There are numerous forums on almost every topic on the web of varying quality. With regard to forums on the UMAT specifically, we suggest you take note of the following points and be careful in using the content – i.e. Caveat emptor (buyer beware):
- Avoid unauthentic online forums: they are not independent and are used as advertising and marketing tools which mislead and trap unsuspecting students/parents. Some forums are run anonymously by unscrupulous providers of UMAT courses: their purpose is to criticize and defame other providers whilst praising their own lavishly. For example, numerous ‘made-up’ e-mail addresses are used to post on such forums to make the forum appear popular. These forums permit limited criticism of their own and limited praise of others’ services to be seen as unbiased.
- The bottom line is to only trust learning forums which you know are genuine because you know who the moderator is, who the contributors are and which organisation is behind it (for example MedEntry’s LMS forums). Mark Twain said: “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.” This is particularly true with anonymous online forums.
- Any genuine and authentic on-line forum would make publicly available the verifiable name, address and contact details of the moderator and administrator, who are legally responsible for postings on the site. Please do not rely on information from sites which are not authentic and hide behind a ‘facade of anonymity’.
- Owners and associates of dodgy/scam websites and competitors operate some forums anonymously and infiltrate other forums (eg. Boredofstudies) to anonymously criticise other UMAT courses, including MedEntry. Our advice: do not trust what is written on Forums. Ask for word-of-mouth recommendation and you will find everyone recommends MedEntry.