Is Hardware Central Dying?

Is Hardware Central Dying?

  • Yes

    Votes: 3 21.4%
  • No

    Votes: 11 78.6%

  • Total voters
    14
  • Poll closed .
ThePerson98

ThePerson98

New Member
#83
Man, I miss this place. It's hard to find good web communities in which people know each other personally and are friendly. I run around on reddit, but that place is so impersonal, and it seems that no matter what you post there's someone going "you're wrong because internet. :mad:" How's everyone who's still here doing?
 
Justintime

Justintime

Moderator
#84
Man, I miss this place. It's hard to find good web communities in which people know each other personally and are friendly. I run around on reddit, but that place is so impersonal, and it seems that no matter what you post there's someone going "you're wrong because internet. :mad:" How's everyone who's still here doing?
Not bad, i know what you mean though about everything becoming a "£""£$" contest on the net these days!
 
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Quatroux

New Member
#85
I think it is a little funny to see this posted in 2009 when I thought this place died long before that. My memory is fuzzy, but I feel like it was 2003 or so and there was a major change like a new owner or something. Wasn't IDG involved at some point? They have a habit of destroying perfectly good sites like this. Anyway, it has been too many years. I owe a lot to this site in its old form. I learned all I know about PC architecture from this place and used that knowledge to build a pretty good career in IT. I haven't really done anything technical in a few years, but I came back here looking to get up to speed on PC changes.

I agree with the above comments about reddit and such. I guess we've replaced forums with comment threads and twitter. If you want to argue. post a comment on any article on any site. If you want to share your opinion in 140 characters or less, tweet it. If you need more than 140 characters, start a blog and then you can mediate fights on your own comment threads. It is just millions of people talking and no one listening. This place at least had a solid exchange of valuable information even if it did sometimes erupt into Intel vs. AMD. Hell, I think we used to have some good arguments between the single CPU and multi-CPU crowds.

In short, get your darn kids off my lawn!!!
 
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Quatroux

New Member
#86
I guess it was ZiffDavis and not IDG. The bankruptcy and sale to QuinStreet happened too late to be what I'm thinking of. It must have been a change in forum policy - can't really say 2003 was the year either.
 
Steve R Jones

Steve R Jones

Administrator
#87
2003 was probably when the Off Topic forum was closed. It was lively yet out of control;)
 
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Quatroux

New Member
#88
Seems like an innocent enough change, but I guess you can't underestimate people on the internet. I see Tom's Hardware sold in 2007. I guess the hobbyist sites really grew up.
 
MitchSchaft

MitchSchaft

5000
#89
Hilarious again. I'm back to say this place died in 2001 due to a heavy handed admin lol. Can't believe I remember this. Signed up in 1998, forum died and everyone lost their accounts/posts. Lost 10,000 posts and had to resign up. That was fun.

I see I only have 43 posts. I guess there was another purge. i'm just an old man, former I.T. tech. Those were the days.
 
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DamagedStructures

New Member
#91
So sad this forum died! I used to post under the username G4, I think, but I wasn't able to rescue that account and it seems that many posts are gone.

This forum gave many many hours of happiness back in the day.
 
Viper222

Viper222

Nissan Driven
#92
I used to live on this website, reading posts, etc. Times have changed for me. I am no longer in the IT field, and don't have the time to spend on the Internet like I used to. Hardware Central is an amazing website, with many knowledgeable people. I always remember HWC as my source of computer information.
 
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kredd

New Member
#93
For many years I was only a reader of HWC, treating this forum as a valuable source of information. Being a reader of HWC for 8 or 9 years I could observe the changes in users engagement on this forum. And yes, less and less people participate in the forum discussions. The reason of it, at least in part, is a shift from classic PC computers to notebooks, tablets and smartphones, which do not allow to modify theit configuration. So - no doubts about choosing motherboard, HDD ot CPU, etc.
 
DanceMan

DanceMan

Procrastinating Member
#94
Too true. Mobility and convenience have crowded out power. The mobile devices have "enough" power to satisfy our needs.
 

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