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Demandstudiossucks.com • View topic - Lift the restrictions on forums as references
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Lift the restrictions on forums as references

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:27 am
by scrappy_bitch
Why is it that I can cite a knowledge base article from the BlackBerry web site as a reference, but NOT from the BlackBerry support forums where a BlackBerry employee has provided information? A lot of times for obscure tech problems, a forum reference is the ONLY reference.

If the information is good, who cares where it came from?

Re: Lift the restrictions on forums as references

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:40 am
by jekhyl
Because the brilliant minds behind the "No Forums As References" are the same brilliant minds behind "Ne Abstracts as References." They put the kibosh on the Abstracts thing (probably because enough people pointed out how stupid it was and how legitimate journalists use abstracts all the time.) I don't know if anyone has made that argument about forums.

But, long story short, because they're too stupid to understand the nature of searching for technical information on the net.

Re: Lift the restrictions on forums as references

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:34 am
by CE_ClueBat

Re: Lift the restrictions on forums as references

PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:55 am
by The Batman
It's not going to happen. The reason the forums, and wikis for the matter, are blacklisted has nothing to do with the accuracy of the information. We all know that for the type of information DMS has, forums are stunningly accurate. The real reason they are on the blacklist is because they are competitor sites.

Google loves forums and all web 2.0 properties. All Google has to do with them is scan for relevancy of the page. The accuracy is then crowdsourced. There are reasons that forums climb so high in the search rankings. This site fourth for "Demand Studios." Why? Google loves web 2.0 properties.

DMS does not want to give the web 2.0 properties any link juice or traffic, which would drive their SERPS up even more and potentially overtake the eHow article.

Re: Lift the restrictions on forums as references

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:59 pm
by EnigmaticJack
I've used some forums as references. I spelled it out for the CE that the forum post was by the person who created the software or one of their tech support staff. Never got a rewrite on any of the articles.