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  • An update on the Windows Secrets/AskWoody transformation

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 15:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve been busy over the holidays….

    I hope to have the new Plus Membership routine up and working by tomorrow. Once we’re set for Plus donations (remember, you get to choose how much), I’ll post instructions, then slowly dismantle the advertising on AskWoody, and keep my fingers crossed.

    Tracey Capen is working furiously on the first AskWoody Plus Newsletter, which is on schedule for an early Monday morning release. All of the original crew is back — Brian, Susan, Fred and Tracey — and we have some original surprises afoot as well.

    Once again, sit tight. The transition won’t happen overnight, and the first few days (weeks? months?) are bound to be overwhelming, at least on this end. There’s a dynamite tech team pulling this through, and the software foundation’s rock solid.

    If we need you to do anything, we’ll let you know.

    The transition won’t be easy, but the results will be worth it. Guaranteed.

    If that helped, take a second to support AskWoody on Patreon

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    This topic contains 27 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by

     PKCano 1 week, 1 day ago.

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    • #243757 Reply

      woody
      AskWoody Plus

      We’ve been busy over the holidays…. I hope to have the new Plus Membership routine up and working by tomorrow. Once we’re set for Plus donations (re
      [See the full post at: An update on the Windows Secrets/AskWoody transformation]

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    • #243874 Reply

      MikeyD215
      AskWoody Plus

      I am sure that I am speaking for one and all of us when I express our gratitude and anticipation. Great to hear that Brian and Fred are aboard. Just one detail seems to be missing, Woody–

      How often will the newsletter be published and on which day(s) of the week? (I cannot recall reading anything about that yet, or is memory failing me?)

      Mike Dworkin

      • #243879 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        The current Windows Secrets Newsletter appears on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are benefits to having a fixed schedule like that, but it limits the kinds of topics that can be covered — if a patch blows up on a Thursday afternoon, there’s no notice of it until the following Tuesday; if Microsoft starts pushing a new version of Win10, a three or four day lag in notification can mean the difference between a working machine and a steaming pile of permanently-file-deleted junk.

        The new AskWoody Plus Newsletter will appear on Monday mornings. It’ll cover how-to and broad trends, like the Windows Secrets Newsletter, aimed at Windows users, but with a scope beyond just Windows. During the week we’ll also have ad-hoc AskWoody Plus Alerts, which will be much more newsy.

        People have been asking for the email Alerts for a long time. I think we’ve finally figured a way to get them delivered.

        The first few weeks will be rocky, I’m sure, but I’m really stoked that we’re breaking some new ground.

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    • #243878 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody_MVP

      The newsletter will be weekly.
      More details when the site goes live.

      cheers, Paul

      [ed – Woody]

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         woody.
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      • #243946 Reply

        Paul T
        AskWoody_MVP

        Sorry, don’t know what I was thinking.聽 馃檨

        cheers, Paul

        1 user thanked author for this post.
    • #243907 Reply

      anonymous

      Hopefully in all this change, the little folks who currently rely on AskWoody for direction regarding monthly updates and feature updates won’t be lost or required to give out personal information to stay informed and that future advice is only available in subscribed to Newsletters.

      Thanks for what you currently do.

      • #244369 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        Not to worry. The information will still be available, free. You’ll just be able to identify who’s paying for things by the gold ribbons on their avatars.

        There are also benefits to Plus membership – but more on that later, when I get the $#@! thing to work…..

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    • #243945 Reply

      CADesertRat
      AskWoody Plus

      Since I donated already by PayPal and the only reference to it is my email address, that I will receive the plus newsletter? The only receipt I got was from PayPal not the Ask Woody site.

      • #243948 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody_MVP

        Woody will endeavour to account for all donators and honor his word.
        However, should there be, in the unlikely event, missing e-comms, that will be rectified accordingly.
        For now, hang in there 馃檪

        | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
        3 users thanked author for this post.
      • #244370 Reply

        woody
        AskWoody Plus

        Gotcha covered. Hang on.

    • #243974 Reply

      anonymous

      I could not get to askwoody.com site for over 3 hours. I had use wired connection, another computer, a laptop, table, use public wifi connection at Starbucks and Xfinity store, etc and nothing worked. The update might have broken your site or your site was down. It seems to be working now. Has anyone else had issues with this?

      • #243976 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody_MVP

        Strange, the site has been up all day.
        No updates done here at askwoody as far as I’m aware.

        | W10 Pro x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | XP Pro O/L
      • #243980 Reply

        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        I have been on here a number of times this morning and haven’t seen any glitches.

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      • #244018 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        I was on the site from 4:00am CDT US until around 8:pm yesterday, and again today since close to 4:00am till the present. There has been no outage.

        The transition has not taken place as yet. The site has not been broken OR down.

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      • #244024 Reply

        anonymous

        I also accessed the site several times in at least two of the three hours ahead of your post earlier today. I am nowhere near Virginia, where I think the servers are located. With several reports of success, I would think the failure is in name resolution somewhere along the way. Outside of the control of AskWoody.com

    • #243998 Reply

      anonymous

      from @woody #post-243879

      The new AskWoody Plus Newsletter will appear on Monday mornings. It鈥檒l cover how-to and broad trends, like the Windows Secrets Newsletter, aimed at Windows users, but with a scope beyond just Windows. During the week we鈥檒l also have ad-hoc AskWoody Plus Alerts, which will be much more newsy.

      A suggestion you may already have in hand, could the accumulated Alerts of the week be attached to the next Monday’s Newsletter? Or reference links to each if that is too verbose. In the unlikely event of no Alerts, a one line acknowledgement of that. This could serve as a reminder of things we may have been too busy to digest and assurance we did not miss anything.

      Thanks for considering this.

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    • #244124 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      Is it possible to have AskWoody picture storage location? In other words, can pictures that are used here be stored here?

      Group G{ot backup} Win7 路 x64 路 SP1 路 i3-3220 路 TestBeta
    • #244125 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody_MVP

      Why would you want to use this as an image store when there are so many available?

      cheers, Paul

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      • #244128 Reply

        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        Pictures associated with this site could be stored with this site.

        Delete the picture on a separate site and the picture used for instruction and illustration is no longer available.

        Group G{ot backup} Win7 路 x64 路 SP1 路 i3-3220 路 TestBeta
    • #244130 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Lounger

      About donations to help out Woody’s, but also to get the Plus membership: should one hold on donating for 2019 until the new site is up and running?

      • #244131 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        That part of the changes should be ready soon. They will be underway shortly.

        2 users thanked author for this post.
    • #244180 Reply

      anonymous

      I am having problems opening this site yesterday and today. It finally open after install all Windows 10 updates.

      • #244237 Reply

        Paul T
        AskWoody_MVP

        Coincindence?

        What sort of message did you get when you couldn’t connect?

        cheers, Paul

    • #244338 Reply

      Seff
      AskWoody Plus

      I’m not having any problems opening the site, but I have noticed – definitely today and it might have started yesterday, I don’t recall – that users’ thanks are now listed vertically rather than horizontally. Hopefully just part of the transitional arrangements! Best of luck with it all.

      • #244360 Reply

        dononline
        AskWoody Lounger

        I noticed it late yesterday 鈥 dittos on wishing all a smooth and successful transition.

        • #244371 Reply

          woody
          AskWoody Plus

          I expect we’ll have lots of little… uh… opportunities. Make a note of the odd things you encounter. I’ll put up a Topic just for improvements/suggestions, once the dust has settled.

          3 users thanked author for this post.
    • #244930 Reply

      Lori
      AskWoody Plus

      I’m just a “little” non-tech person who has聽been coming to this site for years. I come for info on Windows Update safety, when/how to install updates, to learn through the forum articles, and have also聽received guidance聽from forum members when having computer problems. Do these upcoming changes聽mean the site is going to be聽only for technical people now? I don’t know what Windows Secret is.

      I learn a lot here; and appreciate greatly the advice on updates, software and all things computer. I never聽update until there is an all-clear here, but I don’t visit the site daily (due to health issues); so sometimes, I miss the Defcon change and have to wait till the next month. I firmly believe my Windows 7/8.1 computers are safe and functioning due to this great site and the wonderful people who contribute to it. Will people like me still be able to use the site after the changes? Is it going to be through subscription, and how do we do that?

      Congratulations on the upcoming “merger”! Thanks, Woody, the MVP’s and all the fine people who contribute to this site!

      3 users thanked author for this post.
      • #244937 Reply

        PKCano
        AskWoody Plus

        Some things change and some things remain the same. Once the idiosyncrasies related to the merger level out, you will find much of the same as in the past.

        The format is going to be mostly the same, except we are adding paid benefits like the Newsletter and notifications. There will be additional support from Windows Secrets experts to answer questions and relieve the burden on some of the volunteers who have been putting in long hours here for the last two years.

        Be patient. We aren’t going to turn things upside down.

        4 users thanked author for this post.

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