[svlug] RE: advertising
marc_news at valinux.com
Tue Aug 21 16:31:01 PDT 2001
On Tue, Aug 21, 2001 at 04:08:27PM -0700, Ian Kluft wrote:
> But let's be fair. VA has gotten its share of advertising and discussion
> on the SVLUG list, some from VA employees, some not. There have been times
I don't think anyone from VA has ever advertised products here, or said
anything like "that's easy, just buy our servers" or "talk to our
professional services department for help"
I'd only consider recommending VA hardware now that it would be on Ebay or
second hand, and that VA wouldn't make a penny out of it anymore (otherwise,
why would people believe me, since I'd have personal gain involved)
> that people jokingly called it "VA-LUG" with all the exposure VA got. But
> of course VA earned that respect with active participation by it's employees,
> providing prizes for drawings at the meetings, handing out cool T-shirts
> with Linux slogans on them, arranging locations for installfests in prior
> years, etc.
> So we might encourage any manufacturers to support SVLUG, come to the
> meetings, etc. (nudge nudge hint hint :-) But let's not compare them
Yep, like Alvin has done in the past for instance.
> with spammers when they mention a product that they ship with Linux. This
> one even got an unsolicited testimonial from a long-time SVLUG member.
It also got complaints sent to me or officers at svlug.org (one asking to
blackhole him, which I didn't do since I didn't think it was appropriate)
BTW, I didn't say that Steve was a spammer, I said that his message was as
unwelcome as a spammer's mail
Either way, in case it wasn't clear, real testimonials are fine (usually we
find fake ones easily), but giving your own product as a solution isn't
(unless you're going to give a list of all available and similar products
and let the potential buyers decide for themselves).
On most lists I've seen, it's also ok to jump in and correct someone if
he/she makes an incorrect statement about one of your products on the list
(as long as it's a correction and not a full advertisement)
Microsoft is to operating systems & security ....
.... what McDonalds is to gourmet cooking
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