IDEA #94 – Dear WTF (aka “Dear Abby for Techies”)

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I really like this idea and thought I was going to really move forward with it. But it’s amazing how such a simple idea can get involved (see my sitemap at bottom of this post). I still believe this idea has potential for a nice niche of users. I own the domain ‘dearwtf.com’ (I released ‘dearwtfchuck.com’, the original name of this idea). I was going to use Pligg, but then it sounded like Drupal would be the better option. I see the digg/techie crowd jumping all over this — they like to bitch about shit, and that’s what this site would be all about.

This is a spoof on ‘Dear Abby’ and is for you to rant to the world on topics — could just be tech stuff; could be products, services, the customer service of Sprint, why there are so many ads on a certain website, why this, why that. Stuff you don’t agree with. Stuff that shows you’re smart and aware of bugs, glitches, etc.

Here’s an example and here’s another:

Dear WTF,

Why doesn’t Google Maps use a tinyurl service when they give you a directions/map link? I mean, could these URLs get any LONGER?!

http:// maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=las+vegas,+nv+from+buffalo,+ny&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.320439,77.519531&ie=UTF8&z=5

Sincerely,
TRYING-TO-MAKE-MY-NAME-LONGER-THAN-A-GOOGLE-MAPS-URL;OH-F-IT,I-CANT-DO-IT from BUFFALO, NY

The typical format should be: title, question/rant, possible solution, signature that includes or does not include a link to the poster’s website.

I’d see this similar to digg, in that users would ‘digg’ [agree] with ones that they feel are the best. Those would get voted up to the top and appear on the homepage of the site.

Bonus Idea: Allow people on Twitter to post these rants and use the ‘#dearwtf’ tag, we’ll find them and auto-post them to our site.

I’d worry about implementing the Twitter functionality until way after. Someone needs to pull a graphic designer and programmer together, and do this idea up. I know I’d use it if it was created properly.

My sitemap specs (click image to see full-size version):