I recall a time, not long ago, when the O'Reilly-Net sites: OnLAMP.com, Perl.com, LinuxDevCenter.com, etc. used to carry weekly or close-to-weekly in-depth articles about various IT-related subjects, that tended to be high-quality and provided a lot of good information. But lately, it seems there were only a few blog posts on OnLAMP.com about open-source in Windows and other such relatively low-interest or low-quality topics (and practically nothing on Perl.com or LinuxDevCenter) and no new articles. The latest article on OnLAMP.com is from 20-May this year (over two months ago) and there were huge gaps between the latest articles there.
Now, I recently sent a suggestion for an article, with an outline, to the Perl.com editor (chromatic) and to the OnLAMP.com editor (James Turner), and received no reply. I sent it again, and again received no reply. I sent the second message on 9-July. Now, even if they didn't like the outline, then the right thing to do would be to promptly reply saying that they're not interested in it and that I should seek other venues of publication. I'm pretty sure that at least chromatic is alive and has some spare time, because I've seen him active on use.perl.org and on @perl.org mailing lists.
I submitted some articles to O'ReillyNet in the past and encountered a few delays in response, which I suppose is expected, but such a long delay is no longer acceptable. My guess is that I'm not the only one who sent such suggestions to O'Reilly-Net and received no response.
If the O'Reilly-Net sites would like to keep their edge, they should make sure they don't turn into another one of the dime-a-dozen blog sites, and instead start offering high-quality articles and essays again. But this will require a better responsiveness on the part of the editors. Would chromatic and/or Mr. Turner care to comment about that?