You probably are right when you say that other cruise boards may be so involved.
I'm just glad that this is not one. Some may ask, "How do you know?" Suffice it to say, I just do and it's not in the least difficult to prove it to yourself.
If you are a regular reader of these Boards, you will in many cases be generally able to ascertain just who the reviewer is.
I not only sign my full name to my review, I notice several of the others who post their reviews on this site do as well, if not with their review, at least with their pictures. In any event, many of us know each others usernames.
Then again, and even realizing that a lot of people post only if a cruise is either really good or really bad (though for me, I couldn't even imagine a "really bad cruise" although anything's possible), if there are an inordinate number of good reviews [/i]that contain virtually no negative commens AND the review is not from an admitted first time cruiser, then I would say there may well be a problem with that site.