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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Vendor Section

We will soon have a vendor section (subforum) in the community for paid commercial sponsors to be able to announce their current promotions and maybe even answer some of our questions about their product or service.

These commercial users will be restricted to that forum in the community and will have a vendor label (badge) under their name.

As with all forums within our community, we are expected to express ourselves in a respectful manner. We will not tolerate threads being started for the sole purpose of bashing a vendor, manufacturer, or service provider. We understand that not all products will be received the same way by all people but that does not give us the right to be rude or confrontational in these forums.

I would love to get some input from you about vendors, manufacturers, and service providers you would like to see have a presence here. We, as a community will benefit from these commercial users, as as they will be open and willing to receive feedback about their products and services from us.​
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 01:25 PM
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Mike had done some vendor development and it always did well for the forum Thanks for your efforts on our behalf

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I'm looking forward to it Cricket. I'm hoping that the power of numbers has the desired influence and some of the vendors see it their way to offer special deals to Routerforums members as well as giving those members who have questions to be able to ask a manufacturer's rep instead of a middle man. And as you say they have a chance to get feedback so I see this as a win-win.

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As with all forums within our community, we are expected to express ourselves in a respectful manner. We will not tolerate threads being started for the sole purpose of bashing a vendor, manufacturer, or service provider. We understand that not all products will be received the same way by all people but that does not give us the right to be rude or confrontational in these forums.
On the surface this subforum seems to be an excellent idea.
Question: where is the line between pointing out design or manufacturing flaws and questioning design choices and "bashing" ?
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On the surface this subforum seems to be an excellent idea.
Question: where is the line between pointing out design or manufacturing flaws and questioning design choices and "bashing" ?
It isn't bashing if you are asking questions respectfully.
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Tom if you offer honest feedback in a polite manner then it shouldn't be a problem. If the suggestions are about things like using different hardware that would make something more efficient or user friendly, a different scale that's easier to read, or a left handed version then the maker should take that in a constructive way. If you think it's a piece of crap or way overpriced I would keep criticism like that to myself.

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I like this idea. Helps finance the Forum, but it also lets us give input to the manufacturers. I also think the feedback (polite critiques) may cause some managements to rethink whether they are wise to compromise quality to trim costs. Bosch, for example has kept costs under control without loss of quality, while some other conglomerates can't seem to manage that feat. I see our input as end users as being invaluable to manufacturers.
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I think this is a good idea. We'll probably have better odds of communicating with vendors with problems.

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Outstanding IDEA!

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I believe that this is a great way to improve the communication channel between customer and supplier. If all goes well, we as the consumer should see (hopefully) changes to improve a product, performance and safety wise. We as well will be able to learn from those that design and build the product, the correct and/or best uses for a given tool.

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Great idea! Will there be a sub-sub forum with an ATM? lol

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