I think everyone has learned a lesson here.
1. If you create a useless thread, you'll have 2 or 3 people come to your defense and argue that it's useful. You'll even get the "there are no stupid questions" argument (I knew that someone would evoke that one). Yes, there are stupid questions. There are inane answers, too. You cannot transform, through alchemy, a flawed premise into a brilliant one. Thinking that, for instance, a "child has great wisdom is his simplicity" is just wishful thinking.
2. If you call out SF members for "trolling," you are told by the moderator that, "Well, we both know he's a troll, but don't assume he's a troll, and don't call him that."
If you read the moderator's post (#39), this is the subtext. I think a troll by any other name is still a troll. And, I come to SF because it's a community where you can have genuine, authentic discussions about all things style. This thread does not qualify as genuine, authentic, or useful. It doesn't examine anything real. There are no great imitation watches, where, out of the shadows of Times Square, a man in a trench coat is going to sell you a fake Patek Philippe for $500 that runs as well as a $15,000 Patek Philippe. There is no factory in Asia that makes great fakes in secrecy, turning out spot-on Panerais, that have the same internal mechanisms for a fraction of the price. This is an odd fantasy, and the fantasy doesn't open up a discourse about the finer points of buying, selling, trading, appreciating, or collecting watches.
3. If there is a train wreck of a thread (such as this one), the best thing to do is to pile on the wreckage and say, "Hey, by the way, I sell vintage watches..." Yes, use the derailed and contentious thread to self-promote. No one, of course, would take issue with this.
Edited by thegreatgatsby - 11/3/13 at 7:37am