I know what I'm talking about. I'm a bearded guy with pants above the ankles, have been for years. I live near Algiers, I know who's who and who's doing what.
The situation is far better than what it used to be in the 90's, that's definitely true, praise to the Lord. But now, the situation is far too complicated.
Cheikh Ferkous is the most knowledgeable scholar in the country. Very respected and very balanced in his fatawa, God bless him.
The Salafi circles are infested with Jarh and Taadil. You have two main factions: People who disagree with cheikh El Aid Charifi(because of a mistake he'd made years and years ago) and those who don't disagree with him and/or follow him or his students. Then you have countless divisions, loyalties, disputes.. Well, a mess!
Sorry, you have to live here and associate with people long enough to know how society works. Several visits aren't enough.
BTW, I'm here on TTI because I got kicked out of a famous UK-based salafi forum a couple years ago and without notice. I registered there to ask questions, that's it. I've wrote a post on freemasonry, a small harmless reply. They deleted it, without notice. After a while, they closed the old site for new posts. They then put on some new forums, also without notice, where you have to know somebody who knows somebody among the staff in order to get registered. I asked them to tell me why I was treated in such a way? I've got no reply. I call this: arrogance. Without modesty and respect for other people you'll never achieve anything for Islam.