn't mention other websites, to which I said it really wouldn't matter as Chris was clearly so inactive that this post wouldn't get me into trouble. On this point I was wrong.
Trying to sign in today, I find out that my account is suspended till 2024! At least there's hope.. Only 15 years to wait :)
Seriously though, on this basis I would suggest:
1. Anyone with any web development competence - set up a UK pub review website - there is no authoritative one. Get Google to buy it off you once you've written the clever code!
2. If you're a pub - don't pay BeerintheEvening.com for coverage - there are better ways to advertise your venue, and above all, just being a good pub will get you good reviews on all the sites.
3. If you fancy reviewing a pub, don't bother contributing to BeerintheEvening - it's a waste of time, your efforts will go to nothing. Pass your efforts to one of the other sites who will make the effort to publish your work.
4. Review this situation in six months or a year, perhaps things will change - traditionally BITE has been the best site, and I hope it turns around and the admin Chris pulls the monkey out of his a*se (and stops being so Stalinesque regarding criticism on the boards, what a loser)!