It is like my two worlds collided this morning.
My article revisiting the replacement of the Old Man of the Mountain was picked up by “news for nerds” website Slashdot early this morning. Slashdot is a very popular site, with a passionately active readership… and for my money, one of the best news and discussion websites there is.
I wasn’t awake to see if the traffic increase brought down our server (a common occurrence when something is posted to Slashdot, and affectionately known as being ‘slashdotted’), but I do know that I woke up to 20+ comments on the article. Considering I had a grand total of 5 comments on the site before this morning (and one was from my mother, Hi MOM!), this was pretty exciting. I wish I had thought to turn on threaded comments before this took place, but at any rate, they are active now and people can reply to one another instead of just the article.
There are also 85+ comments already over on Slashdot itself, if you want to check out the conversation there: http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/11/2236204&art_pos=6.
For the most part, surprisingly I must admit, the tone of the discussion there (and now here) is appreciative of the design… if not supportive. At least much more so than in other public forums I have seen. Obviously the audience at Slashdot (technology leaning self described nerds) has something to do with this, but do you think the presentation of higher quality images and information is playing a role?
There are some compelling comments in opposition to the design as well, one that stood out to me was the following:
What most people don’t realize is that the Old Man only looked like a profile of a face from the north. From the south or from straight-on, no face was apparent. The rocks didn’t form a face at all–they just happen to look like a profile when viewed from the side. That made it quite magical: if you stared at the cliff as you travelled north, it would look like nothing but random rocks until you got to the “viewing area.” In that few hundred feet, suddenly a face would pop out of nowhere!
This glass monstrosity would reveal itself from 7 miles south. That’s just not right.