Thursday 23 December 2004

Embargos and tongue biting

On Tuesday, I posted to the Ferris blog about Exchange's strange lack of support for SPF/SenderID. At the end, I made an offhand comment about how "The Lotus community's scorn over the Exchange roadmap isn't entirely justified, but it seems to be getting louder by the day."

Boy, how to enrage a passionate community! See here, here, here, and here. And I thought I'd get away with it, 'cos Ed's on vacation? Nah...

The thing is, I knew more than I was letting on about the Edge Services roadmap (or lack thereof). But I had to be careful what I said, 'cos Ferris Research had agreed to an "embargo" (a kind of informal NDA). David Via also weighed in with a nice post, also during the embargo. The news wasn't announced until Wednesday 6pm my time. Chris Williams had written up a great post about it, which was all queued up to go once the embargo was lifted.

What's the blogging equivalent of biting one's tongue? Whatever it is, I was doing a lot of that all day.


Richi Jennings said...

I couldn't agree more, but when I'm wearing my Ferris hat, I play by David Ferris's rules. We generally respect reasonable embargo requests whether they're from Microsoft or from IBM.

In this case, the pre-announcement "chatter" in other spaces made it a tougher call. Hence the posts from me and DavidV.

Richi Jennings said...

I think you were right when you predicted a bigger announcement timed for Lotusphere.

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