I'm a Windows user myself, so I will get that out of the way. I will run away and hide later,
But it is great to see CNET's Mac User Forums expand with new forums, and new members. Apple products are a major part of so many people's lives, and Apple Macintosh computer systems always seem to receive great reviews. The Mac community is fiercely loyal, and that is how it should be.
I remember when Apple 'personal' computers first appeared, in the late 1970's or early 80's. They looked fantastic then, and very exciting. Sadly, in 1981, I chose the Sinclair ZX80, and I have been going wrong ever since!
Welcome all, and I hope you have a good time here. Don't forget, there are other "General" forums available here. There's the;
Speakeasy forum where nearly anything goes. We only evict the worst offenders.
Buzz Out Lounge, where we can discuss CNET BOL video and audio Podcasts, available from CNET Podcast Central. You can find all the latest tech news there, and tell the presenters where they went wrong.
Web design and hosting and Coding and scripting. All the help you need there for web design issues and programming problems , or where you can help out others.
Forum feedback for discussing forum matters.
There is much more, at the Gateway page, http://forums.cnet.com/.
Now, can I introduce any of you to a good Microsoft Windows PC?
Hi there MFIF members,
I want to personally welcome you to the CNET forums! I'm very excited to have you folks join us.
I know that this is a big transition for all of you--it's a completely new forum environment and community, and I know that many of you find the news to end the MFIF forums frustrating, disappointing, and even heartbreaking.
As a community manager, as soon as I got notice that this was to take place, I knew that the transition--to merge one community into another-would be no easy task. I've been through it once before, when the CNET forums merged with the ZDNet forums. It's difficult to cope with drastic changes, and some of you may simply not accept this change and will move on. The saddest part will be losing some of the great contributing members who stuck around through thick and thin over the years.
In time, things will heal. For those of you who are willing to accept the changes and move forward, a new community of users will be created, which will comprise of some veterans and some newbies. The balance of both will make our community even stronger. I know it's not going to be like the good old days, but, in time, new memories will be made and new friendships will be formed. But it's all up to you to make it happen. Yeah I know it sounds cheesy...but I believe in it.
The culture in the CNET forums is simple: our members and moderators have a great deal of respect for one another, whether you're new or a veteran member. We welcome folks from all walks of life to gather in one place and to help each other out, because the community is only as good as its members.
As I've read through some of the feedback from you, I know that this platform is very different than what you had previously used. I hope that the platform doesn't dictate how great your community is. At the end of the day what really counts is knowing that we've come together as a community of members, focused our attention to those in need, and helped someone out with his or her troubles, in hopes that some day, they will be able to pay it forward and help someone else.
I really want to sincerely welcome you all, and I think you will eventually find a place here to call your home, too. Our Mac user presence has never been strong, but I'm hoping that going forward this will change with your help and willingness to share your wisdom with the rest of the community. Our goal is to build a great community of Mac enthusiasts right here in these forums!
Thank you all for your time.