Who's your daddy?

by Volker Weber

Ian writes:

IBM/Lotus and the Lotus user community are a family

Is that true? The CIOs I know don't count IBM as family. There are very enthusiastic people out there, and you meet all of them at Lotusphere. Which is a great event to bond. But IBM is neither your brother nor your father.



Are you sure you don't have an agenda? I know, you're German, and that somehow makes you more "honest" than the rest of us (although most Germans I know aren't constantly negative... just tend to be more matter-of-fact than Americans), but where I come from, it's generally held that journalists are supposed to be not only honest but objective. Report the facts, and let the audience decide for themselves. Constantly raining on a single vendor's parade, on the other hand, gives me the impression that you're harboring some sort of grudge... that there's some deep pain you're trying to soothe. If you were truly honest or objective, sooner or later you'd find at least one feature or accomplishment to praise.

Please note that I'm not asking you to change what you write... this is your site and you can write whatever you want. But when you spout stuff like this with no possible positive result, don't be surprised if a few folks like me who are obviously less objective than yourself see it as petty, childish, and downright annoying.

Tim Tripcony, 2008-09-09

Tim, yes, I am. I guess people who do have an agenda are often missing mine. Let's make some examples:

Microsoft and the Sharepoint user community are a familyPorsche and the 911 driver community are a familyNovell and the Groupwise user community are a family[insert vendor] and the [insert vendor/product] user community are a family.

And I don't work here. Sometimes I work there.

Volker Weber, 2008-09-09

When I think of an IBM / Lotus family, I can’t help but think of this lot:

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Ben Poole, 2008-09-09

Does not mean anything to me. What is it?

Volker Weber, 2008-09-09

++ Ben

Roland Leißl, 2008-09-09

Utter hogwash of a statement - Families spend time together, nurture one another, watch each others back...care.

Colin Williams, 2008-09-10

Well, maybe IBM is the mother-in-law or stepmother sometimes?

Ragnar Schierholz, 2008-09-10

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