While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”
Mac OS X Hints was a favorite site of mine for years—as I transitioned from the classic Mac OS world to OS X and slowly learned quite a bit of UNIX-y goodness, the various tips went from very handy to fun to know. As Rob said, the site isn’t officially dead, but it certainly has been ignored for awhile, and maybe has run its course.