Congrats on a great success story!
Just read another post called "Finally Got a Job" where the user talks of all the helpful things he / she found on WSO in order to help secure a job. Here is the post (below) and you will see lots of congrats, but there is one comment by "eyelikecheese" that points out that WSO can be helpful, but that there are more trolls than helpers on the site and these hurt / confuse / misinform and worse, slander.
I think we ALL agree with "eyelikecheese" and believe that WSO is a great forum, except for mindless trolls that use the forum to their own selfish and vindictive needs (jimbojones / UBS, for example and many others). There should be a MAJOR effort by Patrick and the moderators to STOP those that troll to either hurt or shamelessly promote certain firms.
I do not know if WSO just likes the pageviews or likes making people irate or likes simply to provide a forum for little minds to rant about things that hurt the integrity of WSO, but I can tell you that many users have left or no longer use the site due to the negative or self promotional chatter on the site.
This type of behavior only KILLS the integrity of the site. Young budding professionals don't know what to believe and likely get very hurt by the negativity on WSO.
Patrick, you should make it very clear that you are going to clean up the site, clean up its act and strongly discourage and police bad behavior. I do not believe monkey shit will work, as no one has any to throw around and monkey shitting still leaves these posts up on the site and poison it.
Please take some action to save the site, providing more useful content and less useless content that taints anything good on the site itself.