The discussion began back in February for us, on DonationCoder.com, but the latest chapter is quite hilarious.
If someone offered you cash or a freebie to say nice things about their products on forums or in your blog, could you, with a clear conscience, do something like that to your readers? Even if it was a crap product? Would violating their trust be worth it in the long run?
Joel Spolsky didn't think so. Sprint gave him a free phone to write about. And he wrote about it in the most brutally honest way imaginable.
Way to go, Joel, for your honesty and not compromising your integrity for a free phone. You've earned +10 internet points from me.