I appreciate the reviews users post on this board and read them the same as I do with Yelp or OpenTable reviews. I don't think it's fair to assume that a positive review of a new neighborhood restaurant is spam.
I am an avid reader of this board, though a new poster. I hesitated to join for exactly this reason: people are so quick to be harsh, rude, or just downright mean. I really wish people would be a bit kinder on this message board; it's a nice to forum to connect with news, events, and people in the neighborhood.
I get why you would be hesitant to join because, yes, I agree that people are far too mean on message boards. However, I check this site out all of the time and read what's going on and it did seem really strange that someone from out of town would sign up for this page just to write a review. I LOVE food. I love trying out new restaraunts in different cities but, as an out of towner, I'm not going to look up their community message board to write a review on the place. Not saying there isn't someone out there that would do that....but it does seem a little off.