To begin, it is important to understand my position. I like the MaxPC crew very much. I have no quarrels with them, and they even featured a passage of something I said in one of their articles for the Jan. issue, which was down right fucking awesome. So, please do not think I am biased, being unfair in what I am about to say, for I have thought about this for awhile now. Please, keep an open mind and opinion while reading what I have to say. Finally, I know that some of you here have talked to me, including the editors, and I have come to respect you and I hope that same is true towards me, even with what I am about to say.
Paul is a great editor. He has produced many good reads, and I often read what he says every morning when I get on my computer for the first thing that I do; however, I think that his content is lacking in what MaxPC consumers are more geared towards: in depth and specific. By this, I mean that his articles deal from a wide range of tech. news, gadgets, hardware, software, games, etc, but all fail to really dig at each aspect of it all. For example, awhile ago an article was posted here about cloud computing: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... d_services
by Edward. Here is yet another one about AMD Vs. Nvidia here: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... head--head
Notice anything in particular? These articles are in depth, stick to a single-issue topic, and teach us something that the majority of us did not know before;however, this is NOT
... I repeat NOT a bash on Paul, for even Paul has posted his own good articles too: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/a ... 100_series
... but then he has not so good articles, that really are kind of garbage for MxPC users, and are better suited for the likes of Gizmodo, which seems to post some pretty random articles. In fact, a month or two ago, there was an article about how CDMA networks work by some other editor... A very great article, which many users commented on and liked.
Examples:http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/t ... unch_liarshttp://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/f ... ope_200000
While on the whole these may be "interesting" reads, they aren't true to what MaximumPC is suppose to focus on. Often times the MxPC crew will call its followers "smart" in the field of tech., but I have to wonder why we are blasted with articles, such as above, when we can find these types of things on other tech. sites. Paul, from what I notice, has only been posting around here for the past year or so, and in that time the man has managed to generate over 6000 articles... 6000 articles in a year's time... That's 16 articles a day; 1.5 articles an hour. This just totally is a mind blowing number to think about. I have to wonder where he finds the time, which leads me to my next point.
I think that this community should start actively getting involved in creating articles, submitting them to the MaxPC crew for approval, and posting them on the main site. I think that the MaximumPC community has a lot of in depth knowledge that it can offer, and I truly do think that many of us would jump at the chance to get our work out there on an awesome site. If Paul can make 6000 articles in a year, I say he should focus that effort into making articles that will attract the MaximumPC community, such as cloud computing, Windows, Linux, etc.
Now, I realize that we have MaximumTech, but in all honesty, many of the articles for MaximumTech are posted on the main site of MaximumPC anyway. It seems, as well, that the enthusiasm for MaximumTech died as soon as it was introduced. Everyone applauded the idea of focusing deeply on hardware, software, and tech-related events, such as CES, but the enthusiasm has just died out. Rather than beat a dead horse to move, why not just get MaximumPC back on the roots that really do focus on the community's interest?
I have been an avid MaximumPC follower for nearly three years now. I have listened to many of the podcast, subscribe to the magazine (which actually focuses on the grassroots of MaximumPC's commitment), and post here on this website off and on during the months. The magazine isn't the problem, the quality and content on the main site is the problem. I think its time that the community got more involved in posting articles that can help, educate, and guide young tech. enthusiast and old as well. Agree with me or disagree, but I come to MaximumPC because of the community and in-depth articles, not finding out that some fake Nigerian girlfriend swindled an old man out of 200,000 dollars: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/f ... ope_200000