X
Get all access to the world's best video surveillance information.
Logo
Free-book-promo-680-70

IPVM Discussions Launched

by John Honovich, IPVM posted on Jan 21, 2013 About John Contact John

IPVM has launched its own discussion group, integrated within the IPVM site, with advanced features and ease of use. We can now help you even more and better facilitate feedback from thousands of other members. This note explains the key changes and benefits. Check out IPVM Discussions Now

discussions logo

Single Spot for Articles and Discussions

Previously, we had discussions hosted on LinkedIn, which made it difficult and confusing for the 75,000+ visitors per month to IPVM.com to find our discussions. This was especially challenging for those who do not regularly use LinkedIn. Now, as IPVM visitors read our posts, they can click right over to discussions and vice versa.

Single Sign-On For PRO Articles and Discussions

Previously, users had to log in separately for IPVM.com and for IPVM LinkedIn discussions (and of course have memberships for both). Now, IPVM PRO member login provides instant access to both IPVM articles and discussions. Even in the few week beta period, we have over 500 posts and 5,000 reads, a strong sign of adoption.

Stealth Comment Without Disclosing Your Identity

This is the biggest, and most novel, feature of the new system. On LinkedIn, everyone had to disclose their real name always. On other forums, people could completely hide their identities. By contrast, on IPVM discussions, the default will be real full names but members can hide their identities for specific comments. At the same time, we will know who the commenter is and can review if anything is improper.

Here's what it looks like and how you can enable it:

stealth commenting

We think this is a huge benefit. Many individuals have a lot to lose by publicly asking questions or raising problems (e.g., integrators face retaliation from a manufacturer partner, employees can get in trouble with their company, end users are frequently harassed by sales people). This way, sensitive issues can be raised without the member being worried.

While some fear misuse, we can handle this. Some worry that people can use this as a cover to promote their products or attack their competitors. However, we will check each stealth post for any such issues. If there are, we will reach out to the member and ask them to modify or delete the comment. However, we will never reveal the name of the person publicly.

Embedding Pictures and Links

LinkedIn, as well as many forums, restrict formatting of user’s posts. By contrast, IPVM forums allow embedding images, videos and links. For instance, if a member has a problem with a camera, they can share the image directly in their comment. Likewise, we can embed images and videos in line to improve our response.

wyswig options

Up Next – Searching

Another major limitation of LinkedIn discussions is that they are in closed area that neither search engines nor even us could access without manually logging in. By contrast, IPVM discussions are accessible directly on the public Internet (with detailed comments members only). In February, we will add this to IPVM search making it even easier to find any information on a topic of interest, whether it is in a post or discussion.

Helping Members Still #1

All of these improvements focus on making it easier for members to participate so we can better help you. We are excited about how fast and strong discussions have already taken off in the first 3 week beta period.

Start a discussion. Leave a comment. Read on. See for yourself, go to IPVM discussions now.






Most Recent Industry Reports

The New Generation of Security Startups on Sep 02, 2014
New entrants to the security market are few and far between. However, there is one area that is clearly driving new security startups - crowdfunding. Crowdfunding has grown from a curiosity ...

IP Camera Firmware Upgrade Directory on Aug 28, 2014
Updating firmware can be one of the most tedious tasks involved in any IP camera system. It is not always clear what version is latest, what has changed or been fixed, and where to even download it...

Testing Hikvision High End Camera on Aug 27, 2014
Chinese manufacturer, including the two mega ones, Dahua and Hikvision, are best known in the West for super low cost, entry level cameras. However, how well do their 'higher end' ones one work? ...

A Major Flaw in Long Lenses and PTZs Found on Aug 26, 2014
Theoretically, long lenses should let you capture faces and license plates very far away. For example, over 900 feet away from a 1080p camera one should get over 40ppf from a 100mm lens. But how ...

Camera Calculator Adds Personal Scenes on Aug 25, 2014
By popular request, now you can visualize and optimize your own applications with your own images. The IPVM Camera Calculator has added personal scenes to our 6 pre-set ones. You are going to love...

Manufacturer Salary Results 2014 on Aug 19, 2014
IPVM has determined how much sales people, engineers, developers, and tech support are earning in our 2014 Manufacturer Salary Survey. This is the companion to our Integrator Salary Survey 2014 ...

Testing HD Lipstick Camera on Aug 15, 2014
Miniature IP / HD cameras are a growing trend. One of the downsides has been the addition of a 'head' or 'base' unit to do the encoding, often large or cumbersome enough to create installation cha...

Lockitron Tested on Aug 14, 2014
Lockitron is one of the most hyped products in years and maybe the most well known access control product ever. Ever since their crowdsourcing campaign began, this red-hot startup has won mill...

Integrator Salary Survey 2014 on Aug 13, 2014
IPVM has determined how much sales people, senior technicians, and entry level technicians are earning in our 2014 Integrator Salary Survey. Key highlights include: Good: Technicians can expe...

Testing IP Video - Super Low Bandwidth on Aug 08, 2014
Even today, there are remote locations, especially in security applications, where extremely limited bandwidth is available. Despite that, users want to be able to monitor video live. In a world ...