SavvyTech Security | 02/09/18 03:15pm
This was clearly destined to get out of hand. Jeff Zwirn, you are clearly sore after a less than perfectly favorable review of your product. Guess what, I sell Dahua. I don't go on here to cry every time my manufacturer gets bad press on here. You know why? I'm a grown up. I treat press and opposing opinions with respect and work to create the best impression of myself to be the best representative for my product and services as I can. This includes avoiding volatility in my reactions to what I might feel is a misrepresentation of my company's image (though, I also avoid being too gung ho about the camp I'm currently in, for good reason [Essentially, this is a more "if I were in your shoes" statement. I mean...I do sell Dahua after all]).
John, you know that you could probably play a recording of what I would say in your head right now. "You're better than this. Your platform is more important that this. Take the high road, yadda yadda yadaa." Same ol' boring Robert. Nothing you haven't heard before. Basically, don't take the bait. This is hardly worth it.
Look, IPVM is both a place of high expertise and casual discussion. Are there "bloggy" elements here that detract from pure cardboard cutout professionalism? Yes. Is there at least some editorial bias? Yes. Is there a loose knit camaraderie among some in-crowd members? Yes.
However, are the staff members and the editor himself knowledgeable and honest? Hell yes. Are their opinions given for personal gain? No. Major manufacturers are clearly not lining their pockets. We can certainly trust that their opinions are not bought and paid for. Before calling IPVM into question for their knowledge base and their accreditation status, ask yourself first whether money changed hands for that type of status on other platforms and you would see the clear difference in IPVM's independent nature.
The best approach is to address and assert the value proposition of your product and improve products in areas where there are weaknesses and the reviewer can give you another chance. A clear recent example of a change in opinion for a product is Haven. Initial reviews were harsh and then they improved the product and now, the reviews are far more favorable.
Moreover, if your product had any promise and application at all, I would be wary about adopting it due to your attacks over here @ IPVM. You can either be the reason that your company is respected and embraced by the community or you can be the very reason that we decide that your products and services are not worth trying due to your temperament, reactionary nature, and holier-than-thou posturing.