Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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Slate is Free from Its Cruel Master!

Profound congratulations to Slate for finally stabbing to death its creaky, ancient, and very angry CMS. Called "Gutenberg," it was nearly as old as its namesake. The first rule of Media Club is: never build your own CMS. Someone will build it for you. Speaking of! Now someone is going to build me a Chrome extension to do for New Slate what "Ochs" does for the Times' site.

Because THIS?

Ladies, start your coding please. (Also I would like a TimesWire for Slate. Which I guess I could build myself easily enough from their RSS but I have some important smoking to do. THANKS!!)

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rex (#557)

Tidbit: The core of Gutenberg was based upon the CMS that MSNBC.com built a million years ago. (It's sorta weird to remember this, but those two companies were both launched in Redmond. I still remember the first time I saw Michael Kinsley smoking outside of Building 28.) The technology was forked a long time ago, but MSNBC.com kept advancing their version — and they might actually be the one contradiction to the "never build your own" rule. Otherwise, I'd probably agree.

(Also, your "finally stabbing to death" link is broken. Naughty WordPress!)

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Serious and sincere question: how is this Ochs thing different from republishers like Instapaper, which I thought we determined were kinda pernicious? I mean that in the sense of "cleaning up" a page mostly, it seems, by getting rid of the pesky ads.

Myles Tanzer (#13,698)

"I've got it! If we put 12 articles on the screen at once, they'll just HAVE to click one by accident."

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

@Myles Tanzer "Do you think we could make the social media buttons even bigger, so they'll click on those by accident, too?"

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