I want to apply! any openings? Are you sure you don't write novels, Steve?
Maureen Sharib said:Vetting vendors
Crushing callous commentors
Vilify the vociferously vocal
Sounds like a job description to me if ever I heard one!
Since we're being honest here, this is my $.02 --
I have a bigger concern with ads on RecruitingBlogs that are actually for poor products. IMHO, the real difficulty begins when the inner circle of RBC has to make decisions of maximizing ad placement revenue versus having great companies with great products advertise here.
I only say this because I purchased a product through an ad on RBC, only to learn I'd been scammed. The product wasn't ready for market . . . I even thought about starting a 'workaround' group on RBC to find other end-users so that we could put our minds together to find ways to rig the product to do basic things (like create a call-list, import states and cities correctly from resumes, etc.) In the end, I didn't make this workaround group here because I thought it would be a dis-service. While a workaround group would have been helpful to me, I didn't start it for the good of the community and the health of RBC long-term (in terms of not upsetting firms providing lifeblood ad revenue). I know that I would appreciate it if a community member thought about the greater good.
Now, is that RBC's fault? No way; not at all; not even in the slightest. I made the buying decision based upon a 3-day trial or so. But I had an expectation that solutions were vetted and that only the best were marketed to us as community members . . . because that's a big part of the value I find in RBC. Today, I'm currently in the process of starting my own social network geared toward something completely non-recruiting related, and I ask myself what kinds of ads I want presented to my community members. This presents tough decisions because ad revenue can be the lifeblood of a community . . . so much so that I'm already considering these things today, despite having a community in which the lights aren't even 'turned on' yet.
P.S. Kudos, Jerry - your posts over the last couple months have taken on a nice 'bouncer-esque' feel, and that may be necessary as the community continues to scale. You are wearing your newfound sheriff badge quite well for the good of the community :)