Comments, reviews, critiques..whatever you want to call them, I believe are here to stay.
Even sites like Best Buy and Walmart have 'review' sections. My wife won't purchase anything without checking customer reviews. She'll read through them and make up her own mind.
There have been instances where the overall reviews were good and then along come two or five that bash the product, often contradicting specific comments to the letter. And even on these sites, you do not have to purchase the product to post a review.
I don't see Sony jumping in when a bad review comes down and saying it's 'unfair'. Perhaps because they are so big, I don't know.
When money is involved, people are going to voice their opinions. They are going to be more apt to voice their negative opinions when it comes to making a purchase, though I am still amazed that they will bash something they got for free, whatever it is. (Not necassarily skins)
I wonder if any Master could hold up to an in depth review of their skin. Something on the level of Engadget and the way they will deconstruct a cell phone and list it's pro's and cons. On that note, my suggestions would be that Masters and/or Journeymen (No Mods or Admin) fullfill part of their obligation to contribute more to the community and take turns doing in depth reviews of the Master skins. They could also feature a skin by someone who is not a Master but may well be on their way. The Master skin would have to be made available to the reviewer free of charge. (If SOny or Samsung can fork over a free phone for review, I think it could be done with a skin)
Perhaps have anyone who is willing to take on this task submit an audition review for the admins and mods to look over and decide who may be best suited for such a task. The review should reflect a persons ability to be knowledgable, objective, articulate (leaves me out) , and informative. The review would cover usability, craftsmanship, artistic presence, etc. Not much different than reviewing the work of an architect as you are looking at multiple points of interest and importance.