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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:00 pm      Reply with quote
Wow. Sad I am not feeling the love. So I came here to whine. Neutral

I have been a long-time poster on another forum, and they happen to sell different brands of products through a website linked to the forum. Well, I asked about another product (not sold on the website) in comparison to a product sold on the website. The site owner said via forum post (rather than a PM) that we don't discuss products not carried on her webpage because she can't officiate in product wars. Shock Wow. All I did was ask an innocent question, so that I could learn something. Does asking a question take anything away from her precious products? Sheeeesh. So I took my flogging and now I don't want to really hang out there for a while. This little occurrence makes me want to find other sources to buy my products from.

Done whining now. Thanks for reading. Smile
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:09 pm      Reply with quote
Actually I don't think that you are whining at all. I think you make a very valid point. If this owner/operator of that website does not want you to question their products then their credibility should be called into question. This is one of the aspects about this site that I really love. Even if a product is not sold through this website people here are freely able to post messages about a product and give reviews no matter what.

I would have to seriously question a beauty website that censors what the readers post (unless it is vulgar language) because it seems to me the whole point of a beauty message board is to inform and tip and not to sell their own products. If they only want to sell their products, then perhaps they shouldn't have a message board and instead have a "testimonial" section where they can monitor and doctor the entries.
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:15 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks, Anna. Now I don't feel like I'm totally crazy. I guess the EDS "freedom to ask questions about any products" thing has me spoiled. Wink
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:21 pm      Reply with quote
I agree with Anna. Whenever I come across a forum that only allows discussions of their own products, I know it's not the place for me. Not talking A "fan forum" is not created to educate; it's created to praise one product line or company. Rolling Eyes
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:29 pm      Reply with quote
It really doesnt make sense to have a forum if all they seem to be interested in is validating their own product. A testimonial page seems the more logical thing. And quite honestly it's not worth your time. Stick to the EDS forum where anything is up for discussion! Very Happy
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:31 pm      Reply with quote
I totally agree with Anna. They should have a testimonial page instead of a board. Shame on you *tsk tsk* Not talking
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:33 pm      Reply with quote
I agree with all of you. A forum's intention should not be to promote products that a site is selling unless forum members have been warned about this beforehand. A forum should educate and that's why I really love it at here at EDS. There are so many people here with knowledge about different areas and we are all open to sharing this with others without worrying about a "flogging". LOL Wink Yay for EDS having an open mind and heart! Very Happy

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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:45 pm      Reply with quote
wildflower wrote:
Yay for EDS having an open mind and heart! Very Happy


EDS deserves a lot of respect for allowing free discussion of any product that they carry and those they don't.
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:48 pm      Reply with quote
tam wrote:
wildflower wrote:
Yay for EDS having an open mind and heart! Very Happy


EDS deserves a lot of respect for allowing free discussion of any product that they carry and those they don't.


High five!
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:01 pm      Reply with quote
This is exactly why I stick around EDS only

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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:07 pm      Reply with quote
This is the main board I post at as it does allow opininons about products without scolding Razz
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:10 pm      Reply with quote
Rufus wrote:
This is the main board I post at as it does allow opininons about products without scolding Razz


I don't think I want to be scold at. Crying or Very sad
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Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:30 pm      Reply with quote
tam wrote:
wildflower wrote:
Yay for EDS having an open mind and heart! Very Happy


EDS deserves a lot of respect for allowing free discussion of any product that they carry and those they don't.


PLUS, we get great deals, discounts on products and other goodies! You can't beat it!
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:27 am      Reply with quote
i didn't notice this until you pointed it out marci65. Most skincare forums supported by companies tend to restrict discussions to only their product.

how lucky we are to have EDS. EDS is like a general forum for skincare (think makeupalley)where we can ask any questions under the sky!

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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:27 am      Reply with quote
who should we be thanking for such a wonderful, helping forum?!?

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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:42 am      Reply with quote
.. adding another dimension to the whole discussion of products not sold...

EDS actually takes NOTE of lines that develop a fan following amongst board participants and there are MANY lines that they have started to carry following the demand from board participants - Janson Beckett, Pure Skin Formulations, Remergent and La Roche-Posay, just to name a few!

Not only does this make them stand out in the beauty forum world, but it makes damned good business sense. Find out what the people want and give it to them.

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Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:05 am      Reply with quote
I don't blame you at all for not wanting to hang out there - free speech is what an open forum is all about! And I agree, it's great that EDS have stocked so many fab products that have been discussed on here - Magda has an excellent head for business!!
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:58 am      Reply with quote
fifi wrote:
I don't blame you at all for not wanting to hang out there - free speech is what an open forum is all about! And I agree, it's great that EDS have stocked so many fab products that have been discussed on here - Magda has an excellent head for business!!


Amen! Many thanks to Magda for not only offering so many great products, but giving us the freedom to openly discuss them...and any others that aren't sold on EDS!

Mary Very Happy

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Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:23 pm      Reply with quote
U got more discount and freebies from EDS
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:13 pm      Reply with quote
I love EDS forums. Everyone is genuine and helpful. I am afraid to go to another forum just because I was afraid it would take me away from EDS. haha However now that I am hearing things about other forums, I am glad I didn't waste my time going there. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:57 pm      Reply with quote
This is one of the things that really surprised me about this forum. I love how there is DIY stuff and DS everything! All price ranges and for all types of people. It is very inclusive. Smile
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Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:01 am      Reply with quote
world~of~mirth wrote:
This is one of the things that really surprised me about this forum. I love how there is DIY stuff and DS everything! All price ranges and for all types of people. It is very inclusive. Smile



EXACTLY!

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Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:09 pm      Reply with quote
tam wrote:
I agree with Anna. Whenever I come across a forum that only allows discussions of their own products, I know it's not the place for me. Not talking A "fan forum" is not created to educate; it's created to praise one product line or company. Rolling Eyes



He he he - I love your alliteration in "fan forum". Yes, I'm afraid there are forums where gushing posts grow like mushrooms in the dark and it becomes a chore to filter through the posts for educational content.
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