I certainly don't feel that MusicWeb is a gated community, but I do agree that the profile of most reviewers probably fits his description.
I've been a MusicWeb reviewer for more than 15 years. (I actually can't find when I started; in the MusicWeb folder on my computer, I currently have 565 reviews, but about half of them have a creation and modification date of August, 200, which was probably when I did a clean install of my Mac's OS at one point.) I think I probably started writing for MusicWeb around 1999 or so.
I have never felt that the reviews fit a precise mold. I know that mine are very different from those of some reviewers. I have no musical training, I just love music. As such, my reviews may be a bit less precise than others, regarding musical terminology; I try to go for overall impressions, rather than directions.
Feedback? I don't visit the message board often. I don't find it very practical to navigate; I'd much rather see a proper forum, but that's another story...
I also have made suggestions about improving the site design, but Len has made it clear that no one has the time or money to make the kind of change the site needs. I'd love for MusicWeb to be a blog, running a proper content management system, that would allow for comments. I would be very interested in comments on my reviews, and only get a handful of them through this message board. But I've never, ever, heard of comments here being deleted, other than, as Len says, where they're abusive.
MusicWeb is run by volunteers. We don't get paid for our reviews, we do it because we love music. As a MusicWeb reader, you have to accept that. This is not Gramophone, but, on the other hand, we're not beholden to advertisers. (I have never been asked to change a review because a specific label advertises on MusicWeb.)
If you, M.A, want to change things, why don't you become a MusicWeb reviewer? As Len has said, we're open to new reviewers.
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