Ted Byfield via nettime-l on Mon, 7 Aug 2023 16:25:23 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> RIP Bram Moolenaar

Felix and/or I might try to say something timely about the handover of nettime to a new mod squad and a new host, but for the moment I want to point in a different direction — outward, toward some of the other forms of labor that have contributed to the list over the decades.

For many years, nettime ran on bespoke hacks of Mailman that allowed mods to use the text editor vim to clean up messy formatting, hack away at the endless quoted text that accumulated, compile digests from threads, maintain procmail and spam filters, and more. In different and non-obvious ways, all that tweaking was essential to the list's...I dunno, style? aesthetic? vibe? It's interesting to think about what word would express (not "capture," ugh) whatever all that was. In any event, I think it's fair to say the list probably wouldn't still exist if it weren't for vim.

I'm sad to say that Bram Moolenaar, vim's longtime maintainer, passed away several days ago.


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