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In fact, the original kuro5hin/Scoop design had about 5 or six sections ranging from politics to science, technology, philosophy etc (from memory, I havent logged in the place in a few years). The fundamental unit of
discussion was the "story", diaries only came later. However, the variety of sections is only useful if there are enough people interested in them. In the run-up to the Iraq war, the only section that got stories was the politics section and the others simply died out.
Everybody would hang out in the edit queue, which was an area where stories were submitted for publishing approval. People would offer editing suggestions (that's why ET has "editorial" comments) to improve the story and the story author could make changes. After a while or as a result of voting, the story either got published to one of the sections for public discussion, or went into the trash.
Diaries were a later response to this mechanism because people didn't
want to lose their work or spend too much time on a story, and many
people simply didn't want to have to submit to editorial scrutiny. It
became a very popular feature but as a result diaries would scroll off
the page in literally a few minutes during peak times.
This led to the ability to monitor authors and diaries, classify
diaries, and one feature I personally like which is to have new
replies to your own comments in a box on the side of the page.
As the saying goes: "Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme".
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