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Posted by Nerhael on Oct 25, 2007
In no way is this site a blog.

Mind you, I take this from my understanding of a blog to be written by a single individual really, and where the blog posts are really the main content source. Or at most a few posters that post about the exact same thing, like when a movie/game get's a blog, and various people involved make posts about what's going on.

The wolfshack might at best be what I've seen called a community blog. Metafilter.com I think refers to themselves that way. I think it's basically somewhere where anyone can register really, and people just post what they want, but a lot of the fun is in the comments after the fact.

Posted by phduffy on Oct 25, 2007
Interesting.

See, I said that our site was kind of like www.boingboing.net , and she replied that boingboing is a blog.

Posted by Nerhael on Oct 25, 2007
Well, I think boingboing maybe is more of a blog honestly. It's in that set of, there are a fixed group of people that make all the posts right? Like, you may be able to sign up and post comments, but you can't add new front page content can you?

Posted by Palmer on Oct 25, 2007
I always refer to it as a message board myself. Definitely not a blog. It's not like anyone goes on too many druidic ramblings around these parts.

Posted by c.smallz on Oct 25, 2007

From wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) and are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts.

While the wolfshack exhibits the technical conditions of a "blog" - i.e. articles written in chronological order. I think it lacks the self-effacing; one-sided; debate over discussion; criteria that permeate most "blog" sites.

I like to think of it as an online community. more decentralized or organic than what would normally be described as a blog.

but really - does all this really matter if CSIS is reading all of these messages and could shut it down at any time?? huh huh?