I probably started all of this by asking the @sweeppicker the question. But the reason I did ask him in the first place is because he is not a schill or a plant - I know him from another forum, he has credibility, and I trusted that his opinion would be 'clean and fair'. Just so everyone knows.
@Ozz was right - the way this whole thing went down on the board with @solidseovps a month ago was not the proper way to do it. And then @pvdoor seizing the opportunity to write a long-ass review when all I did was ask @sweeppicker a quick question seemed a bit overkill (and seemed just a tad coincidental), if you know what I mean. This thread has really nothing to do with choosing a vps.
Having said all that, I am not criticizing anybody at this point. The point I really wanted to make is that there seems to be a shortage of seo friendly vps providers out there. And for every genuine compliment for those that are endorsed here and at other forums, I hear 10 more horror stories. So my main motivation was just to get some real feedback - that I could trust - out in the open for myself and others.
And for those reading this, we all check to see how long you have been a member. So if you crash the party on your first post with a big vendor endorsement, it will always be suspicious. And in 99% of those cases, it probably is bullshit. So if you have a big endorsement to make, try to become an active member of the board first before you get all kissy-face about some vendor. Just get some forum credibility *first* is all I am saying.