Is Notebook review slowly dying?

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  1. Nick

    Nick Professor Carnista

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    A lot of components are now soldered on too, so there's less to modify and upgrade. Thus, less discussions about upgrading.
     
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  2. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    ive been around since 2006 yes its dying and I plead bring in 2 people you know and let them bring in 2 people....I beg you guys to bring NBR back to its glory
     
  3. Maru

    Maru Notebook Consultant

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    Previously, an industry decline was attributed to tablets and then smartphones reducing notebook sales to people who mostly consume content.

    Has traffic changed during this pandemic, with the industry rise in notebook sales for remote office-work and remote schooling?

    The lack of https can discourage new participants from signing up. Chrome and Edge say "Not Secure" before the URL. Readers have learned https security protects passwords and privacy. Fewer new readers may be willing to create a forum account over insececure http to ask a question.

    2017: EFF "HTTPS Everywhere" campaign
    2018: latest NbR review
    2019: latest NbR forum spotlight
    (Over this period, people inquired about https several times in the suggestions forum.)

    The falling traffic (and possibly an increasing use of ad blockers) must have reduced ad income & workforce.
    Maybe the managers have prioritized site maintenance time and expense for other sites over this one.
    Did the managers ever try promoting their other sites here, with links or self-hosted ads?
     
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  4. Reciever

    Reciever D! For Dragon!

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    I doubt https is the main reason for decline.

    Seems to me people come here to fix their problems and then immediately go back to reddit.
     
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  5. hertzian56

    hertzian56 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well if you use chrome etc that warns you like that I could definitely see it being a huge downfall. Most people would assume it's a malicious site and hit the go back option. My go to browser never does that, for me anyways. Reddit is toxic to me, google must own it because it's always a huge majority of results. You can't put real opinions on there if it trips their pre-defined forbidden words by their auto-censors.
     
  6. Yotsuba

    Yotsuba Notebook Evangelist

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    I've been around since what.....2008? The site used to be a whole lot more active back then. I even became friends with a few people here. However, I feel more that with Reddit's rise in popularity and there being a subreddit for nearly everything under the sun, the forums of old are slowly dying. The meteoric rise in smartphones and tablets (mainly the iPad), combined with the increasing amount of computers without user-serviceable components, is also to blame here.
     
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  7. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Short answer: Yes.

    Kids these days spend most of their time on Twitter and Discord. I know because most of my class mates will only communicate through a Discord server.
     
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  8. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    I would love to see NBR live on and prosper. I am a writer and content creator, I threw out a suggestion for me to start writing for the main page, which the offer is still open. I hope they decide to go with it. Get a little bit of current content on the main page and readership will return. It's all about offering content. The forum is just one part of the equation here at NBR.
     
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