What Would Stop Forum Members From Giving Away Too Much?

by itsjordan 7 replies
I think this is the perfect place to ask as it is something that happens right here.

I'm set to create a portal that will have Clickbank products plugged in as well as having a forum.

What is to stop the forum leaking everything inside the product in their talks? Of course, I want discussion and parts to be up for debate.

But what is the social mechanism that stops somebody from going "Here is the system that costs $19.99. I've uploaded it on rapidshare, here it is world..."

I imagine being honest and giving them value will sit well with the users as they wouldn't want to bite the hand that feeds so to speak?

What approach could help balance this? I imagine when people buy things they're less eager to share what they paid for?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Great questions!

    I won't attempt to give you an answer, just more questions:

    1) Are you prepared to see your product 'shared' on rapidshare
    2) What are you prepared to do to stop 1)

    I've written a bespoke licensing mechanism in my case, which was a total PITA.

    You could also do nothing, and see no noticeable loss of income (most people are honest, and will pay for your stuff).

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    • Profile picture of the author Rick W
      Originally Posted by itsjordan View Post


      What is to stop the forum leaking everything inside the product in their talks? Of course, I want discussion and parts to be up for debate.
      Get a moderator and actively encourage users to report bad posts

      But what is the social mechanism that stops somebody from going "Here is the system that costs $19.99. I've uploaded it on rapidshare, here it is world..."

      I imagine being honest and giving them value will sit well with the users as they wouldn't want to bite the hand that feeds so to speak?

      What approach could help balance this? I imagine when people buy things they're less eager to share what they paid for?
      You cant stop the sharing of your material, if its good, its going to be shared, so dont stress about it. If its a quality product most people will buy it to support and for updates
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    There ain't much you can do now, except save yourself the stress and focus and making sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsjordan
    I hear that.

    I guess it goes back to the old piracy debate of is piracy a potential sale. I think if users enjoy what they have they'll be less eager to share it.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    You have to be prepared to see piracy of your content. In the online world we live in today it is certain that there will be people who don't pay for your product. The important thing is that you understand that and are prepared to focus on your sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    It's something you just have to accept will happen. Even companies with deep pockets can't prevent piracy from happening. However, you can attempt to limit your damage by keeping an eye out for illegal shares of your product and filing takedown notices with the hosts.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmanjack
    Yep piracy is something that the movie and music industries have been trying to stop for years.

    Just accept that most of the people would not have purchased it anyway and the added exposure may bring costumers that you may not have had if it hadn't been shared.
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