ADMIN: What if ClassicCmp were a blog?

From: Jeffrey Sharp <>
Date: Wed Jan 15 20:38:00 2003

In my quest to cover every aspect, to think about every permutation of what
ClassicCmp *could* be in the future, I have yet another question to ask
ClassicCmp subscribers: What if ClassicCmp were a weblog, in the style of
Slashdot or Kuro5hin?

I know many of you hold /. in disdain for whatever reason. I am not talking
about emulating the /. culture; I'm speaking only of its infrastructure,
purely in terms of being a web app for thread-based discussion.

The basics, as they apply to ClassicCmp, are:

  - Posting and reading of messages would be doable from a web browser. An
    email interface could be developed, but it wouldn't be the primary
    method of participation.

  - You would have an account with a username and password.

  - Your account would be used for other features on the site, such as
    access to a data archives, using to a buy-and-sell arena, or
    moderating others' posts.

Right away, I see several benefits:

  - Members can participate from any computer with a web browser. Even lynx.
  - Anonymity and privacy can be more well-respected. The 'sender' of a
    post is your username, not your email address. A system can be
    implemented where another member can discover your email address only
    after you give them permission to do so.

  - Moderation could be less the subjective task that it is now, and more of
    a distributed, many-eyes process. Imagine if you could vote on a post's
    on-topicness on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=off-topic, 5=on-topic). Imagine if
    you could set a minimum viewing level to screen out posts that were too
    far into the OT side of the spectrum.

  - There's no worry about HTML, attachments, wierd character sets, spam,
    virii, or cctech moderation delay.

  - Your inbox receives less clutter. You spend less bandwidth on mail.

  - With thread titles on the front page, casual web visitors will be more
    tempted to subscribe.

  - It scales well as more members join and start posting.

  - The forum *is* the archive.

  - Features you want can be added in code, quickly. The current setup is
    great for turn-key mailing lists and such, but it is tough to extend.

The bad points I see are:

  - It's a huge change from the status quo. We may lose some members.

  - Some people may find mailing lists more comfortable. Of course, an email
    interface to the weblog could be developed.

My opinion: It's a good idea that I can implement in just a few months.

What is your opinion? Let's answer this one in-list, please.

Jeffrey Sharp
Received on Wed Jan 15 2003 - 20:38:00 GMT

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