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If I read it on my device (windows phone), I have to scroll a bit before I am to the table of contents. I have to go through the editorial and 3 advertisements. (I'm looking at the newsletter of 2nd of August for the moment).

In my regular browser on the desktop, the newsletter is a bit too small.

The rest of the newsletter doesn't concern me. I don't listen to podcasts, I check the QotD and the forums daily anyway so I don't scroll all the way down in the newsletter. The table of contents is actually all I need, so I can check if there are any articles that interest me. So that one must be on top




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I use this site as my 5 minute tech education/awareness for the day. The TOC at the top gives me a quick check if there are topics of interest. If I am not busy, I like the question of the day challenge.

I am least interested in the editorial and prefer it to not be at the top. Glad the picture is gone; it took up too much real estate.

btw - I am a desktop user.
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I use this site as my 5 minute tech education/awareness for the day. The TOC at the top gives me a quick check if there are topics of interest. If I am not busy, I like the question of the day challenge.

I am least interested in the editorial and prefer it to not be at the top. Glad the picture is gone; it took up too much real estate.

btw - I am a desktop user.


Sadly, I have to give a +1 to this. I find the editorial to be a waste of space. Too much personal about Steve, and very focused on his life.


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I use this site as my 5 minute tech education/awareness for the day. The TOC at the top gives me a quick check if there are topics of interest. If I am not busy, I like the question of the day challenge.

I am least interested in the editorial and prefer it to not be at the top. Glad the picture is gone; it took up too much real estate.

btw - I am a desktop user.


Sadly, I have to give a +1 to this. I find the editorial to be a waste of space. Too much personal about Steve, and very focused on his life.


I had to post this before I was really finished. Phone rang, etc.

I have nothing against Steve, or his life. He seems like a nice guy. But, this isn't Facebook. I don't come here to learn about Steve's life. And, since the site itself isn't a personal blog, I'm not looking for that editorial content. Perhaps some others are. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about SQL Server, and participate in a constructive way when I can.

All I really want from the daily blurb is a condensed set of pointers into content. Give me something with about 10 to 15 links, tops, with headlines (perhaps) designed to peak my interest, and draw me deeper into sections of the site. The previous form was too verbose. I ended up scanning the four or five topics at the top, and then jumping to the QotD. The daily deal shouldn't be a gazette, it should be a starting point. I'm too busy to wade through more than that. Something like that would also work for desktop and mobile devices.

I'm sure there are many who disagree, but that's what is on my mind.


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Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:38 PM


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I use this site as my 5 minute tech education/awareness for the day. The TOC at the top gives me a quick check if there are topics of interest. If I am not busy, I like the question of the day challenge.

I am least interested in the editorial and prefer it to not be at the top. Glad the picture is gone; it took up too much real estate.

btw - I am a desktop user.


Sadly, I have to give a +1 to this. I find the editorial to be a waste of space. Too much personal about Steve, and very focused on his life.


I had to post this before I was really finished. Phone rang, etc.

I have nothing against Steve, or his life. He seems like a nice guy. But, this isn't Facebook. I don't come here to learn about Steve's life. And, since the site itself isn't a personal blog, I'm not looking for that editorial content. Perhaps some others are. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about SQL Server, and participate in a constructive way when I can.

All I really want from the daily blurb is a condensed set of pointers into content. Give me something with about 10 to 15 links, tops, with headlines (perhaps) designed to peak my interest, and draw me deeper into sections of the site. The previous form was too verbose. I ended up scanning the four or five topics at the top, and then jumping to the QotD. The daily deal shouldn't be a gazette, it should be a starting point. I'm too busy to wade through more than that. Something like that would also work for desktop and mobile devices.

I'm sure there are many who disagree, but that's what is on my mind.


The editorials are not always about Steve's life, at least not all the time.
There are also about emerging technologies, hypes and trends and about interesting facts around SQL Server (such as SQL injection for example).
I don't read them all the time though, I usually just skip to the headlines.




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I personally do not like it, takes up a huge amount of space.
Tried to count number of posts displayed but got tired around 60 (guessing 100, aug 6th newsletter) and is taking up aprox 60% of the newsletter.

I would remove that part, but since it is still there I guess someone is using it.
So why not limit it to a maximum of three posts per forum.
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I personally do not like it, takes up a huge amount of space.
Tried to count number of posts displayed but got tired around 60 (guessing 100, aug 6th newsletter) and is taking up aprox 60% of the newsletter.

I would remove that part, but since it is still there I guess someone is using it.
So why not limit it to a maximum of three posts per forum.


I'm not a fan of the forums part either. Probably because I never look at it, I browse the topics in the forum itself.




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The forums part is mainly useless for the purpose that is presented (Database Pros Who Need Your Help!) because most topics are already solved.
There could be some kind of outstanding topics to reduce the space used by the forums posts in the newsletter.



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Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:02 PM


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Here's a few of the new posts today on the forums..

I personally do not like it, takes up a huge amount of space.
Tried to count number of posts displayed but got tired around 60 (guessing 100, aug 6th newsletter) and is taking up aprox 60% of the newsletter.

I would remove that part, but since it is still there I guess someone is using it.
So why not limit it to a maximum of three posts per forum.


I'm not a fan of the forums part either. Probably because I never look at it, I browse the topics in the forum itself.


I've tried to get rid of it or reduce it a few times. Lots of complaints. People use it.

I would like to make this a separate newsletter.







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