Daring Fireball

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John Gruber’s Daring Fireball Gets Comments (Whether He Likes It or Not)

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]

92 year old Daring Fireball (almost)

92 year old Daring Fireball (almost)

Los Angeles, California. Tomorrow my mother will be 92 and one of the things she wanted for her birthday was a new “uber-geek” t-shirt. What better t-shirt for a die-hard Mac user than a DF* classic. None of her contemporaries know that the heck it means but any serious Mac user who sees her will. Of course if they ask her who Gruber’s "jackass of the week" is she’ll say "George Bush" and get off easy.

*Daring Fireball Daring Fireball is the definitive site for those of us who follow all things Macintosh on the technical side and it’s written and published by John Gruber. My mother can barely use her Mac let alone differentiate between 6 and 8 bit video so she can’t join the class action.