Comments on 2019-07-14 Blogging Spirit

Absolutely agree with you on the benefits of blog posts being timestamped; a post represents one’s thoughts on the subject at the time it was posted but there’s no implied promise that it’ll be updated as thoughts evolve. This is liberating.

Further, it’s somehow cheating to go back and make a change without clearly marking that change (other than typo fixes and the like which don’t change the sense of the post and for which markup would just be clutter).

Ed Davies 2019-07-14 22:08 UTC


I haven’t spent much time contemplating the subject, but I have recently been thinking that what you have here is really a sweetspot between blog and wiki. As you will have noticed I really like the ability to quickly correct small typos/grammos that slipped through (something I never bother with if it involves emailing the author or pointing them out in a comment) and am thinking that if I would get into blogging I would want to do it on a wiki too.

I also think you get the best of both worlds in having the choice of putting the date in the title or not. When you do that it is clear that the ideas expressed are possibly fleeting. And when you want a “timeless” page for some topic I think omitting the date in the title but having most of the content be a living list of links to dated posts is a good model (living in the sense that you would update the list as your thoughts evolve, adding new dated posts and removing links to dated posts that have “expired”).

(Sidenote: You should let me know if my edits annoy you. I think what I like about it is that it feels like I am contributing back in a small way as thanks for the content you provide. I hope you take it as an acknowledgement that someone reads and enjoys it enough to care!)

– Björn Buckwalter 2019-07-15 08:33 UTC


And this is why I decided to decommission the old PmWiki on my personal website after nearly 12 years, while the OddMuse on No Time To Play is only proving more useful by the day. Can you guess which of them is being used for what it was built to do best? 😝

Felix 2019-07-15 12:20 UTC


Björn, I love your edits. Thank you very much! 🙂

Felix, I hadn’t seen the No Time to Play Wiki before. I like this not on your Recent Changes intro:

27 January 2019: one year after the big migration, it seems to be decided: long-form articles will go straight to the wiki, with suitable announcements posted to the new blog, and all the usual places. The blog will still be used for the more time-dependent write-ups in addition to the newsletters.

Heh! 🙂

– Alex Schroeder 2019-07-16 16:38 UTC


Oh dear, could’ve sworn you knew about it already. And yeah, that wasn’t planned, it just turned out to be the way I ended up using it after a while. By the way: no other wiki engine I’m familiar with treats Recent Changes as an ordinary page that can have manually edited content at the top, and that enables uniquely interesting uses.

Felix 2019-07-17 08:38 UTC


Thanks! If you have any ideas or things you’d like to try, let me know. 🙂

– Alex Schroeder 2019-07-17 20:16 UTC


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