LtU was concieved as community website, open to anyone interested in programming languages. I wanted to hear what others are interested in, and provide a place for the variety of opinions and points of view. All that while retaining a high signal to noise ratio.
In my mind this site has never been my site. It belongs to the community. Many of the more interesting dicussions started with contributions by others.
Recently, with the advent of many low cost blogging tools, many people interested in programming languages started their own weblogs. Some of the more informed and interesting recent dicussions appeared on these sites. Suddenly instead of experiencing a community weblog, I found myself reading and enjoying a community of weblogs. Does this mean a community site like LtU has no place?
I have given this some thought and I don't think this is the right conclusion. There are many reasons why a community site is different than a set of linked personal sites. It is great that people run their own sites, it is also great to have 'hub' sites like LtU. It is great when people like Patrick Logan and Peter Drayton come here to comment, and link to more detailed discussions they post on their personal sites. Please continue doing so. I use an RSS feed aggregator, but having a central site is useful, esp. when you want threaded discussions. Indeed, scanning many sites for posts on specific subjects (like programming languages) is less appealing than checking a semi-moderated site like LtU.
Let me know about more weblogs that should be added to the list. Let's bootstrap the community. When you link to LtU, please use the site's name instead of Ehud Lamm etc. You are as much a part of this site as I am. Become contributing editors!
I believe that LtU should retain its pretty unusal flavor, mixing theory with insightful analysis of industrial state of the art. It is great that so much of this high quality content is now available through personal weblogs.
Posted to admin by Ehud Lamm on 3/15/02; 2:57:49 PM