Why Weblogs work better than discussion boards

Nick Denton: “Discussion groups are the communes of internet conversation: open, egalitarian, but prone to takeover by free-riders and tyrants. They work, but only if overseen by a scrupulously fair and eternally vigilant moderator, a rare personality type. More often they degenerate into anarchy, tyranny, and then collapse. And why does the weblog form thrive? Because individual authors take responsibility for the content and context, and benefit personally from their investment.”