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And, by and large, that is the case with blogs. Even escolar (which has a "forums" site attached to it which I have never bothered to look at, but which is quite active and fulfills the purpose of the "diaries" here with respect to the "front page").

An internet magazine is something like Libertad Digital (ugh) or Cafe Babel. A community blog is not that. We're more like Barrapunto (Spanish slashdot), for those who know what that is.

There are are personal blogs without comments. Juan Cole (initially), Riverbend or Billmon belong in that category. Then there are personal blogs with comments, like Juan Cole is now, or like Escolar. Then there are group blogs (with a closed group of posters) like crooked timber, or A fistful of Euros, and then there are community blogs like Slashdot, Kos, ET... All of these categories can be vanity blogs, or substance blogs. Celebrity blogs, with or without comments, are generally vanity blogs. You can even have vanity group celebrity blogs like the the Huffington Post. You cannot have a vanity community blog, I don't think.

There are no prominent community blogs in Spain (Barrapunto is too geeky). If Escolar's blog switched from MovableType to Scoop that blog would seriously explode.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 12:49:27 PM EST
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Now that was exactly the phrase I have been looking for ;-)

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 12:52:40 PM EST
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Happy to be of service.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 12:57:28 PM EST
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My point is precisely that community blog sounds very strange in Spain. If you can explain in detail it is the perfect definition...but in Spain where almost nobody has heard about blogs (even less community blogs) I was proposing to switch the basic definition to community/open magazine depending on the audience.

Summing up:

If you address an internet community and you try to explain them what ET is: community blog (perfect concept Migeru) + all the details about what  community and "open" mean

If you are adressing newspapers people or radio people I would use: Open Internet Magazine (A Magazine like the one you buy in the kiosk but it is written in Internet and it is open)

That would be my take.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 01:02:41 PM EST
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I would call it an open Internet Tribune, in the sense of a speaking platform. (Tribuna, perfect term in Spanish) Anyway, many people know about blogs now. For instance, Escolar goes every two monday to the morning talk show of Cadena Ser (Hoy por Hoy) and talks about blogs and the Net. But in one thing you are right: blog it is almost always associated with personal writings, with or without comments.
My two cents
by amanda2006 on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 01:36:25 PM EST
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Brilliant.
Now I really dunno about what's better....

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 01:41:29 PM EST
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