to be able to make judgments about the integrity of the people I work with at PCA.
I'm not an employee of the company, but I've worked with three editors during my time here, and with several of the company's directors. In all, I've had a six-year involvement with the company - longer than that of quite a few of the people in the office - and I have never once been asked to 'be nice' to an advertiser, either here, in the forum, or in my magazine pieces.
If that ever happened I would simply refuse; my integrity as Forum Editor would immediately be compromised if I agreed to favour magazine advertisers. Without sounding smug, I don't need the income I derive from the magazine, I have a resonably successful IT consulting business, and what I do here I do because I enjoy it. After all this time the forum is in my blood, and I certainly wouldn't put that at risk by allowing myself to be muzzled in any way.
Fortunately I know that I will never be asked - the magazine doesn't run that way. I know the people who are in control of the business, and I know they wouldn't do anything that might compromise our neutrality when it comes to the way we treat advertisers in print, and here, in the forum. I've met some of our advertisers, and they've made it plain that they know it, too. It's not a problem as far as we're concerned.