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  1. Marian
    Member

    I noticed the Analog Blog starts today with a guest science article. The one thing I don't see is a forum for discussion, alas, unless I missed it. https://theastoundinganalogcompanion.com/

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. Steve R.
    Member

    Interesting. The cancellation of the Analog forum was quite contrary to the trend of companies today establishing forums so that they can better interact with and connect with their customer base. The establishment of the Analog blog may be a first step in Analog reconnecting with their reader base.

    I do note that the blog allows the posting of comments. That is also a tentative step in the right direction. Hopefully this capability will encourage a positive interaction between Analog and its readers.

    Time will tell. We will have to see how this plays-out.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. Marian
    Member

    When the Analog Forum was cancelled, it had nothing to do with Analog - It was Dell. Dell cancelled all of its magazine forums = Analog, Asimovs, Ellery Queen and Hitchcock. They posted the identical, totally misleading explanation that the forums would be back soon.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. Dr. Caligari
    Member

    I was very briefly on the Analog forum before Dell shut it down. Toward the end, it was a real mess-- lots of spam, some of it very ugly stuff. I don't know if that was the cause of the shutdown, or a result of Dell stopping moderating the boards preparatory to shutting them down.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. Steve R.
    Member

    Since Dell did not provide a credible explanation for shutting down their forums, the only speculative reason I an surmise is that they did not want to invest in the technology (software) to establish a quality forum. There are many excellent forum software packages available, one of which could have been selected for implementation. Had the management of Dell been interested.

    Again, Dell's apparent disinterest in providing a forum for its readers implies that Dell does not appear to be interested in connecting with its readership. (Your readership, after all, is your basis for existence) This is quite contrary to today's trend of companies establishing forums to encourage customer interaction with the company and other customers. Forums provide a very valuable opportunity in promoting customer happiness with the products and hence loyalty.

    The new blog may be indicative of a change in management attitude. At least it is a step in the right direction. Maybe over time a new forum will emerge. We can hope.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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