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.
Here there be dragons...,