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'TR Community Newsletter' axed.

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'TR Community Newsletter' axed.

"Dear Readers: All good things must come to an end, and so it is with TechRepublic's Community Central. This is the final edition of the newsletter."

Another unifying feature discontinued. No more birthday notices or swap giveaways. (Happy B'day to Mae and Ansu, by the way.) This place has really changed in the last three years. The sense of community has been lost; it's just another web site.
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    doesn't it I miss a lot of the joking interactions with folks...and the barbing with others

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    cmiller5400

    Another nail in the coffin.

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    Slayer_

    But I have sort of abandoned this place now. Time to look for someplace new.

    Any suggestions?

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    maxwell edison

    Don't you dare mention Mae and Ansu in the same breath. The former is deserving of all due respect and admiration, while the latter is what's contributed to the demise of this site (at least the Water Cooler).

    You mentioned the last "three years"? Between those two, who's been gone and who's been here? DUH!!!! End of story.

    Put the PC crap aside, and call it as it really is.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The TR Search Function didn't work way back when and still doesn't work.

    Col

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    Shellbot

    This thread actually has some posts and some spunk!

    We better be careful or it might start to feel like old times.

    As for a new hangout, just let me know and I'm there!

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    I know that Hal (and some others on this thread) aren't big fans of Facebook, but I'd really like to make the weekends GEEKEND on TechRepublic's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TechRepublic

    Ok, so right now, other people's comments only appear in a little box called "Recent Posts by Others on TechRepublic." But what if I started a Friday Night Music thread on Friday nights there? Would you come and participate?

    As for birthday shout outs, I still try to include those in the TR Community Scoreboard. If you search for "Community," those should come up right away - in case you've been having a hard time finding them.

    Any other ideas? I'm all ears over here...

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Doesn't matter that it was the "Sense" of Community that made TR so Special and caused many of use to join in the first place instead of going elsewhere.

    This is a Technical Site and doesn't need a Sense of Community, doesn't encourage friendships between Peers, or actually any longer wants people to consider other TR Members Friends. After all this is what Social Networking is for and it certainly no longer matters that TR was The Social Networking Site for IT Professionals.

    Many other Technical Sites have come and gone even before TR started till today and what drew so many to TR was the Sense of Community, but now TR is just another Technical Site which could easily disappear through lack of members because there is no Special reason to continue returning and helping to make TR the Superior Site that it once was and most certainly no longer is.

    Doesn't matter that to be a High TR use Member meant that you made hundreds of Posts per week as contributions to the Discussion Threads and your value to others was measured in Hundred of Thousand of Tech Points for answering questions that back then tended to be far more complicated technical in nature, or that today many of the questions appear to be from what amounts to End Users who want to know why Hibernation doesn't work in Windows on their Note Books or whatever Site Traffic is up so it must be better. Even though today a High TR use Member may only post 10 times a week to the Discussion Threads.

    Sorry but I disagree as TR no longer appears to have the Overwhelming IT professionals it used to it has turned into more of a End User Group who want to know the basic stuff and can not be bothered by the more complicated items that we used to discuss and rib each other about in the Good Old Days of TR.

    OH incidentally there was no TR Community Central this week the Powers that Be killed it off and we are all the worse for it's demise.

    Col

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    AV .

    I personally loved DOS, still do, and fondly remember tweaking the autoexec.bat and config.sys to utilize the little memory that the old PCs had to work with.

    IT was such a challenge back then, but it required some real expertise to get everything to work right. I think the TR community was founded on that need and it morphed into a community of regulars that shared ideas, expertise and friendships.

    I see the TR community making something of a comeback lately, but don't think it will translate to the Facebook environment. I see Facebook as more of a personal friends/family venue and I know many people here don't like or use Facebook at all. For myself, I'm not a big fan and rarely use it. I guess this is what I've become accustomed to.

    AV

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    CG IT

    I liked Friday Night Music, even enjoyed the Horiculture threads. Water cooler was interesting.

    Q&A ? there are a lot of sites, often the manufacturer's site that provides technical help for hardware and software that makes Q&A here irrelevant. Especially for Microsoft products.

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    doesn't it I miss a lot of the joking interactions with folks...and the barbing with others

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    cmiller5400

    Another nail in the coffin.

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    Slayer_

    But I have sort of abandoned this place now. Time to look for someplace new.

    Any suggestions?

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    maxwell edison

    Don't you dare mention Mae and Ansu in the same breath. The former is deserving of all due respect and admiration, while the latter is what's contributed to the demise of this site (at least the Water Cooler).

    You mentioned the last "three years"? Between those two, who's been gone and who's been here? DUH!!!! End of story.

    Put the PC crap aside, and call it as it really is.

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    5 Votes
    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The TR Search Function didn't work way back when and still doesn't work.

    Col

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    0 Votes
    Shellbot

    This thread actually has some posts and some spunk!

    We better be careful or it might start to feel like old times.

    As for a new hangout, just let me know and I'm there!

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    1 Votes

    I know that Hal (and some others on this thread) aren't big fans of Facebook, but I'd really like to make the weekends GEEKEND on TechRepublic's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TechRepublic

    Ok, so right now, other people's comments only appear in a little box called "Recent Posts by Others on TechRepublic." But what if I started a Friday Night Music thread on Friday nights there? Would you come and participate?

    As for birthday shout outs, I still try to include those in the TR Community Scoreboard. If you search for "Community," those should come up right away - in case you've been having a hard time finding them.

    Any other ideas? I'm all ears over here...

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    2 Votes
    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Doesn't matter that it was the "Sense" of Community that made TR so Special and caused many of use to join in the first place instead of going elsewhere.

    This is a Technical Site and doesn't need a Sense of Community, doesn't encourage friendships between Peers, or actually any longer wants people to consider other TR Members Friends. After all this is what Social Networking is for and it certainly no longer matters that TR was The Social Networking Site for IT Professionals.

    Many other Technical Sites have come and gone even before TR started till today and what drew so many to TR was the Sense of Community, but now TR is just another Technical Site which could easily disappear through lack of members because there is no Special reason to continue returning and helping to make TR the Superior Site that it once was and most certainly no longer is.

    Doesn't matter that to be a High TR use Member meant that you made hundreds of Posts per week as contributions to the Discussion Threads and your value to others was measured in Hundred of Thousand of Tech Points for answering questions that back then tended to be far more complicated technical in nature, or that today many of the questions appear to be from what amounts to End Users who want to know why Hibernation doesn't work in Windows on their Note Books or whatever Site Traffic is up so it must be better. Even though today a High TR use Member may only post 10 times a week to the Discussion Threads.

    Sorry but I disagree as TR no longer appears to have the Overwhelming IT professionals it used to it has turned into more of a End User Group who want to know the basic stuff and can not be bothered by the more complicated items that we used to discuss and rib each other about in the Good Old Days of TR.

    OH incidentally there was no TR Community Central this week the Powers that Be killed it off and we are all the worse for it's demise.

    Col

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    AV .

    I personally loved DOS, still do, and fondly remember tweaking the autoexec.bat and config.sys to utilize the little memory that the old PCs had to work with.

    IT was such a challenge back then, but it required some real expertise to get everything to work right. I think the TR community was founded on that need and it morphed into a community of regulars that shared ideas, expertise and friendships.

    I see the TR community making something of a comeback lately, but don't think it will translate to the Facebook environment. I see Facebook as more of a personal friends/family venue and I know many people here don't like or use Facebook at all. For myself, I'm not a big fan and rarely use it. I guess this is what I've become accustomed to.

    AV

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    CG IT

    I liked Friday Night Music, even enjoyed the Horiculture threads. Water cooler was interesting.

    Q&A ? there are a lot of sites, often the manufacturer's site that provides technical help for hardware and software that makes Q&A here irrelevant. Especially for Microsoft products.