24 Apr 2003 tripp   » (Journeyer)


I was reading an entry of Dave Winer's where he proposes a theory of why users want open source, "after lots of listening, probing and thinking".

During the course of a few minutes, comments streamed in on that post, and Dave seemed to get increasingly frustrated that the commentors (including Dave Sifry) "didn't get it" and were (I'm paraphrasing) pushing their own agendas.

One of the last comments I saw was from Dave (Winer) asking "Jake" (presumably a Userland or Harvard person) for a feature to enable toggling comments on a per-posting basis.

Next thing you know, the entire comments thread disappeared (which is why you can't back up what I'm saying here for yourself).

And this after I'd crafted what I thought was a pretty good response to the thread showing that I did, in fact, "get it". But Mozilla ate that post when I tried to submit it and Mozilla found the comments submission URL was no longer valid (see above re: comments disappearing).

The whole experience smacks of a sandbox war. Very frustrating and didn't leave me with a good feeling about Dave Winer or what he has to say. I'm going to have to learn to separate his insights from the occasional petulance that I've inferred from this.

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