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But what's the point?
Authored by: gabester on Aug 19, '10 08:27:30AM

Wow. Why? Budget's so tight at MacWorld they can't afford the $10/year to keep www.macosxhints.com? Or did some marketroid or phb decide that it was better to tighten the grip of brand ownership on the site while convoluting its meaning via obscured subdomains?

It's unfortunate, because while I realize that MacWorld's owned the site for some time, I really liked the layout. I'm sure that integrating it into the MacWorld's template is not too far in the distant future and at that time my daily visits will probably cease... as will the ability to do things like effectively search the site for useful hints and meaningful content. Much like when MacFixit paywalled many years ago and ceased to be useful within about 6 months.

C'est la vie, no? Everybody's got to make a buck, or die trying...
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But what's the point?
Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 19, '10 09:05:13AM

Not that it really matters (as long as the content and hints are still relevant) but I can't help wonder why?
macosxhints is kind of well known by now...



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But what's the point?
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Aug 19, '10 09:06:51AM

Macosxhints is a Mecca now!

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But what's the point?
Authored by: crarko on Aug 19, '10 09:21:03AM

My understanding is that it's a bookkeeping thing. I wouldn't get too worked up over it.



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But what's the point?
Authored by: woodgie on Aug 19, '10 04:12:35PM

And that's the problem. Really, it is.

Shakespear wrote "...What's in a name..?"

Well a lot, actually.

Yes I know that MacWorld has owned the site for a while now but it was still good old MasOSXHints.com, the place where I went to solve many a problem, why? Because folks were friendly there and they served a good pint.

But now they've gone and ripped out the broken chairs, the stained wooden bartop has been replaced with a shiny new metal one and the lightbulb near the gents has been changed at last. All worthwhile and good changes no one will argue that.

But changing the name?

Please tell the bookkeepers they're wrong to do this. This one, little insignificant thing holds more significance than they realise.

MacOSXHints.com wasn't broken, our Macs were. Why have they tried to fix it?



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But what's the point?
Authored by: crarko on Aug 19, '10 04:29:25PM

I thought Jason's post was in pretty clear, readable language.

Still gotta pay the bills.


Robert A Heinlein said: "TANSTAAFL."

Edited on Aug 19, '10 04:30:44PM by crarko



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But what's the point?
Authored by: garythemacguy on Aug 20, '10 03:36:39AM

Bad move, for reasons already mentioned in various other posts.

In my opinion, while parts of the Macworld brand are good, other parts suck. MaxOSXHints is a generally great resource whose perceived value is now diluted by the more pronounced Macworld association.

> I wouldn't get too worked up over it.

I had to go to the trouble of finding my account credentials to log back in again so that I could participate. I imagine that a lot of people simply won't have bothered, so you're not really getting a full measure of the community's reaction.

Time for a new poll, perhaps?



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