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It’s been mentioned on numerous occasions by many different people (mostly complaining) about the “off-topic” discussions posted here, and whether or not they’re appropriate and/or if TechRepublic cares about it.
Has anyone noticed that on the TR main pages (Home, CIO, IT Manager, etc.) that TechRepublic has been calling attention to them?
Today on the TR Home page:
Members fuel debate on hacker fate, metric system, and raises
Give ’em an inch, and they’ll take a kilometer
Among the non-IT related discussions cropping up in TechRepublic’s Discussion Center was a spirited debate about the metric system. As usual, members strongly argued their positions, although they occasionally wandered off topic to discuss things like the 55 MPH speed limit and encroaching world government.
And a week ago was this one:
Have you read the latest on Sobig, whaling, and UNIX?
Where do you stand on whaling?
As history proves with the devotion to things like Linux, OS/2 and the Amiga, IT professionals are a passionate and opinionated group when it comes to technology. In TechRepublic’s Discussion Center, you’ll quickly discover that same fervor extends to other things, like the resumption of whaling and the shuttle crash.
And of course, links were provided by TR to those off-topic discussions.
So I guess we have our answer. Not only does it appear that TechRepublic doesn’t care, but they’re using it to their own advantage. Way to go – turn a potential lemon into lemonaide!