State of the Gato Address for 2017

Posted 22 Jun 2017 at 19:36 UTC by robogato Share This

It has been 18 years since Raph created Advogato; ten years since I took over hosting and last posted a State of the Gato Address; and six years since there was any development work on the mod_virgule codebase. The server Advogato is running on is around 15 years old and will be decommissioned in a few days. Active users have dwindled into the single digits. Most have moved on to more modern social networking sites. It's been a good run but it's time to say goodbye. The trust metrics updater and blog aggregator have been turned off and the site will go into read-only mode today. Don't worry though, the content will be preserved. I've spoken with Mark Graham at the Internet Archive and the entire content of Advogato is being copied into their archive where it will be permanently accessible.

So long, and thanks..., posted 23 Jun 2017 at 00:18 UTC by nutella » (Master)

Sorry to hear about the end, but glad Advogato will be stored, frozen in time. A hearty thanks to all responsible for maintaining the site. It has been fun and informative. I've been checking in daily for years so it will be hard to break the habit.

aloha, posted 23 Jun 2017 at 13:28 UTC by joey » (Master)

This is my first port on Advogato since 2002. (Aside from syndication from my blog.) And it'll be my last post here.

Advogato was where my blog started, back before we knew what blogs were. And it was also my first social network, back before we knew what vile beasts *those* were. It was unique and interesting, and then it wasn't.

I'm pleased to see it's lasted so long (even with all that scary scary C code), and is making such a graceful exit.

half-broken instance on AWS, posted 23 Jun 2017 at 17:38 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

Sorry that I didn't have the expertise or find some other afficiando to host for you. I have a half-broken instance running on Amazon's AWS cloud... It is good for keeping my own notes from time to time..

Thank you for all you've done !

best. a.k.a badvogato

Preventing linkrot, posted 26 Jun 2017 at 22:59 UTC by mako » (Master)

Totally understandable. But also still sad. Thanks for all you've done over the years!

Is there anyway we can arrange to have incoming links to redirect to the version stored at the Archive? I've created many links to the site over the years—including some in academic publications. I'd love to have those continue to work.

Is there anything I do to help this happen, I'd be happy to help. I'd be happy to run the redirect server, pay the domain bills, etc. Feel free to be in contact if I can help.

Letting the links die and/or having the domain fall to squatter/spammer seems like too sad an option.

history - timeline of Reddit, posted 27 Jun 2017 at 21:37 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

I had no idea that the late Aaron Swartz worked for Reddit, but was terminated in 2007?

timeline from wiki reads like news to me !

Further information: Timeline of Reddit

Co-founder Alexis Ohanian speaking in 2009
In June 2005,[61] Reddit was founded in Medford, Massachusetts by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, both 22-year-old graduates of the University of Virginia.[62] The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005. Between November 2005 and January 2006 Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug.[63][64] Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, acquired Reddit on October 31, 2006, and the team moved to San Francisco.[65] In January 2007, Swartz was fired.[66]

By the end of 2008, the team had grown to include Erik Martin, Jeremy Edberg,[67] David King,[68] and Mike Schiraldi.[69] In 2009, Huffman and Ohanian moved on to form Hipmunk, recruiting Slowe[70] and King[71] shortly thereafter. In May 2010, Reddit was named in Lead411's "2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies" list.[72] In July 2010, after explosive traffic growth, Reddit introduced Reddit Gold, offering new features for a price of $3.99/month or $29.99/year.[73] Reddit Gold adds a number of features to the interface, including the ability to display more comments on a page, access to the private "lounge" subreddit, and notifications whenever one's username is mentioned in a comment. It's also possible to endow comments or submissions of other users and thereby give a gold membership to them as an anonymous present.[74]

On September 6, 2011, Reddit became operationally independent of Condé Nast, now operating as a separate subsidiary of its parent company, Advance Publications.[75] On January 11, 2012, Reddit announced that it would be participating in a 12-hour sitewide blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.[76] The blackout occurred on January 18 and coincided with the blackouts of Wikipedia and several other websites. In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.[77] On February 14, 2013, Reddit began accepting the digital currency bitcoin for its Reddit Gold subscription service through a partnership with bitcoin payment processor Coinbase.[78]

In October 2014, Reddit announced Redditmade, a service which allowed moderators to create merchandise for their subreddits. Redditmade closed in February 2015.[79] In November 2014, Chief Executive Yishan Wong resigned and co-founder Ohanian returned as the full-time executive chairman. Ellen Pao, Reddit's business and partnerships strategist became the interim chief executive.[80] On July 10, 2015, Pao resigned and was replaced by Steve Huffman as CEO.[81][82]

In October 2015, Reddit announced a news portal called Upvoted, designed to broaden the reach of Reddit as a standalone site featuring editorial content from Reddit users.[83] In April 2016, Reddit launched a new blocking tool in an attempt to curb online harassment. The tool allows a user to hide posts and comments from selected redditors in addition to blocking private messages from those redditors.[84] The option to block a redditor is done by clicking a button in the inbox.

Re: Preventing linkrot, posted 28 Jun 2017 at 21:38 UTC by robogato » (Master)

Working on the link preservation issue now. We'll have some kind of redirects working before the site goes down. So any existing Advogato URLs should continue to work as before but will take the user to the corresponding page in the Internet Archive version of the site.

New Advogato Features

New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.

Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.

If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!

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