My only concern with this forum is that I have noted a few instances where invididuals, their companies or such are doing a bit of "marketing" on here. I have objections to that. The AAPC does not and should not advocate, nor give the illusion that it supports specific businesses (in the industry).
Similar forums allow coders to suggest resources, discuss topics and opinions, but forbid the use of marketing or job-seeking. I would personally recommend that be the case here. Although the AAPC Forum disclaimer mentions that AAPC cannot vouch for the content and recommendations, it should also mention that hocking your business on here or trolling for a job is really meant to be handled elsewhere.
The objectivity of the Academy gets shortchanged by allowing this forum to become a marketplace for those seeking to stir up business. Allow those folks to purchase an ad in the AAPC Coding Edge or elsewhere; frankly, in my mind, they have no place in the content nor purpose of this forum and should be reminded to conduct their business in some other format.
I-- I'm sure many other coders would agree--would prefer to discuss my questions or searches here without the interference of someone basically saying, "I have the answer, but it's going to cost you." In truth, there is quite enough of that in this field already. Preferably, the folks in charge here and other coders will speak up about their own opinions.
Thanks for allowing me to voice my own.
Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I