What do you all think today’s announcement?
I am a fan of bringing on additional contributers. Also Paul focusing more on the type of articles I enjoy from him more is a great thing.
I am a bit torn on FRD becoming free. Now the sole justification for my membership will be Paul’s articles. I was not a fan of the ad-sponsored portion of M-Th FRD, I felt a paid for service should be ad free but now everyday could end up more like the recent Friday shows. And if it does become littered with ads I really have no reason to gripe as it is free. Maybe now we can finally get an RSS feed with video.
Honestly, I was thinking you guys needed more dev help than writers. There are a laundry list of site features that have been in the works for more than a year with no real update.
just my two cents. I look forward to seeing how this impacts the site.
I wrote a rather lengthy opinion on Paul’s issue with Microsoft ads (as seen on Twitter today). Unfortunately, I noticed a grammatical error in it and when I clicked ‘Edit Thread’ it killed everything I wrote.
Sorry but I’m not feeling motivated enough to recreate the entire thing.
TL/DR (or in this case couldn’t read): MS Accounts are free, just because a paid service is tied to the account doesn’t mean they couldn’t or shouldn’t monetize the free service. I also point out that Thurrott Premium members are subject to ads on FRD M-Th. This simplistic summary sounds more harsh than how I wrote it before but I lost all motivation to re-write my opinion.
Last week I signed up for Groove Music because of the sale Brad pointed out, which was purchase one month at $9.99 and receive two 3-month passes. Basically get 7 months for the price of one. I am a Pandora Plus user but the lack of a family plan has always been a problem. Also the ability make user generated playlists interested me but most likely is not something I would actually use.
Well Groove hasn’t quite worked out for me and the way I use streaming music services. I will most likely need to stick with Pandora (although Spotify would probably work for me as well).
I laid out some issues that I had with the service in a previous post but at the end of the day the real deal breaker is that it doesn’t work with my Echoes or my Google Home.
With all that said I have two 3-month passes I will give out to members here (this should work whether or not you are a current subscriber). First come, first serve. I will send only give 1 code to 2 people, and will give out the codes via DM on twitter (so you will need a twitter account to receive it).
On a separate note I look forward to Thurrott implementing a direct message system so I can share information like this with a user privately.
*Note: I edited this thread to correct a grammar error and a majority of the content of it was lost somehow.
With notifications released, I am sure the short term path ahead is to resolve any known bugs resulting from the feature roll out. Which is great and necessary but I wanted to start the conversation on what some users still feel are features they would like added. I’ll throw out a few of my ideas, feel free to comment on them, or add your own.
We need an ability to report comments/threads that are:
- Inappropriate (vulgar, abusive, doxxing, etc.)
- Categorized incorrectly
We also need an ability to easily report on an article (without needing to make a comment visible to everyone), for spelling/grammar mistakes.
All that reporting would most likely require much more administrative effort so perhaps you are delaying that ability until you can develop some type of moderation tool. That would enable you to solicit members or hire individuals to perform that grunt work without having too much power.
Modify the 'Thurrott on Petri' section of the sidebar to include all recent Petri articles. This would probably help traffic on the partner site as Paul doesn’t generate much content there so the sidebar is pretty stale.
Modular Site Design:
The current site layout is fine and in no way do I mean that you need to modify it as the default view. However, I would prefer some subtle changes to my view that I would only see when logged in.
- Allow me to remove the giant links to old articles on the landing page. As a regular reader, I have read these articles and they currently consume nearly half the landing page.
- Allow me to remove the Podcasts and 'Trending on Petri' sections from the article scroll. Again I just want that article scroll to be nothing but Thurrott articles with an infinity scroll. Petri should be on the sidebar (see Petri section above), and Podcasts has a link right on the heading.
- Let me rearrange the sidebar sections. Maybe I want 'Currently on Forums' on top of ThurrottNow, I should have the option to change the order.
That is what I’m thinking at least, hopefully we get to hear about what is coming next soon.
I wanted to kick off the thread for this week's WHW (albeit a day early), so that folks have time to post their questions.
As previously mentioned in the forums, has the issue been decided upon if alpha members will have the reduced Alpha rate for our upcoming renewal? It was not explicitly promised but you guys did float the idea, and I would be kicking myself for having not picked up an extra year during the sale that occurred over the holidays.
We really need a better way of reporting spam, especially with the influx of junk accounts posting spam threads.
Based on Paul’s request on the podcast yesterday I wanted to share my thoughts for him to consider with a move to the DELMARVA area.
Where you choose to go in this area will have dramatically different experiences. There are no major airports in the area so you will most likely want to include that in your evaluation process. A drive to NJ, a commuter to a larger airport, or even a train to DC or PA could all be solutions but that would get to be very annoying with frequency.
The public school system in the area is not the greatest (opinion) and there are not many options for private schooling. Local colleges are pretty good if you want your kids to go/transfer locally.
There isn’t a lot to do for the youth in the area (especially in the colder months), therefore drugs have become a big concern with heroin being a significant problem. There is a weird pattern of behavior that a large number of teens/20-somethings act like they live on the California coast as opposed to the Atlantic coast. To anyone that has actually experienced west coast life, this 'act' is pretty hilarious and eventually annoying.
I am only focusing on negatives, positives are plentiful as well but that may not sway you one way or another. I can give more in depth detail if desired.
I am sure you have something in the works but in case you don't I want to request you add a reporting capability for users and/or posts.
Today I came across a spam link in the comments of a user post and we have no way to address this easily. I could open a ticket but that is a much more time consuming process and users should be able to notify admins of possible spam/abuse with a single click.
The thread I mention is here:
When we initially signed up as alpha members, Brad mentioned an idea to have our annual cost locked in at that rate. As far as I know that was never confirmed to be implemented.
If I am locked in at the Alpha rate then I am good to go and will pay annually, but if next year's price is the full amount I would want to take advantage of the sale to add an extra year on to my premium sub.
I know Brad is traveling tomorrow, is there going to be a Paul only premium show or perhaps Paul and a Guest?
So it is Christmas shopping season again and despite another year having passed, digital gaming has not become any more reasonable in terms of price.
In my house we have elected to go all digital as we have several XB1s and not shuttling discs back and forth is our best bet but that means we are always left out of holiday sale prices. Ex. Today Battlefield 1 for XB1 is $35 on Amazon for the disc and $59.99 for a digital copy. Not long ago target had a buy 2 get 1 free sale but once again was all disc based.
I know why they are scared of undercutting the physical copy price even though digital distribution should lower their costs (it is about keeping retailers happy) but I really wish the digital store would price match or even offer a trade in program (send us your unopened physical copy and we give you a digital code) but frankly I just don’t see it happening until physical copies die altogether, which couldn't happen until the next generation at the earliest and honestly may never happen.
So now that the site has been live for nearly a month and I’ve had a chance to get used to everything one issue still bugs me on a daily basis.
Separating comments for premium and non-premium users really stifles interaction of the user community to discuss the articles. Those non-premium users are nearly second class citizens and cannot even reply to comments Premium users make.
Consistently having the check both sides of the comment system is time consuming and often means I simply miss out on valid points made by non-premium members.
I truly hope you will merge these back into a single view, perhaps offer filtering if folks desire that but I cannot help but feel like the comment system today needs to be changed.
If anyone agrees, disagrees or has any suggestions please chime in.
How will we be able to access these first episodes live? How will these podcasts be available for download later?
The keynotes are streaming now on ignite.microsoft.com, lots of great content available for those that couldn't make it to ATL also.