"We are phasing out GotDotNet for the following reasons:
Microsoft wants to eliminate redundant functionality between GotDotNet and other community resources provided by Microsoft
Traffic and usage of GotDotNet features has significantly decreased over the last six months
Microsoft wants to reinvest the resources currently used for GotDotNet in new and better community features for our customersPhase Out ScheduleThe GotDotNet phase out will be carried out in phases according the following timetable: (etc, etc)"
Basically what we are saying here folks, is "We don't think there's enough interest in this site, and we think we have other resources that are better, so take it or leave it".
Well! Sez who? I've got samples up there that have been downloaded OVER 47,000 times, and I myself have downloaded sample code contributed by others probably a hundred times or more.
Yes, I know you've got Codeplex.com. It's very nice - but it's not really the same, and its a lot harder to "upload a sample" there - you have to start a whole new project.
You know, you could offer it out to the developer community and see if they would like to keep it going... Smells like something more political than common sense business to me!
Boo Hoo for you, Microsoft.
On the Plus Side
On the plus side, Microsoft is now making available oft-requested Hotfixes for immediate download Find your favorite here.