Is ALT.NET Becoming Incestuous?Filed Under Thought Stuff
Don’t get me wrong, I love the ALT.NET guys, but is the ALT.NET email group a blessing or a burden?
On pace of ~200 messages a day, it appears outside conversation is disappearing in the blogosphere. Where are the weekly rants of Bellware? Where are Laribee’s anecdotes? Others seem to have abandon their blogs altogether…
I am disappointed in seeing this for two reasons:
1. Part of the reason for ALT.NET was to raise awareness to others about the alternative ways of development. Without outside conversation in the blogosphere, the chance of people stumbling upon the gold mine of the information being discussed is very small. These conversations are better in blogs for higher visibility and prosperity.
2. If you expose your ideas and debates solely to your peers, in time you will receive no more than general agreement and head nodding.
Personally, I don’t have time to digest all the great conversation. ALT.NET was great, but all good things come in small packages. What will be left for next year? Are we just going to all sit around the bar silent?