Unreleased products?


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Herro,

I was about to create a report on the Nokia n96, but then stopped, because it's not going to be released until Q3. This brings up the question; are unreleased products still okay? We had a MacBook Air article, and Cloudbook article on before either were released, but that was a difference of weeks and days, where with the n96, it'd be months.

My thought, especially with devices like the n96, is that unreleased items can easily become victims of spam. Again, this wasn't a problem with the Air because of its visability.

What do you guys think?

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I personally like early-adds of products, with a few caveats: 1) the report needs to be updated fairly often to stay relevant, 2) the report should have some deeper information over what the gadget blogs like Engadget and Gizmodo have (this can be tough), and 3) the product should be something that will likely be produced (no vapourware, please)

Some of our most successful reports have been early adds (eg. Onkyo TX-SR605). Typically, they do well in the GOOG search results and, subsequently, attract the early adopters *cough*nerds*cough to help collaborate on the report. They're also useful to people trying to stay ahead of the curve.

I say add the "Sony Time Machine" due out in 2098, as long as you're confident it'll be released, keep it up to date, and have some useful info to share. Wait. Maybe you already did...in the future?!?!

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I've been thinking about the unreleased products issue as well, and I think it's actually something that is quite useful. The fundamental premise of ProductWiki is to help people in their purchasing decisions. Knowing what products are going to come out in the (relatively near) future is helpful in making the right choice. I mean, if you knew that the 6th gen iPods were going to come out in a couple of months then you'd probably wait. Same with cell phones, TVs, etc. Nobody wants to get burned by having what they just bought become obsolete a month after they've bought it. Heck, even 6 months or a year.

And starting future reports with stubs is useful as well, with one of the most useful pieces of information being the release date. I'm all for it.

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I'm all for unreleased products as well. However, I think we should be certain these products will be released and are not in prototype or "maybe-someday" phase. I find sites can get overrun with this type of information and makes it hard for users to figure out what's out and what's not.

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