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Just answer the question

Every now and then I dive into the forums on places on Linked In and come across discussions where people ask for advice about which piece of kit to buy;  they list some requirements and then various people dive in with answers and recommendations.

It never ceases to amaze me the way that people completely ignore the requirements and just pimp the piece of kit that they are selling.

But of course this is the way that the Internet and forums have always worked. No-one ever reads what the original question was; if they did, the forums would actually be pleasant and useful.

People talk about the the Wisdom of Crowds but that only works if the crowd can read.

So next time you are on a forum, trying to pimp your kit; try reading the question and if you can’t answer the question with your kit…..

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt

attr: various

One Comment

  1. tbik says:

    As someone who has started one of those threads I would have to agree. There are a few companies whose sales engineers and/or marketing team will spam threads and pimp their kit regardless of the original posters request. Its annoying and reeks of desperation. Its usually smaller startup types who are looking for name exposure, but its pretty sad when you ask for a 50tb solution and some flash based vendor starts pushing their 1.5 tv array as the solution to your problem.

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