The main Practical Pickup site is great layout wise and access wise to the get started/best of posts...for the forum, once we get some key threads going it would be great if they got pinned or stickied so that they don't get lost among more specific threads.
Randomly about the regulation thing...it's all about caveat emptor -- buyer beware. I've only bought two products related to pick-up or dating self-help -- DeAngelo's DYD before I even read The Game or knew anything at all on a whim and then G3 recently. The first was a newbie impulse eBook buy and the second because I found someone whose free content I really liked.
Mark -- you're the man, but after doing some due diligence, I don't think I would purchase many of the products you cross-promote in your newsletter. Initially, this made me question some of your credibility but all of the past posts you've made on your site and especially all this stuff now with the forum and your honesty and candor -- I love it. I understand affiliate type marketing is part of the business so I'll just skim and delete the emails I don't like.
With that whole regulation thing, it's up to the person to make sure they're buying a quality product or service, especially before they sink a couple grand into it. Of course it'd be nice to see an "industry standard" but how is that going to emerge if pick up stuff is a small community whose business models rely on referral/affiliate marketing? I'm going to choke the next time I see an ad that says I'm one of only 150 people in my area eligible for some system or any other tactics that remind me of buying a car.
Anytime there is regulation, you also set up a barrier to entry. You don't need a degree in mental health or interpersonal communication to be good with women, but the degree would signal some credibility. I think this is also about what the role is of the coach we're talking about here -- how much are they supposed to be dating coaches and how much are they going to be therapists/life coaches? We're all about self-improvement, but honestly, the focus of my self-improvement is mostly with women since I'm doing pretty well with everything else. I'm confident and have a great lifestyle, but just have issues translating that into the level of success I'd like with women. I need someone that can help me learn how to make the small tweaks necessary to getting the big results. Coaches already have or lack credibility based on their results/experience or in Mark's case...his blog signals he knows what's he talking about.
Anyways, rant off, just chipping in -- the site looks pretty good overall!