Just yesterday, I took a screenshot of the title page of Dive Into HTML5 to include in a presentation as a highly recommended resource. Now itâ€™s gone. That site, along with all the other â€œDive Intoâ€¦â€ sites (Accessibility, Python, Greasemonkey, etc.) and addictionis.org, is returning an HTTP â€œ410 Goneâ€ message. Markâ€™s Github, Google+, Reddit, and Twitter accounts have all been deleted. And attempts to email him have been bounced back.
I also wonder why Mark Pilgrim decided to wipe all of his work from the web, but also the implications of infosuicide. A lot of the information sharing on the web is done with a level of trust. I trust that you won’t just delete everything and make it all disappear. I guess it’s a matter of degrees – a one off site is fleeting. A whole brand, you think that would have some permanence.
Infosuicide worries me for the long term implications for the community. I don’t like gaps, but I also don’t think we can avoid it. The Wayback machine can work, but it’s not capturing everything. And so is the ephemeral nature of the internet….