Damn, this is a good piece of writing. Jay, you've finally explained in words the emotions I've had rattling around in my heart. While I don't believe in Dean the candidate any more than any other of the folks running, I do believe in what his campaign has done to change politics. *That's* why I want to vote for him; to send a message that I endorse “DeanSpace”, “MeetUp” and small donations as a method of political success.
Dave writes a note about leaving the barn door open on scripting.com on purpose. When Phil says it's “weird” having a site on Scripting News, Dave asks “why?” I'll try to answer from my perspective.
Dave, I've always categorized scripting.com as a personal site of yours, not a general news and information site. To have a site on the scripting.com domain would be akin to you saying “come and be a Scripting fellow” much like Harvard has done with you. While some have sought your respect, you always require it to be earned and not given. To be “given” a scripting.com site seems oddly out of Dave-character.
To this end, I propose that you create a Scripting fellowship. Gin up an essay form for submissions and cull the group for the best submissions. Pick 5-ish “fellows” and allow them to create a Manila site off scripting.com, but with a mandate that the content explores a central theme: RSS, scripting, user/Internet interaction, whatever the case may be.
I'd be thrilled to read it and even more so to apply.
Update: Dave linked to this post–thanks! I'd like to suggest that we give Dave some ideas, so I started this discussion group.