Maybe it's not cricket to ask about one travel forum on another forum, but someone has to know. Why is Thorn Tree shut down? The message is very mysterious. Is there a scandal?

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There was some chat about it in chat room –  user1712 Dec 24 '12 at 22:54
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The Sydney Morning Herald (and associated papers) have published details of apparently what happened to cause the shutdown - http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/lonely-planet-shuts-thorn-tree-forum-over-paedophilia-posts-20121226-2bvtd.html

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SMH's version of the story is "strongly denied" by the BBC, although they're unhelpfully refusing to provide their own version. independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/… –  jpatokal Dec 28 '12 at 0:59
    
Appears to be back now! –  Mark Mayo Jan 9 '13 at 1:35
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