I agree wholeheartedly, and can only advise to look for certain names when you read the posts. If I see names such as DONNA, MARIANNA, BOB PROFFIT, DAVID CHAN, etc. I click without any reservations.
If I see a link in a post where I don't know the name, I will wait until the thread inlcudes a discussion by one of these trusted people.
As far as LarryD goes (I wouldn't trust anything he has to say!)
On looking through the forum this morning I noticed a discussion point on 'AdAware for Beginners'. When I looked into the detail of this, the author (no offense intended LarryD, this just happened to be the example I have decided to use) had included a link to http://www.smokingbananas.net/. When I read this URL, I immediately felt dubious about clicking it - what could a URL with this name possibly have to do with internet security? The main point to my ramblings however is to ask about what security measures are in place at cNet to ensure that any posted links are legit? This is not meant to be an 'if not then why not?' question, more a case of asking if we can trust any link offered and be certain that it will lead us to a safe and responsible web site. With constant advice about '..if you don't recognise the senders address of an e-mail, then DON'T open it', should this also be practised with URL addresses?