I'm sure I'll be seen as some luddite for saying this, but I think it has to be said.
Creature feep, the evil twin of feature creep, is the propensity of an engineering project to bolt on any feature that is somewhat easy to implement.
Easy to implement does not mean worthwhile or desirable. In the regular feature creep, there's at least some strategic reason for considering the ideas. Creature feep has a mind of its own. That mind is chanting, "wouldn't it be cool if..."
The 'diary' system is another example of a creature feep. If individuals want to express themselves, why not use a hosting service (even geocities) to make a webpage of their own? I do. Others do. Link to your homepage on your K5 sig or on your User Information page. There's no strategic reason for the 'diary' sections, it was just an easy thing for Rusty to add to the database framework. Feep.
Messaging each other would be another creature feep. What is ICQ? What is AOL IM? What is Jabber? People can publish their contact information and use those other well-defined channels of communication, if they so choose. Bare-bones messaging is easy to add technically but doesn't fit the strategic mission of K5. Feep.
Kuro5hin is a source of information, a newspaper where YOU choose the headlines. Remember that? It's not an experiment in digital convergence, and it's not a drop-in replacement for those who can't afford hosting or messaging service providers.
If people donate money to Kuro5hin, how do you want it spent? I want the best platform for a source of information, a newspaper where I choose the headlines.
[ e d @ h a l l e y . c c ] spare time? know java? earn cash