We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]


noun. The community of people who leave comments on a blog.

Usage: “We got some useful suggestion from the commentariat today on how to deal the spammer problem.”


verb. To use one’s blog to beg for assistance (usually for information, occasionally for money). One who does so is a ‘blegger’. Usually intended as humorous.


noun. RDF is a web content syndication format. Acronym which stands for Resource Description Framework


Used as noun or verb. The willful omission of one or more words so the meaning of the statement is no longer understood but that the statement suits the needs of the writer in launching an ad hominem attack whether or not the construction is truthful or grammatically complete.

Named after Maureen Dowd, based on her manufacture of a quote attributed to President Bush in her May 14, 2003 column (as first reported by Robert Cox on TheNationalDebate.com).

The term and the practice are often found in the Blogosphere.

(Coined by James Taranto)


noun. A blog maintained via mobile hardware, typically a mobile phone (‘cell phone’) with a built-in digital camera. Moblogs are usually ‘photo journals’ rather than text intensive (though this varies).

Whilst moblogs are general run from a phone, it can also be run from a laptop, palmtop or web enabled PDA as the defining element of a moblog is it is used to ‘blog away from the desk’.


1. noun. A ping is a system administrator tool that is an automated packet of information (64 bytes) sent through a network to another to establish the status of a target system.

2. verb. To ping another site is to send a small automated packet of data to actuate some expected function, such as a Trackback (qv).

PING is an acronym for ‘Packet INternet Grouper’


1. noun. A system by which a ping (qv) is sent to another trackback-aware website (usually another blog) to notify that site that a link to them has been made (usually within an article being posted). The objective is to notify the subject of an article that they have been mentioned in another article elsewhere.

2. verb. To follow a trackback ping from the target weblog to the source weblog.


noun. XML is a web language used for (amongst other things) syndication formats used on blogs. Acronym for eXtensible Markup Language


noun. A ‘Progressive Weblog’. A blog expressing various left wing political views.

(coined by Madeleine Begun)


noun. A series of remarks posted by people in a public comment section of a blog that follow a conversational and topic related sequence.

Whilst used on blogs to describe related comments under a single blog article, this term is more specifically and accurately associated with on-line forums, many of which use a ‘threaded’ format that indents related digressions from the main ‘conversation’ in a branching manner, making it more clear to which previous comment a person it replying. Although some blog-forum hybrids also use this ‘threaded’ format within their public comments section, the term is more commonly associated with forums rather than blogs.

usage: “A blog article by Mike over on Cold Fury has sparked off an interesting thread with people arguing about the merits of private firearms ownership”


verb. To ‘flame’ someone is to make a hostile intemperate remark, usually of a personal nature. Also see: Flame War

Usage: “Andrew has seriously flamed Brian over his views on abortion again”

Flame war

noun. A hostile exchange of views via the Internet characterised by highly intemperate language.

(This term is by no means exclusive to blogs and is found in wide use throughout the Internet)