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The gist is…if you have a serious comment to make anonymously…email it, don’t just post it.
Truly anonymous comments – where the writer is unknown – are not published unless they are unexceptional.
Comments or articles where the authorship is known but are offered for publication anonymously are considered on their merits. (Email editors Steve or Donna in confidence.) There are some circumstances where it is necessary to be close to a particular situation to be able to throw light on it but to write about it publicly would jeopardise the author’s position. In that case, the decision to publish an item anonymously hinges on the question of whether or not it is informed opinion that will add insight to, or might start, a debate on a particular topic.
Unsubstantiated allegations of illegal behaviour or substandard products, for example, would not be posted unless they could be independently verified, in which case we would probably publish them ourselves.
Just because a post, article or comment, etc. is published on Telecare Aware, readers cannot and should not infer that the editors agree with the author, anonymous or not.
Unlike some other websites, we do not publish press releases per se – we publish news and may link to a press release that explains that news. Therefore, while we are pleased to receive press releases directly, and will link to them on your website, we are unlikely to report on information that we believe is not ‘news’ of interest to our readers. This generally means we will not be reporting on press releases containing ‘announcement’ material such as:
- You have routinely acquired a new customer or distributor/reseller
- You have redesigned your website
- You are going to present, or have presented, at a conference
Please also note that press releases with ‘news’ that we have to unhype first, or ‘studies’ and ‘research’ which lack basic objectivity and methodology are unlikely to gain a place on the site – unless we use them as bad examples, which we have been known to do from time to time.
On request, conferences and events will get a free listing on the Events page.
We select a very few conferences per year for ‘Media Partnership’ arrangements whereby both parties provide mutual publicity. Therefore do not be offended or surprised if we turn down your media partnership request – paid adverts for other conferences are welcome, at normal advertising rates – see the Promote page.
The ‘Soapbox’ is a place where you can write about industry-related topics on which you feel strongly. There is no preferred length – it should be just as long as you think necessary to make the point(s). We only ask that it is interesting, passionate or entertaining – and not libellous or defamatory, of course.
Browsing other Soapboxes (under the Opinion menu item) will give the best idea of the approach. References to authors companies are allowable for context but blatant self-promotion is not. Your company, personal website or contact details can be linked to at the end. There may be some light touch editing for consistency of house style but you will be able to review any changes before publication.
Telecare Aware is a feisty, independent B2B review of healthcare technology (telecare and telehealth) primarily in the US and UK (where Steve Hards, EIC, founded it in 2005). We’re opinionated, independent and write about the news and issues important to our international readership of developers, telehealth implementers, policy makers, marketers and funders. We also invite outside opinions (in the Soapbox). We are technology advocates, with an eye to what best works in keeping people of all ages independent and healthier, integrates into care workflow, and has a workable business model.