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Technocrat.net is No More

By Anne Marie in News
Fri Jan 05, 2001 at 08:51:17 PM EST
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After a year and a half, Bruce Perens is finally shutting down technocrat.net in the face of dwindling readership. What few readers remain are encouraged by Bruce to head on over to kuro5hin. In the words of Bruce Perens, "it's been fun".


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Back in July of 1999, Technocrat was launched as a haven for geek-oriented discussion outside the slashdot hegemony. But whereas kuro5hin recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and continues to grow, technocrat has fallen victim to the rapid proliferation of discussion boards and resulting brain drain.

As the dust settles in the still silence after, a lone voice asks: how should "competing" sites like kuro5hin react to this shakeout? Standardization in the realm of discussion forums is a double-edged sword, concentrating a "meeting of the minds" while reducing choice. Perhaps now more than ever, it is imperative for us to breath new life into the kuro5hin constitutional convention.

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Who cares? (3.25 / 4) (#12)
by duxup on Wed Jan 03, 2001 at 07:10:19 PM EST

I can't help but ask that question. I visited technocrat several times. Enough to know I didn't care for it. I also noticed that very few people seemed to post on there. I can't help but not care and I don't see how this has anything to do with k5.

My analogy would be if a coffee shop closed down in the city I live. I couldn't care less since I didn't like that coffee shop, not many people went there, and there are plenty of other shops. Why should the one I regularly visit change because another closed?

Technocrat was, in a way, Kuro5hin's predecessor (none / 0) (#28)
by ToastyKen on Sat Jan 06, 2001 at 04:35:36 AM EST

It seems to me that Technocrat was, in a way, trying to accomplish what kuro5hin was: To create an alternative forum to /. that would be more oriented toward social/political issues that techies care about. It also came before kuro5hin.

That it didn't work out was a shame, but I have little doubt that it has influenced kuro5hin's development, as evidenced by rusty's postings on technocrat. For that alone, it's worth mourning as a "parent" to kuro5hin of sorts, even if its death was a long time coming.

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engine (2.33 / 3) (#13)
by Refrag on Wed Jan 03, 2001 at 09:09:36 PM EST

Did technocrat.net use the Scoop engine? The site looks to be laid out much the same what Kuro5hin is. Does Bruce Perens participate much here? I've never seen him post here, but I have seen him post on Slashdot.

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It uses Zope (4.00 / 1) (#14)
by SIGFPE on Wed Jan 03, 2001 at 09:23:54 PM EST

Which is here.
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K5 History on TC (4.42 / 7) (#15)
by driph on Wed Jan 03, 2001 at 11:53:09 PM EST

I always enjoyed technocrat.. In fact, it was on that site that I discovered this one..

Dunno if Bruce is archiving or not(I'd personally love to see him to submit an article looking back on technocrat as far as what worked, what didn't and so forth here on Kuro5hin.. Are you reading this Bruce?) but here are a few comments that may be a fun read for those interested in the history of K5..

Pre Scoop

Can Story Moderation Work?

Community Moderation the answer?

Slaying Trolls == Inviting Lawsuit?


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rapid proliferation. (1.00 / 1) (#24)
by Wah on Fri Jan 05, 2001 at 02:19:39 AM EST

you might notice at the bottom of that slashcode site a bit of text that looks like this

Last updated Thu Nov 30 01:11:52 2000 GMT

If that date was sometime in this millennium, the page might contain a link to something like this.. Yea, I'm pretty sure it would.

And while we're at it, will the real Bruce Perens please stand up? (search "Will the Real")
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Popularity of Technocrat? (5.00 / 1) (#29)
by DigDug on Sat Jan 06, 2001 at 10:04:42 PM EST

Does anyone know the numbers for Technocrat hits, visits, traffic, etc? I, too, run a weblog, though the comment system sits idle most of the time. I am enjoying just updating it and writing the code for now, but I'm not growing at all. After an increase in readers for the first few months, I am now stuck at 100-200 hits a day, about 20 of which are probably mine.

Kuro5hin had the fortune of repeated Slashdottings (which is about when comments actually started appearing on the boards), as well as support from VA Linux. I don't see anything particularly special about my site that would warrant that kind of support.

Has anyone else been faced with a similar situation? What did you do?

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