DPReview Is Working on Some Sort of ‘Archive’

Scott Everett, general manager of the soon-to-close Amazon subsidiary DPReview:

We’ve received a lot of questions about what’s next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive.

We’ve also heard that you need more time to access the site, so we’re going to keep publishing some more stories while we work on archiving.

I don’t understand either of these paragraphs. I mean, I’m glad they’re still publishing new content, but I don’t understand what publishing new stories has to do with giving readers more time to access the site. And it’s completely unclear what sort of “archive” is going to be available after it closes.

What I’d really like to see is for Amazon to change its mind, and keep DPReview going. Or sell it to someone else who will. But if it’s going to close, the right way to “archive” it is simply to keep the site as-is and make it read-only. When you search for reviews of a specific camera model, DPReview’s articles are always at or near the top in the results. Keep those old URLs available, unchanged.

As for that new content, here’s a good one: a look back at the most significant cameras DPReview has reviewed over the last 25 years. Remember the Nikons that looked like this? I owned this one and this one, both purchased in part because of DPReview’s review.

Monday, 17 April 2023