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I know I haven’t done much to support it, but I’m kind of surprised that Web Queeries hasn’t caught on more. I would have thought that a “gay”-Metafilter would have been a natural. Anyone have any ideas? Does the interface just suck?

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Just a guess . . .there are already so many GLB people within the regular web/blog community. I think we’re more represented online than the genral public. So maybe since there’s already so many people talking issues and such on Metafilter, it’s hard to get a “specificaly-themed” community going? I don’t know if that makes sense…but.
Gay.com does a good job with the news coverage, but I don’t think they have any forums.
Maybe you need more SEX. You know, sex and porn. That is always a big draw for gayboys and girls! (just joking.)

Charles | 23 Aug 2001
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Honestly? I just now found out about it. Besides, Charles makes a good point–there’s no sex involved with the site.

🙂

Stephen | 23 Aug 2001
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Matt, I’ve been having the same issue with my multi-author blog, Eat,Link and Be Merry. The feedback I got from some of those participants was “well, I write about this on my own blog a lot right now.” Maybe the future of multi-author, specific subject blogs is in aggregating content from individual blogs, not having people post it to the subject blog themselves. It widens the scope, but brings up copyright issues. *shrug* Or maybe you just need more sex. 🙂

Jen | 24 Aug 2001
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I think that sounds like a fantastic idea, Jen. But the tricky part would be getting past the incompatibilty of all the different systems people use (Blogger, Manila, Pita, homegrown, etc). XML-RSS feeds might be helpful (salonherringwiredfool does something kind of like that), but it might be tough to get it to work properly without altering the strucure of the XML. And simple pattern matches in their entries (for “gay” or “queer”) might not always produce the intended results. But in the end, I must say that I like it when people tailor their entries for the specific blog. Whenever I crosspost something between my blog and Web Queeries, I try to alter the wording a bit. And while I will mention and comment on something on my blog, I may just post the mention on Web Queeries and then add my response to it as a comment.

Matt | 24 Aug 2001