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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Bitchiness in the Blogosphere

I must admit that one of the minor reasons I haven't been posting recently has been the constant sniping going on between the left and the right in the New Zealand blogosphere. That and the fact I've been busy working on getting TopSpin up and running, busy catching up from being overseas, and going full steam ahead on setting up an office for our company in Auckland.

It does disappoint me to see the constant bitterness and bitchiness that occurs from both sides, as most recently demonstrated in various blogs discussing events at the music awards.

I know and can understand that there are a great many lurkers out there. I am also especially interested in the constructive lurkers that are reading the blogs, but not contributing because of the often petty behaviour that occurs.

/me inserts shameless plug

We here at Sir Humphrey's have developed a means for you to contribute to online democracy in New Zealand in a different way. Blogging is seen as the vocal poster-child of online democracy, but we believe there is an even more powerful form of democracy - quiet, studious and less intense and confrontational than blogging. Yes, this is the TopSpin project we have been harping on about recently. For every person that posts comments, we believe there are many more that just read and don't actively participate. We know there are some very knowledgeable readers, and we'd like you consider contributing to the open source database we are creating about politics and politicians in New Zealand. TopSpin is not about discussion of current events - it is almost entirely the opposite. It is about researching and documenting our politicians so that we know them better than ever before. It is about combining all the little pieces of knowledge that exist and consolidating them in one place. Creating connections when they didn't previously exist and recording it for posterity. And recognising that we will make the odd mistake and have to correct the content - that of course goes without saying.

Most importantly, it is so that we never forget.

We believe we have created a tool that can greatly support online democracy in New Zealand, but we need help in growing it. We would be greatly honoured if you would help us.

* Because of the potential for vandalism, we do not provide immediate or automatic edit access to TopSpin - basically to save us time fixing malicious edits. But, all you have to do is email me with your preferred username and an email address, and we'll create your account.

** Also, we unreservedly welcome TopSpin contributors from anywhere in the political spectrum. This is not a right-wing project, even though it is borne by the right. We recognise that, for example, some of us will not be interested in immediately researching and documenting National for example - we'd be more than happy to have left-wing contributors build up the dossier on the right.

Posted by Bernard Woolley | 10/08/2005 01:10:00 pm


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well I must admit I did somewhat overvent my sleen on someone's comments somewhere.

10/08/2005 05:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TopSpin links do not work.

Probably a plus really.

- Wind up

10/09/2005 09:27:00 am  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I think the server was down for a bit overnight, which was why the links didn't work. It appears to be working now.

10/09/2005 01:49:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The OpenHost server seems to go down EVERY night, from about 2am to 7am. We might have to ditch these guys and move to a proper hosting company.

10/09/2005 03:50:00 pm  
Blogger t selwyn said...

Yes. It's when I do my all my best work!

10/09/2005 05:01:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

al - which plan are you using? Unix Silver?

We use KiwiWebHost (www.kiwiwebhost.co.nz) for our hosting. The $1 a week plan is probably insufficient for your needs, but the premium (though pricier than the Unix Silver plan) might be more use to you. It seems to have a discount of 10% each year, which might make things easier.

They seem to be a pretty good host. I've used them for other projects I'm involved with, and they are quick to reply.

10/10/2005 10:46:00 am  
Blogger tincanman said...

Powweb in the United States. 10gb per day, 5gb storage, etc. It is pricier than most, but the bang for the buck is substantial.

10/10/2005 01:00:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Sorry, just caught up on this thread. If it is going down a bit, I'd happily move the site to KiwiWebHost as I've had some good experiences with them, and am very comfortable with the backend management system (cpanel). Openhost is not that flash from a management perspective.

10/18/2005 12:58:00 pm  

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