I get it. You’re like, “I don’t want to sign up for another account thing, I found this link on a Kinja site, why are these people pushing this on me, etc etc etc.” Hear me out.
This is the product of a few dedicated souls who wanted to find a post-Kinja landing spot, after the untimely deaths of Splinter and Deadspin. It seems that Kinja may not be long for this world. Those dedicated souls recruited more dedicated souls, and decided we should be more than just a replacement for Splinter and Deadspin, and here we are trying to do that. We are trying to draw from the energy of the whole collection of sites.
(You can learn more about who “we” is right here.)
I can’t speak for the others, but generally I think it’s safe to say that the goal is to foster a diverse community that has the spirit of the Kinja sites, but without the grey class system and the tolerance for trolls and the need for ad revenue and clicks. We especially want to make sure the community is respectful, even in lively and heated discussions. I personally promise to be nicer than I ever was on Kinja. New year, new me. Well, old me, new behavior.
We want you to feel welcome, we want you to comment. Not only on what you see written, but also on what you want to see written. And people who are interested in contributing to content should make that known, because we want to grow.
You’ll see a lot of open threads, much in the style of Jezebel’s Saturday Night Socials – a thread to start off your day, one to end it (complete with an abbreviated collection of the day’s clusterfucks). You’ll see a reincarnation of Deadspin Up All Night. And as we grow, more to come.
If you know me from Kinja, it’s most likely from Gawker and then Splinter (or the smaller community in Groupthink). I had a real love-hate relationship with Splinter, but what I miss about it most is reading a news item on a real news site (sorry, Splinter, but girl you know) and going to discuss it on Kinja. Since we live in a time where bombshell news is happening all day now, I’ve missed that. That’s what the Kinja community means to me, and that’s what I personally hope to bring to this community. But that’s just my way. Everyone, whether you comment or contribute to content, will have their own way of shaping this new space.