A Lot of Things


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It's time for another news post. I've got a lot of things to cover in this one.

First of all, W3I is one year old (or almost one year) now. I started the project on December 17, 2019, but really only released a primitive version of the website on December 28, 2019. On January 10, 2020, I released the index version of the website you see today. There have, of course, been many changes, but the overall layout and theme have stayed the same. However, by the time this news post is published, I'll have probably put up, or will put up quite soon, the Christmas theme of the website.

During this entire time, the amount of links I've added is miniscule—only 76 links. And that's mostly due to the fact that I never really knew what I wanted W3I to be. I was inspired by Peelopaalu to create it. I only knew that I wanted to create a web directory. But what would it contain? It actually took me a long time to figure that out. But in the end, I just decided to follow my about page's definition of the index—a Web directory of websites I find interesting or useful, or both.

Now that I had that part sorted, what about adding links? It takes quite a bit of time to add a link, because I have to update the tree.html, then add the link to its specific location in the directory. I'd have to do that for every link I added. A couple months ago, I had a .txt version of the directory tree, not a .html one. Frankly, I preferred and still do prefer that one over the current directory tree. Therefore, I've decided to revert back to the .txt format. By the way, if some characters don't appear properly, it's because the file is in UTF-8 format and you need to download it for it to display properly. Anyways, it's time for the big enchilada: I've set up an automated script to generate the entire index simply from the .txt directory tree. It took me a couple days to write the whole script in Python, but it seems to be working properly now, and I'm happy about it. If I'm not lazy, I will probably add more links in the near future.

I really want to talk about the types of links W3I should contain. I've been thinking about turning the website into a schizophrenic one. By that I mean, that I want to add more "alternative" resources. Since everything mainstream is quite boring, having something like paranormal content would be interesting and would attract moar people. Something like InfoWars is far more interesting than CNN, BBC or any other news outlet. Hell, due to all of the censorship modern search engines have, something like W3I could be a valuable resource if constructed properly. But nothing in this world has yet to best my laziness, so perhaps that dream will never be realised. Maybe Allah does not will this directory, or maybe he does. Either way, this is far beyond Allah. W3I must be God's fourth temple.

During this entire time I've also dabbled with creating a search engine. I had a, basically, working crawler created but decided to scrap the entire project due to the sheer complexity and difficulty of handling and maintaing both a Web craler and search engine. It's just too much of a hassle for me. But something like W3I, which is maintained by hand, is much easier and, in my opinion, higher quality than anything da big search engines can provide. (I mean, we can debate whether W3I is even a good website, but the general idea remains that human-moderated/hand-picked links are better than robot-crawled links.) Also, as far as I'm aware, only one or two people actually browse this forsaken website. But on the topic of search engines, I have been thinking of adding a small JavaScript one to the website. Like, it would just read index.txt and search that. But there's always the good old method of just using CTRL+F on index.txt, which I find far easier.

Also, I've made some changes in the most recent update. I've removed the special HTML entities for quotes and apostrophes. I just feel they're entirely unnecessary. Yes, they do look nicer, but take way more time to write and I don't want to convert apostrophes or quotes to them either way. Also, W3I uses sans-serif now, so it doesn't really make that much of a difference either way. The only special character I really use is the em dash (—), because it looks cool and is aesthetically pleasing. I've also finally added an icon to W3I! Look at the icon on this tab. hehe.

That should conclude this news post, or rambling, to be more precise. And, yes, it was written at 3 AM.