While the initial criticism always hurts a bit, I’ll admit to secretly loving the input, I learn so much from the additions other people leave here on the site, and so many of my original slightly-limited posts are now fully extended and excellent because other people dropped by and added their tuppence. A great example is the post about pdftk, where I knew I didn’t have the best solution, but I wanted to share what I had, and sure enough I got a great comment pointing me in a much better direction (and I looked up this post last night to check how to do this task again).
Lately, however, I’m seeing a really unhelpful trend of people tweeting responses, rather than commenting. There was some fantastic informed debate on my post about JSON and numeric values … but it all happened on twitter. So the next person to read that post has none of the benefits of the excellent wisdom that was thrown my way as a result of that post (thank you to everyone who debated that by the way, I changed my API significantly as a result!!), and it was awesome advice that I wish had been shared with everyone who might have needed it.
I’m disappointed to see this trend emerging and I’d like to be constructive about encouraging the debate back onto the blogs, associating the information with the post it related to rather than just getting lost in the ether. A bit like @shiflett‘s Ideas of March initiative, our blogs are something separate from the endless of-the-moment twitter stream, and I think they’ll always serve a different purpose.
Am I imagining this problem? And what should we do? Please leave a comment – don’t tweet!