Originally Posted by Homeles;13100739
Very interesting... shame on Tom's.
Unfortunately, Tom's hasn't been Tom's for quite some time. Where most sites are enthusiast driven, Tom's has been bought and sold so many times, the URL has become nothing more than a commodity. Advertisers want as much input as possible and that becomes advertisers becoming reviewers.
I have to say it's not a difficult predicament to get into. Recently, I was asked to start up a support forum for a particular brand of PSU. I told them that if I were to do it for one brand, I would have to do it for others that regularly participate in forum threads. One of the responses I got were "how much will it cost". Um... Your guys are on our forums supporting your products now for free. It's a convenience for our readers and it's good for your brand to participate in discussions. To put those discussions into a dedicated forum is only a matter of convenience for all parties involved. Not a money making opportunity. But so many elements of the press, the web, etc. go in that direction that its automatic for someone to say, "ok, how much do you want?" Test my PSU's in my facility using a methodology that my company has developed? Yeah... come on down and do some testing. What the heck.