What Kinds Of Articles Would You Like To See More Of On MakeUseOf? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   What Kinds Of Articles Would You Like To See More Of On MakeUseOf? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you how often you usually check your email. It seems that there are no big favorites when it comes to this topic, and all the possible results got a fair amount of votes out of the nearly 500 we received in total. So what was the exact breakdown?

Out of 461 readers who voted, 12.5% said they check their email about once or twice a day, 14% check their email on the computer, and now and then on mobile, 17% check email every chance they get, another 17% check emails when on the computer and regularly on mobile, and 32.5% check emails regularly, but only in front of the computer. 6% voted that they use some other combination, and chose to tell us about it in the comments.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: What Kinds Of Articles Would You Like To See More Of On MakeUseOf?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

This week’s poll is dedicated to your opinions regarding our content. Is there a certain kind of article you’d like to see more of? Is there a certain topic you’d like to see covered? Is there a type of article we never write and you wish we did? This is your opportunity to tell us. We’d love to hear what your favorite articles are, and what kinds should be published more often. If you don’t see your option in the poll, tell us what it is in the comments!

And of course, if there are any specifics you’d like to include, any reasons for your vote, any specific OS you think we’re not covering enough, etc., tell us all about it below.

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More articles about computer networking… and there is a lot about it!


more open source alternative software guides please, for example LibreOffice instead of MS Office and how to do macros/scripts on LibreOffice, using Inkscape instead of Adobe Illustrator, and also using GIMP more instead of Photoshop


i forgot that i agree with more computer networking guides, and also make some guides too about Pivot Table on LibreOffice

Aditya Roy

Combination of all

Roger Gardner

more of all of them they are all good.


Since the name of this site is “MakeUseOf” I think it would be befitting to have articles that help visitors and readers make use of the things they use every day, such ac computers, tablets, pads and smartphones…

While you might argue that this would come under any of the other options we had to vote on, it really doesn’t.

Yaara Lancet

Doesn’t it? I would love to hear some examples for articles you’d like to see and we’re not currently publishing.

As far as I can see, most of our articles fall under making use of these everyday devices you mentioned. Would love to get some new ideas!


I’m a little disappointed that no one got the point of my post. You want an example, no problem, I can do that.

Most people quickly learn how to use their tablets, pads and smartphones for messaging, Facebook, Twitter, emails, sharing photos, reading, games and simply checking the time. However, all three devices can be and are incredibly useful tools, that can be used in the workplace or around the house.

They can be used as a carpenter’s tool to level, align, measure and make quick conversions. As well, they can be used as more than as basic calculators, but also as scientific, financial, currency conversion, recipe, time and date, and as mentioned earlier, as a unit converter and as tool for carpenters and construction workers, and the many more types of calculators available to help users, besides those I listed.

I’m sure I could find and list hundreds of examples if I had the time to search Google Play and Apple Store for applications that aren’t games, social apps or apps to help us keep in touch, and discover that there are some, not only handy, but pretty impressive tools.

I want articles about cool new ways to MakeUseOf my tablet, my phone or my pad, not articles that talk about games or commonly used applications. I want to learn how to use them “outside” the norm.

Drew Butler

More articles about Android apps and features.


Personally i enjoy most of the content added on the site, it’s all round complete in terms of technology, efficiency and some fun stuff to know/learn/test/etc…

Even so, taking all in count there is a category/section i would love to see on the site, and that is a space for the “on development” technologies.

What the site offers is great, but if i could make a decision on what i would love to read more about, it would be that, a space of content where people could read those news of development in technology before they arrive as products, where people could browse and view content of advances on technology before products appears using that new technologies i haven’t heard of.

In short, a place where the “behind the scenes” technologies are arriving, where raw discoveries and scientific knowledge is prior to “making use of” that recent technologies. (sounds kind of fun to write the last part when refering to this site)

Lisa Santika Onggrid

Actually I’d like that too, so at the end I chose ‘long journalistic feature’ because I think it’s the best description available. Generally, though, I like most post in MUO.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks Javier, that’s useful advice. We recently started running a Kickstarter column about up-and-coming gadgets and technology that’s not officially out yet. Does that fall under the category you’re talking about?

Graham Richardson

This is my favourite site for both discovering new tools and services that appear and also for learning how to get the best of of services which I thought I knew so more of the same has to be good.
The PDF guides are the best out there by a long way.
Maybe look at how some sites can work well together to produce something even better.

Keefe Kingston

Well, I wish MakeUseOf will continue creating articles about software and services, as you do now. However, i wish to see more articles about networking, system customization and optimization, and even more articles about how stuff works on a computer (like the article on file compression). Most of my computer knowledge comes from here, and since technology is one of my passions, I will always be a loyal follower of this site!

Yaara Lancet

That’s great to know! And thanks for the suggestions, we’ll do out best to implement them.


I would like to see some articles on Microsoft’s PowerShell

Dino Pearsons

As a Mac user, I love seeing articles about little know Mac applications that specialise in a single function.

The Mac app ecosystem is full of such tiny gems, and I’m amazed each time I find a new one.

Yaara Lancet

Great suggestion, thanks!


Linux related and Indvidual app/website reviews.

thu ya

cool websites,internet and windows tips

Matjaz Mirt

I always like to read reviews of applications.

Alan Wade

A better organised HowTo section with the availability for readers to submit their own HowTo’s. This would include the ability to insert screenshots for better explaination. This would of course require the posts to be checked by the staff but I believe a little price to pay for the mass of knowledge that is about.
The upside of this is that as the HowTo section grows there is a possibility of referring users who ask for help to the relevant HowTo article for detailed instructions on dealing with the problem.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for the suggestion! What you’re describing sounds a lot like the already existing MakeUseOf Answers. Aside from the ability to insert inline screenshots (although you can post links), it’s a place for people to ask questions and people to share their knowledge with others.

Although this HowTo section you’re talking about is something a bit broader, it would turn MakeUseOf into more of a forum, which is not really the direction were striving for.

Damien Garcia

I like the “best of” articles! i always look to see if there updated. You should do like “best of” features of (Dropbox, evernote, spotfy…etc..) Oh and a thorough review on the itunes cloud and the itunes match. im a bit confused lol

Yaara Lancet

Best of features pages is an interesting idea indeed, although it might be better for an article than an actual best of page. Thanks for suggesting it!

Harish Jonnalagadda

Articles that show users on how to maximize utility of all the gadgets, and the technology that is around us. I would also like to see more reviews of software.

Harish Jonnalagadda

I am a huge fan of the MakeUseOf guides and feel that they are very useful,and would like to see a lot more guides..

Yaara Lancet

Great to hear! We’re working on producing more guides all the time, so expect to see new ones added!

Vipul Jain

I love the interactive articles. There you get to read ideas from not just one author but many readers as well :D

Yaara Lancet

Do you mean articles such as polls and “We Ask You”?

Vipul Jain



I would like to see more articles which test whether features many software makers claim actually work or not(with synthetic and real world tests)( I am specifically pointing towards tune up utilities and paid and free defragment programs). And why buying expensive gadgets is not worth the money( I am completely pointing towards idevices). Please give such truth finding articles which can aware many people. I would like to see articles which tell us how to make use of the unknown features or known features of softwares, webapps, electronics and gadgets in a better way., something like ‘Workshop’ articles that many magazines provide. Thanks for your hardwork for building this great knowledgeable site like me.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for the suggestions!

Sushil Kathpalia

Makeuseof explains makes me smarter….

Yaara Lancet

Awesome. :)

Siddhant Chaurasia

More articles about programming

ashish khajuria

More articles about new technologies and how to articles would be beneficial for users.

Prateek Kumar Rajput

This poll shouldn’t be, at all, a Radio Button Quizzie..

This poll heavily requires to be a Multiple Selections type..

Yaara Lancet

Yes, that would have worked as well. We did want to know what you’re like to see most, so radio buttons it is. :)

Win Naing Oo

Cool tips and tricks for Windows , Linux , Programming and Ethical hacking.

Boni Oloff

A more specific tutorial i think a good idea. Overclocking, etc..

Alae Hatoum

I don’t enjoy infographics . at one point I did but not anymore

Faisal Ahmed

I reckon a section dedicated to Open Source System (be it LibreOffice or different kernels of Linux, i.e. Ubuntu, Fedora or LinuxMint) should be incorporated

Yaara Lancet

We do try to cover open-source apps and Linux often. There’s even a Linux section to the blog, although there isn’t a dedicated open source one. Thanks!

Arun Singh

all articles are good publish about combination of all. And publish news update faster because you publish Update and news after one or two days publish news article day it happens.

Yaara Lancet

Thank you for the suggestions. Since we care about things people can make use of, and less about breaking news, we publish updates about things people can actually make use of. They are sometimes published a day or two after the news broke out, but we’re not aspiring to be a breaking news blog. You can still find all the new things you can make use of, though!

Arun Singh

there are many other technology blog which are not Breaking news blogs but they also publish any update in software and technology has they happen. My opinion is updates in any software and news about any new software published faster that will make more sense.


I routinely come here to learn how to actually do things; there are other sites that are specialized to cover the rest of the list’s options.

Arthur G.

More articles on open source software, especially Ubuntu/linux related.

Ahmed Khalil

technical articles is my best, how to do things , how things work and tips and tricks

John Giem

1. your survey should have allowed multivoting, you have many potentially good topics listed.
2.I would like to have a diagonistic that really helps me improve the speed of my computer, starting up, launching email, web browser, etc. There are several applications that provide partial solutions. The utility would list all processes that run on startup and those that are nunning in the background. Present tools that I know about can list these items but then it is a major research project to find out what each process is doing, can it be eliminated, etc. The desired utility would list each process in a table giving the name of the process, what does it do, its purpose; who provided it, is it current, can/should it be disabled, must have or optional, a link(s) to find more information. I’m willing to make the decision about keeping or removal but I don’t want to spend a lot of time researching each line item. After the decision, I want help in safely implementing it.

Yaara Lancet

Good idea! Thanks!


Only giveaways ;)

Koshy George

How is reducing content better.

Yiz Borol

Lol more articles on reviewing and giving things away.


What’s in my backpack.

P.S. I wanted to pick two or three of those options. One vote is too limiting.

Yaara Lancet

Choosing what you want most is hard, but that was the point! :)


how about some linux news and also certifications

Harshal Warkhede

Critical Opinions and reviews are needed because it involves best of the available things and also tells how to use and do the stuffs.


It is a wonderful poll. Pity that there are so many choices I want to click!

kelvin mwenda

more articles on how things work and how to do things would be highly appreciated. Sharing of knowledge is quite essential these days

Efi Dreyshner

Posts about how things work (MakeUseOf Explains) & Posts showing how to do things .
The most useful!

Nikhil Chandak

more about securing
& more information about how to be secured on net & from viruses ..


Love your coverage of EverNote and would like to see even MORE coverage!

Bobby Lasley

what would really help me is what programs /software you review are compatable with prev.ones youve posted so dummies like me dont load up on incompatable programs that slow or stop a comp.


I think it is great already, but I would like to see more helpful tips on various software, and maybe comparisons on different operating systems to perform the same tasks. I also enjoy the manuals and find them very helpful, I would love to see more of them. Great job!!!

Lisa D

I would like to see more articles comparing and contrasting the major social networking sites, as well as how-to articles (increase online presence, write a killer bio, etc) for each of the major sites.