If you’re one of Haddock.org’s few regular visitors you’ve probably noticed that the Haddock Directory part of the site had its last daily update in October. After updating the Directory every day (well, kind of) since its launch in 1997 I’d finally had enough of the dull and thankless task earlier last year. A glamorous and anonymous assistant valiantly took hold of the reigns and kept it going for a further few months but eventually the regular tedium overcame them too. So we think it’s finally time to call it a day and shutter this tiny window onto the mailing list’s activity.
There are probably ways we could kind of sort of automate the process of posting links, although categorising each link requires the manual labour only a brain can provide. But it’s simpler and more relaxing for everyone concerned if we just stop. Given the number of queries I’ve had about the lack of updates (roughly zero) I don’t think we’re in danger of causing global protests.
Back in 1997 no one on the list had a weblog — well, the term barely existed — but now plenty of us have them, and plenty of people post links to their own sites or del.icio.us so there’s still plenty of regular material from some of those on the list, should you feel the need for an idea of what people are thinking. Roughly.
I’ll leave you with a link to the Thea’s Galleria page on the Haddock Directory, from, I think 2000 when the site was generated by the craziness of Userland Frontier. The site’s since been re-written a couple of times in PHP/MySQL and includes more than 27,000 links. Goodnight.