Food For Thought
Here's another site that was great at one time (before taken over by internet.com). I just got this in my email, and maybe it explains a bit of the JL thing. "Goodies To Go" was not a forum site, btw.
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Maybe I'm a bit dense, but how does this explain the JL thing beyond the management's claim that it was a resource/money issue?
Unless its more focused marketting?
HTML Goodies to Go used to be owned by some college professor, and it was a great site...a couple of years ago. It was a place where the average "schmo" could go and learn how to make a decent website, and had plenty of extras. Now, it seems as if it's geared toward commercial web design, etc.
Hmmm...I wonder if its a move towards a pay-to-surf system...ie: pay access to the knowledge base in the future...
If you think about it its a sweet deal...forgive the slashdotism that follows:
1. Run a free help forum on a subject
2. Build a community
3. Let posts/threads build up, creating a big technical knowledgebase with many problems and solutions.
4. Chase off the users and/or close the site.
5. Offer gathered knowledge for money to corporate customers.
I probably have too much conspiracy on the brain...never mind me :)
Nah, it's a decent idea for business, but sucks for the people who really make a difference. However, as long as google and the likes are free, and there are people like us who will offer our acquired knowledge for free, that won't be nearly as big of a hit as it could be. :)
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