Membership is free and open to anyone with a valid work e-mail address. Site members can contribute to the forums as well as product reviews and ratings. Site members can privately contact each other directly to discuss specific questions and topics.
The site facilitates discussion and sharing ideas in a vendor-neutral environment. However, we recognize that it is in a vendor's interest to win over potential customers, and thus, contributions of a vendor can be inherently biased. Thus, we require employees of tech vendors to identify themselves during registration. We feel that it is important that site visitors be able to distinguish between information contributed by vendors versus that contributed by tech professionals.
No—Employees of tech vendors are not allowed to review their own products or products of their company's competitors. Only real users who have used the product/service, or evaluated it in order to use it, in the past year are permitted to submit a review. Vendors are allowed to respond to reviews of their products in order to provide constructive feedback (e.g. bug has been fixed, new pricing model, missing feature on roadmap) . These comments by employees of tech vendors are clearly marked in the site with a vendor badge and the name of the vendor. We do permit employees of tech vendors to review products and services in categories in which the vendor does not have an offering. For instance, a marketing employee from HPE that uses CRM software may review a CRM product but may not review any product in a category in which HPE plays.
We require new users to register either with their LinkedIn profile or their company email address. This requirement enables us to prevent vendors or other non-users from posting fake reviews. This verification process allows us to put measures in place to identify suspicious users and/or fraudulent posts. The validation process combined with active community moderation and our commitment to review every post, allows us to have confidence in our information. See the IT Central Station Review Authentication Policy and Process.
The community can benefit from hearing all of your experiences including the good, the bad, and everything in between. Be sure to include all the relevant facts and details, and don't embellish your story for effect. We enthusiastically advocate freedom of speech, but beware the legal consequences.
IT Central Station is 100% committed to offering an open platform for real users to share opinions with their peers.
We don't accept banner advertising on our site and there is no "pay to play" at IT Central Station - any vendor
can be listed as long as it offers an enterprise-class solution with real customers.
We don't charge money for people to read reviews, so in order to support ourselves, we provide a service to vendors in which we personally interview customers and write it up as a review based on a transcript of the conversation. The vendor may provide up to three custom questions to include in the review questionnaire. We require the reviewers to testify that they are real users of the solution, and we then validate their identity using LinkedIn and other web resources. Less than 10% of our reviews are collected in this manner and we are fully transparent about our process - you'll see at the bottom of each review a disclosure that states how the review was created.
When we publicize new reviews across the web and on social media, we will give extra publicity (e.g. more tweets, more LinkedIn posts) to these vendors. See our Social Media Community Policy for more details. On our comparison pages, if we add a suggested 3rd product we indicate it with a label that says "Sponsored". We offer 100% opt-in lead generation to match interested buyers with relevant solutions; this means that unless a user gives us explicit permission to do so, we never share the email, name or other personally identifiable information of our members.
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IT Central Station believes that everything’s got its plusses and minuses. We encourage reviewers to include a
balanced perspective in all posts (offering pros & cons). Reviews are submitted without titles and
IT Central Station editorial staff writes the title after reading the review and following these guidelines:
To maintain data quality and ensure each post is within our guidelines, we review every post before it appears on the site. This means it may take as long as 24 hours for a member of our team to review and approve your post (and sometimes longer if you posted for a company that we didn't already have in our system). If you're still not seeing your post after a few days, it may mean that your post was not in compliance with the Community Guidelines and was not approved for display on the site.
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We include only products and services that are customer-proven within the enterprise market. So our inclusion criteria is that the product or service must have at least 10 enterprise customers. We define an enterprise as an organization that has at least 1,000 employees or at least $250M annual revenues. If your product/service meets that criteria, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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