Ex-communicated

thumb_white.gifIt was rather sad to realise last evening that this blog had been removed from the aggregation feed from the ever excellent planetlotus.org,

It appears that my recent posts are ‘not something that fits into the planet ‘Lotus” concept’ as they had been too Microsoft centric (well they are a bit, but no more quizzical of IBM than before I joined my current employer) – whatever happened to the First Amendment?

Maybe certain parts of the Lotus community are a bit ‘thin skinned’ but I do hope those who have enjoyed reading my views on Collaboration will continue to do so via RSSing this feed.

I am curious if the post that triggered the ASBO 2.0 is as damning that my judge, jury and executioner obviously considered. Your views welcome.

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Awww, for shame. Yeah, its a fairly thin-skinned community at times. Look on the bright side - this passive aggressive shunning is far easier than the personal attacks. ;-) ---* Bill
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Can't imagine it was that post that did for you. It seems to be pretty much along the lines of what the people I've talked to that didn't go to Lotusphere have been saying too. As a Lotus Fanboy or whatever the geek name is for it I continue to be amused at how "het up" people can get about someone criticising their favourite system. Many of my friends think I am anti-Microsoft for instance because I have been known to criticise Outlook in the past (although I have to admit I am less than impressed with Office's current incarnation as well). But equally you have to be able to see the shortcomings of the system that you use as well - how else do you improve it? I would even go as far as to say that Notes / Domino is finally morphing into what I thought it was (judging by the advertising) back in R5 days. Having said that I am a bit lost with the new Designer 8.5 interface but then I'm not a programmer / developer. Mmm - this post wanders around a bit but hopefully you'll understand where I'm coming from.
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Nothing at all happened to the First Amendment. The government didn't take anything away from you. You can still say anything you want. The First Amendment just doesn't guarantee you an audience... or a link from a popular site run by one private individual.
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Your new home is here :-) http://planetsharepoint.org/ But I do not know if this has anything to do with thin skinned. You just moved on.
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Ian, I hope that nothing like your supposed excommunication ever happened intentionally. If (and I mean IF) there are any people so thin-skinned in the Lotus community, they should pull their heads in and let the rest of us freely hear whatever you have to say. Cheers from burnt-out Victoria, Tony.
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Ian, This has nothing to do with thin skin but a line has to be drawn eventually. Suppose I were running a Glasgow Ranges planet site and a really smart sticker left for Celtic and wanted to continue blogging on his old teams site. Maybe if he had a big fan base no one would mind because of his amazing insight and the added angle of knowing the new teams strategy. This might work until said player starts picking apart his old team exposing all of its faults. It's all about what alliance your soap box is being projected from. Yancy planetlotus.org
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Perhaps it is more to do with the excellent double entendres of your last 2 posts? :-) Of course at least your Blog works properly as opposed to a certain Scottish gentleman of our ken.
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"…whatever happened to the First Amendment?" Really? Have you read it the First Amendment? Do you know what it is it? This small oversight on your part might have something to do with your removal? NO? Is that a valid, real question or are you just saying it because it sounded catchy. Like we are to provide you with a direct feed because of something in the First Amendment? Oh you could have said anything but that. Just to refresh the FIRST AMENDMENT reads; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Maybe you were blocked when they passed HR1 over the weekend? If for half a second you could actually shine a fair light on what is Lotus Technology and it's superiority to most other products then we might see things differently but I for one think you are to lop-sided. I of course am bit jaded and am open about it, but I have been on both sides of the fence like most Lotus Professionals, which on the other side, the Microsoft side most of them have never touched or even know about what Lotus does or how it works. Lastly, Yancy calls the shots on his web site and he provides you an excellent explanation.
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Ian, I was your judge, jury and executioner, however I'm open to a poll. http://planetlotus.org/t/180
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Freedom of speech does not apply here. Read the Constitution:-)
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Gosh, I must turn down the irony generator it is obviously missed my some. However as far as I am aware I still am a Lotus Professional (at least my qualification says so) - as for light shining the name of this blog tells you what it is about - Collaboration - in general and in passing - Lotus, Microsoft, Oracle (yes they have a(nother) Collaboration product. As for the superiority of Lotus, Microsoft, Web 2.0, etc I have tried over the months to avoid those bun fights as on the whole beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As far as planetsharepoint.org (Henning thanks for the tip) I will join it if they will have me but it would be nice to have planetcollaboration.org where the non-partisan issues could be given an airing. Thanks for the poll Yancy, you are a real gentleman and I was not intending to give you (much) grief - however it is always interesting to see how the community reacts to this sort of thing. Ian
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Ian - If you wanted NON-PARTISAN then you should have never gone to work for Microsoft. You have a bias now and a steady set of funds from one company. It would be impossible for you to be, if you must, "FAIR". I say you give it up. You are working for a company and for you to start bashing even being honest about Microsoft's pathetic offering in this space would be something new even for you, as you have not been hard on them in the past and would contradict you current income stream?
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David - you seem to have a very narrow view of the world. Of course I am not *fair*, nor are you or anyone else who blogs - I have opinions (which I always acknowledge) that are influenced by my employer but are not directed by them. I ask you one question if you re-read the dis-integration of Domino blog, tell me where I bash Lotus? or where I have done so in other posts recently? ps is your weblink going to direct to a live site, I would like to visit it
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Don't worry about David, most people in the Yellow Bubble have witnessed a meltdown or two from him over time ;o)
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