Confession time: I suspect I'm unlike most other people who read this blog, because I didn't really care when Plastic went down. Plastic, for me, is nothing more than a way to waste time, and, like most such, in many ways I would actually prefer not to have it available. I have spent an inordinate amount of time posting there, but that's something I regret, not something that I'm proud of. I started this blog mainly because there was a great need for it (not everyone could spend all day, every day, in the chat) and nobody else was willing to do it. As you might remember from my initial post, I didn't even want to run it -- I invited everyone who was interested to post for it, but nobody ever replied.
Maybe someone is more willing to post here now that it seems that there actually is a solid readership (170 comments to the last post, that's actually more than most real Plastic write ups got), so I ask again: is someone interested in posting the occasional update here? I feel like a hypocrite running the current Plastic replacement when I'm probably one of those who is least interested in one. If nobody's interested, I'll just shut it down. If you want to take over, post a comment with some suggestion as to how I could verify that you're not a pathological troll and some email adress I could post the account info to.
Summary of the last thread, for those unwilling to read 170 comments:
Some people advocate Newsvine as a replacement for Plastic, others advocate Flexile. The vast majority seem to advocate either nothing or some collectively born replacment. Port1080 and thefadd have a chat up and running. Thefadd has also been setting something up called Plastiverse, including a wiki about Plastic. Shane has a test server for the new site and also a mailing list.
I think that sums up most of the important things said in there. Good luck with the replacement. During the last years I have gotten the feeling that Plastic was slowly dying anyway, so maybe this is even for the better. Just try to encourage newcomers rather than shut them out this time, mmkay? If there are karma caps at stories, 20+ link requirements for write ups, and neverending pathetic personal feuds at the new Plastic too, the community deserves to die. Speaking of pathetic personal feuds, as this may be my last post (it probably won't be, but it's possible), allow me a first and last comment in the spirit of Plastic as of late (that is, personal attacks): if you let thefadd be in charge of the new Plastic, you're all doomed.