I used to love the Powerpage. Back in 1998, I would have to say it's where I really got my start on the internet. I advertised my book in it's forums. I bought from the people that listed in the for sale forums. I really enjoyed the articles - mainly because they were quick and fresh.
I can't recall the exact timeframe, but I'm going to estimate it was in early 2000 ... the PowerPage went through a major overhaul. The new design was gorgeous. The reason I say "gorgeous" is because it was similar to my original design of my adzoox.com domain. :-) The forums worked great. The stories were still fresh.
I contributed to several stories there.
Then, in 2003, I was contacted by Jason O' Grady through email and told I was copying the artwork on the mainpage with a logo that looked like this:
And here is my original logo:
Within a month or two of this email the Powerpage went down often, new designs started popping up and then would be taken down.
Here is one of those redesigns:
Then, out of the blue, the current design hit:
Along with this design (that has been in place for over a year now) came forum problems. Many posts to the comments and forums sections would show up randomly. Many others were deleted. Many sections were deleted. The Powerpage's news became recycled or old hat. Most of the reviews started to be of products that had been out for MONTHS. Each page focused more on annoying flashing gif animation ads than content. As of a few days ago - comments have been eliminated completely.
Take this current story in the picture above. The iPod Shuffle "take apart" was floating around just about every major website on Monday jan 17 ... this story was posted Saturday jan 22
The website tries to steal elements from slashdot using the "from the ________ dept"
The current logo and design is horriffic.
The main reviews are of PowerBook totes and carriers.
Most of the user submitted reviews or stories are filled with incorrect instructions or specifications.
Look how [the new logo] says the "8th Anniversay" - yet the copyright says 1995 - 2004
Add in this year - Isn't that 10 years? Wouldn't you celebrate a 10 year (decade) anniversary over an 8 year??
There are common errors such as the ones circled.
Now, let me back up and say ... I realize I have grammar mistakes -lots of them - all over Jackwhispers. But, and here's the big B-U-T, I don't have the sponsors that The Powerpage seems to have. It is shameful to have such a site and garner ANY sponsorship. The companies that advertise on the Powerpage should be infuriated.
The Powerpage also bothers me a little - now that I have found a connection between Jason O Grady and Think Secret's Nick Ciarelli (see below).
I have despised the Powerpage over the last two years as well for making up rumors or posting rumors just to get hit totals up. The Powerpage sponsors should also be suspicious of this as well.
Frequently, the Powerpage is criticized for it's story content by forum posters on Macrumors.com.