Recently eHam has had to address a new issue – a casual request to subscribers of The DailyDX to consider rating the publication in the eHam Reviews section lead to over 75 almost instantaneous 5 out of 5 ratings with reviews from around the world.
This was followed by a very crabby non-review posting giving The DailyDX a 0 of 5 rating by a new 2007 licensee who openly stated he never had even seen the publication. This bogus review was removed by eHam’s Reviews Manager Phil NA4M after I emailed him pointing out that it wasn’t a product review, but rather a rant by someone who hadn’t taken the time to look over the product.
Next came the usual eHam hand-wringing in the Elmers section and apparently a fair number of private emails.
eHam’s Product Review Manager, Phil NA4M, had himself a paradox – complaints from all directions and thoughts that The DailyDX request to consider doing reviews was somehow advertising.
Result, eHam has pulled the reviews, blocked out the product Name for future reviews and at least for now set-aside the reviews that 75+ amateurs from around the world had taken the time to post.
Second guessing their decision isn’t hard – on the face of it one wonders why they would basically punish the successful for having an enthusiastic paying readership willing to give up their time to post their product reviews?
Isn’t that what eHam Reviews are supposed to be about?
Perhaps the eHam team is thinking about it.
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(My review read: Each Day by email I get the most welcomed look into the world of DX by a subscription email Newsletter, The Daily DX by Bernie McClenny W3UR
From the DailyDX Website: The Daily DX is the first daily (Monday-Friday) E-mailed DX bulletin edited and produced by Bernie McClenny, W3UR.
The Daily DX contains late breaking news about future DXpeditions, propagation forecasts, QSL information, Contest expeditions, IOTA (Islands on the Air), facts, tidbits and more.
The Daily DX is full of fresh new DX information. You get 5 issues a week, received daily by e-mail in your home or office. Snail mail DX bulletins take too long to get you the DX information you need in a timely manner. The other e-mail DX bulletins only come out once a week. Do you want to wait a whole week for the latest DX news and then find you’ve missed a new one?
It is obvious that Bernie W3UR puts a lot of work into the newsletter and still is able to keep his subscription rate modest – you can arrange to receive a couple weeks as a free sample at The DailyDX Website
73 & best DX
Personally my thoughts, as conveyed before eHam deleted all reviews, was that the reviews by people who actually had purchased and used The DailyDX should stand.
Perhaps eHam will restore them after reflection.