Citrix Employee's Bear Paw Comments Removed from Web Forum

My last Bear Paw post was based on information that Citrix employee Joel Stocker posted to a Windows Server 2003 discussion forum hosted on a website by Log*in Consultants in The Netherlands.

My last Bear Paw post was based on information that Citrix employee Joel Stocker posted to a Windows Server 2003 discussion forum hosted on a website by Log*in Consultants in The Netherlands. Stocker is a popular Citrix SE (who leads the Citrix Northern Europe Yahoo Group and who has presented at iForum in the past), so when he talks, people listen. Stocker posted information about conversations that occurred between Citrix and Microsoft after Mirosoft's Eric Rudder accidentally made comments about Bear Paw in a public speech.

As of Saturday, Stocker's post (and the follow up posts referring to my site) have been removed from the Log*in forums. The Log*in Consultants forum moderator added a post on Sunday morning indicating that the comments had been removed because the poster thought he was posting to a private forum for Log*in consultants only. Oops.

One thing that really shows the importance of this Bear Paw issue is the fact that the Log*in forums provide a counter as to how many times each thread has been viewed. The Bear Paw thread (as of this writing) has been viewed 490 times, more than ten times greater than the second most popular thread's 41 views. The thread's popularity shows how interested people are in this topic, and the fact that several postings were removed shows that this is a touchy subject.

I think that Log*in deserves a lot of credit for being honest about why the posts were removed, although we still don't know if pressure came from Citrix or whether Log*in did it on their own. On a side note, even though they're a Dutch company, Log*in is fairly popular in the US due to their (free) tools as the Terminal Server flex profile kit. Definitely check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

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