on Feb 28, 2010
I love the idea of Formspring. Or at least, I’d love to be able to co-opt it for my use. People ask questions. You answer them. Looks like fun.
I get a lot of questions in email. Not simple, easy questions like, “Have you played Explodious 2: The Explodening?” No, it’s usually complex stuff about procedural content or DRM. Sometimes I convert the longer answers into posts here on the blog, but it’s always a little awkward to get permission to quote a private email in a public post and then to figure out which details of the email need to be edited. It also feels odd to take bits of text I sent as an email and post them here on the blog. I don’t know why, but it feels unseemly.
Formspring gives a way for people to ask publicly visible questions, but then the system sort of expects the person being questioned to put their answer on Formspring. Which, I have to admit, isn’t unreasonable. But I’d rather my answers become part of this site. What I really need – and just realized this while typing the previous sentence – is a way for people to post questions publicly. Hang on…
I made this page. I have no idea if it will help shift some of the private questions into public posts. If people find it useful, it’ll stay. If they don’t, I’ll take it down. Further suggestions welcome.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.