Date of death: July 31, 2012.
I think we all saw it coming. It was clear Trent had mentally checked out years ago, as the content steadily went downhill. I kept going back though, for the lively and interesting comments, if nothing else. Then Trent sold out, the content took another sharp nosedive, the new corporate owners introduced shameless "sponsored" posts and new, shallow authors.
Then after a few offensive comments appeared after one article, the new corporate masters turned the mod filter up to "11", virtually neutering the ability of anybody to comment on posts. I still occassionally checked in to read the Reader Mailbag posts, as sometimes a handful of interesting comments would make it through the hyper-vigilant filter.
Yesterday the site was completely hosed, and all I got were HTTP 500 Internal Server Errors. Today, the site is back, but it looks like Cut Media has completely disabled comments, and is encouraging people to comment on Facebook instead. That's just too much work for me, so I've finally decided to stop following TSD. I suspect I'm not alone.
It's sad, how quickly a dispassionate corporate owner can completely decimate a site that was once considered a "Top 5" finance blog on the Internet. And all because they couldn't seem to figure out something that every other blog on the Internet manages to make seem effortless: blog comments.
If, by some chance, TSD ever figures out how to properly do commenting on blog posts, could someone please post a comment here alerting the rest of us, so we can see if it's worth dipping a timid toe back into the TSD waters?