Paul Cronin

Should out of date blog sites be deleted?

 I have sent the following e-mail to Linda Lee at Master Point Press, and am interested in getting reactions to my proposal from those whose blogs are active.

“I am sure that all the active bloggers on would appreciate having the current list of 46 bloggers reviewed for currency, as some 64% of them have no blog entries in the 2012 year. There are blog entries that are three years old and five years old, and having these clutter the site makes it more likely that current blogs will go unread. Please consider the institution of a recency rule that would delete blogs with no entries in a given time period, say the last six months. I am posting this e-mail to you on my blog to try to get some indication of how others feel about my suggestion.” 



John Howard GibsonOctober 4th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

HBJJ : In some ways I might agree with you, but cyber space is big enough for an infinite number of posts. Contributions made in the past may still be of interest and relevance to many readers even today.
Nevertheless it would be useful to colour code for example those who have been active in the current 6 month period…..and those who haven’t been active at all for over a year.

paul croninOctober 5th, 2012 at 12:24 am

Hola JH,

Cyberspace is indeed large enough to hold all the blogs, but that isn’t really the issue. When someone has finshed reading a particular blog, and then scrolls down to the list at the bottom to see what other blogs might also be interesting to read, it would be fairer to those who have made an effort to keep their blogs current to have just their blogs listed there. While your idea of colour coding is good, the same thing could be accomplished by putting the inactive blogs in an “archive” section. Your input is much appreciated, and always welcome.

Gary MugfordOctober 5th, 2012 at 9:05 pm


The beauty of bridge is the timelessness of many, many articles. Indeed, I spent the early part of last year going through Bridge Worlds that ranged from SIXTY to fourty years old as my ‘reading’ companions during meal times. Not every blog becomes obsolete with little activity. There are some gems hidden away in the ‘old’ material.

That said, I favour the colouring scheme suggested by John as a sort of clicker beware warning.

Jeff LehmanOctober 7th, 2012 at 11:47 am

The coloring scheme, or some other method to distinguish active from inactive blogs, seems like a good idea.

I think it is fine to keep listed the inactive blogs — because they might become active — but it might be a little annoying to click to the blog of a known expert only to be disappointed that the expert has never used his blog.

LakOctober 16th, 2012 at 9:21 am

I agree; having the blog entries be color-coded or classified by how old the latest post in them is would be good.

Ross TaylorOctober 19th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Guilty as charged Paul – I sympathize with your point but see the others’ POV too.

Maybe you simply group all the inactive blogs into one category called previous contributors or whatever, and you can scroll down a click box thingie to see others’ names.

To be fair to Ray and Linda, there are sound business and tactical reasons why they would want to keep the list larger

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