Hi Reverser,
                 I think that the new organization of your site is the natural evolution
                 of the old one.
                 It's obvious, everyone tries to spread his own interest;  on the other
                 hand, the argument of your site is "reverse engineering",  and
                 discussing only about software protection is undoubtely limitating.
                 I'm a (very) beginner cracker, and so the contents of this mail can be
                 only personal, not techinical.
                 My interest in cracking has begun a few months ago. Before I didn't
                 have much time to spend in  "recreational" activities, and I didn't
                 know the cracking at all; but few months ago, because of a hangliding
                 accident, this situation was suddenly altered.
                 The changes was, essentially:

                 a) an external metallic frame, screwed in my right omerus by means of
                 four shafts;

                 b) no working at all

                 c) a lot of time

                 d) others (absolutely not interesting for you, I guess)

                 So I had the opportunity to know cracking, to learn and read Assembly,
                 to understand the basis of reverse engineering, and so on; your site
                 has been one (the main) source of my (poor) knowledge.
                 Now my time is reduced again, because I've been "unscrewed" on July 31,
                 and I had to go back to my job; but my interest in cracking doesn't
                 stop.

                 So I felt terribly disappointed when I read about your intention.

                 We all know that newborn babies aren't capable to walk; but someone,
                 growing older, become an athlete. He can run.
                 Now, I'm a newborn, and you're an athlete, and  teaching to a child to
                 walk can bore an athlete to death; and if it is so for you, I
                 understand. 

                 I, or better still, we, will go on on our own.

                 But I wish to talk about another argument, even if it will sound very
                 stupid.
                 I think that cracking is the most fascinating aspect of reverse
                 engineering, but not in order to stealing appz or damaging shareware
                 programmers. 
                 No.
                 It's the competition. It's the fight.

                 From my point of view, fighting against the winds in hangliding,
                 fighting against an opponent in karate point, fighting aginst myself if
                 I'm tired during a strenous physical exercise, or fighting against
                 protectionists is exactly  the same thing.

                 But moreover the fight against protectionists can assume further
                 meanings, because sometimes the protectionists represent a whole
                 reality that is opposite to us; and that is opposite to you too,
                 Reverser. In fact  "some your pages are seriously MSIE hostile". 

                 And then
                  "we (at least we old crackers) crack AGAINST society, and OPPOSING
                 laws and conventions. ..............We could not care less of the
                 commercial value of a given program, not to mention the holy work of
                 the ethical programmers... we program ourselves, but only because we
                 LIKE it... if somebody does something only in order to gain money, he
                 does not deserve anything. It's the mind challenge that counts, NEVER
                 the profit!.......
                 This is an indispensable attitude! Only a non-mercantile mind can leap
                 forward to the “satori” knowledge that you desperately need if you want
                 to crack quickly and elegantly huge iperbloated monstruosities that
                 somebody else wrote and protected, or if you want to gain access to
                 some hidden information, data that you would like to snoop but that
                 somebody declared “off limits”, coz a stupid government, or useless
                 industry sector, or money oriented programmer or dirty lobby of
                 interest decided it.
                 If you do accept the society where we are compelled to live, its
                 awfully egoistic way of life and its dirty “profit” values, you may
                 eventually learn how to disable some simple protections, but you'll
                 never be able to crack in the “right” way. You must learn to despise
                 money, governments, televisions, trends, opinion-makers, public
                 opinion, newspapers and all this preposterous, asinine shit if you want
                 to grasp the noble art, coz in order to be emphatic with the code you
                 must be free from all trivial and petty conventions, strange as it may
                 sound. So you better take a good look around you... you'll find plenty
                 of reasons to hate society and act against it, plenty of sparks to
                 crackle programs in the right way... " 

                 do you remember +ORC's words, +Reverser?  
                 I hope you remember.

                 Perhaps, the authors of the essays on your site had worked with this in
                 mind; and you  diminish their works,  considering them like trivial
                 patches.


                 And so for four months, an idiot with a metallic frame pierced in his
                 arm, was thinking, while was sitting in presence of a stupid monitor,
                 that few persons could join together becoming a moltitude by means of
                 the Web and of the cracking.
                 A senseless idea, after all. 
                 And for a senseless idea, a four months life is enough.  

                 But, in spite of this, I think that your new site will be amazing, and
                 very interesting. Nevertheless.

                 With best regards

                 Freeman