Grand Text Auto is Back

Monday 6 July 2009, 11:56 pm   //  

Grand Text Auto, for six years (May 2003-May 2009) a single blog with six co-authors (Mary Flanagan, Michael Mateas, your very own Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, Andrew Stern, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin), is now back as an aggregator of four blogs by the original GTxA authors, including this one. Check it out. Update: Thanks to Josh McCoy of UC Santa Cruz, who set up this new formulation of Grand Text Auto.

5 Comments »

  1. That makes it a Grand unified feed of Text that is Auto matically generated. It finally lives up to its name!

    Comment by Mark Musante — 2009-07-07 @ 5:37 am
  2. Are you guys going to feed the comments somehow too? It seems that GTxA has always been a comments-heavy blog, with conversations in the comments often become as interesting, or more, than the original posts.

    Comment by Ian Bogost — 2009-07-07 @ 9:13 am
  3. Congratulations are in order to Expressive Intelligence Studio student Josh McCoy for setting up the aggregator. It turns out that no solutions worked out-of-the-box for this; Josh did alot of working piecing together plugins, contacting plugin authors for bug fixes, etc. to make this work.

    Ian, I agree that feeding the comments would be useful. We’ll look into it.

    -Michael

    Comment by Michael Mateas — 2009-07-07 @ 1:10 pm
  4. @Ian: I researched that at one point, and the aggregator software makers seem not to want to touch it, since supporting two-way comment aggregation (where you can post on the aggregator, too) with multiple blog-software backends and multiple registration policies is a nightmare. The Planet aggregator in particular explicitly doesn’t plan to support anything that can’t be done one-way solely from the backend-agnostic data in the RSS/Atom/RDF feeds.

    Drupal can do it if you’re solely aggregating Drupal-backed blogs and using Drupal’s own aggregator, but those are some strongish restrictions…

    Comment by Mark J. Nelson — 2009-07-08 @ 2:39 am
  5. I would appreciate having even a one-way feed of comments. In the rare moment when I feel I have something truly worthwhile to add, I’d be willing to sign in at individual sites.

    Comment by Erik Hanson — 2009-07-08 @ 10:59 am

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