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[SEAOC] Proposed voluntary vendor standards

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Ok, here is my proposal that you will hopefully comment on.

1. Vendors will not post advertisements. Announcements of version
upgrades or new products limited to a few (<10?) lines are
appropriate. These should contain an e-mail address where interested
parties can respond.

2. Vendors should reply only to individuals in reference to generic
requests for information about software.

3. Users should carry on tech support type dialogs with vendors by
private e-mail.

4. Vendors may participate in general discussions of the types of
activities in which their software is involved. Areas might include
modeling for a developer of FEM solutions or office accounting
practices by a developer of accounting software.

5. Vendors may reply publicly to any messages containing falsehoods
concerning their product. Such replies should quote the falsehood
verbatim and respond narrowly to the falsehood.

6. In all cases, vendors should refrain from promoting their products
publicly (other than in the ways stated above) and refrain from
criticizing the products of their competitors.

The idea of a separate posting area is also good though I suspect most
will refer interested parties to their web sites, if they have one.

Mark E. Deardorff, SE
Deardorff & Deardorff, Inc.
San Diego, CA