Monday, October 10, 2005

The demise of MyADSL

A long time ago I came across a site a called MyADSL when trying to find out if Sentech's MyWireless would work under Linux (incidentally it does thanks to Rodent).

MyADSL became a site that was the go-to site for anything broadband related. When Sentech's MyWireless service became unbearable, MyADSL (and Rodent again) were at the forefront, creating protest sites and gaining lots of publicity in many newspapers, etc. Similarly for Telkom, when MyADSL lodged a record number of complaints against Telkom, causing ICASA to hold a hearing into the problem.

Lately however, it has become an unpleasant place to browse. One person in particular has caused every second post to be an attack against my Country. As he has himself said, his only reason for being on the forum is to convince people to leave South Africa. Whilst there are still champions of sanity on the forum (MaD, debbie2, et al) this person has a couple of vocal supporters, causing MyADSL to degenerate into a place for extreme politics and raging arguments.

It is a sad day indeed when arguably South Africa's most influential website becomes just another seedy part of the internet.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing that out, I'm a member of MyADSL.co.za and I too have found out that to keep arguing about the apparent downfall of South Africa is really pointless because the so called experts on the subject dont come with possible solutions (and I'm not saying they are wrong but giving a direction is not hard at all).

1:12 PM  
Blogger Joel Basson (JStrike) said...

That is one my my major gripes with the direction it has taken. Useless righ-wing stuff detracting from the site as a whole, giving it a bad rep. If it was accompanied with constructive solutions, then that is a different story.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Colin Alston said...

Fully agreed, you'll notice those topics are now gone and hopefully we can work to keep it that way. Pollitical debates (with the exception of those relating directly to broadband) will always be a "hot topic" which can bring out the worst and sometimes the best in people.

Faithfully South African!
Colin "Karnaugh" Alston.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Joel Basson (JStrike) said...

colin : I have actually noticed. A lot of effort has been put into it by some member and mods, and MyADSL has quickly returned to being a great place for broadband news and discussion. And even the odd non-inflamotory off-topic discussion

4:39 AM  

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