Are you the forum police now Machka? OK… Hey, someone has discussed tires before and on top of that, it's probably covered in one of the stickied threads! No more tire threads!
And by the way, none of those threads you pointed to do what the original message here does, in several ways. For one, people research this forum often with keywords limited to the subject and the same goes for internet searches for "custom touring bike".
The criteria are somewhat loose and is in place for a reason, to keep from a tourer having their time wasted, or worse, money and time. Builders who have a proven design belong here. It's pretty easy for a builder to find a friend to go tour on a bike and document it so I feel it's a pretty valid criteria for the sake of a customer that there be some actual evidence that a real product has been produced before it is listed here. So, is there a journal or two of someone touring on one of these bikes that your friend builds? If so, bingo, they are on the list. Any verified report that any of these builders are no longer producing custom framed touring bikes and that builder will be removed. FAIR.
If you really have a friend that builds custom touring bikes then I can't see why your are railing against this thread. It's like pulling the rug out from underneath your friend because this thread will be found by people looking for custom touring bikes, and if your pal is legit, he'll eventually be on it.
And yes, I think people who pursue making such frames should get a special list of their own because it requires a **heck** of a lot of additional effort to build frames per order and vary the geometries.
I love to see innovation, such as what Rob English has done but at this point, I don't know that the bike shown is much more than a concept machine, with obviously one foot in full on race mode and toe stepping into the tourer's world. Rob knows touring well, but where does he stand with him building custom, built to order, touring frames/bikes? Didn't get a chance to talk to him.
I think a tour journal or two should be the standard and thus far, each builder listed in the first post has accounts of their custom touring offerings being toured on, by buyers.