[kwlug-disc] Astroturf Farming

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 23 11:51:05 EDT 2010

--- On Wed, 6/23/10, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca>
> wrote:
> > Members are encouraged to perform 4 activities
> promoting MS products, including writing articles, giving
> lectures, and starting a user group.
> They never learn.  Community is challenging enough
> when it is sincere.

Community? I guess you can call it that. The students actually get hooked with "free" stuff and job promisses. Have you heard of laced candy?

When I lived in Mexico I used to feel so proud of all the free stuff I got from vendors. It made me feel important to receive invitations to launch events. To receive surveys because "they valued my input". Once I even got to talk to Steve Ballmer at an event.

And that was even though I didn't like Windows. My servers were Novell, and I was playing with the alternatives (OS/2, NeXT, early Linux, etc). Can you imagine how hooked the people that really like Windows are?

The onus is on us to show the alternatives to the new generations.

Raul Suarez

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