Sometimes, you just have to hold your hand up

by Richard on September 14, 2007

This blog started as an experiment to explore various methods of internet communication. I registered the domain in November 2000 as a present to myself to celebrate the birth of my daughter. Over the next few months I tried a variety of things: forum systems, wikis (I really thought that wiki was going to the Next Big Thing), chatrooms — you know the sort of thing. Eventually I came across the idea of blogging and tried the Greymatter script. This blog was born, though I had no real idea what to do with it. My first few months of blogging were tentative and sporadic, which is why I celebrate my blogday on Feb 5th, somewhat later than I actually first began.

One outcome of these early experiments is that a number of files have been left on the server that probably shouldn’t have been, including some of the Perl stuff that was behind my first trials with wiki. Not good. It turns out that it has been exploited for some nefarious purpose. I’m just lucky that my webhosts haven’t thrown the book at me. I’ve done some tidying up to avoid a recurrence, but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place and I’m sorry if I’ve caused anyone else any inconvenience through my inattentiveness.

This experience has also caused me to rethink my doings on the web. The blog, of course, is safe as houses. I wouldn’t want to be without a blog anymore, and I’d like to thank my loyal readers (yes, both of you!) for your continued encouragement. The Methodist group blog has been in the doldrums for months, and I now realise that leaving such things unattended can be dangerous as well as untidy. So that will get a makeover and relaunch as soon as I can fit it in. I’ll let you know when it happens.

The wiki, though, has to be ditched. It hasn’t worked, and I just don’t have time to maintain it. Sometime over the next week or so it will disappear. I won’t chuck out the database, just in case anyone decides they want to pick it up sometime. I’m still fascinated by the idea of wikis. But I’m not the person to administer one.

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John Cooper 09.14.07 at 11:48 pm

I think Wikki’s have failed because, ultimatly, there was only one space for a Wiki (ie Wikipedia) and if the information isn’t on there it soon will. User generated content is only so good if it adds someting and the internet has reached a level where that is very difficult.

That said, this is no comment upon your particular wikki but more a reflection upon why they have generally failed outside of the user support areas.

Regards Ever

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