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Re: TR Dead?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:49 pm

Vrock wrote:
Questors wrote:
What happened? I obviously missed something.

TL;DR version:

-site was not profitable and was sold to a soulless "entrepreneur"
-new management has not invested time and resources into the site nor do they understand/care to understand the community
-slowly but surely, anyone who had any passion for tech and hardware left the site
-site now consists of inane listicles and a forum that's 90% dead

This is the fate of all large computer hardware sites, eventually, IMO. Tech is a commodity now and has been for quite some time. And you don't see thriving websites reviewing and discussing the merits of toilet paper and laundry detergent, because no one cares.


I don't think that it is people don't have interest in tech, there are large YouTube channels dedicated to it. That is the issue more than anything, is people started consuming news from YouTube.
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Re: TR Dead?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:02 pm

Visiting the site after ages - wanted to check on the latest System Guide, but the front page looks very different.

Nice to see some of the recognizable user handles. Thanks to @JustAnEngineer and @Flying Fox who helped me with my PC builds (9 and 12 years ago).
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Re: TR Dead?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:19 pm

9 years ago? Dude! you are way past due for a new gaming PC.
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Re: TR Dead?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:31 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
9 years ago? Dude! you are way past due for a new gaming PC.

I only recently upgraded from FM2 to a Ryzen 5 2400G.

Then again, my PC gaming is all stuff from many moons ago.
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Re: TR Dead?

Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:30 pm

Compare the front page articles to these techreport.com/page/268/ articles from 2017...

Video games, hardware, Mozilla, Kaby Lake vs. Ryzen was the talk of the day in 2017.

Today?

Small business vs. big corps, getting the most out of a customer data platform, small business tools, smart mattresses, appy pie, compliance burdens, business automation, tech innovation...

When did the tech in tech report get replaced by a small business blog?
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:12 pm

dagathon wrote:
When did the tech in tech report get replaced by a small business blog?


Sometime between Jul 2019 and a few months after that.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:59 pm

dagathon wrote:
Compare the front page articles to these techreport.com/page/268/ articles from 2017...

Video games, hardware, Mozilla, Kaby Lake vs. Ryzen was the talk of the day in 2017.

Today?

Small business vs. big corps, getting the most out of a customer data platform, small business tools, smart mattresses, appy pie, compliance burdens, business automation, tech innovation...

When did the tech in tech report get replaced by a small business blog?


When it was bought by people with no interest whatsoever in the site, and handed the reigns to someone named Renee (who may be a bot, jury is still out) who has no understanding or interest in tech.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:18 pm

Why diss Renee? Probably not her call, and she's just doing what the owners hired her to do.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:39 am

meerkt wrote:
Why diss Renee? Probably not her call, and she's just doing what the owners hired her to do.


Whether or not it's her call, it's the reality of what has happened to the site.

The owners have shown no interest in the site beyond using it as a click magnet; they stripped it down to nothing, and the only new content is obvious SEO garbage.

Renee has shown absolutely no knowledge of, or even any interest in, the kind of technology articles that this site was previously about. Many of her articles come across as thinly veiled marketing script from advertisers. And even the stuff that she apparently writes herself comes across as something she just Googled and tried to summarize. Either way, the articles are just filler to get keywords into something a search engine will catch.

I get that is what the new ownership wants - it's a way to make some money with minimal effort - but that doesn't mean we have to give her any kind of kudos for coming up with crap that most folks would just use a bot to produce.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:43 am

C'mon Powerball.
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:48 am

No kudos, of course. But no blame either.

Unless she's secretly pulling the strings, and the registered owners are just a front for her.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:35 pm

meerkt wrote:
No kudos, of course. But no blame either.

Unless she's secretly pulling the strings, and the registered owners are just a front for her.


Blame really doesn't come into it. Someone asked when the site became a small business blog; I said it was when someone with no interest in the site hired someone with no interest in the subject. If you want to call that "blame" then okay... I call it pointing out what happened.
 
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:50 pm

While there are still people on the forums, and they are still up: Is there a good replacement? Tech Report was my guide when I built my current PC, and I'm hoping to build a new one soon without all the mistakes I made with this one, and I'd love to know what the best places to get this type of graphics card review and system guides is this days. Is anyone else doing the 99% Frame Time analysis for example?

Also: Have any of the very skilled writers from the old tech support moved on to other sites so I can follow what they are doing?
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:51 pm

Canageek wrote:
While there are still people on the forums, and they are still up: Is there a good replacement? Tech Report was my guide when I built my current PC, and I'm hoping to build a new one soon without all the mistakes I made with this one, and I'd love to know what the best places to get this type of graphics card review and system guides is this days. Is anyone else doing the 99% Frame Time analysis for example?

Also: Have any of the very skilled writers from the old tech support moved on to other sites so I can follow what they are doing?

Jeff and Damage are now on Twitter for you to stalkfollow. Jeff was recently featured during CES 2021.

Closest to the old System Guide may be this one, by our own derFunk too.
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Re: TR Dead?

Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:30 pm

Thanks! Back when I was in high school Ars Technica was pretty cool to read and they'd get really into how computers worked, and over time it moved more and more to being a news site. However, they got TechReport to do a system build for them one year, which lead me to this place right when I had the funds to build my first gaming PC, so thanks for leading me to the next place along.
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Re: TR Dead?

Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:23 pm

Vrock wrote:
Questors wrote:
What happened? I obviously missed something.

TL;DR version:

-site was not profitable and was sold to a soulless "entrepreneur"
-new management has not invested time and resources into the site nor do they understand/care to understand the community
-slowly but surely, anyone who had any passion for tech and hardware left the site
-site now consists of inane listicles and a forum that's 90% dead

This is the fate of all large computer hardware sites, eventually, IMO. Tech is a commodity now and has been for quite some time. And you don't see thriving websites reviewing and discussing the merits of toilet paper and laundry detergent, because no one cares.


Indeed, instead you see Mr.Beast, SSSniperwolf, etc. etc. on youtube with 30M views in 2 days..........................sad times
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