One of your fellow 4thWay webite users, “JamesFrance”, has now retired from the user panel that governs 4thWay, after working voluntarily on your behalf for several years to ensure 4thWay remains independent.
4thWay's Panel of Peers ensures our accuracy, impartiality, and candid research. James, I want to give you a big thanks on behalf of all our website users for donating your time for their benefit.
As 4thWay's CEO, I must admit I take a kind of masochistic pleasure in giving away power to our users, just as I take a sadistic pleasure when I or one of my colleagues legitimately criticises P2P lending sites that pay us commission.
As an example, to date, we have put out more sell recommendations on P2P lending sites that pay us commission than on non-commission payers.
We have also had far more complaints from commission payers than non-commission payers about negative opinions expressed on this website, but we have never amended a single opinion as a result. Editorial integrity is paramount.
I'm glad to say that the Panel of Peers has not had much work to do in nudging us to make little improvements, and it has never felt the need to force us to do so, which is well within its power.
I am going to ensure it stays that way, because we take our independence very seriously and our number one goal – be supremely trustworthy and honest at all times – is what motivates all of 4thWay's people.
It is why I don't authorise any bonuses or work procedures at 4thWay that encourages our experts or our journalists to talk up commission payers or talk down non-commission payers. Everyone is encouraged to write their full and candid views in detail, and not to scrimp on explaining any relevant risks. Indeed, I insist upon that.
However, the ultimate enforcers of our independence and trustworthiness are yourselves – and there we have a temporary problem. With James gone, we are now down to just one website user running the Panel of Peers on his own. The word “panel” has already written in to complain it is being misused.
If you are potentially interested in helping your fellow 4thWay users keep us on the straight and narrow (and in relieving the vexed word “panel”), please get in touch either for more information or to be put up for nomination to the Panel by other users through 4thWay's newsletter.
Read more in Your Panel Of Peers.