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I've been following this thread for the past week or so without comment. =
I think that I may have a few opinions to share on this issue.
One of the fun tasks associated with writing SEAOC Online is having =
software to "play" with. In reality, this is not so easy since we try =
very hard to really integrate the software into our office production. =
This is the only way that we can really evaluate and report on the =
merits and weaknesses of the software.=20
Rarely have I found that the press release accurately depicts how well =
the software will integrate into our work space. Instead, I have the =
opinion that most press releases are simply media hype to whet our =
appetites.=20
Believing this, I feel that advertising on the listservice would not be =
appropriate. I believe that advertising has a place on our Web page =
where it can support and perpetuate the life of our server.
In the past week or so, I have learned of some new software from the =
subscribers of this list. I learned more about the software from the =
user - not the vendor. Your comments about specific software has an =
impact on whether or not I would like to obtain more information.
To be fair, I do believe that it is entirely appropriate for the =
developer of a product to respond directly to issues that are tossed =
around this list. This is not advertising. The responses should be kept =
to the issue and the vendor should refrain from "hyping" the product. It =
is IMHO acceptable for the software developer to refer the reader to the =
location of further information. =20
Conversely, I feel that it is inappropriate for the user to state his =
"opinions" with the sole purpose of discouraging others from buying a =
piece of software due to a personal bad experience. There usually is =
three sides to every story. For this reason our subscribers should be =
cautioned to "flame" the developer by private email or not at all. Most =
business' work through development or tech support problems and try to =
weed out the weak links. What happened a few years back may no longer be =
relevant.
In closing, I would like to caution each of you as to how this list will =
evolve. Keep it simple, ethical and responsible. Don't use the list as a =
soap box to lodge complaints publicly and don't use it to advertise =
products.=20
Sincerely,
Dennis Wish PE


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