Monday, October 24, 2005

BlogSpotty

So apparently Blogspot is becoming kidn of a blogspam ghetto. A fairly large number of the neat blogs by Forge twunts are on blogspot.

It occurs to me that I could probably set up a "free blogs for indie RPG folks" service over at my nearlyfreespeech.net hosting, if there was an interest. On the other hand, it's not like there's a huge shortage of avenues for blogs on the Inter Nets (e.g. livejournal.com and whatnot), and it's not like all the crap blogs on blogspot.com somehow make the good ones disappear from view. I hadn't even noticed any problem, I've just read about it.

Just wanted to throw that out there.

3 comments:

Matt Snyder said...

Earnest question for you -- should you create such a service, would you be able to protect it from spamming as well?

I have been tinkering with a new angle to bring Daedalus back in play (Shh! I won't tell if you wont!), with the angle of emphasizing the workshop more than the periodical. It would be about design and actual play, whereas the periodical was more about play and theory, sorta kinda.

Anyway, one of the angles I was going to take was become a blog commentator -- basically posting the "top commentary" each day, making a one-stop shop for Forge twunts and other good stuff.

The idea is still formative, and I haven't finalized what I want to do. But, I'm researching ideas now. This

Ed said...

Looks like you got cut off there, Matt...

Keeping out spam would depend on what software I used. The more popular the software you use, the more likely people have written spambots which abuse it. But conversely, the more likely that the arms race has led to useful plugins to combat blogspam.

I haven't researched this seriously yet but in principle, any system which is set up, custom-made, for a group of people who are admitted by hand (that doesn't mean it'd be select or elitist, only that you can't auto-create accounts mechanically) ought not to be as vulnerable to mechanical abuse as a "blogs for everybody, create them instantly" system.

And I have a few friends who have hand-written their own blogging software for the fun of it, and not a one of them has a spam problem. So probably the more custom it is, the less spam you deal with.

I'm not nearly as familiar with Daedalus as I'd like to be, and I'd like to change that. I'm not familiar with the workshop!

Matt Snyder said...

Yeah, I got cut off late last night, and now I can't remember what I was getting at. I think all I was saying was "This ... is part of that research."

You can check out previous issues of Daedalus here.