Member Since: 22nd Apr 1999
18th Aug 2015
John Stokdyk wrote:
Just to confirm, we care equally about members who drop by the site for debates and conversations as those who read our ebulletins and "lurk".
The principle that drives AccountingWEB is that the site is designed to help members be more effective in their work by sharing ideas and information. A lot of that goes on quite happily via Any Answers and comments on threads like this.
But on the editorial, community and publishing teams behind the scenes we listen very carefully to what's going on and try to respond where we see an information need that hasn't been fully met. We certainly do draw on members' comments and input, but we also go out to other sources and compile all the material we collect into practical guides that every member can benefit from.
As I said in my previous explanation, having to devote large amounts of our time to discussions about our moderating policy takes us away from publishing information that we think might be useful.
If you're interested in this topic and would like to judge whether or not our approach is based on exploiting AccountingWEB members, please have a look at the article I have just published (which will incorporate some of the latest comments): Charities await cloud accounting
I've only just seen this John so apologies for the delay. I am an ex FD of a charity so could have added some value to this, over the last few months though I feel the regular posters have not been treated as well as they should be, so I am disinclined to comment. As a long term member (but not a prolific poster) I do feel the 'community' feel of the forums has diminished over the last year or so and I imagine that is due to others feeling this way too. I'm sure you will have all the data on the forum and will see that it drives lots of traffic and new members so I would have thought you would have tried to keep the members a little sweeter. I think your business model for accountingweb would be under threat if there was a genuine competitor forum out there.
14th Aug 2015
Does he still need an account? If so he has 2 options - never use Natwest again or go in all guns blazing and screw the best possible deal out of them.
Another consideration is what does he actually do - if he goes all 'Daily Mail' over the issue will it harm his business? Or could it be useful advertising?
Its a bit crap treatment though.
21st Jul 2015
Not sure you'll get too many answers on this.
Your 'Nuclear thread' comment very much read as if you care far more for those members signed up for the newsletter (as revenues will be based on this) than the active members of the forum. Asking us to, in effect, write an article for you now isn't going to be too well received.
17th Jul 2015
It seemed (mostly) OK to me
From what I saw of that thread only the threat to dangle FT out of a window by his ankles was worthy of any sort of action, even then that was obviously very tongue in cheek. As a profession it is our duty to call out any action we see as illegal especially when its being done by 'one of our own' it was just a shame it developed into a bit of a slanging match.
Before that thread I was considering replying on an FT blog to congratulate both the man himself and his main detractors on how positive and useful the comments following his blogs had been recently - glad I didn't now though.
I think generally the deletion of individual comments or closing a thread to comments is a more 'grow up' and community building method of moderating forums than deleting whole threads.
10th Jul 2015
Please - might actually be able to attend then.
2nd Jul 2015
I was taught that if there was no symbol between a number and the bracket, then convention was that an x was implied.
Assuming that the 'slash' means division then I can't see how the answer can't be 9.
But if, as per Sperethiel's illustration, the 'slash' is a horizontal line with the 6 above it and the rest of the formula below it, then the answer is 1.
Hence my obsession with the 'divided by' sign. Purely to differentiate between a division and a horizontal line.
The / is a division and the x is implied in both examples - the difference is where the multiplication is applied to the numbers around it.
Is the final sum 6 divided by 6 or 3 multiplied by 3?
2nd Jul 2015
Does the missing x between the 2 and the bracket not imply that this is still the same number?
So the you are dividing 6 by 2(1+2) as opposed to multiplying 6/2 by (1+2)?
(I did think 9 was the answer to start with, the above is due to doubts about my maths knowledge!)
25th Jun 2015
So, depends why you want it. But not really one to take on your holidays to Cornwall. Unless you live in Devon.
This is the best quote on electric vehicles I've ever seen! Still chuckling.
I rather fancy one of the Tesla saloon cars if anyone is giving one away though.
17th Jun 2015
Linking in with other news...
If you'd have gone to the correct school you'd know this. :-)
I however, went to a progressive comprehensive and was therefore lucky to leave with my life. Leaving with an education was really asking for too much. Observing my 'betters' though has left me with the knowledge that both 'HMRC are a shower of ...' and 'HMRC is doing another stupid...' are correct.
15th Jun 2015
Probably half true
I can see that certain firms would want presentation & communication of employees to be up to scratch from day 1 as with big firms the trainees are usually straight out to clients. Individuals who know how to act & dress accordingly without guidance are more likely to come from homes where they have the appropriate examples ie professional parents & good schools/University.
I guess this then leads to trying to filter out those who don't have those role models - which they may do by making generalisations.
In any case the work force will be much poorer for it. Diversity is generally recognised as being a valueable force in the workplace and its all about getting different ways of thinking and points of view. As well as race/gender etc economic background is a very useful diversity to have helping to move away from 'group think' and allow real innovation into the business environment.