The influential site Daring Fireball, John Gruber’s web site that covers all things Macintosh, iPhone, iPad and Apple in general is a weblog with the commenting feature turned off. On popular sites like DF moderating comment threads can be a full time job and Gruber has said he’d rather spend time thinking and writing than moderating and responding.
The problem is, Gruber doesn’t quite say it like that, he says it in an incredibly egotistical way and when questioned about it he calls people names like “jackass” and “douchebag.”
Gruber is an excellent writer and his coverage of Apple technology is first rate but his self-important attitude has bothered me for many years. I read him but I cringe at times.
It seems others feel this way as well and John Casasanta has built a web site that is going to allow them to express their feelings about all things Apple and Gruber: Daring Fireball with Comments.
While I share some of this feeling, reposting the content, look and feel of a site with the addition of comments is not a great way to express it; a quick look at the comments at the site supports exactly why Gruber decided not to allow them on his site.
No doubt John Gruber needs to be taken down a few pegs but this isn’t the way to do it.
[via Jon Moss]