On Blogging

No. I’m not going to comment on any of the recent shenanigans involving various parts of the OSR blogosphere.

I have blogged in other (far more charged and controversial) areas for a long time. It’s the internet. Either get over it or get off of it. I’m disappointed that some have chosen the latter, but that’s their right.

One opinion that I do have, however, is that pulling down your blogs and removing existing material is Real Bad Form.

UPDATE: I now see that some of the folks in question have also pulled their products from Lulu and other outlets.

That is beyond ridiculous.

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6 Responses to On Blogging

  1. Restless says:

    Agreed. Like the internet itself, the web is a cooperative enterprise. Removing your material breaks links and erodes the common knowledge base, especially if a popular site disappears.

    It’s sort of disheartening, since this material is both ephemeral while being so easy to store. It’d be nice if there were an archive of this material so that in the future people aren’t casting about for all this material the way that they do for scraps of material from the giants of old-school gaming. Unfortunately, it seems like large swaths of it never make it into the Wayback Machine.

    • Kilgore says:

      Something I should clarify about “removing existing material” is that I’m referring to CONTENT. Reader feedback and discussions are not necessarily included in that category.

  2. Al says:

    Internet tip: search for the article you want from the deleted website in google, and then hit the “cached” button.

  3. ze bulette says:

    http://www.archive.org doesn’t seem to have archived blogspot sites, unless I’m doing it wrong. re: google caches – get ’em while you can.

    btw, thanks for not commenting on shenanigans, I’m a proud sponsor of this policy and I’m glad it doesn’t show.

    • Kilgore says:

      Yeah, blogspot stuff is not on archive.com. At least it didn’t used to be.

      And I should not have even commented as much as I did in this post, but yanking stuff really irritates me.

      FWIW, keeping my mouth shut on controversy is NOT something I’m used to doing online. I’ve decided that Kilgore is not going to get involved in all that, though.

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