Legal Beagles could have been the best of its kind. There aren’t that many UK consumer forums out there. There is one that deals with money matters, but most posters on there tend to be rather judgmental, they only like people who work hard, save up, live frugally, pay their debts and don’t drink or gamble. People who don’t need much help really. There are sites that deal mostly with debt, in various ways, from arguing that debts are not enforceable (and hoping that the creditor will believe their arguments) to Freemen of the Land.
There are sites dedicated to bailiff issues and others specialise in PPI or parking penalties. There aren’t many sites that address the many issues consumers often face under one roof, using statute and case law objectively, nor are there many places where people can post up about their problems without some goody-two-shoes shouting at them: “consider yourself lucky”, “get a job” or “pay your debts”. It makes you wonder why they make it their mission in life to echo what the Establishment would have already told them time and time again. What is the point of joining a forum if they are just going to tell you the exact same thing as you’d hear from the creditor, the bank, the DWP, HMRC, etc.?
Legal Beagles was generally less judgmental than other sites without going as far as those that preach that people shouldn’t pay anything, not even council tax, even when they risk imprisonment. It also covered a wide range of issues, from employment to family law, from housing to money matters, making it a one-stop shop for consumers. If you had any other queries relating to goods purchased, telecoms or techy stuff, there was usually someone who knew the answer.
Sadly the micro-management of the site led to a lot of banned beagles and many more who either left for good or decided to visit and post infrequently. This has resulted in whole sections of the site turning into ghost towns. The days when Legal Beagles was a nice little community where you discuss issues as well as chat are now a distant memory. The site has turned into an advisory service for people with money claims who rely on either their debts being statute barred or the creditors not supplying the documents.
Legal Beagles is no longer a discussion forum, there’s hardly any exchange of views or opinions, all that was swiftly suppressed by The New Management, starting in the Autumn of 2013. These days people post questions and The Management, or one of her entourage, responds. They may boast about how many members they’ve got but the vast majority of them only pop in to post up on their own threads, they are hardly ‘active members’ in the true sense of the word, they treat the site like an online advisory facility. Once their issues are resolved, hardly any of them will bother logging in again, let alone contributing to other threads, and that’s not their fault, no, it’s just the way The Management wants it.