Jane_Doe - 8:27 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
What is your OVERALL impression of the site?
In my early years of making web sites, this place was a fountain of knowledge and I am grateful for all of the great advice I've received here through the years.
In recent years, though I think there has been a decrease in interesting posters. The people with the best advice are probably putting it on their own blogs these days, so I don't have a solution for you. Plus a lot of the cool posts in years past used to be from swaggering black hats and gray hats that Google has shut down these days, so some of it is simply that times have changed on the web. These days a lot of the new sites that are skyrocketing in my fields are bloggers who can write really interesting articles more so than the black hats or people who are getting ahead through tips and tricks or even any in depth understanding of the Google algorithm.
The restrictions on outside links to interesting blogs and tools is also a drawback for me. At this point in my field I know most of the general concepts I need to know so it would be nice to learn more about specific tools or cool blogs to read.
I also would prefer to just have ads or affiliate links on the site rather than pay a subscription fee for the private forum.