I honestly have never watched a HWC vid/review to finish.And I simply hate watching videos for reviews, let alone use youtube.
no thank you, i will pass.
too bad for the member base. it is us all that made this site happen over 12 years. nice payback.
To be blunt there's very litte income stream from the forums, if any. As far as I can tell, most of the paid staff's efforts focus on the income-producing Youtube channel where you CAN post comments. I'm glad that the writeups for the video reviews do show up here eventually, but the days of the written review being the main focus of editorial efforts are long gone.
I fully understand that the $ rules the world, and that youtube, videos, social media, etc is the only way to get that for reviews now. As much as I prefer written reviews for most (not all) components, I accept that we have moved away from that.a way of discussing them instead of YouTube comments or social media would be nice though, even if it’s a bot that links them.
A few times there's been one of us to create a review discussion thread in the past, I know I've done it, but with written reviews having been unlisted on the site for so long I just kind of became unaware of what reviews were being done and I don't think anyone's done it in a while.I fully understand that the $ rules the world, and that youtube, videos, social media, etc is the only way to get that for reviews now. As much as I prefer written reviews for most (not all) components, I accept that we have moved away from that.
That said, I still think we are missing an opportunity to make those here happier, and bring more people in. When a new review is posted anywhere, it would be as simple as making a thread in the forum with the title of the video as the name of the thread, and a link to the video in the body (embeded or not)...nothing else required. Then a line in the description of the youtube video linking to that thread for anyone wanting to discuss. It would literally be 20 seconds of work at most.