It's OK to be unrated
Posted by aogMonday, 09 April 2007 at 21:04 TrackBack Ping URL

Woo hoo, I am now officially a troll.

Other than that, I think there has been a bit of an overreaction by some webloggers I normally agree with. It’s actually quite libertarian for something supported by the NY Times, so I don’t see where the rancor comes from. It’s just a branding system, if you don’t like it just ignore it. I suspect it will come to naught but it doesn’t seem intrinsically flawed. The objection that it will create a plethora of standards is a good one, but I think it misses the point —

  • All new systems start with an explosion of choices, which are ruthlessly culled over time.
  • It’s a form of aggregation for blogger styles above the purely personal style and it seems likely to me that a particular person will end up tracking a small number that he finds compatible.
  • People like cute little buttons (hence this money making scheme).

The other reasonable objection is that people already know the style of the webloggers they read, but the system seems like it’s intended more as a content labeling system for exploring other weblogs. I think that in the long run some sort of labeling system for weblog content and subjects will emerge, although I think that it’s more likely to come out of the commercial web filter companies than a “grass roots” effort like this.

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Peter Burnet Tuesday, 10 April 2007 at 16:15

Woo hoo, I am now officially a troll.

Perhaps, but not a very good one.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 10 April 2007 at 16:32

Do I have to change my psuedonymn now that I have failed at being annoying?

Andrea Harris Tuesday, 10 April 2007 at 19:11

It’s never an overreaction to tell the Earnest Ones (that would be the people who are always trying to fix a system that ain’t broke, whether they be liberal busybodies or libertarians with visions of weblogs infested with “I belong to” groups ads dancing in their heads) to go fuck themselves. It’s a positive pleasure.

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