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Didn't I kill you already?

16 August 2008 21:50

One of the sites that I no longer use, but have fond memories of is dotfiles.com.

It had some pretty coarse catagories and allowed you to view other peoples configuration files. (I have no idea how the upload worked. Probably email submission I'd guess.)

I know that my my own dotfiles have benefited from seeing other peoples snippets.

Sadly it seems that the last upload to their site was back in 2006.

With all the Web2.0 lust around it would seem to be a perfect candidate for reinvention.

We need:

  • The ability to create/delete an account.
  • The ability to upload a file (<100k say)
  • The ability to tag all files with multiple arbitrary labels.
  • Possibly the ability to comment / rate / vote on submissions.
  • The ability to flag uploads as being "spam"

Somebody competant could probably knock up a reasonable hack in a day or two. I guess we have some sites out there already like DZone snippets, snipplr, & swik, but none of those are exactly the same thing.

Consider it my challenge to the world - just don't tempt me. I've got enough to do as it is.

ObQuote: Hellboy



Comments on this entry

icon daveg at 11:34 on 16 August 2008
There's also dotfiles.org (different from dotfiles.com) but its in need of some web2.0 lurvin as well. I'd definitely love to see an updating of the dotfiles.{org,com} idea. Actually dotfiles.org is pretty close. It seems like they just need a little bit of spit and polish to get there.
icon Alex at 15:21 on 16 August 2008
I know I've previously written half-decent dotfiles only to gain some insight from others and go, "Urgh, mine sucks!". Given how much a decent set of dotfiles can increase your daily productivity this should definitely be resurrected.
icon David Paleino at 18:17 on 16 August 2008
I'd like to work on such a hack but, *BUT*, given my little spare time, I'd like to team-work on it... anyone volunteers to form a team? :)
icon David Paleino at 18:47 on 16 August 2008
Well, contact Steve (he can see my e-mail address...) if you need to contact me ;)
icon Chris B at 23:01 on 16 August 2008
You can upload to dotfiles.com through the web form: http://dotfiles.com/add_file.php
(I haven't tried it myself)
icon Steve at 21:15 on 17 August 2008

Thanks for the link daveg - I wasn't aware of http://dotfiles.org.

As for the upload link Chris, if you submit the form you'll receive a 404 error page. Which is unfortunate.

icon Jo at 02:33 on 18 August 2008
looks like mots of that website may be available at www.archive.org http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.dotfiles.com