Apple Communities has gone haywire


(mpainesyd) #1

Clicked on the Safari bookmark for my Apple Communities page this morning and got a 404 error - strange!
https://discussions.apple.com/people/Michael%20Paine?view=discussions
So I looked for other ways to find discussions that I have participated in. There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to do this. All I could do was search for my name, which is very inefficient.
Once again Apple has changed a fundamental feature for no apparent reason. Grrr!


(Mark Williamson) #2

All of my topic bookmarks also went awry:
"Looking for something in Apple Support Communities?
“The page you tried was not found. You may have used an outdated link or may have typed the address (URL) incorrectly.”
It used to be easy to recreate these links to simple tabulations of the topic contents by adding “/content” to the end of each topic’s normal URL, but that isn’t working now.


(Tom Gewecke) #3

The ASC has been massively revamped in the last couple days, and they are still fixing things that broke. But I understand that “/content” is gone for good, you have to edit the old bookmarks.


(Seth Anderson) #4

I haven’t had a need to explore this, but are all the old links to particular discussions now broken too? Seems like a bad idea to 404 detailed discussions on how to fix one’s own Mac issues.


(Curtis Wilcox) #5

Yes, always frustrating. I guess Apple hasn’t heard Cool URIs don’t change.


(mpainesyd) #6

It has become “My subscriptions”:
https://discussions.apple.com/profile/Michael%20Paine/subscriptions
But a lot less user-friendly than the old system.
“My Subscriptions” did nothing when I clicked on it a few days ago but now it seems to be working.


(Mark Williamson) #7

If, as you say, “/content” is gone for good, what is remotely comparable for those of us who visit mostly to scan for threads to which we can contribute or from which we can learn?


(Tom Gewecke) #8

Personally I use bookmarked searches (for last day or last week) on strings of or-separated keywords.


(frederico) #9

They wiped away twelve years of my history (and points). I had a number of threads I was following and they’re just gone. I don’t know what possesses them to blow up that site every few years, but I’m still irritated at the forced migration and unification of support accounts/AppleIDs/Developer Accounts back in 2005.

And when they just wholesale delete vintage threads jam packed with precious clues and detailed solutions, I cry. Blessings to Macworld(?) for leaving MacOSXHints alive as a living (if frozen) archive; I hit that resource at least one a month.


(Seth Anderson) #10

MacOSXHints was (and is) a gem, and I agree, kudos to whoever is keeping it still around.


(mpainesyd) #11

At last Apple has posted an explanation - sort of:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250028046