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The end of the year is almost upon us. In fact, by the time you read this Christmas may be long gone and 2012 may be barely registering in that blob of gray matter we laughingly refer to as our brain. If that is the case then it’s high time you jog your own memory of the year that’s passed, and you may even learn something in the process.

MakeUseOf social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More may not have been the dominant thing in your life in 2012, but it probably played a part in your daily routine. To think, we don’t even charge for this stuff, giving most of it away for free. It’s now your turn to give something back, not only to us but also to your fellow readers. It’s easy enough, all you need to do is nominate one or more pieces of content as your favorite MakeUseOf post of 2012.

This Week’s Question…

What’s Your Favorite MakeUseOf Post Of 2012?

MakeUseOf is bulging at the seams with articles, with well in excess of 14,000 having been posted to the main site since we launched in July 2006. That’s not to mention the Best Of pages, Guides and Cheat Sheets, directory of websites, and questions posed at MakeUseOf Answers. Every day sees dozens of new pieces of content posted to the site, so there are thousands posted over the course of a year.

For this special We Ask You running for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period, we want to know what your favorite post of 2012 is. This could be a news post, an opinion post, or an offbeat post. It could be one of the lengthy features, an infographic, or a MakeUseOf Explains article. It could be one of the regular columns; such as Yaara’s poll, Dave’s weekly gaming round-up, or Tim’s Stuff To Watch.

If you can remember your favorite article then you can merely search for the keywords in order to find it. Or you can click through the archives one page at a time to find content you either previously missed or to remind yourself of the great content you saw but didn’t bookmark. The page numbers are constantly changing, but at the time of writing, work from 2012 goes as far back as page 460.


What’s at stake? Plenty. The response chosen as Comment Of The Week (or in this case, fortnight) will win the list of articles will be turned into a ‘Best Of MakeUseOf’, and the writer(s) responsible will be given, well, a slap on the back for their troubles.

Drawing Conclusions

NB: This question will remain open for two weeks over Christmas and New Year. So take your time clicking through the archives and deciding what post or posts you want to give props to and recommend to others.

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, and the respect of other readers. 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 fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. sachin goral
    December 30, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Best post by “make use of” of this and yet many centuries to come till there prevail a careless homo-sapien like me who drops old school or latest state of the art Hardware stuff in anything wet from water to booze and still manages to save a Samsung S3 of a friend of his which was submerged in wine over 20 seconds by reading this post-

    • Dave Parrack
      January 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

      That's either total gibberish or the most graceful poetry I've ever read. I can't quite make my mind up.

      • sachin goral
        January 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        If that's the case, then consider it a poetry by a gibberish homo-sapien :-D

  2. Noman Fayez
    December 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Well... This is the best in 2012....

  3. Ashraf Mohamed
    December 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm
  4. zx
    December 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I liked this article: Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature]

  5. poch peralta
    December 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The post about yWriter word processor. I am a writer and I should know
    which processor is most useful for preparing manuscripts.

  6. Nevzat Akkaya
    December 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I agree that all the posts here are valuable and very useful, it's very hard to choose. However if one has to choose any category, he should favor security checklists above other things. As other commenters mentioned, should be at the top of the list.

  7. Mac Witty
    December 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Sound Sunday by Tina Sieber! I have been listening to more and more different music than ever. Thanks Tina!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

      I'm sure Tina will be pleased to hear the compliment. She does a great job :)

    • Tina
      January 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Ha! Wasn't on duty reading comments on December 24th, so I missed this comment. Very welcome and thanks for mentioning Sound Sunday, Mac! :) I enjoy compiling each edition at least as much as you enjoy listening to it.

  8. Sachin Kanchan
    December 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    My favorite post ought to be this one~

    In this era of real world social dis-connectivity, people have come farther from each other... facebooking or twittering might be fun, but it does not count much when you feel low from within, from the inside...

    Hanging out with those close to you can really lighten the heart...

    But then there are moments when you just need a moment of peace and silence and also joyfulness ... now when there is chaos all around with many different kinds of problems and stresses pressing us down ... this is when the post mentioned can really help boost our morale, motivate us, keep up going...

    This is when these can bring a little smile on our saddened faces and at the same time give us wits about making others smile too...

    An author I admire once said ~ Everyday, try to make a stranger smile; if you did not, that day of yours was wasted ....

    • Aaron Couch
      February 6, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Hey Sachin,

      Congrats on winning and thanks for choosing my article! I loved writing that! One of my all time favorites as well. Do well with those 150 points!

      • Sachin Kanchan
        February 6, 2013 at 3:01 am

        Thanks a lot Aaron. This was a privilege.

  9. Yvonne Dixon
    December 24, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I just love MUO.I tell any and everyone I can about MUO.It has helped me figure out just about every computer issue that i have come acrossed.There is always something to learn and staying on top with newest gadgets and software.I can't sing your praises to enough people.How much more informed and tech savey everyone would be if they logged onto MUO.There is always something new to read about.It is the best website I have come accross and my favorite by far!You guys are awesome sauces!!!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 3, 2013 at 1:50 am

      I like being awesome sauce :D

  10. Sheri Blanchette Burgess
    December 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I'm a newbie with makeuseof. I love everything! I love the fact that it is all easy reading and easy for a non-computer person to understand. I have surrounded my self around your photoshop tutorials so far. I've never been able to learn this program and I've always wanted to. Your directions are easy to follow and the pictures are fantastic. I still have a long way to go tho. I would love to see more tutorials.. Thanks for being there for me. I do read all the articles and suggestions that you post :)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 24, 2012 at 3:47 am

      Thanks for the input, Sheri. We're glad to have you along for the ride :)

  11. DB
    December 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    My websites & tools, every Make Use of Guide!

  12. Tony Gonzaga
    December 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I love the Make Use of Guides and the Cheat Sheets. They are very useful. Thanks a lot.

  13. Peter Lydon
    December 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    This one. There are gazillions of blogs out there and I can't think of one that asks whether what they are doing is good. Makeuseof is a phenomenal site and I really can't believe you don't charge for all this. Thank you!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 24, 2012 at 3:46 am

      That's a great answer. Very meta :)

  14. Ana Georgievska
    December 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    most useful for me 2012(and all times):MakeUseOf guides and Cheat Sheets
    Thank you very much

  15. Vipul Jain
    December 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    If you can tell me who is your favorite writer on MUO, I'll answer as to which is the best article on MUO in 2012.. :p

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      December 24, 2012 at 3:39 am


      Aptly put.

      Dave : Kindly answer to this. :P

    • Dave Parrack
      December 24, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Who is my favorite writer? They're all great! Damn, hoisted by my own petard.

  16. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    There are plenty, but if I have to name one then it's 'Why You Need to Backup Now and 6 Reasons Why You Haven't Done So Already'.
    Backup is a rusty topic in the world of IT, yet it's almost always, underestimated. This articles simply blow away my excuses, a witty piece with a touch of humor. I have to say, this is the most convincing article I've read about the importance of backup, despite being short. Bonus point for the interesting comment threads. I get a lot by reading the article and the comments. A lot of people chime in to speak about their backup methods and sharing tips. This may stray from the question, but I think if you're really collect these articles, then the best/most useful comments in each articles should be included as well.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 3, 2013 at 1:49 am

      I agree that the best articles are those with engaging and useful comments sections attached. Thanks for being part of the conversation, Lisa.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Thanks for recommending my article Lisa! It's something that I can never stress enough.

      I'm so glad you got so much out of it. It makes it just that much more worth it to hear about stories such as yours.

      Stay awesome and thanks for being such a loyal MUO reader!

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        February 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        And keep on writing good articles!

  17. Fawad Mirzad
    December 23, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I am new to makeuseof and am reading article since almost a month. the biggest use i have made from MUO guides. and I can say that most of makeuseof guides are saved in my laptop and most nights i sleep after reading a piece of their text.
    most of makeuseof guides were really helpfull. specially the reviews are as detailed as i want.
    I have got my two questions answered in MUO answers.
    What i suggest for 2013 hopefully you hire some new question moderators as it took almost two days until my question was published on site

  18. Randy Menard
    December 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I think the MUO-guides are the most useful. A lot of info condensed into one handy guide. Ease of use a definite plus. Having just started getting involved with Google and all of its products, the "Google" guides have been most helpful. The Cheat sheets are also a great help. Have them printed and in a document sleeve, using as a mouse pad - ready reference where I can find them. Buyers guides also a very helpful feature - used to buy laptop and build-my-own PC.

    Keep up the Great Work, Happy Holidays and Prosperous New Year, one and all!!!

  19. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Asking a mother who has multiple child, that who is her favorite, will always make her clueless and speechless. MakeUseOf is my favorite tech forum. The article published are very well researched and of the highest quality available anywhere on the internet. I personally use a Windows 7 64 bit desktop and an Android ICS smartphone. Before joining MakeUseOf, they use to look mundane everyday devices and the performance also had a lot to desire. Post me joining MakeUseOf, both my devices now have some cool stuffs on it, looks great and I get optimal performances out of them. This is solely due the tips and tricks I learnt from the articles published and also from the very knowledgeable users of MakeUseOf through the questions posed to them. Just a few days back I installed Peek Through after reading the article here. Such examples are in-numerous. Thoroughly enjoyed the new iPAD, iPAD Mini, Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 reviews. Love the Polls posted by Yaara and Dave, you Opinion Polls are usuallty the one that I love the most. No buttering, seriously as it is the post which is the user's voice and their insights into a topic rather than a editorial article (though the editorial articles are always great, as already highlighted). Personally, MakeUseOf articles, tips and tricks, Manuals, Cheat Sheets, Question and Answers have resolved so many I.T. issues for me and made me productive. When I initially got the android smartphone, I was totally lost with the new environment for me, but MakeUseOf users tide me through it with their help, and today I can proudly declare that I am a power user of Android. :) Thanks to all my friends here. Also I take this opportunity to thanks all the MakeUseOf staff for the outstanding work they do day in day out, without an iota of any expectation from their users like me. I wish all a very Merry Chritmas and a Happy New Year as you people certainly made my Chritmas and coming New Year Celebration a great one. How? Yes, I did gift myself a gadget on this oppurtunity after reading suggestions of it in MakeUseOf forum. Though it is not directly linked to the festivity but still felt like mentioning. What is that Gadget? :D Will reveal later in due course. :P Long comment. Phew!!!

  20. Bumferry Hogart
    December 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Might be the first in everybody else's list, but a little jogging of the memory is never to be sniffed at, which is why I offer this little gem I keep in my browser folder for constant reference -
    This article, as well as most others always lead me to find new and interesting articles with advice and things to learn. As a complete moron when it comes to computers and smartphones any help is always welcome.

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