retired products could suggest a replacement

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fgnievinski
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retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by fgnievinski » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:33 pm

lots of tutorials link to retired products; it'd be nice the their pages suggested a alternative product currently available.

CaseyD-SFE
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Re: retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by CaseyD-SFE » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:01 am

Hi there! Do you have an example of a product where you'd like to see this? Most of our products do have replacements as we revise our boards frequently (as do other companies), so those will be linked in the notes. Sometimes we don't have a replacement, so we don't have something to refer you to.

Thanks! :)

-Casey

CS Paul
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Re: retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by CS Paul » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:03 pm

fgnieveinski - we try to keep up on them, but some will inevitably slip through. Could you provide specific links you've found? We can get those fixed right away.

fgnievinski
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Re: retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by fgnievinski » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:48 pm

will do when I come across them again. most were linked from older tutorials. thanks.

fgnievinski
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Re: retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by fgnievinski » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:37 am

for example,
GPS-08234 (GPS Receiver - EM-408 SiRF III)
could suggest
GPS-12751 (GPS Receiver - EM-506)
perhaps warn the reader it may not be an exact replacement?

CS Paul
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Re: retired products could suggest a replacement

Post by CS Paul » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:10 pm

For the products themselves, we generally only make a suggestion if the new part is, or is close to, a drop-in replacement. We've found it better to let folks do their own research for what else will meet their needs, rather than potentially misleading them with something different.

But if a tutorial is linking to a retired part that has no listed replacement, we do need to fix it. We may redo it completely, or just note the retired part and make some suggestions on how to adapt. If you can find the offending tutorials, please let us know and we'll get them fixed right away.

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