Just because things that are worthwhile are sometimes hard doesn’t mean that things that are hard are necessarily worthwhile.
When we talked, he focussed mostly on the design of the site, and I asked him whether he thought of Ello as a business at all. The answer was an emphatic but qualified “yes.” Budnitz said that he wants Ello to be sustainable, but that he sees no need for it to “become a billion-dollar company.” Because it’s relatively inexpensive to keep the basic infrastructure of a Web site running, he feels confident that he and his co-owners—the designers and programmers who helped build the site—can turn a decent profit by selling extra features for a dollar or two apiece.
Imma assume this stupidity about this being “relatively inexpensive” comes from the artist who started Ello. This is why I can’t truly speak to non-technologists about technology at all. They have no fucking clue. To analogize this in a way that a visual artist would understand COMPLETELY…
"That painting is just drips and blocks of color. My kid could do that."
It’s not cheap to keep a website running, not if you want it to run reliably and at scale. And not one person is going to give dime one to a website that can’t run reliably and at scale.
Since Budnitz and his buddies put this together for a small group of people, it’ll have been designed from the ground up with the following design flaws (unless they have some seriously senior, seasoned, and incredibly smart engineers as friends which, I’m going to tell you right now they do not or one of them would already be the COO and the only person allowed to speak to the press).
- No I18N/L10N support (that’s Internationalization and Localization for you non-techies and if you count letters you’ll understand why those are the abbreviations for those terms; you may also call me R5D).
- Load balancing? What’s that?
- Sharding? What’s that?
- No API.
- No sharable services.
- The list goes on and on and on and on.
Anyone can hack together a small social networking website in a few, caffeine-fueled days. It’s a rare set of engineers who can build one for the masses. And that takes a lot of money. A LOT.
Seconded. Remember back in the day (the Missing e day, that is), people were like “Jeremy, you should start your own social network, we’d jump on it” and I said something a lot more diplomatic than “you know what kind of shit that would take? Fuck that noise, I have a full-time job.”
There is not one person in this world that is not cripplingly sad about something. You remember that before you open your mouth.
To celebrate the milestone that is my 10,000th Tumblr post, I present my Personal Favourites Masterpost!
Below, you’ll find some of what I consider to be the best things I’ve posted on Tumblr in the last 4+ years.
Cutlerish on sexism and gender equality:
- It was just a joke
- Here’s my thing about women in STEM
- "You’re too pretty to be so sad!"
- I want to say something about last night’s filibuster by Wendy Davis
Cutlerish on friendship, romance, love:
- Leave Marks
- Date a Woman Who Challenges You
- How would you explain love to someone who had never heard of it before?
- Once in a blue moon she might need a knight in shining armor
- Tell us how a girl can romance YOU
- The Day I Started Being Me
- Things always feel different at the tips of your fingers
- The 3 day waiting period, a dating advice oddity
- On the Difficulty of Being a Romantic with a Rational Mind
Cutlerish on language and the power of words:
- Good grammar means…
- Words are important: Peak, Peek, Pique
- Hiding in Plain Sight: The Fine Art and Subtle Science of Dissembling
- Don’t Shame Another’s Pain
- Do that sexy thing…
Cutlerish on how I live life, for better or for worse:
- My life was hard to live until I internalized these messages
- I do this because I choose to
- Subway Question: My most important lesson
- The Urge to Jump
- Laundry: a bit of my serenity
- Cutlerish’s Rules for Living
Cutlerish on extroversion, empathy and emotions:
Happy New Year, my little Jew-ds and Jew-dettes.
The site threatening Watson was greeted with glee on 4chan and Reddit, where commenters explicitly stated their hope that the threats would force her to abandon her feminist campaigning.
More and more convinced that Reddit and 4chan are the antithesis of useful. Starting to think anyone who spends time in either place is actively harming and not participating.
I’m absolutely not defending the wastes of sperm & eggs who are the people attacking Emma Watson, but how does that reflect on other Reddit users? By your rationale, because I spend time at /r/buffy, /r/gunners, /r/autism, and /r/cordcutters, that means I’m actively harming and not participating? That’s ridiculous. It’s as if saying that all tumblr users are porn-addicted creeps because there is a subculture of porn on tumblr.
Think of it more like the fact that your use of a platform that does little, if nothing, to discourage sexism is tantamount to supporting that platform and its policies.
You don’t have to click a checkbox that says "I support Reddit’s lack of concern for the prevalence of sexist hate-speech that is propagated in some subreddits". It is implicit in your continued use of the site. It only takes someone at Reddit to think "we don’t really have a problem that needs addressing, look at all the people still using the site!"
I understand that there is a lot of great stuff on Reddit, and a lot of subreddits to be proud of, but that doesn’t erase the negative. You can continue to use any platform you want, but maybe try to be a bit less unwittingly complacent about what is happening in corners of these sites that aren’t your own.
EDIT: It occurs to me that perhaps I should be a bit more explicit. You cure complacency by speaking up or, to a lesser extent, by leaving. Anything else makes you part of the problem.