Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
I have been thinking for quite a while about the…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
I have been thinking for quite a while about the ways in which different technologies lead people to communicate in different ways. Joel Spolsky points out that -- for example -- when a message board doesn't allow threading, offtopic posts are less likely.