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NEVER Mention your product in a reply –> That does NOT make sense!

Brett Shaver’s has an interesting blog post at:

https://www.dfir.training/dfir-training-categories-k2/item/152-and-now-a-quick-word-from-our-sponsors

In summary, Brett discusses views within the community that think it is inappropriate to ever post a link to your product or service, especially in a forum reply.

Well, obviously we agree with Brett’s view that this just doesn’t make sense and why we encourage “Trusted Contributors” and others from including links to their products and services if it helps answer a question or provides value to the conversation. And if it doesn’t, but you can answer a question, please include a link to your site in your signature.

This is why we believe in Real Names create a Real Community!

And why we encourage you to customize your profile picture even if it is your company logo.

We understand that you are taking time out of your busy schedule to help others.

Here is the comment I will be leaving on Brett’s blog article…


Brett,

 

“-Vendors should not be able to comment on their tools in forums/email lists/etc…”

 

I think this article really fits well into our thinking as the ‘New Forum in the community”.

 

Often the vendors and blog owners are the best ones to answer questions which they may have already solved. Often this results in a link back to their site or mention of their product.

As you put it…

“If someone has a problem to solve and publicly asks for a solution to that problem, then those who have potential solutions should feel safe in public recommendations, whether as a user or developer of a solution.”

 

I see this all the time with many of the current forums where people are afraid to use a name that describes them or their product or include links in their signature to their product for fear of getting backlash from the community. Replying with insightful answers takes time and effort. I think that it is amazing that many in our community reply simply because they care and want to share their knowledge, but if that person has a product or service, we as a community could benefit from, shouldn’t they be able to mention it within the reply if it adds value?

 

This is the theory behind our forum, Computer Forensics World, which we are rebooting. We want industry leaders and experts to be available, take time out of their busy days helping clients, writing books or simply working, to offer advice and assistance to those that have questions in the forum. In exchange, we are more than happy to see a link to a product or service that will help or simply a link in the signature to the persons’ personal blog.

 

Of course, I understand I will now feel this…

“and within seconds of the vendor response, the vendor gets bashed”

But did I add value to this conversation…even if I included a link to my forum?  😉


 

What are your thoughts? Please comment below… and leave a link in your signature if you think it helps the DFIR community! 😉

 

 

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#2
Brett Shaver’s has an interesting blog post at:
DFIR Training
In summary, Brett discusses views within the community that think it is inappropriate to ever post a link to your product or service, especially in a forum reply.
Well, obviously we agree with Brett’s view that this just doesn’t make sense and why we encourage “Trusted Contributors” and others from including links to their products and services if it helps answer a question or provides value to the conversation. And if it doesn’t, but you can answer a question, please include a link to your site in your signature.
This is why we believe in Real Names create a Real Community!
And why we encourage you to customize your profile picture even if it is your company logo.
We understand that...
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I think not promoting X application from your specific company makes sense. However, I think if it's something that makes sense to reference it because it's a known choice when solving some kind of issue. I think having it in a signature. I find myself examine profiles and signatures for more about a person or company when the posts add to the conversation.
 

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I find myself examine profiles and signatures for more about a person or company when the posts add to the conversation.
I agree. When a person is able to add value to the conversation, you often want to know more about that person. This is an excellent opportunity to see a link in their signature and learn more about them, their product or their blog.

It also helps to make it obvious when the person is recommending a product/service simply because they are associated with that business, especially when it doesn't add value to the conversation.

When its SPAM, then please click the "Report" link under the post. If it sort of helps, but its clear the product mentioned does not work for the given issue, then a nice old "Mad" or "Sad" face can work to show your displeasure with the post.