Sorry to hearit. The workspaces inspired me to move my project to Open Source, and I liked the way it worked. I was really looking forward to creating a CodeProject article that was tied to actual code. Que sera sera. Thanks for the fun run while it lasted!
Chris, I thank you for your prompt and quick refund of the Workspaces registration fee. I found out about Workspaces' demise (and found this article) when PayPal emailed me about the refund. That's rare. While I'm sad to see Workspaces go, I appreciate the integrity in how you handled its "retirement."
I was a bit perplexed when I got a refund on PayPal today. Workspaces had a lot of merit and I got it. I was planning to move In with my next article I'm slowly working on. The news comes as a mixed bag to me now, and I'd like to expand.
I've been a long time fan of CodeProject. I can't begin to count the number of times I've needed a "Hint", or a quick "How to" over the years and found the answer here. While the service is free, I really wouldn't mind paying something. I saw having a "Professional Workspaces account" as just that for the few months while you were in BETA.
While I'm no marketing expert, as a consumer, Code Project does need something to quench my inner guilt for getting so much for nothing, and I'm sure others do too.
I think a good model of what I'm talking about is reddit. As you may know, having a "Gold" account really doesn't do much but put a badge on your profile, give you access to one single private reddit, allow you to turn off the side bar ads, and allows you to get more posts comments per page load. That's about it. The funny thing is I don't turn off the ads because I like the messages you get when you don't.
Long story short - Not much different than the free, and they've monetized my membership for about $50 dollars a year. I also can purchase "Gold" to give away to other members. While these things don't do much, they do help build a sense of community and offer a way of saying "thanks" with a small monetized gift token to someone whose helped you out.
So here's my advice - take your Alien (I believe you all were first with the alien, right?) and paint him yellow or "gif" him up so his arms wave and he's jumping for joy - Anything - And tell me I can have him on my profile for 2 to 5 dollars a month, 20 - 30 dollars a year (29.95???) And I'll buy him for the bragging rights.
Just my thoughts.
EDIT: got punchy on the submit button fixed my last two paragraphs - sorry.
"If you've got to make code changes in something you didn't write, tread lightly. Your predecessor was regarded as either a genius or a moron. The truth most likely lies somewhere in the middle..."