Know what I miss? I miss Advogato. Advogato was an amazing site, a little bit blog, a little bit navel-gazing, and a little bit tech nerdery.

Users rated each others' competence from Journeyman to Master, votes carrying more weight the higher the voter was ranked themselves. It worked, even though the ten-dollar-word faction (never use a ten dollar word where a five cent one would suffice) doubted and poo-poo'ed the whole thing.

Articles were shown reverse chronologically, the way it used to be, no bullshit, no frills, just content. And content there was. There were the crazies, the hackers, the coders, the commentators, and a lot of stuff in between.

Advogato shut down in 2017, 18 years after its launch.