Best Web Articles of 2017

My personal list. I'll update as I go through the year.

These ideas were presented at the Poynter Digital Design Challenge in early 2017.

The Future of Your Local Newspaper - pdf file at a Dropbox account - video version

December 2017 update: Jeesh, I think that the website is gone already. I know that its owner shutdown new posting back in the summer after only a few months of operation. But man, disappearing content is horrible. The site only began back in the spring, and it contained a lot of interesting content. At least exists.

Jul 4

In July, I stumbled upon this article from a couple years ago.

On Aug 1, I read this story that I found at HN, although the HN thread had zero comments.

This article was published on Aug 1, 2017.

August must be the month to reminiscence about the gopher protocol. In August 2016, the MinnPost published a fascinating article about gopher. It inspired me to setup gopher servers and to use gopher.

Learn Lua in 15 Minutes

Grunge music is probably my favorite genre. The article mentioned Iron & Wine. This summer, I purchased three IW albums from the nearby Culture Clash record store. Albums as in true, vinyl albums and not CDs nor downloadable digital music. One brother got me a small turntable for Christmas last December. Deb and I kept our old albums and 45s for all of these years even though we never had any way to play them. I think that the last time that I had access to a turntable was when I rented a basement in Marysville. The homeowners stored a large record player in the basement. I played my albums. I moved from that location to the Toledo area in October 1989.

Oct 1, 2017 - - Why it’s time to reclaim our digital lives

This article was published in August 2016, and I read it at that time.

But I've read that article at least two more times in 2017, making it one of my favorite articles this year too.

Slashdot probably inspired a lot of community sites that came (and went) later, including my own message board.

Oct 5, 2017 post by Rob Malda (CmdrTaco)

I registered the domain name ‘’ 20 years ago today.

Hacker News thread.

I bought TT's domain name in September 2001. I have it paid up until September 2021. Anyway, I build the first version of TT in late 2002, and I made my first post to the site in January 2003.

I patterned the look and functionality of the first version of TT after But I studied many community sites before I built TT. I used and studied Slashdot, Fark, MetaFilter, Evolt, Kuro5hin, Everything2, and others. and the related HN discussion with more suggestions - "The humble blogroll is long overdue for some updates in form and functionality on the open web."

"How the BBC News website has changed over the past 20 years"

"We'll Be Paying For Mark Halperin's Sins For Years To Come"

"Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will"

This post was created in 1999, but I read it for the first time in the spring of 2017 after seeing the link posted in this March 2017 Hacker News thread.

"A Kentucky preacher-turned-politician's web of lies"

I actually don't think much about this article, which lacks historical context, and the article fails to mention other initiatives and communities, such as the IndieWeb, Ello, Mastodon, and Lame article, at best. It's focused on hyperbolic whining. But the HN discussion is somewhat interesting, and I like discussions about niche online communities that contain their own domain names.