Originally Posted by TychoMonolyth
"Proprietary information" has always been with us. Remo Nutrients will tell you what it'll do for your plants, but they sure as hell won't give you the recipe for it. I see that shit in offices all the time. From a business perspective, it's called information dependance. That where you have to depend on someone else to get the job done. That very bad, and in many cases can get you fired, but it happens all the time. It's normal for some people to not give everything away, and if they do, some keep key information from you. I hate that shit.
But these forums solve that. The Grow Journals are a perfect example of it. Share and grow wiser brother.
I had not actually heard the term "information dependence" but I understand it totally, having worked in IT... a geeky mate of mine got a job at a medium sized company 25 years ago and set up everything, knew everything... nobody else did... So he left, and became a contractor, milked them big time through information dependence.
I do agree that we should share, and that you can glean a lot of information from these forums, but the McBud corporations will also be reading an that is why some people are not shouting from the rooftops about little things they find out.