Summary: A little bit of site news and an explanation about the long delay
PLEASE allow us to eliminate false rumours about Techrights being “dead” or “under attack” or “silenced”. The site is very much active in the IRC channels, but the editor (yours truly) is stuck with no wired connection because BT is slow to enable lines* when one relocates.
While I’m on mobile broadband (essentially a cellular network) I just spend more time coding, but I wanted to share some thoughts on the operation of this site and reach out for advice. Activities behind the scenes are all publicly logged and even when I’m offline, someone else logs them for publication at a later date (yes, all the IRC logs will be posted when I review and split the files next week). Components of Techrights are primarily the community which sustains it, including the kind host, Tracy, who has supported the site marvelously well since a major DDOS attack forced us offline for days. The site itself has several parts such as:
1. Blog (with translations)
(5. Citations in press, forums)
Communication channels (real-time at FreeNode) are:
3. BN social
Syndication is done with:
1. Full RSS feeds
Angles we can split the covered issues into:
Focus in negative context:
Focus in positive context
Freedom-respecting companies and some organisations such as the EFF, FSF, and Wikileaks.
Post types are:
1. Articles (including offbeat announcements like this one)
2. Daily links
3. IRC logs
Domain names (through which the server is accessible):
Since some time in October 2010 we’ve pondered the option of using IRC with identi.ca syndication as the main — is not only — source of site input. Prior to my departure our IRC logs weighed almost 1 MB per days, so they took a long time to pass through and they contained a lot of real-time information from many sources. Although the plan is to resume as usual when the wired connection is back, perhaps it is time to experiment with substitutes or surrogates for RSS feeds (E-mails are mostly slow to manage and sometimes unreliable). This might also enable us to compose more posts per day, maybe at the expense of the daily links (which many people still seem to find useful, despite the immense size/volume). Any thoughts on how Techrights can make the most of it all would be appreciated, so please leave a comment or join us to discuss this in IRC.
* And has bad service and is expensive… yes, thanks to ‘benevolent’ monopolies.