My blog is syndicated on quite a few Planets:
During my recent
exchange with Erik
de Castro Lopo about Fred Nile and racism, I got a few emails from
people asking us to "take it off the Planets". Janet probably put it
best, and her comments were typical:
Might be worth thinking about having the full on religious debates on a
different blog than the linux planet, its a pretty sad thread to read
through for a group building collaboration and community.
Now I'm all for civility, and despise the scumbags who've got Kathy
Sierra fearing for her life. If you read through the exchange
with Erik, I think you'll find it was completely civil. In this
world, we're allowed to disagree. In fact, it's incredibly important
to collaboration and community. So I really don't see any problem
with our discussion. Spirited, but polite, discussion and
disagreement is a sign of a healthy community.
The next issue is the content. We were talking politics, and
specifically state politics. I suspect this might be of little
interest to readers of Planet GLLUG, Planet Linode and much of Planet Linux
Australia's readers. But the thing about Planets is they're not
discriminating. They take the feed and shove it up online.
I think this is actually a strength. It would be entirely possible
to limit the feed Planets take to specific topics, for example by
taking the geek category
from my blog. It would make the Planets more efficient, perhaps, and
certainly more focussed, but I think would also take away a lot of
I really enjoy learning more about the people I deal with on
technical issues, experiencing them as full human beings rather than
just geeks. I love hearing their opinions on random subjects,
learning of their hobbies, their family life. It's great to see
pictures of their lovers, dogs, kids, weddings, parties, friends and
travels. It's what makes Planets great.
So I will continue to talk about whatever the hell I like on my
blog. It's my blog and I'll crap on about beer and politics if I want
to. If you don't like that, you might want to skip the Planets and
subscribe directly to peoples' individual blogs, or at least those
that focus narrowly on geekery. I think you'll miss out on something
wonderful if you do, though.