manufacturer posting (was: Re: [Tig] Spirit Shutdown)

Rob Lingelbach rob
Fri Oct 12 19:29:53 BST 2001

On Fri, Oct 12, 2001 at 10:38:39AM -0700, Emory Cohen wrote:

> I believe there are several people from Thompson who read the Tig.  
> Is there any Tig "regulation" which would prohibit a manufacturer from 
> responding to this sort of inquiry?  If not, something from those who 
> make the Spirit would be appreciated.
Hi Emory..
No there is no rule against a manufacturer participating in the tig with
posting information in repsonse to a specific query such as the one below.  
The response is in fact welcome.  However, the line is drawn between 
solicited and unsolicited: unsolicited information is usually 
marketing-driven, and some solicited information can be construed as 
marketing-- it's sort of a case of, you know it when you see it.

It gets tricky sometimes, apologies for that, but if anyone is unsure 
if their prospective posting is "marketing", **please send it to me first 
personally** and don't post to the main TIG.  I try to be fair.

There is a place for unsolicited product information, announcements, or 
messages that could be construed as marketing: tig-announce at

And of course there could never be any restriction to a manufacturer 
responding to a question directly to the questioner, outside of the TIG.

Think of the main TIG mailinglist as a large conference at SMPTE or NAB 
where the current speaker corresponds to the current message.  Or better
yet parallel conferences in rooms devoted to particular subjects.

Rob Lingelbach                
System Administrator                     rob at
Computer Animation Lab                        rob at
California Institute of the Arts              

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