As if any more evidence was needed that Australian Property Forum is just a front site/troll nest for a group of property bulltrolls who have plagued Australian property based websites for years... see these links for previous posts:
Revert2Mean at the new Bubblepedia Forums has uncovered indisputable proof that social media accounts have been put together with fabricated details. The Facebook account of "Kim Barton" the supposed wife of Australian Property Forum owner "Alex Barton" has been exposed as a fraud with the profile picture taken from a Bulgaria Ski Holiday website (http://www.vacantaski.ro).
Since the fraud was exposed the Kim Barton Facebook page has been altered, but here is a screenshot showing the previously public aspects of the Kim Barton account next to the holiday website the picture was stolen from:
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While I have no empirical proof, it's my solid belief that the "owner" of Australian Property Forum, Alex Barton, is simply a front name used by the trolls to make the site look more credible. The dodgy "blog" landing pages (ripping off other well known sites), slyly dropped links all over the web to this troll forum & the way the site owner allows users to slander and make defamatory posts about other sites and individuals should be enough for most to get the picture.
The Bubblepedia thread discussing this development and other evidence of the troll antics can be found here.
I don't agree with all the conclusions made in the thread by R2M and others (as I pointed out in the thread on Bubblepedia). For example I don't agree with the summation that Shadow and others are all the same individual (it is almost definitely a group of trolls, but they definitely do use sock puppets).
After finding another forum which they co-ordinate their trolling from (since moved) I've been sure it's a group of individuals (not all of who reside in the same state based on their IP addresses). Given the distance between them I would suggest the group know each other in real life, they are perhaps part of the same real estate agency, investment group or as has been suggested they are employees of a leading property data provider.
The motivations of this troll group are as clear as day when you consider the sites that they have tried most heavily to disrupt. Australian Property Forum is a front for astroturfing in support of Australian property and those behind it are likely to get more desperate as the correction in over priced Australian property continues.