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    dpreview closing down april 10th

    I can't believe it, first Hexus now dpreview. The new fangled web3.0 is rubbish. Bring back the old days etc etc.

    amazon won't even leave it as a static site. They intend to wipe it. Nuked from orbit at some point in the coming year after a short period of view only if the discussion is correct.

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/590114...w-com-to-close

    RIP dpreview. One of, if not, the best photo site on the web. I know I've used it loads. I am seriously miffed at this.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    That's annoying, it is always my go to for camera stuff. I tend to value normal users experience over reviews.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    AP wiped their forums too:
    https://amateurphotographer.com/forums/

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    AP wiped their forums too:
    https://amateurphotographer.com/forums/
    WTF?? I can understand closing it to new content, but wiping it? There's so much knowledge in forums to just erase it all. Web3.0: If it doesn't enrich the corps it must be removed.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    WTF?? I can understand closing it to new content, but wiping it? There's so much knowledge in forums to just erase it all. Web3.0: If it doesn't enrich the corps it must be removed.
    Also,it's concerning in general as information in coming decades can be removed/realigned as required by the powers that be. In the past you had physical books and magazines which would physically exist and you could go back to. It's all very 1984.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Damn, their videos are quite in depth as well.

    Just seen they're owned by Amazon! They really couldn't have sold them?
    Someone would pay good money for 400k subscribers on YT alone!


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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Amazon bought them in 2007!

    Slashdot is interested in archiving the website:
    https://twitter.com/slashdot/status/1638257681181073409

    But Amazon seem to not only want to nuke the site but remove all the data.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    WTF?? I can understand closing it to new content, but wiping it? There's so much knowledge in forums to just erase it all. Web3.0: If it doesn't enrich the corps it must be removed.
    The problem is that you've got to consider GDPR, user data, risk of hacking etc.

    Leaving it there as a static source is a real liability, and that means it's a cost even to leave it in operation.

    If someone else wants to duplicate it and take on that responsibility that's fair enough, but I'm not surprised that people don't want to keep them running.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    The problem is that you've got to consider GDPR, user data, risk of hacking etc.

    Leaving it there as a static source is a real liability, and that means it's a cost even to leave it in operation.....
    I can understand a shoe-string operation like ....., ummmm, Amazon (?!?) .... struggling to resource that.
    A lesson learned from PeterB about dignity in adversity, so Peter, In Memorium, "Onwards and Upwards".

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    A small update having watched the WAN show.

    There is still no plan to preserve the website by Amazon.
    Archive is apparently making sure they scan & log the whole site.

    However, as pointed out in the show, things like Search or other such tools rarely work correctly on the wayback machine.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    A further update; they're continuing with content but at what staff capacity I don't know.

    Quote Originally Posted by DPReview
    We know you have questions about the status of DPReview since our last communication, and while there is nothing to share right now, we will continue to keep you informed as there are updates to share. In the meantime, we continue to publish news and features (some of my recent favorites have been a three part deep dive into understanding the science of dynamic range from May 2 and learning about the dream cameras our readers most want from May 8). Our forums also remain open and continue to be supported.
    https://www.dpreview.com/news/899578...view-an-update
    Last edited by AGTDenton; 01-06-2023 at 12:35 PM.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    It won't be shutting down after all, as it has now been acquired by a site called Gear Patrol.

    https://www.dpreview.com/site-news/8...th-gear-patrol

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Great news, but very badly handled by Amazon.
    From watching the WAN show, staff who had left because of the impending closure won't sadly be invited back.

    Just adding the note from Gear Patrol:

    https://www.gearpatrol.com/about/a44...w-acquisition/

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by AGTDenton View Post
    Great news, but very badly handled by Amazon.
    Absolutely.

    Given the amount of interest shown in acquiring it after the closure announcement, it surely wouldn't have been difficult for Amazon to have explored that option much earlier on instead of making the destructive decision to close it.

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    Re: dpreview closing down april 10th

    Quote Originally Posted by Output View Post
    It won't be shutting down after all, as it has now been acquired by a site called Gear Patrol.

    https://www.dpreview.com/site-news/8...th-gear-patrol
    hurrah!

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