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You may have noticed a few changes around here of late. The site has been given a makeover, with a new look that mixes things up a little. We are currently seeking your views on the redesign What Do You Think Of Our New Look? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Think Of Our New Look? [MakeUseOf Poll] As I'm sure you've noticed already, we have a new look. What do you think of it? What parts of the new look do you especially like? What parts need to change? What would you... Read More , and welcome both positive and negative comments. We’ve also welcomed several new writers, and some of the content has shifted ever so slightly.

However, despite the gradual evolution of MakeUseOf, the core of the site remains the same. And we’re still doing all that we do with you, the MakeUseOf readership, in mind. There aren’t many websites that would ask for honest feedback about every facet of their existence, and yet that is what we’re currently in the process of doing.

We’re listening. To You. This is your chance to tell us what you think of MakeUseOf so that we can continue to be the first site you click on each morning What Do You Have Set As Your Homepage? [We Ask You] What Do You Have Set As Your Homepage? [We Ask You] The idea of a homepage has changed over the years. It was once regarded as the portal to the rest of the Web, and your choices were quite limited. Now a homepage is merely the... Read More . This week’s We Ask You is based on a very simple premise, and it’s one that every single person reading this could (and should) get involved in.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, In A Nutshell, How Would You Describe MakeUseOf To A Friend? We hope you already tell your friends about MakeUseOf. If each one of you reading this right now told just one other person about the site then we could add thousands of people to the community we’re trying to build. But what would you say to them to grab their attention?

That is the very simple question we’re seeking answers to, and we’re hoping you can help us out.

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Why are we asking this question, and why now? Because we value you, our existing readers, and we would love to know what it is that you love about us. What is the fundamental reason you read MakeUseOf? Why would you recommend us to a friend or family member? How would you sell us to that person in a single sentence? Is there a single word or phrase that perfectly sums up MakeUseOf X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows Read More ?

Please help us to help you. Every response we get to this question will help us build a picture of the role we play, and of how we fit into people’s lives. We can then use this information to focus our attention on where it really matters. We get to find out what you think of us, and you get a better MakeUseOf as a result of the conversation.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Girish Ramarao
    September 24, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Make use of it :)

  2. dragonmouth
    September 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

    "Not a fan of the new look then?"
    Whatever gave you that idea?!

    "I’m slowly getting used to it myself¨
    If that is a hint that I should too, as the Brits say "Not bloody likely." I'll use it but I will dislike it every time. I suspect that the designers will never be able to satisfy both the mobile users AND the desktop users. MUO site looks good on one or the other.

    "we are still making small changes in response to feedback."
    From where I sit, the changes need to be large rather than small.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      I'm not suggesting you should get used to it, just offering the information that I am getting used to it myself. I wasn't a fan at first, but it's growing on me. This design is meant to please everyone, or at least make it possible for both desktop and mobile users to access the site.

      What you would change may be something other people love just the way it is. It's about finding a balance to appease everyone, and we're trying, we really are. You still love us though, right? Right?!

  3. dragonmouth
    September 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Good site for info. Lousy site design

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Not a fan of the new look then? I'm slowly getting used to it myself, and we are still making small changes in response to feedback.

  4. Beverley Montenaro
    September 14, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Used to be good a few years ago ... joined the bland brigade and settled for producing the same old, same old regurgitated stuff as the other sites that sold out.

    I still have your link and I'm not sure how I ended up here tonight but it will probably be another six months before I come back.

    Still, best of luck. You were very good up until a couple of years ago. It's just that there's nothing on here I haven't see way before you posted it (if I haven't already written about it myself).

    Up until the decline, the most interesting regular feature had been 'Cool Websites and Apps'; this declined in quality faster than the sex life of a bloke who just got married. But you lost me for good when you enthusiastically diagnosed and extolled the virtues of an app which helped you to time making a cup of tea. Having said that, Lifehacker went the same way. Maybe there just isn't anything THAT inspiring going down any more. Anyway, I'm back off to Reddit .

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

      We try to produce original content, but there is always going to be crossover with other sites. Does this mean it's the timeliness you feel we fail on? Is being first the crucial thing for you?

      Please feel free to share the link to the article about the tea timer app. I did a quick search but can't find it. Still, that app will have appealed to some people, but not everyone, which is the case with all content.

      What content would make you return to MakeUseOf more often? We're listening.

    • Aibek E
      September 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      "... You were very good up until a couple of years ago. It’s just that there’s nothing on here I haven’t see way before you posted it (if I haven’t already written about it myself)..."

      Would you be interested to write for us? Please apply!

  5. Chinmay S
    September 14, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I told 3 of my friends to join, the reason i told them was that MakeUseOf has large collection of great articles on a wide variety of computer topics. They were not interested.

    Another reason i told them was giveaways but they rejected saying that winning giveaways are next to impossible.

    Last reason i told them was hardware rewards. You can redeem devices like Nexus 7 for points which can be earned by doing activity on MakeUseOf. They were suddenly excited. The same day all 3 of them joined MakeUseOf.

    So i want to say that hardware rewards are the best. Every day a giveaway is up on MakeUseOf but who is interested. You can get more users by posting new Hardware rewards(some cool devices) because by doing that non-technology lovers will also join MakeUseOf.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:33 am

      I must admit the Nexus 7 reward was pretty awesome. We'll try and have more hardware giveaways, but companies are more open to offering software licenses than hardware, for obvious reasons.

  6. MettE
    September 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    A daily "byte" of tech and software news that's important to me!

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:31 am

      A love a good pun, and the use of "byte" definitely counts as that :)

  7. Phillip E. Banks
    September 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

    makeuseof is an online magazine that features practical and entertaining articles about popular technology.

  8. Irfan A
    September 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    makeuseof.com is the perfect website to get the best information regarding IT.

  9. Bud
    September 12, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Great source for IT info.

  10. Vasilis
    September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Make use of is an awesome website that offers you the best (for me) advice , information and reviews of technology (internet tools , sites ,programms, platforms,etc) in the most clean and beutifull way. :D

  11. carolann
    September 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Makeuseof.com is a visually exciting and comprehensive jam-packed techie blog that features computer tips-n-tricks, exciting and informative websites, tools, and downloads to make your life more productive and your web experience stimulating.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:29 am

      I love the keywords in there, especially comprehensive, productive, and stimulating!

  12. icoexist
    September 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Your go-to site for anything!

  13. Koshy G
    September 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I would describe Makeuseof as the place where Dave Parrack works.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:28 am

      I love you, Koshy.

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2013 at 3:18 am

      Can't believe he didn't even mention us...

  14. Viknesh Thevar
    September 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Makeuseof.com is a website for geeks, nerds, gamers, and computer freaks. It is a crucial piece of information for beginners, average and pro users. It provide daily information about computers and technology to a specify people and suits certain people's taste. I enjoy Makeuseof.com facilities and hope for more interesting knowledge.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Nailed it. I love the fact we're clearly seen as appealing to all, no matter what their level of expertise is. Thanks for the comment :)

  15. William Hoover
    September 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    N.O. B.S. I.N.F.O!

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:26 am

      W.E. T.R.Y!

  16. mprost
    September 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    non-full RSS feed

  17. Donna Smith
    September 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I would tell them it's full of interesting tips and tricks, so check them out and then leave me the hell alone!

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:25 am

      MakeUseOf: For when you're sick of helping n00bs.

  18. Dennis Phillips
    September 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Sometimes we purchase a product that gives us a "Quick & Easy Start up Guide", until we get to the more detailed General Information section..Make useof is the best "Quick & Easy Start up Guide" to any major computer product.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:24 am

      That's a cool way of describing us. If we can shortcut tech processes then we're doing our job well.

  19. Scott M
    September 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

    A great website for daily articles on tech based topics that also has giveaways. Did I mention giveaways? Who doesn't love giveaways.

    .......giveaways

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:23 am

      I take it you're a fan of the giveaways then? That's the one downside of writing for the site: I can't enter the frickin' giveaways!

  20. ZZZ
    September 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Things you never thought of. Unknown aspects of the computing life

  21. Bobby L
    September 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

    best user friendly comp. info site for beginners and advanced users,programmers,geeks ect. on the web today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Tom
    September 12, 2013 at 7:08 am

    It's where us geeks go to make the most use of our gizmos and gadgets.

  23. Devon K
    September 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

    It's the best combination of gadgets and geekery.

  24. Dylan
    September 12, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Makeuseof: I'm just going to share all of their articles anyway. Would it kill you to check out the site?

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:22 am

      Brilliant... actually made me laugh out loud :)

  25. Devon
    September 12, 2013 at 2:46 am

    It's the perfect combination of gadgets and geekery.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:22 am

      That is a brilliant way of describing the site. Geekery is at the heart of everything we do.

  26. Charlene F
    September 12, 2013 at 1:40 am

    MakeUseOf is the most productive way to waste time. It's like a bible for technology lovers.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

      I really like "a bible for technology lovers," as that says a lot in very few words.

  27. Scott B
    September 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I would tell my friend if you would like to understand how devices talk together through the internet you need to check out makeuseof. This site is a great teaching tool that I use everyday.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

      I like "teaching tool." Thanks for the comment :)

  28. brendan james
    September 12, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Make Use Of is my go-to site when I want to waste time.

  29. Arron W
    September 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    "Yeah, it's a really handy site, you know all those things I do let me do more, and save time? Yeah, the one's you don't understand? This tells you how to do stuff like that, but in plain english, not technish."

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:18 am

      You prefer when we use simple language to appeal to as many people as possible then? I'm an advocate for that, but it does depend on the subject matter. Thanks for the comment :)

  30. Dan
    September 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    In a nutshell: Cnet-eque without the crass commercialism. ;-)

  31. likefunbutnot
    September 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I thin k full comment threading would be a welcome change; the current system de-emphasizes two-way communication. I understand that not many threads have discussions that reach the point of needing a tertiary reply, but it's happened to me a couple times in the last week, so it can't be THAT much of an outlier.

    I use MakeUseOf to look for ideas regarding technology topics that I could pass on to the random assemblage of people who rely on me to essentially Know Everything About Technology; I'm not a blogger but a decent chunk of my paycheck comes from being able to set up or demonstrate subjects that are of interest to my customers or students. I particularly like to point people to MUO's long-format downloadable guides since that has at times saved me from having to write up a document myself.

    On the other hand I've found in many cases that I can contribute as much or more with my own comments. Since in many cases these articles are going to wind up as highly ranked results for appropriate Google searches, useful comments can be as or more important to future readers and will ultimately improve the overall utility of the site. I think that MUO could probably do a better job fostering a community than it does. The current system seems to incentivize social media activity with tangible rewards rather than fostering actual discussion between authors and/or users. I don't have any particular idea for how to fix that aspect of the site, but there's more to having a community than a comments section and the ability to "like" something.

    That said, I prefer the Instructional and strong techology focus on a site like this one to a site like Lifehacker which might otherwise have similar content. Gawker Media's moderation system doesn't lend itself to discussion either yet manages to still allow spam comments in every single new topic.

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

      I think that's fair comment, and certainly constructive criticism.

      I'm a big advocate of building the community aspect of the site, because I realize regular readers and commenters are an essential element of the site. We try and do more than most sites in that regard, as some don't even allow comments. Which is madness, in my opinion. We can always do more though, so please do tell us if you have any ideas of how to build the community.

  32. Drix R
    September 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Make Use Of is a "COOL TOOL" for us to share SMARTS."
    MUO is MUY HELP that removes COMPUTER CONFUSION.
    There's TWO, I'll go work on more...

    • Dave P
      September 16, 2013 at 2:12 am

      I like both of them. If you have any more we'd love to hear them :)

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