I've been quite inspired recently by finding a ton of cool personal websites and wikis and thought I would share my views on how freeing it is to make your own: ritualdust.com/craft/make-your

@ritualdust Very nice article.

I don't like this phrasing: "Don’t bother looking into static site builders or deployment services until just uploading your files on your server is too much work."

[until just] is tough.

Don’t bother looking into static site builders until your website has grown enough that manually uploading your files becomes too much work.

@neauoire +1 on excising "just", makes tutorials & similar resources so much more welcoming :tealheart: (also excellent article!!!)

@cblgh @neauoire totally agree, I still catch myself using it in those contexts, thanks for pointing that out :3

@cblgh @neauoire I might go over it in a couple of days and add more resources and definitions to make it even more accessible to newcomers, I feel that we are privileged of having worked with the web early in our lives and it might not be so obvious how to start working with it now ~

@ritualdust @cblgh we've known the web when it was simple, some people who never experienced it can't even picture it.

@neauoire Unfortunately, when the web was simple, it also was pretty unreachable to a load of people with less skills and training. We failed to make it accessible while keeping it simple. 😔

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@z428 @neauoire @ritualdust @cblgh @pixouls This statement is true, but I’m not sure the situation is better now, as opposed to just bad on a different axis. Given the way every tech is deployed, certain types of “accessible” (e.g. screen readers) were much better back then. It often feels like we’ve made creation more accessible but consumption less, which I’m not sure is a good trade.

@a Well... get your point, am torn here. Do you think it's better to make consumption easy but leave production / publication of information only to people who are _technically_ trained? That feels quite a bit like the middle-ages where writing / copying books was knowlegde and skill reserved for a small elite. I always considered access to far-reaching (global) "writable" channels as one of the best thing digital technology could possibly do for people.

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@z428 @neauoire @ritualdust @cblgh @pixouls Ideally, you want both reading and writing to be easy and accessible. But to the extent you have to make a trade off there, I think it’s important to remember that there are a lot more readers than writers, and that there’s a power imbalance (decisions writers make are pushed onto readers).

@a Hmmm... yes, but I'm unsure here. Is the fact that there are more readers than writers not at least to some extent also caused by the fact that writing is (also technically) more difficult than reading? I don't completely disagree, but I think we should strive to get technical complexity out of the writers way. Like: Does a writer have to still know about IP addresses, markup, styles, ... in the 2020s? Or should a writer be an expert in ...

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@a ... a (most likely non-technical) special field of "knowledge" and be able to use technology as a tool without having to think too much about it? I feel there's still too much tech knowledge required here if you don't want to sell your soul to the large corporations.

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@a (Coming back to this, just as an idea: Sometimes I think we would need way less "server/hosting-centric" stuff, in example, and way more stuff like #ssb or true P2P/decentralized technologies where end users could just write and gather whichever "content" they see relevant on their devices and have easy, reliable, secure means of sharing this with whoever matters to them, up to a "global public".)

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