just brew it! wrote:
Here's the thing... for what it is, it actually isn't terrible. It's just jarringly out of place as a front page article, given the site's historical focus. And anyone who happens across it via Google search is going to have little reason to stick around on the site afterwards, since none of the rest of the content is guitar-related. Mostly it's just... an odd choice.
This sort of thing might actually work as a "Friday Night Question" or whatever that was when we did those, particularly in the area of audio interfaces or microphones, as mentioned in a couple of posts after yours.
In the big picture, however, I've seen this strategy before. EA did it before, during, and after they completely botched SimCity, and then shut it down. Native Instruments did it before they yanked some seriously good instruments from their "Komplete" bundle, and before they eliminated a truly excellent hardware device called "Kore".
And the strategy is basically this: Change something the users like a lot, toot your horn that it's all going to be better, ignore their concerns (and don't respond to any criticism). Every new article is written about something completely off-topic from the users' concerns; as if to imply that their concerns really don't even matter.
Eventually, you must take away opportunity to criticize, and then finally you drop the hammer and tell the community that you're discontinuing the thing they loved so much and complained about so much.
Right now, they're partways into taking away opportunity to criticize. By removing the ability to comment on "Renee's" articles, they're showing us that they aren't interested in our feedback. They may even have an attitude that we don't really matter, because TR is suffering from finance issues with us as the users. Whether or not they overtly or subconsciously blame us for the current state of things, they've already decided how this is all going to work (aka "go away"). In their minds, the time for talk is over with, and now it's just a matter of waiting for it to happen.
To me, the only value left now in TR is the forum, and even at that, much of the technical information is already dated beyond most usefulness. Who still reads old freeware articles, GPU lists from before the Obama Administration, really old CPU discussions, anything to do with prior versions of Windows, etcetera?
I've resigned myself to believing that all of this is probably doomed at this point, but I also realize that maybe only 20-30% will still be relevant as we move forward in the 20's. Besides that, we probably can't archive/save/make available this huge repository of information without violating some sort of TOC, copyright, or IP agreement or law.
But that's not the best thing, and we don't need to lose the best thing about this community. Right now, what's more valuable to me than the mere "data/information" in these forums, is the PEOPLE who come here. I never would have gotten help with my refrigerator door from any ol' kitchen appliance forum or parts company. It's this forum's PEOPLE
who helped me avoid spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a new refrigerator.
The new owner(s), espeically if they're still submitting articles from "Renee" without giving us the opportunity to have input into what we'd like to read, can't even come close to achieving what we have in our community. I mean, really...tone-deaf clickbait articles? They have nothing on us, seriously.
So right now this wonderful forest is doomed to clearcutting. It's the only logical possibility right now; the owners have not demonstrated an ability to bring more people/money to the site, and I'm sure this forum can't do it all by itself without a working front-end. I think the best thing, really the only viable solution, is for us to do what we can to make sure we have a new perch on which to roost when the bulldozers come.
Maybe our community can survive. And maybe I can return the favor and help somebody else with their refrigerator door!