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Old 03-20-2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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Where should I post an OS X hint?

Where should I post an OS X hint?

I don't want to ask a question or post a story.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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http://hints.macworld.com/

I eventually found:
http://hints.macworld.com/submit.php?type=story
but unfortunately it expects a story which I don't have.

Is there a non-story hints submit page?
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
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That is the page for submitting a hint to the main Hints site. Note that this site (the Hints forums) and that site have separate log in information. If you aren't registered on that site you can still submit a hint and, if approved for publication, it will show as "Contributed by: anonymous".
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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Go to the main page :http://hints.macworld.com/
Just underneath the MacOSX Hints Banner at the top there is a yellow tag which reads, "Submit A Hint".
I spent about 15 minutes looking for it and just used it to submit my Hint. Good Luck!
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #6
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Ross

Thanks for your input. I did eventually find the small yellow tag.

I don't like the new site - it is not nearly as good as the old one.

Why do those logged in need to use a CAPTCHA?

They could have notified registered users of the changes.

As a long time user I am annoyed that my hints have to be moderated.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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I don't like the new site - it is not nearly as good as the old one.

Why do those logged in need to use a CAPTCHA?

They could have notified registered users of the changes.

As a long time user I am annoyed that my hints have to be moderated.

You don't seem to understand the setup between the sites. There is the main site, Mac OS X Hints. That is the link NovaScotian gave and for which you found the hint submission form. The main site is designed to serve like a blog of user-submitted hints. It has an editor who approves, edits, and tests submissions. It is largely a one-person operation, so the use of a captcha is a small concession to that person's time in an age of rampant spamming. And the design there has largely been unchanged for many years.

This site, The Mac OS X Hints Forums, is a separate, sister site. It is designed to be a community help forum where people can seek and provide help. Everyone here who provides help is doing so freely, whether they are just a poster or an official moderator. New posters to this site are automatically moderated for their first two posts to prevent spam accounts, and after that people can start or respond to threads without moderator approval. On rare occasions, a moderator may edit a post to clarify something or may move a post to an appropriate section, but there is otherwise no editing on this site.

And since there's no evidence this was understood, I'll repeat what I said earlier: The two sites have require separate log in registrations. For the main Hints site, anyone can submit a hint, but submissions by unregistered users, if approved for publication, will show as "Contributed by: anonymous".
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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I don't recall these complications before the move to macworld. When did it happen and why were we not notified?
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
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What complications? The use of two sites? It's always been like that. A captcha? You really think everyone who has ever registered for either site should be notified of that?
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #10
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I don't recall these complications before the move to macworld.

It's always been run by MacWorld. There was some server reorganization which changed the domain but the software is the same. And it's off-the-shelf software - vBulletin for the forum and Geeklog for the hints site. That hasn't changed either.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:55 AM   #11
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My understanding is that:

1 - Mac OS X Hints was started by Rob Griffiths in November 2000

2 - Rob Griffiths sold Mac OS X Hints to MacWorld in February 2005

3 - Rob Griffiths announced his impending departure from MacWorld in February 2010

4 - MacWorld changed the domain name of Mac OS X Hints in April 2010

5 - Further details - http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Ma...ndow=1&num=100
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:04 AM   #12
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I've been here since 2003 and I don't recall the software changing significantly other than the usual updates. Changing the owner or changing the domain doesn't affect the feature/inconvenience list. But we live in a spam-filled world - some moderation is necessary.
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