Curation, combined with good categorization, is sorely needed in today's internet.
The solution of "search" (aka Google) just doesn't cut it if you want to discover the best publications in a topic area.
I hope this project takes off!
Remind me of https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMOZ
- Every blog must have an RSS or Atom feed.
- Newsletters aren't included. Some sites are a blog and a newsletter, with identical content, but only those which mainly seem like a blog are included.
- Only blogs updated within the past year or so are added.
- Tumblrs are only included if they’re either focused on a specific topic or feature original content.
- Link blogs are only included if they include original commentary about each link.
- No blogs promoting hate speech, denial of climate change, anti-vax ideas, etc.
But all kidding aside, web directories should be much more powerful now than in the 90s. Websites have RSS, and directory websites should be able to automatically monitor things like uptime, and leverage RSS to preview a site's most recent post.
I've considered maintaining my own directory on my personal website (a one-way webring if you will), but always stopped because the sites I linked to either died, or were acquired and became something very different.
Nonetheless, this is a really cool project!
I am just sad that my very unfocused blog doesn't really fit into any of their categories.
There are countless healthy and active blogs that you can read via RSS. There are great RSS reader apps.
For us technically-minded folks we need to keep being proactive about helping people read the web via RSS, improving discovery, and continually making RSS a first-class option on sites we build.
Anyone else notice everything old is new again? Neocities, Marginalia Search, Project Gemini, etc
There's many others I'm forgetting, and new ones popup on Hackernews each week.
Is this just basic nostalgia, people wanting to recreate the dial-up days or even BBS days?
I am wondering what will happen if RSS readers find a way to share comments on posts. Maybe ActivityPub makes that possible.
The only service of which I am aware that allows for comments on RSS is https://linklonk.com/ . Are there other approaches to bring comments to RSS streams?
Maybe ooh.directory can use ActivityPub to allow commenting and voting on the entries. Comments on HN are great to check for problems with an article. That should also be true for comments about entire blogs.
Nowadays, I find Feedly topics a good place to explore RSS sources. I believe it is human curation, so it is kind of a directory too (though less "indie" and not restricted to blogs). You can sort by Followers (=popularity) and articles/week.