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Anil Dash on Community Moderation

Anil has penned the wonderfully named and 100% correct “If Your Website’s Full Of Assholes, It’s Your Fault”:

When people are saying ruinously cruel things about each other, and you’re the person who made it possible, it’s 100% your fault. If you aren’t willing to be a grown-up about that, then that’s okay, but you’re not ready to have a web business. Businesses that run cruise ships have to buy life preservers. Companies that sell alcohol have to keep it away from kids. And people who make communities on the web have to moderate them.

Really, go read it now if you have anything to do with online community building or moderation.

So, I beseech you: Fix your communities. Stop allowing and excusing destructive and pointless conversations to be the fuel for your business. Advertisers, hold sites accountable if your advertising appears next to this hateful stuff. Take accountability for this medium so we can save it from the vilification that it still faces in our culture.

Introducing: Couplandish

There are thirty-four days until the US release of Douglas Coupland‘s latest novel, Generation A.

One of my greatest pleasures is finding intersections in aspects of my life. Before he departed the NYC area, it became apparent that my (then-)coworker Zach Szukala shared a love of Coupland’s books, and a particular love for the large-type Helvetica (always Helvetica!) aphorisms they would contain. His first novel, Generation X, embedded these every few pages in the margins, with pearls of wisdom like “YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN PAIN OR DRUDGERY”. His recent attempt to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle that Microserfs had, J-Pod, featured page after page of sentence in this style that bordered on hypnotic, if not subliminal.

After enough exposure to these books, things throughout your life begin to look…Couplandish. Spotting one of these bits can be difficult to the untrained senses: it’s a certain ratio of detachment, nostalgia, history, helplessness, and wordplay. In time, they begin to jump out at you from signs and announcements on loudspeakers.

For months, Zach and I would jokingly speak Couplandish – inventing (sometimes cribbing) phrases and snippets that we felt wouldn’t feel out of place in one of these novels we loved so much. Back in June, we started writing them down. A small amount of programming provided mid-90’s web color clashes against random large-type Helvetica (always Helvetica!) selections from the library, and Couplandish was born as a Web 1.0 application.

I realize single-serving sites are out of style now, but if you’ve ever read a Douglas Coupland book, I hope this will give you a smile. (This is the second of two side projects that I had intended to announce. A third is now in development.)

Cloudy Downtime Music

I’ve been informed by the vengeful gods of Victoly LLC, my beloved hosting company, that we are joining the future and moving to a new colo host that will thrust my websites high into the atmosphere and place my web applications into the cloud.

I mention this not because it’s particularly interesting, but because it will require a coordinated downtime across all five of my web offerings.

Luckily for you, there’s plenty of groundwork to be done first. I’ll provide further details when the downtime draws nearer.

Pat’s Papers Launches

One of things I miss most about being in NYC proper anymore is not having NY1 on my cable box. The TV in our bedroom rarely would change off of NY1, especially in the morning when Pat Kiernan would provide a very calming (and slightly sarcastic) take on the news. (My love of NY1 in the past was noted by Mr. Kiernan.)

Pat – who if you’re outside NYC, you probably know best from VH1’s World Series Of Pop Culture – also happens to be on Facebook, and today let all his friends know of his newest endevour: Pat’s Papers. No longer limited to reading just the NYC papers, Pat’s going national.

Being once again able to have Pat read the papers to me in the morning is a great joy. (Pat has also mentioned that a podcast version is coming soon.)

iUseThis for the iPhone

It’s been just over two years since I started using iUseThis, a neat web tool for tracking OS X apps you use. A social network for software junkies, I suppose.

As part of iPhoneDevCamp, Marcus and Arne have launched an iPhone-centric version of the site, allowing people to track and comment on their iPhone apps.

This is one of those things that I didn’t realize I was missing until I saw it. While the App Store does have plenty of methods of app feedback (user reviews, popularity ratings), it does tend to be a bit low on the signal to noise ratio. IUseThis works better, with a del.icio.us or Digg like method of popularity. The more people that mark they use an app, the higher it goes.

You can find my app list on my profile.

(Before anyone starts marveling as to the number of apps I have purchased: dumping five years of spare change into an iTunes gift certificate via Coinstar makes all the difference in the world.)

Javascript Benchmarks: Firefox 3.0RC2 vs. Webkit r34367

The latest Firefox build, versus the latest Webkit build, using SunSpider. Testing done on my iMac (24″, 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB Ram) under normal conditions (other apps open, browser frontmost during the test).

COMPARISON         FIREFOX 3.0RC2       WEBKIT r34367

** TOTAL **: 1.56x as fast 2597.0ms +/- 2.1% 1666.8ms +/- 0.3%

3d: 1.44x as fast 327.4ms +/- 5.1% 227.2ms +/- 2.1% cube: 1.62x as fast 120.2ms +/- 1.1% 74.0ms +/- 2.9% morph: 1.43x as fast 106.2ms +/- 14.3% 74.2ms +/- 3.6% raytrace: 1.28x as fast 101.0ms +/- 2.8% 79.0ms +/- 0.0% access: 1.48x as fast 363.4ms +/- 2.0% 246.0ms +/- 0.9% binary-trees: 1.54x as fast 44.0ms +/- 2.0% 28.6ms +/- 2.4% fannkuch: 1.61x as fast 136.4ms +/- 1.4% 84.8ms +/- 2.2% nbody: 1.28x as fast 137.2ms +/- 6.1% 107.4ms +/- 0.6% nsieve: 1.82x as fast 45.8ms +/- 3.0% 25.2ms +/- 2.2% bitops: 1.53x as fast 245.0ms +/- 2.6% 159.8ms +/- 1.0% 3bit-bits-in-byte: 1.62x as fast 39.2ms +/- 5.2% 24.2ms +/- 2.3% bits-in-byte: 2.07x as fast 62.2ms +/- 0.9% 30.0ms +/- 0.0% bitwise-and: 1.35x as fast 65.4ms +/- 1.7% 48.6ms +/- 3.9% nsieve-bits: 1.37x as fast 78.2ms +/- 4.8% 57.0ms +/- 0.0% controlflow: 1.75x as fast 30.8ms +/- 1.8% 17.6ms +/- 3.9% recursive: 1.75x as fast 30.8ms +/- 1.8% 17.6ms +/- 3.9% crypto: 1.41x as fast 155.8ms +/- 2.6% 110.8ms +/- 0.9% aes: 1.43x as fast 61.4ms +/- 3.9% 42.8ms +/- 1.3% md5: 1.40x as fast 46.8ms +/- 1.2% 33.4ms +/- 2.0% sha1: 1.38x as fast 47.6ms +/- 3.5% 34.6ms +/- 3.2% date: 2.15x as fast 321.6ms +/- 7.7% 149.6ms +/- 0.7% format-tofte: 2.16x as fast 195.0ms +/- 13.2% 90.2ms +/- 0.6% format-xparb: 2.13x as fast 126.6ms +/- 1.6% 59.4ms +/- 1.1% math: 1.60x as fast 277.4ms +/- 4.4% 173.0ms +/- 0.7% cordic: 1.81x as fast 104.8ms +/- 2.1% 57.8ms +/- 1.8% partial-sums: 1.48x as fast 124.0ms +/- 8.7% 83.6ms +/- 0.8% spectral-norm: 1.54x as fast 48.6ms +/- 1.4% 31.6ms +/- 2.2% regexp: 1.35x as fast 225.4ms +/- 0.5% 166.8ms +/- 0.3% dna: 1.35x as fast 225.4ms +/- 0.5% 166.8ms +/- 0.3% string: 1.56x as fast 650.2ms +/- 0.5% 416.0ms +/- 0.5% base64: 1.16x as fast 77.2ms +/- 1.8% 66.6ms +/- 1.0% fasta: 2.30x as fast 173.8ms +/- 0.9% 75.6ms +/- 0.9% tagcloud: 1.34x as fast 133.4ms +/- 0.5% 99.8ms +/- 1.0% unpack-code: 1.67x as fast 173.4ms +/- 0.6% 103.8ms +/- 1.0% validate-input: 1.32x as fast 92.4ms +/- 0.7% 70.2ms +/- 1.5%

But don’t worry, Firefox! You may be 56% slower on overall Javascript performance, but you’ve been promised to be bug free!