Quote Originally Posted by Clanonthemove View Post
It seems a shame. I feel we prefer advice from people that experienced similar issues to our own. Not to mention that a lot of immigration agents are just so expensive and you can gain knowledge and get free advice from people with no financial interest in it.
Its a double edged sword i.e. who takes responsibility if something wrong happens through the process if someone was given free advice. Also the issue with public forum is, if there are any investigations then the real culprit might be someone sitting miles away from INZ's hands and purposely misleading people. It opens up can of worms.

Moreover this rule safeguards the applicants more than anyone else (which I see as a benefit).