So why have I spent months developing yet another Word Press blog site? The eDJGroupInc.com site was designed for commercial publication of our market analyst team’s research and perspective. It did not allow the broader community to comment, post questions and participate other than our surveys. The new eDiscovery Journal is meant to be an interactive hub for perspectives (essays), collaboration (comments) and research (surveys/case studies/interviews/etc.). The practitioners of legal technology, law, compliance and associated information governance roles have unique professional constraints and fiduciary responsibilities based on their access to confidential information. I have tried to create a membership and moderation process that balances participant privacy needs against reader’s right to understand any potential perspective bias or authority.
Only your account Display Name, User Photo and Market Role are associated with your comments and survey results. YOU control your Display Name and User Photo on your profile page.
If you registered with a private email domain and I do not already know you, I will need to verify your market role with an email from your work account, a quick call or any other appropriate method that protects your identity. If you change roles or you registered with the wrong role (yes, EVERY sales rep registers as Corporate) then just reply and I will update your Market Role.
I call this ‘Validated Anonymity’. It protects you against being swarmed by eager sales reps just for asking a question about hosted review. Some of us enjoy the freedom to publicly air our perspectives without violating client/employer confidences. Other peers may occupy sensitive positions or work under policies that prohibit any type of public commentary. Private comments and feedback can be filtered through myself or peer moderators to raise important questions or pertinent perspectives.
eDiscovery Journal Members can:
- Share your perspectives, questions and vote up/down via discussion comments on essays, research and other eDiscovery Journal content.
- Take a research poll/survey to see how you compare with your peers.
- Volunteer to be interviewed on an active research topic.
- Propose an essay topic or ask an open question for peers.
- Submit your own essay, tools, templates or original research for publication.
- Request a Good Karma call with Greg on a hot topic or particular pain point.
- Be kind – So no trolling, flame warz or otherwise inappropriate, offensive or rude comments
- Protect confidential/privileged information – This is a public forum. Keep facts or scenarios anonymous unless they are in the public domain (links encouraged). If your identity could be determined from your Display Name or User Photo you are welcome to filter private comments through me to keep nosy readers from backtracking a sensitive topic. If you have a concern, then just keep questions or your perspective at a higher level.
- Pricing – eDiscovery providers seem to think that their prices are always confidential information. So any specific pricing information must have a public link or reference to limit their complaints. I will kill any discussions that the FTC might interpret as price fixing or anticompetitive behavior.
- Offer perspectives, not legal/expert advice – The devil hides in the details of every client problem. So resist the temptation to pronounce ‘best practice’ and absolutes. Stick to helpful suggestions, case studies, considerations and such.
- Context your perspective – Beyond your Market Role, let peers know if your opinion is based on prior experience, specialized training or if you are just passing along something that you have not verified.
- No Hidden Marketing – Just don’t do it. Even if you sneak in a product plug without declaring your affiliation, someone will point it out. Then I will have to kill it or add a big snarky note to it.
Greg Buckles wants your feedback, questions or project inquiries at Greg@eDJGroupInc.com. Contact him directly for a free 15 minute ‘Good Karma’ call. He solves problems and creates eDiscovery solutions for enterprise and law firm clients.
Greg’s blog perspectives are personal opinions and should not be interpreted as a professional judgment or advice. Greg is no longer a journalist and all perspectives are based on best public information. Blog content is neither approved nor reviewed by any providers prior to being posted. Do you want to share your own perspective? Greg is looking for practical, professional informative perspectives free of marketing fluff, hidden agendas or personal/product bias. Outside blogs will clearly indicate the author, company and any relevant affiliations.