I'm sorry I cant post more often here; my work has taken a sudden upswing (right sort of problem to have) and it is putting a serious crimp in my online habit.
Please encourage your fellow UT & Salon friends and acquaintances to pop in here. I figure that (A) we might be able to assemble sufficient moneyed and un-moneyed mass to have some kind of influence, or (B) perhaps more likely, at least we'll have somewhere to bitch and moan where our bitching and moaning can actually be read by other people without them going stark raving mad in the process.
While you're here, please think about adding a comment to the effect that you are a fellow dis-satisfied UT or Salon subscriber/reader. Their business model runs on eyeball counting, so the more eyeballs having some kind of affiliation here, the more likely we'll be able to have a positive effect.
I work as a consultant (i.e. bandit in a suit) in the IT industry - a bloody good one, I might add - and I've been involved in it since way back when we used to call it Data Processing. I've project managed the construction of purely marketing web-presences, online shopping sites, online banking systems, and business-to-business websites. IOW, I know a bit about what to do and what not to do. In my professional opinion there is:
1) No relation whatsoever between the contents of the letter sent out to subscribers by David Talbot recently, and the horrific mess that has been made of the Salon.com site.
2) No reason why this had to happen. No technical requirement for this to have been done this way, and in a business that actually has a concern for the interests of its customers, no good commercial reason to do this to them.
3) No remotest connection between the practice of professional web content management and what has been happening at Salon for the last year at least, but culminating in the truly outrageous catastrophe currently ongoing.
Well, anyone who is a customer or reader of Salon.com now knows a fair bit about what not to do, as well. Everything you never wanted to know about web content management but have been forced to find out.
Please do leave a comment, suggestion, or statement of moral support.
This aint over!