I am the person who posted with the userid smithm and display name "Michael Smith" on technocrat.net
After Bruce shut the site down I sent him an email offering to take over the domain name. He indicated that he doesn't want to sell it.
I am interested in setting up my own site. In theory an online community can be very cheap to run. You can do it on google groups for example. But being a software guy myself I have a few ideas for how to build a system. I want to use the Mercurial DSCM as a backend and build it around individual user web logs with RSS gluing them together.
I am of the view that discussion sites should almost never be edited. Mercurial has features which make it easy to see changes in revision history, which is why I want to use that tool.
I have a few projects on the go over Christmas. I am closing my co-lo and installing a server at home. The web log software is project number two over the holidays.
If you are interested in hearing more about this project, please leave a reply.