Mendeley is (used to be?) a popular tool for reference management, but it seems that the past year or so it's been in a downhill trend. First they discontinued their mobile app, then they announced that they're discontinuing the desktop application, and finally we're stuck with the Mendeley Reference Manager which is nowhere nearly as ergonomic nor as functional as the desktop application they used to have. (And to boot, the Reference Manager can't be used in private mode on the browser.)

I'm bewildered by such an apparent decline of an otherwise very useful tool. Any rationale behind it?

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    Ask Elsevier. Only they know. I can only comment that it is only a pale reflection of the big issues we are having in our western world, i.e. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concentration_of_media_ownership . Concentration of media means concentration of ideas which means ownership of ideas as well as deciding which ideas should circulate and which one not. In your specific case, it is just concentration of profits, but still ...
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Sep 27, 2022 at 19:49
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    Mendeley Reference Manager looks like just a replacement for Mendeley Desktop, and maybe some people find it easier to use. A mobile app for reference management doesn't sound very useful to me. So it doesn't look like a big decline to me.
    – Oliver882
    Commented Sep 27, 2022 at 20:48
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    Mendeley should die. Hated it from day one. No privacy and clunky. Commented Sep 28, 2022 at 0:18
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    To whoever closed the question: What would be an appropriate question with the tag reference-manager if mine isn't appropriate?
    – Tfovid
    Commented Sep 28, 2022 at 6:53
  • The tone does seem a bit off, but is the question really unsalvageable? I agree that "not in scope" doesn't seem appropriate here.
    – user137975
    Commented Sep 28, 2022 at 15:37


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