Thursday, January 20, 2011

RIP Remnants

Remnants is no more. The news hit Ravelry with a shockwave not seen since someone faked their death. 1 million people now need somewhere else to get medical advice, judge each other on their parenting techniques or complain about the disagree button. And apparently, some of them aren't very happy about it.

I was honestly gobsmacked at some of the entitlement and vitriol that came spewing out of the "Questions about Remnants" thread. Some people said some really nasty things, and are predicting the demise of Ravelry because one forum was closed. It's an internet message board, people. There are thousands of other groups on Ravelry for you to rant on, and if you don't like any of the groups that exist, start a new one yourself.

I'm going to sound like a grumpy old man ("damn kids, get of my lawn!!") for a moment. I joined Ravelry pretty early on in its life, back when it existed purely on donations and you had to wait three months for an invitation to even log on. Casey and Jess used to post in the forums more regularly, and it helped everyone understand how hard they worked to keep Ravelry going, and that they are awesome people. Really fucking awesome people.

So if you're feeling bitter about Remnants being closed, remember this. Everything you say on Ravelry about the decision is being read by two very wonderful people who have worked extremely hard for years to bring (free!) one of the best websites on the internet to us. And then go and spend some time checking out the patterns/yarn/projects databases and remember the REAL reason why Ravelry was created in the first place. It wasn't so you could bitch about your mother-in-law.