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Sys-con, or How Not To Run A Magazine (cfdj)

Monday, September 10, 2007 1:05:30 AM

I'm late to the party, but not too late to pile on: Sys-con has announced the end of ColdFusion Developer's Journal. Others blogging on the subject:

The funniest part of this is the almost universal distaste for Sys-con. Their web site has always been horrible, and they consistently "borrow" content from other places to make up for their own lack of content. They have always treated authors badly, saying that authors are a dime-a-dozen and there is no need to pay them. The web site is the most hideous creation on the Internet. Remember that book "Web Pages that Suck"? The Sys-con site could have filled the entire book. No need to look elsewhere. Brian Meloche said it best: "Sys-con.com looks like it was developed by a crystal meth addict." I would add that the addict was probably drunk at the time.

I've been to one of their conferences (AJAX World), and while well-run, it was a complete commercial. There were 10 sessions, and only one of them had any type of technical content. I got in for free, but feel ripped off for having taken the time to attend.

I think the decision was probably made a long time ago. The URL cfdj.com has already fallen to a link whore...that doesn't happen overnight. If that is true, it's a shame that they didn't feel obligated to tell the editorial staff (see Simon's post).

This is funny too...I took a screenshot in case it gets removed, but on many of the sys-con home pages, two of their "borrowed" blogs are blasting sys-con:

Sys-con media

That's poetic justice.

There are still plenty of other places to get CF content. Community MX is still alive and well and delivering some good quality CF content in addition to content relating to all of Adobe's products and other web technologies.

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