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Eugen Tarnow


    My Apologies

    Eugen Tarnow  February 25 2012 01:50:34 AM
    I have received a lot of feedback on my blog postings and on my deletions of comments and as a result I will change both.

    1.  I will no longer block any comments and all previous IP address blocks have been removed.

    2.  I will no longer post on topics on which I do not have anything constructive to contribute and previous posts which were not constructive have been removed.

    I offer my sincere apologies to the Lotus Notes blogger community and to my colleagues at Avalon.

    1Femke Goedhart  2/25/2012 5:36:48 AM  My Apologies

    It isn't easy for anyone to be criticized and finding the balance in giving it can be very hard. Just keep an open mind and don't be afraid of a little discussion now and then.

    looking forward to your future posts!

    2Sean Cull  2/25/2012 3:38:02 PM  My Apologies


    As someone who was blocked I do appreciate your change in policy on both of these issues.

    I think that it is good that we all hold different view points. I would not describe the Lotus community as one which is dogmatic.

    I have struggled with the same levels of frustrations as you have in the past and it was my passion for the product that was pushing me to make comments that were critical.

    That is why I started my blog in 2008 - so that I could have a space to make a contribution to the community to balance my criticisms of issues auch as Lotus marketing. The first thing I wrote was this - { Link }

    As it happens my Blog has started to drift away from the "tech blog not an opinion blog" policy and that is something I need to keep checking.

    I would hope that you would NOT stop posting your concerns - its just about finding the right balance of positive and negative.

    I would also strongly encourage you to support the various Lotus Users Groups as that is the best way that you can support the user base which is what you passion appears to be.

    As a last observation I would ask you to decide if the blog is a personal blog or a product placement blog. I see quite a few personal blogs that instil such a degree of confidence in the writers that it rubs off on their products in any case. It would be great to hear about some of the success stories about your products and then leave us as readers to explore further.

    3Andrew Pollack  2/25/2012 10:10:31 PM  I’m not sure

    Eugen, I don't think I commented though I was aware of the ongoing blowback.

    I don't think its wrong at all to cast stones at something that's wrong. Speak truth to power! (and all that). I've certainly thrown my share of stones at IBM.

    I just found that when I read some of what you were posting, I had no idea what you were trying to say with it. I didn't see a message I could understand enough to get behind or be against.

    Any time you declare the emperor has no clothes, you take a bit of a risk. You want to make sure you understand the message you're sending, the possible consequences, and that you're presenting it in a way that will make sense to other people.

    Sometimes I get that right, sometimes I don't.

    4Bill Buchan  2/27/2012 11:02:51 AM  My Apologies

    What Sean said++ and what Andrew said+++

    I've long since given up trying to get a multi-billion dollar corporation to properly support its 20+ year old product, both in terms of marketing, as well as technical direction.

    Unless you're a very large customer at the LOLA (or whatever they call it these days) events, then be prepared for them not to give a jot about your opinion.

    You might join organisations such as Penumbra (and have dinner with Mike Ronin), speak at user conferences, have bar-sessions at 2am with Mr Picciano, DNUG, View conferences, Lotusphere, sit on a sofa with Alastair Rennie, be an advanced or Premier business partner since 1995, be a design partner, be a dual-PCLP in v3,v 4, v5, v6, v7, nd8 and nd85. You might actually spend two years and tens of thousands of pounds on helping this multi-billion dollar company.

    I did.

    Do they listen ? No. I get personal abuse on public blogs.

    At the stage where you ask yourself 'Why am I trying to change the mind of this corporation', you have got to ask yourself 'Is there any possibility of this actually working'. Despite the insanity of the original IBM decision, the validity of your cause, the apparent support from within and outwith, and the height of the moral ground you are standing on.

    The worst part is realising that after a while, its just a job.

    Oh - and trying not to laugh out loud wen this corporation says 'We love Business Partners' and 'We listen to what you have to say'.

    But hey - kudos for trying. Don't give up just yet - you were just getting into your stride.

    ---* Bill

    5Gregg Eldred  3/1/2012 9:11:23 AM  My Apologies


    One of the great benefits of blogging is receiving feedback on your posts. It helps to answer the question "Is anyone reading this?" and to bring you closer to your readers. Nice to see that you have changed your comment policy - nothing is more disheartening to see your comment disappear without so much as a reason why it was taken down. Especially if it wasn't inflammatory.

    I do enjoy your posts, but as others have said, you need to inject some of your personal views or personality into them.

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