An interview on Kinja. Excerpts below.
In an IM conversation about some of the recent developments at Gawker, Denton admitted that his enthusiasm for the vision behind Kinja and its potential got the better of him in the past, and that the platform hasn't matured as quickly as he would have liked. But it is on the right path, he said, and it will eventually become the revolutionary force he sees it as — it will just take more work.
I got ahead of myself last year, talking about Kinja — it was premature. The brutal reality is that software doesn't get built on a media schedule. I do think it will come to pass. It's not wrong. It will just take longer.
When Gawker launched Kinja in 2012, Dentontold me in an interviewthat it was the realization of a vision he had had long before he even started Gawker — of a world in which readers or audience members and writers are on a level playing field, and information flows in both directions. Kinja would short-circuit the traditional balance of power between journalist and reader, he said, and journalism (andtheoretically advertising as well) would be better off as a result.
This is interesting since Kinja owns the licensing rights to your posts (clarified thanks to manolocatastrophe) IIRC there were authors that complained that pieces they wrote on Kinja were authorized (sold?) to be used in college classes and the authors themselves were not even notified.
the rape/torture-gif problem is mentioned here as "abusive comments" lol
Editor-in-chief Joel Johnson admitted in an all-hands meeting in June that Kinja was not where it needed to be,and described it as"sink or swim time." More recently, the Gawker site Jezebel complained about being unable to handle the volume of abusive comments that were being posted using the platform's untraceable "burner" accounts — designed for anonymous tipsters — andwrote a post calling outGawker management. Johnson responded that they were right to do so and implemented a short-term fix.
Denton said that he has been humbled to some extent by the challenge of reinventing comments and blogging all at once, but he is convinced that Gawker is on the right track and that Kinja will become as disruptive as he hoped it would be when it first launched. "My only consolation," the Gawker founder said, "is that if it's this hard for me, it will be even harder for the others to follow."