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Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 11:22 AM
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Edited by the Editor

I have removed this post, which is a copy of a blog post from InfoWorld that questions Red Gate licensing.

Questioning this is ok, but disclosure is preferred. As is posting under the Red Gate forum for discussion. The author, Bob Boule, is product manager for Litespeed. You can read the blog post here: http://weblog.infoworld.com/dbunderground/archives/2007/02/use_redgates_ba.html

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Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 11:57 AM


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Please don't spam the forums. If you have a concern with the way Red Gate handles their licensing there are better ways to handle it.
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Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 1:12 PM
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Quite a coincidence that you have the same name as a product manager for Quest LiteSpeed, a competing product.

http://qlist1.quest.com/read/messages?id=17779

 


 

 

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Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 10:32 PM
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Steve -

although I agree this is potentially "dirty pool" (although I can't tell since you've edited the post) - I don't think you have the moral authority anymore to question disclosure issues. 

You allowed Red-Gate to falsely label this site as "Supported by Red-Gate" and only changed it after outcry by the community.  Red-Gate ran ads in newsletter as "sponsered by [some red-gate product]" - which was a total misrepresentation perpetrated on this community.

You continue to allow the false inference that you are "in charge" -as per the About section.  When you work for Red-Gate (Red-Gate is mentioned almost in passing in the very last sentence).  You indicated that you were debating the aforementioned issue about the disclaimer - debate with who - you run the site?  I "run" ApexSQL - I don't debate with anybody.

So if you feel so strongly about "full disclosure" - enforce the false pretenses of Red-Gate as well and fix the disclosure issues that remain on this site! 

If you have rules of conduct, disclosure, ethics on this site post them so we can all read them.  vs administering "justice" on an ad hoc basis as you have done here according to rules you make up on the fly. 

Does Shill Factor disclose that he is paid by Red-Gate?  or does he write tons of meaningless drivel for free - not sure which is worse.  He has actively Shilled for Red-Gate with no disclosure at all that he writes for Red-Gate and is probably paid by them.

This guy posted it on the Quest forum and with his real name.  Maybe he wasn't trying to hide and just didn't want sqlservercentral newsletters sent to his quest address (I wouldn't).  Simply outing this guy is enough - editing the post is censorship

But it still looks bad and probably was bad.  Quest has been a pretty good competitor.  I think they've tried to take the high road - especially vs that bogus benchmark RG is pushing.  So it's ironic that Quest managed to do the impossible today and make Red-Gate look good. 




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Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:50 AM
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Brian, Steve has included the link to the source in his edited post at the top of this thread so its not being censored - he just removed it from here as inappropriate.  I would say that is ethical editorship (if that's a word!).


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In the fairness of "Full Disclosure" I also use to be the product manager for LiteSpeed.

I think this was mishandled all the way around. Bob was trying so hard to "hide" he worked for Quest he used his real name! I have also always used my real name and my personal email address. I never used my Imceda or Quest email address after that.

Steve, you know Sean over at Infoworld, if you really thought there was a copyright violation you could have easily contacted him, or asked Bob to do the things you wanted him to do to fix the post, he would have done it in a second.

Was his post bad form? Sure. Was it a crime against the State? Not quite.

If you "contract" for someone, you work for that someone. I contract to several companies at the moment. I work AND represent them all, If I didn't want that responsibility I wouldn't have taken the money. Saying your not an employee of Red Gate implies you don't represent them. Just because you don't know the licensing details doesn't absolve you from being a spokesperson for them.

This is what people were talking about at the summit, that this site would loose it's objectivity. I have a hard time believing you would have done this last year when Quest was still a sponsor of the site, but I have been wrong before, I know you can get very passionate about a subject once it is on your mind.

As far as disclosure, I am not an employee of Quest but I am a friend to Bob and to say he doesn't have the stones to do something is like saying the Pope is Protestant.

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Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 6:51 AM
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Hm, there are people complaining that Steve "outed" Bob (which I take to mean that we all know now who Bob works for), and then others who state that Bob was trying sooo hard to hide that he used his real name.

Sorry, folks - I didn't know who Bob worked for until today, so using his real name is NOT an indication of who he works for.  If I had read his original post, I would have assumed that he was a a DBA or a developer,  not a vendor.

The issues with the post were two-fold: # 1 Bob should have identified himself as a competitor against the product he was addressing.  I don't really care who else does what - either Bob is ethical, or he isn't.  #2  If Bob wanted to share the information in someone elses blog, he could have simply included the link (as Steve did on editting the post) and noted the general topic matter.  If Bob is intelligent enough to be a Product Manager, then he knows what plagarism is, and he knows why it should not be done - again we're back to ethics here, and this is pretty basic stuff.

Bob made a mistake - and he got caught and exposed.  Hopefully he'll learn something from it.  But trying to obfuscate the issue by dredging up "censorship" issues and attacking Steve is a mistake too.

I agree that this site needs to be clear about who owns it and runs it.  But that does not absolve anyone else who uses the site from being ethical. 

Disclaimer:  I don't work for any software vendors, and the opinions expressed are my own.




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Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:10 AM


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Just to finish this off.

 

Brian, what would you want done if someone posted this "use x software and have your mother killed"? (ok a little more to the extreme but still...)  Especially flooding this on 8 different threads in 2 minutes. 

I agree that this site should allow free speech but there are clearly some cases where the cost of free speech is a little too high.  And I think this one was on that very short list of things to take care of.  I would not feel right with this plagarism in the first place, but a competitor doing this without full disclosure just seems wrong to me too.

I can understand for a need to "undermine" the competition when you are in business.  But it has to be done in a more obvious way.  Right now I'm thinking about the apple VS pc commercials that seem to have run for over 2 years.  While I don't agree with everything said in those commercials, I, as a customer, have the benefit of seing both points of views and choosing either product.  There was no such obvious choice in this case unless you knew who Bob Boule was.

 

Disclaimer:  I just work for myself and I'm not associated with any software vendor.

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Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:23 AM
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I agree on the whole "contract with Red-Gate" thing.  The issue of Steve claiming HE is "running the site" (vs RG) to me is the ultimate disclosure hypocrisy - given his zeal in "outing" of others. 

where I grew up if you took money from someone over an extended period of time and weren't giving them anything but your labor ... you were working for them!  Only in the Orwellian netherworld of sqlservercentral/red-gate do owners "support the site" vs owning it, or "sponser ads" vs owning them, or "contract with" people rather than employ them.

somewhere between Red-Gate's offer and Steve's acceptance he lost his way and became an enabler.  Steve has managed the mechanics of this site well - but his constant equivocation and foot dragging on critical issues of disclosure - coupled with his aggressive stance in outing other companies tells me he's no longer independent but just another cog in the Red-Gate marketing/propaganda machine.

for the record this guys original post was at best stupid - I went back and it was worse than what I thought originally.  but it's a drop in the bucked compared to the scale of the fraudulent disclosure/disclaimers Red-Gate has attempted to foist on this community and continues to do so with Steve's active assistance.

 




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Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:36 AM
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Ninja,

I agree this posting was bad.  I went back and looked at the different threads and this was *worse* than I originally thought.  I don't defend this guy's original post and in fact I condemn it.  (on probably more levels than most people would since I think it also detracts from my points about this site)

But my major problem is Steve seems to be above the law - he is the judge, jury and executioner for posters and yet won't hold himself to the same high standard.  He is the arbitrator of the bogus disclaimers on the site itself - and only caved due to pressure from the community to change "Supported by Red-Gate" but then swoops in on some knucklehead posting crap using his real name like he is the town sherriff.

What this site desperately needs is an Ombudsman - someone who ISN'T a paid employee of Red-Gate (or "contracted with" Red-Gate using the orwellian vernacular on this site) and who everyone agrees has some creds in this community. 

I have some suggestions

SQLBill shoots pretty straight

Brian Kelly is also a good guy who calls it like he sees it.

This ombudsman has no power but has a column where he can state what he thinks on issues.  My guess is that any ombudman worth his salt would be extremely negative about how this site is currently managed (competitors kicked off, bogus disclosures, bogus About page, hypocrisy) until some things change

The problem with money is it corrupts - not all at once but one ethical lapse at a time.  a false disclaimer here, a bit of hypocrisy there, some double standards here.  What we are witnessing is Red-Gate corrupting a venerable institution a little bit at a time. 




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