[Meh-ta] The teardown will not be syndicated (but it should)

Speaking of things that go kaboom, Hikki Station closed and I didn’t even know until now. So dependent have I become on feeds as event triggers that visiting a site on a whim has become a Rare Event.

Two points here.

The first is that perhaps my reading habits are different from most, having been influenced long ago by an article about how to write for sites (or blogs, if you want to call them that). I’ve since forgotten the URL, but I remember that it emphasized the feed as an event queue, and as a kind of ersatz push (it looks like push to you but your reader is actually polling).

The implication is that, for those who consider their feed as the primary delivery mechanism, you should never announce that you are going away, you should never apologize for being busy (which is really the same thing), and you should never proclaim that you are back.

If you are going on hiatus, stop writing. If you are back, start writing. Feed readers — and by extension your human readers — will never forget you.

I’m under no illusions, though; people can and do remove feeds from their readers. On the other hand, “Display only updated” mode makes it easy to forget that someone has stopped, and when they come back it’s as if they’d never left. Such are my own working assumptions.

But just as incoming data should trigger an interrupt, so should a closed pipe or socket. Teardown is the final event, is it not? Maybe it even deserves to raise an exception. I think it’s the responsible thing to do, because no one’s a fan of unintentional memory leaks. Whether or not the user chooses to release resources at that point is up to them.

The second point.

Hikki Station and U.Blog more or less covered the same space, with U.Blog being quicker to market and Hikki Station having a better presentation (i.e. site layout), but it was the translations that were Hikki Station’s selling point. I’d add to that the subtitled videos but those were taken down about as quickly as they were put up.

If nothing else, I’d like to see that MUSICA 2007 interview one day archived and put on a free host. Of course, that is Sanosuke’s decision.

I know that this is sense of entitlement talking, but if, for whatever reason, a site goes dark, I feel that the database should be exported out to a free host. Search engine caches and the Internet Archive can’t do it all. There is something very dissatisfying about the thought of having entire sites squirreled away in a zip file, or worse.

Because, it’s not all unreferenced storage, put out to curb for the garbage collector (if that’s how your GC rolls). If in doubt, better to leave things as they are. Storage is cheap, the number of external references could very well be non-zero, and if you ever decide to start again, it’d be that much easier.

After all, it’d be as if you had never left.