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This new feature...

This is where the problem starts - for some unknown Good reason you guys (webmasters) keep adding more - assuming if a little is good more must be better. All I know is your site used to load pretty fast, most of the content would cache and help load future visits a little faster, now, (I figure it's the Facebook junk), every time I come here it takes about 30 seconds to load.

I used to visit a programming blog, it was fast to load, informative, and enjoyable to visit - (for me) not any more, the guy decided to add Facebook 'Likes', Twitter 'Tweet' crap, and the DISQUS commenting feature, talk about overhead. The same issue with caching as well - it wants to reload every visit. I'm guessing it has some sort of 'real-time' feature.

All the kids are doing it, and the rest should join in - and like sheep they do (in lockstep).

The truth is most sites are rather dull any more and the content is bland, same ole same ole, it's easy to reclaim your time and ignore them, go outside and get some fresh air :)

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A good reason is we (webmasters) are reaching out to those with social networking. Much like the OpenID concept, we have methods of Facebook and Twitter integration and logins. People with a Facebook or Twitter account can create an account on the forums using their logins from either site. The Facebook Like and Twitter Tweets allow for people to spread information which is very common in this day and age. By sharing information, it spreads to their friends; and if their friends like it there is further potential to spread. This is a GREAT thing for webmasters as it allows for more members to come to their websites. More members means many more good things, from posters/commenters, to people who may donate. Plus, increased traffic can also mean more money to improve the website if a webmaster is running ads (which I am trying very hard to avoid, but may soon have to do).

While I personally have tried to keep the website as dial-up friendly as possible, I'm not going to keep things a certain way forever, I can't. Progress is happening daily and you have to keep up to keep your site out there and interesting. There are less than 5% of dial-up users visiting this site. In fact, I'm amazed by that number. The fact that people are still using dial-up is absolutely amazing. While I do understand that sometimes you use the only thing available in your area, I believe you can also write to your senators/congressmen and let them know that it's 2010 and the only thing in your area is dial-up. I switched to cable as soon as it was available in my area, even signed up to beta test it because before I was on 28.8k dial-up. Sadly, dial-up was the only thing offered in my area. I still remember shortly before cable Internet was out here we had problems with our phone lines. They cleaned the boxes and I was getting 56k speeds, finally. But when cable Internet was here I didn't pass it up and still firmly believe it's worth it.

Something you (and many other dial-up users) may wish to keep an eye on is the National Broadband Plan.

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I agree progress must move forward, but...

...you can add all the widgets you want (including ads), if the site has an identity crisis - people wont stay, they may register, but what's the average post count after say 2 or 3 (beyond asking for help)? Are they contributing to the site, do they stick around to create a social community or network as you put it?

I admit, the recent changes left me (just my opinion) with the impression you're going for a more automated format - with the news etc - and were turning away from a social site. All I know is, I don't blame any site for lots of content and my slow connection's inability to deliver it fast - if the content is there I will wait for it.

On the other hand - lack of content=no good reason to stay=byebye - I believe this is the standard reaction from most visitors to a floundering internet presence.

Anyway, good luck :)

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I'd love to offer more content, but it's pretty much just me doing all of the news articles and most of the articles written in the wiki. Time and time again I have tried to promote and encourage news posters, wiki editors and even use of features like the Reputation system (which can show this person is giving good advice and can be trusted) and many other things. I've asked for Editors many times but sometimes it feels like no one wants to help. :\

Heck, if you've seen my recent status update on here I talk about how I'm buried under a ton of work. I'm even trying to keep up to speed with the latest frontpage software release (which is 1.6 RC1 at this point in time) so that I can ensure as smooth of a transition as possible. If days were longer I could get it all done, but alas I cannot. On top of everything to do with this site, I'm still working on Anti-Malware Toolkit 2. It's not easing being the only one doing all of this.

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It appears something similar to this will be built in to the next official release (it won't be on hover) and look pretty nice, I must say.

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