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Tech workers rebel against a lame-ass Internet by bringing back ‘GeoCities-style’ WebRings

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  1. [7]
    Amarok
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    The article is alright, but the stuff it links to is the real fun. ;)

    The article is alright, but the stuff it links to is the real fun. ;)

    7 votes
    1. [6]
      skybrian
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      What are some web pages you like?

      What are some web pages you like?

      6 votes
      1. [4]
        Amarok
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        Right now I'm enjoying Vimm's Lair for retro gaming. Donjon Tools is still my favorite RPG nerd toybox. Future Timeline makes for fun reading if you're into futurism. Bash.org is still alive and...

        Right now I'm enjoying Vimm's Lair for retro gaming. Donjon Tools is still my favorite RPG nerd toybox. Future Timeline makes for fun reading if you're into futurism. Bash.org is still alive and still occasionally hilarious. I use Wildflowers of NY to keep tabs on what's growing in my yard. Bandcamp is the best music on the net. TheTrove.is was also one of my favs, online for over a decade with >2TB of archived tabletop RPG materials, damn near everything ever published in that industry - except it just died. I hate losing archive sites like that. What.cd all over again. :/

        It's funny, I've got acres of bookmarks here but I rarely use any of them anymore. Seems like half of them are dead. It's easy to fall into the lazy channel trap and just let the content come to you. Perhaps we should do a thread and collect everyone's favorites.

        13 votes
        1. hungariantoast
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          TheTrove is yet another example of why archive sites should regularly be made available as torrents. Seriously, every time an archive site adds new content, or at least on a weekly basis, they...

          TheTrove is yet another example of why archive sites should regularly be made available as torrents. Seriously, every time an archive site adds new content, or at least on a weekly basis, they should release an updated torrent of the site's content. You can't DMCA the swarm.

          Also 5etools went down recently too, though thankfully there's a mirror up, it's self-hostable, and the sauce is on GitHub.

          It's pretty fuckin sad that by far the most complete and best tool for referencing D&D content is a fan made, and according to WOTC, "copyright infringing" website.

          Honestly I wouldn't be so miffed if WOTC would stop locking so much systems content behind paywalls. No, I am not going to spend dozens of dollars on a fucking book just so I can get the stats for a monk subclass.

          They should just publish the adventures as paid modules, and release the extra systems content, such as gameplay mechanics, classes, etc. for free.

          8 votes
        2. [2]
          skybrian
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          Yeah, it’s funny, this is a link sharing site but not really a bookmark collection sharing site like Pinboard. Despite all the tagging I wouldn’t really use it as a resource for finding things. I...

          Yeah, it’s funny, this is a link sharing site but not really a bookmark collection sharing site like Pinboard. Despite all the tagging I wouldn’t really use it as a resource for finding things.

          I meant “what does the article link to that you like” but this works too.

          2 votes
          1. Amarok
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            Ah, I liked The Low Tech Webring and Neocities from the article. Also found the old indieweb manifesto amusing.

            Ah, I liked The Low Tech Webring and Neocities from the article. Also found the old indieweb manifesto amusing.

            4 votes
      2. Kuromantis
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        Admittedly I am not remotely close to the target audience of these sites but I found Bill's World Wide Boutique and Melon King amusing because it just seems like someone designed these places...

        Admittedly I am not remotely close to the target audience of these sites but I found Bill's World Wide Boutique and Melon King amusing because it just seems like someone designed these places according to all the most obnoxious stereotypes about 1995 websites and they know that. That being said, some of the sites are pretty interesting in their own merits, like 2 Bit about 2 Bit color displays.

        4 votes
  2. xstresedg
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    I'm quite liking the recent throwback design to 90s and early 00s web design. Gives me that good nostalg.

    I'm quite liking the recent throwback design to 90s and early 00s web design. Gives me that good nostalg.

    6 votes
  3. acdw
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    I wrote one o them webring things in python one time: nethoop. On my site .. of course, nobody's wanted to be added for quite some time.

    I wrote one o them webring things in python one time: nethoop. On my site .. of course, nobody's wanted to be added for quite some time.

    4 votes
  4. vord
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    I miss webrings of old. Instead of just friending people on some social site, you'd link to each other's pages. The decline of this for the wider population has helped foster tech illiteracy. I...

    I miss webrings of old. Instead of just friending people on some social site, you'd link to each other's pages.

    The decline of this for the wider population has helped foster tech illiteracy. I knew plenty of non-techy people learning html, css, and js to do this and make their page cool circa 1998. Or at least paying the nerds. Win-win IMO.

    Interesting tidbit: I went to a rural elementary school in early 90's that jumped on computer labs and taught typing as early as 2nd grade. The Superintendents knew computing was the future and several thousand kids benefitted from it.

    Another thought: The failed universal broadband initiatives of the 90's destroyed equal access. In dialup days everyone had a chance.

    4 votes