Re: driverguide.com new & improved?
Nice one Clypto, I totally agree. I signed up with driverguide about 6 and a half years ago and I can tell you there were no ads, no offers that I had to wade through, no confirmation crap or sophisticated searching crap I had to barge through to get what I really needed. I had to go through the whole signup process again, deal with the offers bullsh*@t and finallly get my activation code....only to find MORE advertising before I could even log in. Then I had to familiarise myself with some bs search layout, only to find a tiny search box in the top right corner of the page that would have saved me a crap load more time than having to go through the in-your-face search options that were presented.
Then, to make matters worse this happens to me...Read below and you'll see what I wrote to their feedback department:
I just got informed that I exceeded my weekly download limit. I am on a 56k connection and downloaded only two complete files!! I tried a number of times to download the same file but it kept stopping short of the full file. This happened for 3 different files so I started the downloads again. I have been a user of this site for around 6 years and this is the first time I have been informed of this restriction. I have seen this site change from a site simply to help others out and create a helpful community to a highly commercial oriented, frustrating-to-register site.
I would very much appreciate my download stats to be reset and for you to review your process and tracking methods to include ONLY downloads that fully complete in order for them to count towards the download limit.
I am now forced to find another driver site that will accommodate my needs as I am on a tight deadline to have this laptop repaired for a friend - free of charge I might add.
Now Im sure that with the amount of advertising that is on this site, together with the google adsense stuff that is on here, that someone is making a tidy little profit. Now they're adding a download limit (I only TRIED to download 6 different drivers) and you have to PAY if you want any more than that.
I dont see where all the extra "expense" has come from for this site to change so dramatically and present us with a virtual advertising site.
Well said Crypto, they ARE asking us to pay now - while using free GNU licensed forum software, live chat software, free ad generation scripts and free mail forms. These extra features cost nothing, aside from a little extra disk space yet we are expected to pay though visiting advertisers, upgraded membership (if you want to download more than 6 drivers a week), while asking us, the community, to upload more and more drivers making their site more profitable (since it drives more traffic to the site though search engines).
BRING BACK THE ORGINAL DRIVERGUIDE!!!
P.S....Yeah Ive said a lot, Ive opened myself up for criticism but hey, Im seriously pissed after what has just happened to me tonight. So anyone who wants to have a go, bring it on. Hopefully it will get some people thinking.....