The following post was just added to the Web Conferencing Community Forum:
I have been turning to this forum for help and advice. It is sad that most of the posts have turned into self-serving advertisements. Which, in my opinion, is equal to Spam. It seems to me, with the economy in the condition that it is, this forum should be a wealth of advice and encouragement. I know Ken is doing what he can to help, but can’t we as a community put this forum back on track and make it a truly valuable resource?
I administer the forum and I have noted the same thing. It is sad. I am trying very hard not to impose censorship on posts. I have deleted a few phishing posts and deceptive entries, but I’m trying to let the community have a completely open venue for sharing opinions, advice, concerns, and questions. Vendors are a part of the community and their contributions are welcome, but watch out companies… You can easily create a backlash against your own products (and integrity). We’re not naive… We can spot the difference between a helpful, informative contribution and an advertisement.
I hope that end users will “take back their turf” and overwhelm the board with real collaborative discussions. It’s a useful place for newbies to solicit help from more experienced hands and for experienced users to engage with others experts outside the boundaries of a vendor-sponsored and vendor-controlled support forum.
Are you thinking of switching technologies or looking for your first web conferencing product? This is the place to ask others for their honest opinions. Have you had good or bad experiences with service providers? Let others know. Do you need some help and tips on best practices? There are probably people out there who have been through the same situation.