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What Digital Camera Dismantles its Website.

Discussion in 'Web Sites of Interest' started by hartley353, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. hartley353

    hartley353 Well-Known Member

    Karen reports that the forum part of WDC is to be closed shortly, and recommends that its users may like to join this Website. Hopefully many will take the suggestion to heart and transfer their loyalties, it would be a shame if this site was to follow its twin.
     
  2. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    ohh err, I suppose I better behave in a more civil manner, get kitted out with a new pair of spats, wash my appliance and maybe visit the knife-grinder ready for the arrival of WDC's esteaming (whoops! did I spell that wrong?) members! :rolleyes: ... Only kidding!
     
  3. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    Not really a surprise - my few visits got very few responses, such that I haven't bothered for about 18 months or so.
     
  4. hartley353

    hartley353 Well-Known Member

    Of course you are right, visitors to the site have dropped massively, sadly this appears to be happening on AP as well. Could this be down to the mobile phone, or are there now to many choices as to where images can be displayed.
     
  5. Nigel_Atherton

    Nigel_Atherton Group Editor

    There is no threat to close the AP forum, but the WDC and AP websites attract quite different users. While AP is more of a community website, where forums have an important role, WDC users are more likely to be one-time visitors who arrive via google (the website's name makes this inevitable) with a specific need - ie help in deciding which camera to buy – and once that need has been met they're off. Few go to WDC to socialise.

    WDC traffic hasn't 'dropped off' overall but the forum (which was always much smaller than AP's) definitely has, partly because people seeking buying advice tend to expect quick answers, and the WDC team do not have the resources to man what is effectively a free helpline service, so questions often took a while to answer - if they were answered at all.

    It is hoped that the much larger and more engaged AP forum community will be able to respond a lot quicker to requests for such advice.
     
  6. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I joined the WDC site when it first opened but I got seriously chewed off by the "global moderator" because I had dared to criticise Canon (I suggested that dropping the FD lens mount with no forward path for existing users was a mistake) so I never went back
     
  7. hartley353

    hartley353 Well-Known Member

    WDC had a good number of regulars who were ready to help others, and many queries were answered by these folks. The people who sought answers were looking to these people rather than magazine staff. At its best the sight attracted 2812 visitors, at 05.42 two years ago. with its selling point of unlimited image space what happened.
     

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