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There’s a huge outcry on Twitter: the most important public forum is in grave danger, and so are free speech and civil society. Yet nobody seems to understand that evil Musk buying Twitter is not the problem here. The problem – obviously! – is the fact that the most important public forum, the source of free speech, and the beacon of civil society happens to be a centralized privately-owned closed platform.

The systematic thinking in our industry is that settings are the result of design failure. As designers, our goal is to create product experiences that don’t require any adjustment by the user. So offering customization options is often seen as a failure to make firm product decisions. I think there is a misunderstanding about what settings really are.

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The replies I've seen to this post are so frustrating. You can definitely use the latest Javascript features and APIs while still providing access to older browsers and devices. You don't have to provide special access, determine a list of supported versions, or build a specific version for those browsers/devices.

Use a proper HTML foundation and your site will work without Javascript in nearly any browser. That covers weird edge cases like the one described. Then use the module/nomodule technique so you can write the sleekest code with all the modern amenities and still provide an ES5 bundle to browsers that need it. Then your site will work in nearly all cases, no matter the device, browser, or bugs in your code.

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A retrospective of how things have gone until year end 2021, and based on that some thoughts on where it should go in 2022.

Man, this is really sad to hear. Luckily, Search My Site isn't going anywhere right now, but costs steadily rising while usage remains steadily low is disheartening. We really need independent infrastructure like this, but we have to find a way to support it without advertisement.

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Between Google Chrome experimenting with “following” sites, along with a growing frustration of how social media platforms limit a creator’s reach to their

It's good to see more articles like this and I hope the RSS resurgence continues. As for non-technical people not knowing how to use them, what do you expect? Facebook, Twitter, et al have spent a decade designing and teaching users specific workflows that they control. That shouldn't stop us from trying to make the switch. Sites like About Feeds can help publishers and users, but publishers have to be willing to put the links on their page.

We studied 10,000 websites and found that their design has become more uniform over time. What does this mean for the future of creative expression on the internet?

I think this is sort of to be expected. Like it says in the article, as a medium matures, design patters are formulated. Divergence from those patterns to test and tweak them is always good, but having some general uniformity improves familiarity and ease of use. But I think that only applies to corporate websites; I hope we'll continue to see personal sites with funky design used as places for expression.

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One of the most striking facets of the metaverse is that it doesn’t exist and nobody can agree on how to define it, but there

What a perfect description of the metaverse. This is basically how I feel about most modern tech; it could work so much better for everyone if it wasn't steered and constrained by corporate overlords.

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Last week, Devon Govett, the creator of Parcel.js, tweeted… I don’t understand the “things were better in the late 2000s” school of web development thinking going around lately. Maybe it’s nostalgia for when people first started? Or not wanting to learn new things? Either way, no! I assure you, things are SOOO much better now. 😄 I wanted to unpack this tweet a bit, because I have strong feelings about it.

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