the revised devil's dictionary
changes to the newsletter.
I've had a few complaints from individuals regarding the
newsletter in general, specifically some problems with Yahoo
Groups and how they're currently being handled. My best
guess at this point is that Yahoo is thinking of either
abandoning the Groups entirely or revamping them somehow.
I'm not sure how functional any revamping might be and am
leery of the idea. I kind of view it as abandoning the
Groups entirely, which may or may not be inevitable at this
They're old. They're clunky. They're very yesterday I
suppose one could say. Indeed, the precursor of Yahoo Groups
was the UseNet Newsgroups that went south a number of years
ago. The good thing about Yahoo Groups and their
equivalents is that they have a lot of data archived and
it's going to be a bit sad to see it all go. Many of you
might not have thought of it but you can, at any time,
download old copies of RDD going back to the start, in May
of 2000. That's 14 years worth of columns and
comments, though I grant that there's been little activity
over the past seven years or so. Still, it's there.
I'll make sure I have a copy of everything, you can be sure.
But what to do with the newsletter? The website itself is, I
suppose, viable but I don't really like to spend that much
time on it. I'm a writer and being a webmaster is a huge
pain in the ass and time consuming. I don't intend to to a
lot of it.
But that doesn't preclude something on a regular basis of
once or twice a week. I do have a few things that might be
of interest that could benefit from the exposure. I'm doing
a fair amount of photography and travel and I'm fairly good
at winnowing out chaff. I invite comments via email if
you have anything you'd like say and indeed, would be
willing to have other things from other people to put
up. I imagine it would end up in a blog sort of style,
with older entries retired to further back in the stacks
before being taken down.