January 2nd, 2003
The other week I wondered whether putting Samuel Pepys' diary online in weblog format was barmy. Now that I've seen how many people are adding helpful annotations (see, for example, the annotations for 1 January 1660) I understand why I was wrong to doubt that this is indeed – as Kris pointed out at the time – a work of genius.
My one caveat would be that the project could be spoiled by lengthy, irrelevant annotations like the one about locomotive numbering systems posted earlier this afternoon by someone called "trainspotter". I understand the desire to keep the project as open as possible, but I hope that Phil Gyford will edit out annotations which serve no useful purpose whatsoever rather than let the project be devalued.
Incidentally, there's a good article by Phil Gyford about the project on BBC News Online today.