I can't put this in "Madder Than Hell" because I'm not angry. I'm not even a bit upset, or disappointed. However, I think some others might be.
This morning I received an e-mail from WS On-line that began with...
IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING YOUR PERSONAL WINE LIST
ON WINE SPECTATOR ONLINE
Please note that as of June 1, 2004, the Personal Wine List
Feature, which allows you to store tasting notes from our
database to your own personal "wine cellar," will be available
only to Full Access Users. If you choose not to upgrade to Full
Access, please print out your Personal Wine List for your records,
as it will no longer be available to Free Accounts.
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I think I might have 5 or 6 entries in the Personal Wine List. I never needed a place outside of my own computer database to track my wines, so I didn't really avail myself of it. When this feature was first announced, I guess it was a way of encouraging people to get involved in WS Online and to participate on this site. It was one more reason to sign up.
Now that there's well over 7,000 people registered here, the service is discontinued unless you pay. I can't help but wonder how many people have been using this as a cellar management tool, but will now have to switch over to something else-- I'll bet that it may be time-consuming for some individuals, as it's unlikely that a download or cut-and-paste will allow the data to be easily transferred into a different database system.
I'm not terribly smart, but I understand completely that free internet data storage isn't good business policy. I understand that the evolution of websites means that changes will transpire. I understand that I shouldn't expect something for nothing.
I just feel sorry for anyone who will now have to pay or switch.
I was a lot angrier when WS took away Board-O's urinating squirrel graemlin, though.