Good points and all valid. It is a problem that needs sorting out but no answers yet.
The idea of promoting members was in the mix sometime ago, but from experience even the most established and trusted members will at some point turn on the forum and attempt to destory or disrupt it.
And anyone contributing in that way should really get paid, everyone else does so it would seem unfair to expect members to give their time for free to build WMs database.
It's got to be along the lines of Muskys idea, a form submission that can be approved by Rob and quickly dumped into the office database system. But approving and checking takes about as long as researching and entering the data in the first place. And we can never risk dirty, wrong or intentionally bad data going on the system....
And the truth is that maybe sites like Whiskybase are in a better position to do that type of global database, that's all they do so it's not extra work on their plate.
Hmmm... we will see what happens in the future with it.. but as you know at the moment nothing is happening at all with data or updates