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Taiwan: Any Blind Spot in Blogsphere?–Blogblind

An experimental website was born in Taiwan in Nov 20, 2007: ‘Blogblind‘ (It was closed in two days). The main concept is digging (as in Digg) blogs that people do not like and tagging them with comments like ‘copy machine’ or ‘self promoting stuff.’ When most people leave flattering comments in blogs (or maybe ‘bad’ comments are deleted by blog owners), many people consider this new website a pertinent way for bloggers to reflect upon their work.

yblog comments that:

這個網站實在是太歡樂,太搞笑了呀。 過去有照亮黑暗部落格的明燈,他只有一個人在評論,現在有了Blogblind,可說是集眾人之力,似乎可發揮效益更大的產物 。

透過不同的標籤tags,不同部落格在許多人心中的特點,慢慢浮現。

自己是認為,這樣的網站可以讓台灣的部落格有一番新話題,讓過去一些為人詬病的現象,在這個殿堂裡獲得公開討論,又不傷大雅的機會 。

This website is so funny and so kuso. In the past days, ‘the light lightening the black blogphere‘ is the only one making comments. Now with Blogblind, by collective effort, we may achieve more beneficial outcomes.

By using different tags, we made explicit the characters of the blogs.

I think this website can generate a new topic in Taiwan's blogsphere. The phenomenons people have complained about can be discussed in a public space without causing harm to anyone.

However, how do the bloggers whose blogs were listed on the website and tagged with abusive language feel?

Dear John complains that:

因為是匿名發表評論,才過一天而已,在站上已經累積了為數不少的不堪的人身攻擊和沒有根據的謾罵。 完全沒有想過這些被罵的部落客心中有何感受? 在此,呼籲此站應該立刻關站,並且張貼對所有被罵的部落格的道歉啟示。大家也不應該再用笑鬧的態度來看待此事。

Because people can make comments anonymously, there are a lot of abusive comments without evidence. Did they ever think about how the cursed bloggers feel? Here I appeal that this website should be closed immediately and make an apology for the cursed blogs. We should not take this lightly any more.

Aug9 also criticizes such culture:

對於BBS上的鄉民來說,反正有文必推、有熱鬧必湊、有人打架我就在旁邊吶喊。但在這種鄉民現象中眾鄉民的「推」文 (抑或噓文?),大家可否曾想過一件事情?這一股股的推(噓)浪潮中,帶有著多少部落客的惡意毀謗與攻訐?

To the ‘mob’ on BBS, if there is an article, the mob will push it; if there is a crowd, the mob will join in; if there are people fighting, the mob will do the cheering. However, when the mob digg (or boo) an article, have we thought about how much bad intention, slander, and cheap shot coming along in the act?

Although many people consider the website been overplayed, some people hope it can be reopened later.

yblog suggests a possible solution:

在我看來,Blogblind只要克服2個問題,就可以有復站的機會。

首先就是機器人程式灌票的問題。

再來就是匿名張貼惡意tag的問題。

個人認為張貼tag,下標籤這個功能做成要登入網站才可以留,而且每個標籤都可以看到是那些人下的即可。未來如果司法要追究,也可以找到對應的帳號。

To me, if Blogblind can solve these two problems, it is possibly to be reopened:

The first is the spam robot program, and the second is the anonymous tagging with bad intention.

I think the people who want to tag must log on, and everyone can see who is tagging what. If there is lawsuit in the future, we can cross check with the accounts.

In addition to the technical issues, we need to learn some psychology: people usually less care about hurting others when we do not see the victims or when we think we are not the first one to stab at the victims. It is not easy to find a pertinent way to criticize others, especially on internet.

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