I have been following LTT for the past 3-4 years. I was very amused as well as informed by the kinda 'crappy' videos in the back room of NCIX of this odd looking guy taking a look at stuff I was interested in buying / wanted more information about.
But I feel since LTT became a company, rather than a simple YouTube channel, things have changed for the worse.
Let's start with the videos.
While production quality has certainly increased, ~1/3 of the videos is advertisment, videos are split into parts, most likely in order to get that ad money (the sponsor messages) times n(parts). Not only is it rather annoying to watch a video in parts coming out weekly, it's also breaking the flow of the experience.
Next, the content of the video seems to be targeting an increasingly younger population. There's a lack of actual information and for that matter technical know-how.
Compared to channels such as TS for example, Wendell alone probably knows more than all of LTT combined.
One example would be the VM build for 2 gamers on one machine. Using commerical software, instead of something such as KVM or w/e. Followed by the server running Windows. really... this can easily be done on Linux, and through setting up Linux on your server to do your external rendering, you could have made tutorial videos along with it. But ya. Audience getting younger and so on.
Which brings me to the WAN show.
As it started in the garage, it was a nice show to watch. You had a nice catch up on the weeks information. Now it's basically 90mins of fooling around and ad banners / product placement / sponsor spots.
I know companies see you as influencers, and considering your rather young audience, you probably are, yet you kinda lost the path you were on when you started.
As you can see, I once really liked LTT and the direction it was heading. I even contributed to the first funding campaign for the forums, eventhough as a student I barely got any cash.
But after the success of the 'First Blood' initiative, basically you went looney, asking for 50k and god knows what.
The last thing to address would be the forums.
Appart from being obviously insecure, and thank god I use some rng pw here, the community has really gone down hill. It used to be a friendly place, people trying to help eachother and so on. As for what you can read now on a lot of other forum from the same sector is 'Don't go to LTT if you want decent answers.' And from my experience, I gotta say, it kinda became exactly this place. Someone posting a build, and 15 people flaming the OP as well as eachother.
I gotta say I am sad to see what happened to LTT and I will no longer be active on these forums after this post.
As well as unsubbing from the videos, as I really do not enjoy any of them anymore. Perhaps I am too old for this kind of content? I do on the other hand closely follow TS as well as participate in their Patreon, so my guess is I kinda grew out of LTT, maybe because I'm double the average age?
Be it as it may.
Sad to see this community / LTT go where it is heading.