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11 August 2010

Talking of stroking

It’s no secret that I’m currently somewhat vexed by The Borg, I mean Nature Network. Kristi made an insightful comment on my latest:

@ Cath: We need a good collective noun for blogs. A navelgaze?

I suggest a “stroke” of blogs, which could refer to genius, insight, lightning, ego, or … other things. In some cases I would also recommend the collective noun “bloat”.

In a stunning demonstration of one of the many things wrong with Nature Network, here is a snapshot of the ‘Featured Posts’ this morning:

Featuring your own stuff

Never mind the good writers making interesting posts, let’s tell the world how incompetent we are. At least they’ve finally got rid of the months old Local Hubs blog calling for new writers in Boston.

Yes, I’m whingeing. Deal with it.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rpg @ 10:58


  1. I don’t see the snapshot. I had to go to the actual page to see what you were talking about, and you *know* how long that takes!

    Comment by Eva — 11 August 2010 @ 12:03

  2. And until today, this one of mine was the giant one on the featured posts page, which I hope was at least somewhat well (albeit purposely chaotic) written and interesting?

    Comment by Eva — 11 August 2010 @ 12:06

  3. Bah, humbug. So much for using twitpic to share pics.

    Comment by rpg — 11 August 2010 @ 12:38

  4. That’s what happens when you use automated scripts to punt things onto your front page. Manual curation, what a concept. I’ve heard it works rather well for some things.

    Comment by ricardipus — 11 August 2010 @ 15:57

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